All kinds of products pass through the doors of the Hardware.Info test lab. Anything from huge servers and office laser printers, to mice and their mousepads. This time we're going to take a closer look at the Aten CS533, a switch for a keyboard and mouse that makes it possible to connect one device via USB and two via Bluetooth. Could this be a handy accessory for smartphone and tablet users to have on hand?
The white version gives away what the intended target audience is, which is of course Mac users. That doesn't mean that it won't work just as well with other products though. It's shaped in a such a way that it can function as a stand for your smartphone, and a piece of transparent plexiglass is included to provide a stable dock for a phone.
It's easy to connect the Aten CS533. On the back you'll find USB ports for keyboard and mouse, and a USB cable to connect to your computer. That USB cable also powers the device.
The Aten is a type of keyboard/mouse switch that has been around for years, but in this case has been combined with Bluetooth. You can switch between the connectors by using the hotkeys ALT-F1, ALT-F2 or ALT-F3. ALT-F1 is the USB port, and the other two are the Bluetooth connections. When you enable ALT-F2, the CS533 becomes visible to Bluetooth devices, after which you can connect it with a smartphone or tablet. A laptop with Bluetooth is another option. We tested it with a Mac mini, an iPhone 4S, an iPad 2, a Samsung Galaxy S3, a Sony Tablet S, a laptop via Bluetooth and a laptop via USB. You can read the rest of Aten CS533 preview on Hardware.info.