If you’ve got a Bluetooth enabled netbook, you can plug in a number of wireless devices including keyboards, mice, headphones, and whatnot. But that means futzing with Bluetooth software to configure everything correctly, and that can be a real hassle sometimes.
While wireless USB is expected to shake things up any day now, Logitech has another alternative, a Unifying Receiver, which is a tiny USB dongle that you can plug into your notebook, netbook, desktop, or whatever. It can detect a number of Logitech peripherals, including several mouse and keyboard models.
Here’s how it works. You order a Logitech K350 or K340 wireless keyboard for $50 to $60, or a Logitech Marathon Mouse M505 or M705 for $50 to $70, and you’ll get a Unifying receiver with your purchase. So if you buy a wireless keyboard, you’ll get a receiver which you can also use with either supported mouse. Or vice versa. Hopefully Logitech will add support for additional wireless peripherals down the road.
The keyboards should start hitting the US and Europe next month, while the marathon Mouse should be available in Europe this month and in the US early next year.