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Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 Sees App Switching Embedded Into Keyboard

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K810 Thumb2.jpeg Logitech announced in a blog post Logitech Bluetooth illuminated Keyboard K810, designed for multiple Windows 8 and non-Windows 8 devices.

The keyboard is wireless, works via Bluetooth, and includes shortcuts for Modern UI.

Logitech unveiled a wireless, backlight, hand-sensitive keyboard built for Windows 8, though it also works outside of Windows 8

Shortcuts include functionality for the Start Screen, though Logitech didn’t specify functionality. The battery is rechargeable, so the cost won’t inflate, via USB and while typing. Whether other features like the Charms bar are built into the keyboard remains to be seen. No hands-on impressions of the device are available.

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The keyboard itself uses a brushed aluminum design, designed to work across multiple operating systems and devices, Logitech added. Logitech’s move of allowing the device to work across multiple platforms is a move Microsoft made with Surface, allowing users to remain in comfortable operating systems. The keyboard, as suggested in the name, is backlight. Keys adjust to a rooms lighting, meaning easier readabiflity than having a set lightning — or none.

Sensors detect when a hand approaches the keyboard, turning on, or off when a hand moves away. Whether the device works with microsoft Surface, also launching alongside a keyboard accessory. Microsoft’s device is first-party; it working with the company’s accessories exclusively seems the likely news.

Keyboard Likely First Step In Wave Of Accessories, Keyboard And Otherwise

The thing is about this keyboard is that it may appeal to a select market. Users buying a PC probably buy it bundled with a keyboard; ultrabooks have built-in keyboards, likewise for laptops and hybrid devices; and therefore the device appeals to the tablet market, the new market for Windows 8. The iPad is successful without a keyboard, and Microsoft probably wants Windows 8 tablets to work the same. Buying physical keyboard also inflates the cost of devices, as seen with Surface moving towards $600 is users bundle the keyboard in, sold separately.

Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated a keyboard K810 release October, though no specific date is known. Windows 8 launches October 26; launching the device close to the date seems a safe bet. Logitech also didn’t announce availability of pre-orders, and cost.

Windows 8 launches October 26 worldwide. Surface launches on October 25 at midnight, probably the first Windows 8 device.

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Published: Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 Last Modified: October 17, 2012

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