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Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 12, 2020 at 08:35 am
Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard Picture
Test Methodology v0.8
6.2
Mixed usage
5.9
Gaming
8.6
Mobile/Tablet
6.6
Office
5.4
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech K480 is a decent overall keyboard that's intended for mobile devices. It features a nice cradle on the board for your tablet or phone. This keyboard only connects via Bluetooth and offers a mediocre overall typing experience. The keys feel a bit slippery but aim to provide a more tactile feedback than typing on a screen.

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed usage

The Logitech K480 is a mediocre keyboard for mixed usage. It's only aimed at being paired with mobile devices. Its rubber dome switches shouldn't be used for gaming, and its flat design isn't comfortable to type on for long periods, which means it won't be great for the office or programmers.

5.9 Gaming

The Logitech K480 is a sub-par keyboard for gaming. While its actuation force is rather low and pre-travel distance is short, the board feels cheaply made and the rubber dome switches don't feel as responsive and quick as mechanical switches. It also doesn't have programmable macro keys or backlighting.

See our Gaming recommendations
8.6 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech K480 is an excellent keyboard to be paired with mobile devices like your phone or tablet. Its Bluetooth connection makes it easy to pair up multiple devices, and its compact design is rather easy to slip in a bag. You can use this keyboard with any operating system, which makes it quite versatile.

6.6 Office

The Logitech K480 is an okay keyboard for the office. Its design isn't the most ergonomic and typing on it can be rather fatiguing. On the upside, it barely makes any noise and is compatible with all operating systems. This can be a good keyboard if you want to pair up a tablet or phone as an add-on to your desktop setup.

See our Office recommendations
5.4 Programming

The Logitech K480 isn't designed for programmers. It's uncomfortable to type on for long periods, and its build quality is decent at best, which won't last you for very long. You also can't program any macros, which is disappointing.

See our Programming recommendations
  • 6.2 Mixed usage
  • 5.9 Gaming
  • 8.6 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.4 Programming
Pros
  • Bluetooth connection can be paired to three devices.
  • Integrated mobile device cradle.
Cons
  • Mediocre overall typing experience.
  • Cheap plastic build.
  • Not many customization options.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width 11.8" (30.0 cm)
Depth 7.7" (19.6 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

The Logitech K480 has a small compact key-layout with arrow keys, but its design is a bit larger than some due to the mobile device rack it has at the top of the keyboard.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of this keyboard is decent. It feels rather cheap due to the all-plastic frame. The feet wobble and rattle a bit, and the keys have a very cheap feeling. The keyboard feels very average overall, although it isn't flimsy as to break that easily.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech K480 doesn't have great ergonomics. It's a flat board design that doesn't have any wrist rest or any incline setting. It also almost has the same height throughout its design, so it can be harder to reach top keys. Typing on this keyboard quickly gets fatiguing.

0
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color No Backlighting
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

This keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, which can be an issue if you often type in a dark room.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length N/A
Connector (Keyboard side) No Cable

The Logitech K480 is wireless-only and doesn't have a charging cable.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
3
Battery Type
2x AAA

This Bluetooth-capable keyboard can be connected to three devices simultaneously, which you can easily cycle through with the wheel on the left side of the board. It needs two AAA batteries to power, and the manufacturer rates its battery life at around 2 years, but we don't test for this.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No

The main key feature of this keyboard is the built-in cradle for your tablet or phone. Other than that, there isn't much this keyboard offers. It has some programmable keys, but you can only choose from a preset list of options. Also, the F keys are by default media keys and shortcuts, but you can turn them back to Fn keys inside the software.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech K480 keyboard
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
35.0 gf
Pre-Travel
2.08 mm
Total Travel
2.54 mm

The Logitech K480 has rubber dome switches, which require a lot of force to get over the pre-actuation bump. However, they almost feel like scissor switches and seem to be in-between scissor and rubber dome switches.

6.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing on the Logitech K480 is mediocre. The keys feel slippery and wobble a bit. The keys are rather small and there's a lot of space between each of them, which helps to reduce the number of typos. However, the typing experience is quite tiring and is just okay for its purpose of using the board with a mobile device.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

The Logitech K480 is very quiet and barely makes any noise. You won't bother surrounding colleagues in an open-office environment with this keyboard.

Software and Operating System
5.9
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

This keyboard is compatible with the Logitech Options software. You can save a lot of different profiles, although there aren't many customization options available. Only a few keys can be reprogrammed to a list of preset options.

7.9
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Partial
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

This is where this Bluetooth keyboard shines. Thanks to its wireless connection, you can use this keyboard with pretty much any device, which is great. However, the software isn't available on Linux and mobile devices, and there are a few keys that won't work depending on which platform you are on. Nevertheless, all alphanumerical keys work as intended, regardless of the OS. If you're looking for a keyboard with full compatibility on iPadOS and iOS, then check out the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

There are no variants of this keyboard. It only comes in two different colors and we expect our review to be valid for both.

Compared to other keyboards

The Logitech K480 aims to be used with tablets and smartphones as an add-on keyboard. It's not made for gaming like most mechanical keyboards and is meant to bring around with you in a backpack. You can pair up to three devices simultaneously with it, which can be very useful. It provides a better overall typing experience than the Logitech Keys-To-Go, although it isn't as portable.

Logitech K380
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B&H

The Logitech K380 is significantly better than the Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard for most uses. The K380 provides a better typing experience and it's more comfortable. Also, the K380 is more portable due to its smaller size and weight, and its much shorter pre-travel distance makes the keyboard feel more responsive. However, the K480 has a cradle for mobile devices, which the K380 doesn't.

Logitech K780
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B&H

The Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard and the Logitech K780 are both decent keyboards to use with mobile devices, but the K480 is easier to bring around. Its compact 65% design is easier to slip in a backpack than the full-sized K780. However, the K780 is better-built and features scissor switches that offer a much better overall typing quality than the K480's rubber dome switches.

Logitech Keys-To-Go
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B&H

The Logitech Keys-To-Go is a better option than the Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard if you're looking for a lightweight keyboard to bring around. It's noticeably smaller and lighter than the K480, but it can only be paired to one device at a time, while the K480 can be paired to three simultaneously. The Keys-To-Go is also rechargeable, while the K480 uses two AAA batteries. On the other hand, the Keys-To-Go has a very poor typing experience as the keys are mushy and require a lot of force to actuate.

Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad
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B&H

The Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad is a slightly better keyboard than the Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard. It has a much better build quality and typing experience, it features backlighting, and it's fully compatible with iPadOS. Like the Brydge, the Logitech can connect with any operating system, although some keys won't work depending on the software you're using. The Logitech can connect with up to three devices at once and there's a dedicated software on macOS and Windows that allows you to reprogram some keys.

Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard is better than the  Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen. The Logitech feels more solid and there's a dedicated software to program a few keys. Although both keyboards have similar typing experiences, the Fintie has better ergonomics and it's fully compatible with iOS and macOS.

iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08
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Newegg.com

The iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08 is a better option than the Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard if you're looking for a portable option to use with mobile devices and tablets. It's much more portable thanks to its smaller and foldable design, but it doesn't have a dock for your devices like the K480 does. The iClever uses a rechargeable battery while the Logitech uses two AAA disposable batteries. The rubber domes switches of the iClever also have almost half of the travel distance of the K480.

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