Keyboards haven't yet outlived their usefulness, and Logitech continues to make some of the best for adding a little something extra to your iPad.
Here we've got a quick look at the Logitech Keys-To-Go. It's a ridiculously thin keyboard for tablets. The one we have here is technically marketed for Android and Windows — it's got a telltale Windows key as well — but it'll work with iOS, too. (If you just have to have one sans Windows key, there's a more iOS-friendly one available, too.)
There are a couple ways to use this keyboard. The sexier of the two is to already have the tablet propped up somehow (perhaps with Logitech's own propper-upper), and then have the keyboard away from the display in a more comfortable manner. We'll call that "future mode." But given the resolution of tablets these days, you might want it closer. So there's a removable plastic clip that lets you stand the tablet up in the usual position right behind the keyboard.
This isn't a full-size keyboard, obviously, but it's surprisingly good given its stature. The thinness can't be understated. On paper it maxes out at 0.24 inches thick, but in reality it feels thinner than a quarter-inch. The keys have a decent amount of travel to them consider that thinness. Our only real complaint was that the material covering the keys feels a little loose. (That could just be a manufacturing discrepancy, but we have a hard time seeing it getting any less lose over time.) And it's a bit of a dust magnet — particularly the tacky bottom of the keyboard. It won't take long to get a little nasty. (You can, however, clean the keyboard with a damp cloth just fine.)
There's a microUSB port for charging in the back right corner, next to an on/off switch. Logitech rates it at three months of use on a charge. There are a handful of application/feature shortcut keys as well. It uses Bluetooth 3.0 for the connection and works with Android 4.1 and up, and Windows 7 and up.
- Ridiculously thin
- Good key travel
- Long battery life
- Doesn't attach to the tablet for travel
- Cloth on keys feels a little loose
- May be cramped for some
This isn't a bad little keyboard at all. It's portable as heck, and while we generally prefer keyboards that attach to their devices for easier traveling, there's no denying that the thinness of this keyboard means you can pretty much slip it in anywhere. The Logitech Keys to Go keyboard for Android and Windows is available in black or blue, and MSRP is $69.99, but prices may well vary.