In addition to announcing its newthis morning, HP also unveiled its new Link-5 technology, and an accompanying family of wireless input devices.
Link-5 is essentially the same concept as Logitech'stechnology, which debuted two years ago. The idea is that instead of using an individual USB RF receiver dongle for each wireless input device, you can free up USB ports by routing the devices through a single receiver dongle.
Both HP's and Logitech's technologies rely on a 2.4GHz RF signal, and each works with only a specific family of compatible devices. HP's Link-5, unsurprisingly, supports up to five devices. Logitech's Unifying Receiver family supports up to six. We'd love it if the two technologies were cross-compatible, but we have a hunch that's too much to ask for.
Starting today, HP has two Link-5 keyboards available: the HP Wireless Mini Keyboard for $59.99, and the HP Ultrathin Wireless Keyboard for $49.99. Later this summer HP will introduce another keyboard, as well as a series of mice.