Speedlink outs ATHERA multi-profile Bluetooth keyboard
By Paul Ridden
February 19, 2013
Speedlink has launched a new full-size Bluetooth keyboard named ATHERA that's capable of simultaneously connecting with five devices, regardless of resident operating system. Should you worry that this might lead to accidental texts to your boss or embarrassing updates to social network feeds, fear not. Key combinations initiated by the user determine which device the keyboard is wirelessly communicating with at any one time.
Speedlink says that ATHERA is compatible with all popular operating platforms and will store pairing data in the keyboard itself for easy switching between iOS, Mac, Android and Windows devices. While the 472 x 144 x 27-mm (18.5 x 5.6 x 1.06-inch) keyboard will also work with the PlayStation 3, you won't be able to use the keyboard with Windows Phone 7 or 8 devices.
According to the company, the combination of 12 multimedia keys and additional hotkeys ensures that all OS-specific special keys are covered, and it benefits from low-profile keys with scissor key technology for reliability, comfort and almost silent typing.
It has a wireless range of up to 10 meters (33 feet) and ships with a USB cable to cater for use with computers without Bluetooth. The supplied AA-sized batteries are reported to last for at least six months.
The ATHERA Multi-Profile Keyboard is available now in Europe for a recommended retail price of €59.99 (US$80).
The animated video below demonstrates the kind of situations where you might find this keyboard useful.
Product page: ATHERA Bluetooth keyboard