One of the most interesting accessories announced IFA Berlin earlier this month was Logitech’s K480, a keyboard for mobile devices that is capable of connecting to three devices at once via Bluetooth 3.0 and switching between each at the turn of a dial. Now, Microsoft has a similar device.
The very imaginatively named Universal Mobile Keyboard is capable of connecting to up to three devices at once and offers compatibility with iOS (versions 6.0 and above), Android (versions 4.0 and above), and Windows tablets running Windows 8 or Windows RT. No mention of Windows Phone compatibility, unfortunately, so Microsoft’s own smartphone users are left out in the cold this time around.
Switching between devices is done via a slider with handy Windows/Android/iOS markers. It’s also got an integrated stand and the keyboard is detachable from this part of the device, so you don’t have to use it as an all-in-one keyboard dock if you don’t want to.
The Universal Mobile Keyboard will priced at $70 when it launches in the United States, however, here in Canada you can expect to pay a little more. Microsoft says it should be available in Canadian stores by November 15th and will be priced at $79.99.