Samsung’s new wireless keyboard designed for DeX is coming your way


Samsung has announced a new wireless keyboard, the Smart Keyboard Trio 500. According to a listing on Samsung’s store, it’s a compact wireless keyboard with a very similar design to the likes of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but with an interesting Samsung twist – a DeX shortcut to use the desktop-style interface on compatible Samsung devices. DeX has been around since launching on the Galaxy S8 back in 2017, and allows you to access select Samsung phone or tablet’s apps in a windowed-interface similar to a desktop computer. But despite receiving new features and updates with subsequent phone releases, it’s yet to become the true desktop replacement Samsung initially pitched it as. Beyond DeX, the Smart Keyboard Trio 500 has a couple of other tricks up its sleeve. There are customisable shortcut buttons to open your commonly used apps (though this is only compatible with Samsung devices running One UI 3.1 from March 2021 or later). The keyboard can also be paired with up to three devices, and switch between them. Samsung hasn’t listed a price but with an unpacked event coming up, we could get an official unveiling soon.

B&W’s first true wireless headphones have a workaround for in-flight entertainment

Bowers and Wilkins’ debut pair of noise cancelling true wireless earbuds, the PI7, fix one of the key annoyances with the form-factor – it’s usable with in-flight entertainment systems because the case doubles as an audio transmitter. Plug the case into an audio source using an included 3.5mm to USB-C cable and it will retransmit the audio wirelessly to the earbuds. Alongside it, Bowers and Wilkins has also announced the cheaper PI5 true wireless headphones, which also offer noise-cancellation. They claim the PI7’s transmitting case is an industry first, and it’s certainly the first time we’ve heard of such a feature. In contrast, trying to use other popular true wireless earbuds like the AirPods Pro with a plane’s built-in entertainment system requires a third-party dongle. The buds have an IP54 dust and water resistance rating, so they should survive light splashes and limited amounts of dust. Battery life for the PI5 appears to be slightly better than the more expensive PI7 however, with the earbuds offering 4.5 hours of playback on a single charge.