There is a certain market segment that gravitates to the tablet keyboard. I don’t think my father knows how to use his iPad without the keyboard attached to it. It’s hard to blame him. The experience of tapping on a screen pales next to even the lousiest of physical keyboards—not to mention it makes you cover up half the screen with your sweaty meat paws. To date, those who gravitate to tablet keyboards generally pick a model that doubles as a protective case. This makes logical sense, but it isn’t for everyone—especially if you only need the keyboard once and awhile, and/or if you agree that most keyboard-laden cases are unflatteringly corporate and heinously ugly.
Enter Logitech’s Keys-To-Go, a simple slab of a keyboard, case excluded, that might just be the ticket for those with occasional keyboard needs.
Measuring 9.5 inches by 5.4 inches, the size is in between that of the iPad Air and the iPad mini. But at 6mm thick weighing just 6.3 ounces, it’s so slight that it can ride alongside either of those in your purse (or man-purse) and you’ll never know it’s there.
The Bluetooth keyboard is covered with a rubbery membrane called FabricSkin, which isn’t exactly great for typing feel but which does make it waterproof and invulnerable to crumbs. Somehow, Logitech has squeezed a battery into the thing that is spec’d to last for some 350-plus hours; at two hours of use a day that’ll take you three months between charges (though I didn’t test this claim). $70 isn’t cheap, but it also doesn’t feel exorbitant. As a bonus, it’s loaded up with a row of iOS shortcut keys that minimize the need to keep jumping from keyboard to screen and back.
The Keys-To-Go experience is a decidedly portable one, to the point where it feels a bit flimsy. The scant millimeter of key travel and squished-together keys aren’t going to cut it for writing the Great American Novel, but it’ll manage for your two weeks’ notice.
This model of the Keys-To-Go is designed for all iOS devices (a separate model covers Android and Windows portables), and it also includes a plastic widget that slips onto the back of the keyboard and works as a crude stand. Most tablet users will probably have a stand setup that works already, making this piece unnecessary, but you may want to use it with your iPhone (where stands are much less common). Here the widget isn’t a great solution. Even the slim case on my iPhone made it too obese to fit comfortably into the stand’s slot. Fortunately, this piece isn’t necessary, and alternative options abound.
7/10 – Very good, but not quite great.