Logitech K780 :: What a keyboard

by Volker Weber


This is one of the rare moments where I meet a product that checks out in every single aspect. The K780 is a desktop keyboard, that can hold up your tablet or smartphone. It's a full featured six row keyboard with numeric keypad. Zero compromises.


The most important trick is the Bluetooth switcher. You pair it with three devices at a time simply by holding down one of those numbers for three seconds. Once you paired your devices you just hit the corresponding key and it connects.


It is quiet, substantial and heavy. Not meant to travel with you in your bag. But it is going to live on my table for the indefinite future. Editor-refuses-to-give-it-back award. Probably the biggest there ever was.

K780 works with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Android and iOS. On MacOS and Windows you can download Logitech Options to customize the keyboard to your needs. It uses Bluetooth Smart for very low energy consumption and runs on two small batteries If you Mac or PC does not have Bluetooth Smart you can use the included pre-paired USB dongle.


Last but not least, the materials are fantastic. Matte black with white accents. It sits on a grey plate that also builds up the hump which keeps you tablet or smartphone upright. Since the keyboard is heavy, there is no wiggle. It's all around solid.

In the past, Logitech has been a provided of inexpensive computer peripherals, but the last three products I have been using point into a very different direction. Both the Logi Base as well as the Logi Create are very well thought out and provide a quality experience day in and day out. And this keyboard continues on the same path.

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Fritz!Box 7580

by Volker Weber


Ich bin ein absoluter Fritz!Box-Fan. Punkt. Aber vor gut drei Wochen hatte ich auf einmal ein Problem mit meiner 7490. Der Sync zur Telekom brach zusammen. Ich war felsenfest überzeugt, das kann nur an der Telekom liegen, aber die war völlig unschuldig. Das habe ich schnell herausgefunden, in dem ich eine 7390 dran gehängt habe. Alles ging, also hatte das DSL-Modem einen Schlag.

Zeit für eine neue Fritz!Box und wieder sollte es das beste sein, was AVM zu bieten hat. In diesem Fall die 7580. Kennt Ihr die Systematik dieser Nummern? Die erste Zahl beschreibt den Funktionsumfang. 3xxx z.B. ist ohne Telefonie, 7xxx ist mit Telefonie. Die zweite Ziffer beschreibt die Generation: 70xx, 71xx, 72xx, 73xx 74xx, 75xx. Mit der 7580 bin ich also nun auf der sechsten Generation. Aber 80 ist weniger als 90? Ganz einfach, die 7580 kann eingangsseitig kein ISDN mehr. Brauche ich auch nicht, weil ich das letztes Jahr abgeschafft habe.

Und dann habe ich das gemacht, was ich immer mache. Und bin voll auf die Schnauze gefallen. Alle Settings exportiert, neue Box angeschlossen, alles reingesteckt, Settings importiert, und dann nur noch die DECT-Telefone verbunden. Ergebnis: nach einem Tag stand die Fritz!Box und war nicht erreichbar. Stecker raus, Stecker rein. Alles geht. Sechs Stunden später, wieder ein Aufhänger.

Und man hat nicht die geringste Chance, die Ursache zu finden. Der Support bot mir eine neuere Software an, die sich nicht installieren ließ. Dann kam die Laborversion, die ebenfalls nicht installierbar war.

Dann habe ich eine Nacht über das Problem nachgedacht und bin zum Schluß gekommen, dass die Fritz!Box sich immer dann weghängt, wenn Sie eine Datei schreiben muss. Also etwa eine Anrufbeantworter-Nachricht. Oder eben ein neues Image. Was konnte ich machen? Ich Dussel hatte den USB-Speicher einfach umgesteckt ohne ihn neu zu konfigurieren. Zur Sicherheit ein neues Medium genommen, alles konfiguriert und jetzt schnurrt die Maschine wieder, wie ich das von AVM kenne.

Merke: PEBKAC. Problem exists between keyboard and chair.

DTEK updates finally rolling out to all devices

by Volker Weber

We have become aware of an issue related to the updating of specific open market versions of DTEK50 in Europe with monthly security patches. The latest software will be available starting the week of October 17th. We are taking steps to ensure that future security updates won’t get caught up in any operating system updates which can cause delays.

- Alex Thurber, SVP BlackBerry Device Sales

Last week it came to our attention that some DTEK50 weren't updating at all. Some were still on the July 05 patch level. We raised this issues with BlackBerry and finally got this answer. I did not like the "starting the week of October 17th" date, because that extends into the indefinite future but I am receiving reports that the DTEK50 sold through other outlets than ShopBlackBerry are finally getting their updates. It's a pretty big udate with more then 370 MB so BlackBerry seems to be staging it.

A few thoughts on the Galaxy Note 7 aftermath

by Volker Weber

Lots of articles about what the best replacement is and I find them not very useful. Some thought in no particular order:

If an iPhone is not in your budget, neither is a Pixel. You will have to compromise. That's OK, but don't pretend you didn't. I have seen plenty of capable Android devices in the 300 to 400 range.

You learn something every day

by Volker Weber


When editing a text on iPhone 6S or 7, force touch the keyboard to get a track pad. #mindblown

Registration for Connect 2017 is now open

by Volker Weber


Plantronics updates the BackBeat Pro cans

by Volker Weber


I have had only one complaint about the BackBeat Pro headset: it's comically large on your head. But it does sound really great and it works extremely well isolating you from the noise around you. And it can do that 24 hours on a single charge.

Plantronics has been updating this 2013 design and came up with something smaller and lighter. I can't judge it from the photos, but supposedly the new cans take up 35% less volume and are 15% lighter, while sounding even better. I will let you know when I have a pair.

Plantronics should really hire a design director. Both the more expensive "Special Edition" above and the normal BackBeat Pro 2 don't look very intriguing. What is special besides the colour? The case and NFC pairing. What? NFC pairing is a differentiating feature? You've got to be kidding me!

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vowe's choice 2016

by Volker Weber


While I talk about many products, I use very few tools to work with. They have to be efficient, very low maintenance and purposeful. I never mess with them, I don't install unnecessary software and I clean them up weekly.

I also use the products I write about extensively, so they may seem more important once in a while. But they are not. All of them are inferior in one way or the other. Sometimes the hardware is excellent but the software gives me headaches.

You don't see anything surprising in the photo above. MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, iPhone, Plantronics Voyager Edge, Manfrotto Pixi, ShoulderPod. And a bag. What may surprise you: I don't use pen and paper. Everything created is digital. And not everything is new. The MacBook Pro for instance is a late 2013 model. The endangered species here is the Plantronics headset. I have already tried the AirPods but I could not take them home.

There is a bit of redundancy in my toolset. The first thing I could live without is the iPad Pro with Pencil. The last two things I would keep are the MacBook Pro and the iPhone.

Planet Earth II :: Stunning Shots

by Volker Weber

Now we know everything about the DTEK60

by Volker Weber


The official announcement of the DTEK60 must be imminent. The specs were leaked by BlackBerry, the photos and the price were leaked by B&H Photo in New York, and it's already listed in Canada.

If you look at the photos over at Crackberry.com, you can see it is a TCL device like the DTEK50. I also pegged the price right at $499. It's going to be more expensive than the Priv which is currently on sale at 474 € incl. VAT.

Now BlackBerry has to get out of the door with their new device.

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