Logitech Keys-To-Go review: A super-slim keyboard that'll click with mobile typists

Thin is in.

Credit: Ben Patterson / IDG

Slim, light, and sturdy, the Logitech Keys-to-Go keyboard is a great match for tablet- or phone-toting users ready to type up a storm while they're on the road. While the keyboard lacks programmable keys or an easy way to switch its Bluetooth connection between multiple devices, the Keys-To-Go keyboard's ultra-thin design and impressive typing feel make it a compelling option for productivity-minded road warriors.

Basic features

  • Two versions: one compatible with Android and Windows, while another supports iOS devices
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Water-resistant
  • Rechargeable, with an advertised three months between charges

Design

The Keys-To-Go keyboard ($70 list) certainly lives up to its name as far as portability is concerned. A mere 6 millimeters thin, the 5.4x9.5x0.24-inch Keys-To-Go is about the same length as an iPad Air and a little more than an inch narrower, making for a nice fit when you're carrying both in one hand.

Logitech Keys-To-Go water resistance Ben Patterson / IDG

The Logitech Keys-To-Go keyboard isn't afraid of a little water.

The 6.4-ounce keyboard feels pleasingly light yet surprisingly sturdy. Even better, the Keys-To-Go keyboard is covered with a water-resistant fabric that's designed to brush off crumbs and spills. As a test, I held the keyboard under a faucet for a few seconds, and the water rolled right off the keys. A quick wipe with a paper towel was all it took to dry the keyboard completely. Sadly, the exposed Micro USB charging port on the side of the keyboard means you should probably refrain from typing in the tub.

Included in the Keys-To-Go box is a small, sturdy metal bracket for propping up a phone or a tablet. Sliding the Keys-To-Go into a slot on the bracket gives the flat keyboard an ever-so-slight incline.

Logitech Keys-To-Go tablet bracket Ben Patterson / IDG

The bracket that's included with the Keys-To-Go keyboard can prop up a phone or a tablet.

Connectivity & platform support

Connecting the Keys-To-Go keyboard to your PC or mobile device is a fairly straightforward process. Just turn on the keyboard, then open the Bluetooth settings on the device you want to connect and tap "Keys-To-Go" in the list of available devices.

Unfortunately, the Keys-To-Go keyboard lacks the ability to quickly toggle its Bluetooth connection between multiple devices, a feature that would have come in handy on such a mobile-centric device as this one.

We should also note that there are two versions of the Keys-To-Go keyboard: one that works with iOS devices, and a second that supports Android and Windows. In other words, if you're a Windows user who wants to use the Keys-To-Go keyboard on both your PC and your iPad, you'll have to pony up for both the iOS and Android/Windows models.

Typing feel

No question about it: The Keys-To-Go keyboard takes getting used to, and if you're expecting a 6-millimeter-thick keyboard to feel as good as a full-size model, you'll be disappointed. That said, the more I tested the keypad, the more my initial resistance melted away.

Despite the keyboard's ultra-thin design, the keys themselves boast decent travel and clickiness. Key discovery is only so-so, and my pinky consistently had trouble locating the Delete key. Over time, though, I found myself typing quickly and confidently. Indeed, I composed much of this review using the keyboard paired with my Nexus 5X.

Hotkeys

You won't find any programmable or traditional function keys on the Keys-To-Go keyboard, but it does comes with a solid array of hotkeys.

Logitech Keys-To-Go hotkeys Ben Patterson / IDG

The Android/Windows version of the Keys-To-Go keyboard boasts hotkeys for Home, switching apps, music, mail, and more.

On the Android/Windows side, you get hotkeys for Home, switching apps, mail, music, media playback, volume, screenshot, and search. iOS users must do without the mail and music hotkeys, but they instead get virtual keyboard and switch language buttons.

Both Android/Windows and iOS users get a trio of function keys that let you cut, copy, and paste text.

Conclusion

If you need to write a report or compose lengthy email while you're on the road, the sturdy and comfy Logitech Keys-To-Go keyboard will make typing on your Android or iOS device a lot easier.

 

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