Normally if you have multiple wireless devices on your laptop, you’ll have those tiny USB Wireless receivers sticking on the USB slots. These receivers are needed for the wireless devices to work.
Logitech Unifying Receiver is a receiver that unifies multiple wireless devices into a single tiny USB receiver. It means that you only need ONE USB wireless receiver to be used for multiple wireless devices on your laptop! That sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?
The catch is, you have to use Logitech products that are compatible with the receiver. I wish I can get a sample unit out of this though so I can test it with my Microsoft Wireless mouse, the Microsoft Explorer Mini. But I’d assume that it’ll only work with some Logitech wireless products.
Below are the official press release:
Logitech Unifying Receiver Eliminates Need for Multiple Wireless Receivers for Keyboards and Mice
Single Tiny USB Receiver Provides Wireless Control of Up to Six Devices
SYDNEY, Australia. — September 1, 2009 — Today, Logitech Australia introduced a convenient and clutter-free way for notebook users to connect wireless keyboards and mice to their computers – the Logitech® Unifying receiver. So small that it can stay in the laptop when you’re moving around, a single Logitech Unifying receiver can be paired with up to six compatible Logitech mice and keyboards – freeing up valuable USB ports and enabling you to mix, match and add to your existing setup, no matter where you are. The Logitech Unifying receiver is debuting with three new products: the Logitech® Wireless Keyboard K340, Logitech® Marathon Mouse M705 and the Logitech® Wireless Mouse M505.
“At Logitech, we’re always looking for ways to make life easier,” said Rory Dooley, Logitech’s senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit. “With this unique new receiver, now you can pick and choose the mouse and keyboard that work best for you whether you’re at the office, at home or on the road.”
Plug it, Forget it, Add to it
The Unifying receiver—based on the groundbreaking design of the industry-first Logitech Plug-and-Forget Nano-receiver—is so tiny (it protrudes only 8 mm from the edge of your computer) you can leave it in your laptop when it’s time to pack up and go. Whether moving around the office, traveling for business, checking e-mail at a local café or chatting online with family from the lounge, your favorite peripherals are ready to work whenever, wherever you are.
Setting up the Unifying receiver and your Logitech peripherals is fast and easy: just plug in the receiver and the mouse or keyboard is recognised in seconds. When you want to add more devices, the Unifying software (available for download at www.logitech.com/unifying) walks you through a few steps to get your new device up and running.
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K340
The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K340 is Unify compatible and features Logitech® Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, which gives you the reliability of a cord plus wireless convenience and freedom. Fast data transmission, virtually no delays or dropouts, and 128-bit AES encryption for security give you the peace of mind of knowing that your data is safe from receiver to computer.
Designed to fit your space and your life, the compact K340 won’t take up a lot of room on your desk and is easy to store or take with you. Yet its full-size layout and number pad put all the keys you need within reach. Your keyboard is always ready when you need it thanks to up to three years of battery life. To give you more comfort, the keyboard’s low profile design helps place your hands and wrists in a more neutral position. Plus, the quiet, responsive keys feel great and barely make a sound.
Logitech Marathon Mouse M705
So you can power on—from home to work and on the road—the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 can go up to three full years between battery changes using less than half the power of comparable mice (tested against popular battery-powered optical and laser wireless mice commercially available as of March 1, 2009). With hyper-fast scrolling, you’ll fly through long documents to find what you need in a flash. Laser tracking ensures smooth, responsive cursor control. And the sculpted, right-hand shape naturally conforms to your hand.
Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
The Logitech Wireless Mouse M505 helps you get more done, more comfortably, in more places. With up to 15 months of battery life, you’ve got the power to stay productive, while laser tracking gives you responsive, precise cursor control on surfaces where optical mice fail. And the ergonomically designed, ambidextrous shape with soft rubber grips conforms to your hand to be naturally comfortable, yet the mouse is compact enough to take with you.
Battery life of Logitech keyboards is based on a calculation of an estimated 2 million keystrokes per year in an office environment; battery life for Logitech mice may vary based on user and computing conditions.
Pricing and Availability
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K340 – RRP $99.95
Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 – RRP $129.95
Logitech Wireless Mouse M505 – RRP $89.95
***Logitech Unify products are expected to be available in Australia from September
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