Logitech unveiled their new Keys-To-Go Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad in late October. This is a nice svelte looking standalone Bluetooth keyboard. It doesn’t attach itself or doubles up as a cover for any iPad, so in that sense it is for all iPads, or all iOS devices as Logitech describes it.
As a Bluetooth keyboard, the Logitech Keys-To-Go actually works with just about any Bluetooth host, including tablets, phones, and computers. In fact, I’m using the Keys-To-Go now paired with my Retina MacBook Pro to type this post. The keys, however, are designed for iOS devices, and they also work great with Mac OS X. Android and Windows users, however, will not find their special keys on this keyboard.
The Logitech Keys-To-Go is ultra slim, measuring just 6 mm thick. It weighs only 180 g. The entire surface is covered in a material Logitech calls FabricSkin. It’s a durable material that resists dirt, crumbs, and spills. Of course, don’t purposely test out spills, because there is an exposed Micro USB port on the side.
The keys are raised a little over the surface, and the FabricSkin material is moulded over them. There’s a small bit of key travel when you depress the keys, so there’s a good mechanical feeling to the keyboard. The FabricSkin material also provides enough traction so that you finger tips make firm contact with the keys without slipping around easily.
As you can see from the key layout, the Logitech Keys-To-Go is made for iOS.
On the right side of the keyboard, there’s an on-off slider switch, and a Micro USB port. The Micro USB port, of course, is use for charging the built-in batteries. Logitech rates the battery to last 3 months.
The on-off slider switch allows you to make sure the keyboard is switched off, without danger of accidental key presses waking up the keyboard. As the Logitech Keys-To-Go is quite flat, it’s easy for keys to get pressed when you pack the keyboard between your tablet, books, or other stuffs.
The keys from left to right stretch a little over 23 cm (total width is 242 mm). It’s a little more crammed than my Retina MacBook Pro’s keyboard. Typing comfort, of course, cannot be compared with a full blown keyboard. But if you’re trying to strike a balance between portability and productivity, I believe the Logitech Keys-To-Go has made the right compromise.
The Logitech Keys-To-Go retails for S$99. It comes with a Micro USB cable in the box.
The Logitech Keys-To-Go is a svelte portable Bluetooth keyboard designed for iOS devices. The keyboard is available in blue, red and black colours.
- Thin and light, very portable
- Physical on-off slider switch
- Comfortable typing
- I wished Logitech made an Android version