Review: Logitech Keys-To-Go keyboard

Summary

The Keys-To-Go keyboard exists in a strange space. Logitech clearly took inspiration from Microsoft’s Touch Cover keyboard—the Keys-To-Go is sealed, spill resistant, and incredibly light—but its utility might be limited, depending on where you get things done.

What Matters

While I have elected to not do a spill test, the entire keyboard looks and feels sealed really well. The only two openings of any kind—the power switch and micro-USB port for charging—are together on the right side, tucked in under the sealing to protect from a spill. I feel confident the clumsy among us could sleep a little better at night with this keyboard.

Overall, typing is more enjoyable than I expected. The product photos made it look thinner than the average iPad keyboard, but the layout is the same width as my go-to, Logitech’s Ultraslim. I was also concerned the cloth sealing wouldn’t be attached well. But key travel is good, the cloth doesn’t get in the way, and I used it to type most of this review.

Logitech added its typical custom F-key shortcuts for convenience and, in some cases, they make iOS easier to use than a Mac. For example, the Spotlight shortcut switches you out of the current app, back to the homescreen, and straight to a Spotlight prompt. That’s just great.

As an avid touch and keyboard iOS typist, my major hang up with the Keys-To-Go is how and where to use it. Unlike the Touch Cover, most other iPad keyboards, and the traditional notebooks that inspire this use case in the first place, the Keys-To-Go does not attach to an iPad for writing on your lap on the sofa, or out and about, or really in any situation I try besides sitting upright at a good ol’ fashioned table or desk.

I even tried a setup that Logitech features in some product shots: I put my feet up at the sofa, set the iPad next to me, and used the Keys-To-Go on my lap. I just don’t get it. The one type of situation that seems plausible is something like a typical, cramped airplane coach seat—iPad on the tray, Keys-To-Go underneath in your lap. But that feels a bit niche to me.

Bottom Line

The Keys-To-Go is probably one of, if not *the*, slimmest mobile keyboards available. It isn’t designed to get all Voltron with an iPad and recreate a go-anywhere, notebook-like writing machine with an iPad. It seems meant to offer a compact, mechanical typing experience for a couple of typical scenarios.

If nearly all of your iPad typing is done sitting at a table or desk, you’re looking for the lightest keyboard you can find, and perhaps you even have a little klutz in your genes, I can see the Keys-To-Go working for you. For everyone else, I don’t think this is the right keyboard.