Portable keyboards are becoming quite popular as people continue to use tablets. Logitech has a number of them on the market, but they have something new called Keys-To-Go. It was released for iOS devices last November, and due to its popularity, they have released a new version that is compatible with both Android (4.1+) and Windows (7+) devices.
This keyboard comes in at only 6.1 mm thick and weighs 180 grams, making it one of the smallest portable keyboards on the market. One of its brightest features is that it’s wrapped in what they call FabricSkin, making it water repellent. This means you can take it anywhere, including the beach, because you don’t have to worry about damaging it. You can simply wipe it clean. Now even though this fabric protects the keyboard from dirt, ironically it’s a bit of a “magnet” to small dirt particles and dust as they stick to it.
The keyboard itself reminds me a lot of the Microsoft Surface keyboard. I haven’t spent much time with that keyboard so I can’t comment on how they differ in terms of typing, but I will say that typing on the Keys-To-Go is nice. It certainly isn’t like typing on your full desktop or laptop keyboard, but you will be surprised at how nice it is for such a small footprint. The keys are well spaced and you get that same tactile feedback that laptops offer.
Logitech included a holder for your phone or tablet in the box. Of course, if your tablet already has a case with a kickstand, then you simply don’t need it. The holder slides onto the keyboard as well.
The only issue I have is that it’s a separate piece and one more thing you need to keep track of when traveling. Now as I mentioned, if you’re using the Keys-To-Go with a tablet that already has a case with a stand, then you can simply leave the holder home. However, if you plan on using the keyboard with your phone, you will have to carry it at all times.
Setting up the keyboard is a breeze. Just connect it to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, just like you would any other Bluetooth device. You will be able to type messages, emails, create Google docs, or anything else that requires input. You will also find Android shortcut keys such as Home, Recent Tasks, Back, and Menu.
There’s even an Email key that opens the Gmail app and a key for taking screenshots. They have also included shortcuts for Cut, Copy, and Paste, although you will have to initiate the action on your phone or tablet, as in mark up what you’re copying first. I did find that the Recent Tasks key worked, but for whatever reason, it went right to the last app I had opened rather than allowing me to scroll on my Nexus 9 to select the app I wanted to return to.
The battery is rechargeable via micro USB (right side) and lasts for up to 3 months. I have only had the keyboard for a few days so I can’t comment on the validity of that, but the bottom line is that it’s not like you will need to charge this thing everyday or even once per week. Logitech included a battery button to see how much battery life you have left. You will also find the power button next to the micro USB port.
Overall, I am satisfied with the Keys-To-Go Keyboard. It’s ultra portable and easy to type on. You will be able to buy the Keys-To-Go later this month for $69, and you will have your choice of black or dark blue.