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Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android

January 23rd, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android
It’s no secret that extended typing on a tablet or smartphone is challenging task. That’s why innovative tablets like the ASUS Transformer are so popular––people want a real keyboard for long typing sessions. But for tablet owners who don’t have an ASUS Transformer, a portable Bluetooth keyboard is a nice alternative. Logitech, with their years of keyboard-building know-how, released the Bluetooth Keyboard for Android Tablets, which does a little transformation of its own.

PROS

  • Great build quality
  • Easy to use stand
  • Quick pairing
  • Physical home, back and menu keys
  • Media keys for movies and music (via Fn key)
  • Stand works in both portrait and landscape

CONS

  • Super small arrow keys
  • Slight wireless delay
  • Backspace key can get overzealous

SETUP
Setting up the keyboard was simple. After inserting the 4 AAA batteries, I turned it on and pressed the connect button to put it in pairing mode. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 I used to test with, found the keyboard right away. I was then prompted to type in a 4-digit code on the keyboard.

Logitech tablet keyboard box

COMFORT
To make a travel-sized keyboard, there has to be compromises, which means that ergonomics are hardly a consideration. Though the Logitech Tablet keyboard is very compact, I actually found it to be reasonably comfortable to type on. It’s more comfortable than typing on a 10-inch netbook keyboard, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I could type on it for a full work day. Still, for short periods, it’s far easier and comfortable than using an on-screen keyboard.

Logitech tablet keyboard inside case

LAYOUT
The layout of the keys work pretty well. The most significant changes are the keys next to the spacebar and the arrow keys. To the left of the space bar are the search, Alt, Fn, and Ctrl keys. The Ctrl key is about half the size of the Shift key above it. On standard keyboard, the Ctrl key is approximately 80% of the size of the Shift key. This makes using editing shortcuts, a little bit harder until you get used to it. You almost have to look down to find it rather than feeling for it.

Logitech tablet keyboard

The blue-colored Fn key is used to activate the shortcut keys in the number row. You get shorcuts like email, web browser, calendar, music, media back, media play/pause, media forward, volume up and volume down. They’re very convenient to have, especially the media control keys, but the email and calendar keys didn’t work for me. It’s possible they aren’t meant to work with the Gmail app or Google Calendar.

Logitech tablet keyboard-side

To the right of the spacebar is the physical home, back and menu keys. These are great time-savers so that you don’t have to reach for your tablet’s screen for those functions. Squeezed into the lower right-hand corner of the keyboard are the miniature arrow keys, which are the smallest keys on the keyboard and also the hardest to use.

STAND/CASE
The case that the keyboard comes with doubles as a stand. It can be used to prop up your tablet in portrait or landscape modes. The interior fabric of the case is a turquoise, felt-like material, that won’t scratch your tablet’s screen. It’s easy to convert from case to stand and is very sturdy and won’t disengage during use. It even has a little extension so you can angle your tablet in a more slouched position.

Logitech tablet keyboard with stand

ANNOYANCES
The keyboard, while mostly responsive, did seem to exhibit a slight delay now and then. At times, I would type a few words very quickly and the text wouldn’t show up immediately. Then, within a second, all the words would quickly appear.

The biggest problem I had with the keyboard was actually the Backspace key. A few times when I tried to backspace several words at a time by keeping it pressed down, it didn’t stop when I let go and it deleted several more words than I intended. I’m not sure if the wireless delay contributed to this poblem, but if you’re doing a lot of writing, be careful not to hold down the Backspace key for too long––it can get a bit overzealous.

CONCLUSION
The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0+ is a fine compact, wireless keyboard for Android tablets. It’s a great companion to any Android tablet. The build quality surpasses those of other compact tablet keyboards I’ve tried and Logitech backs it with a 3-year warranty. The compromises Logitech had to make in order to make the keyboard a portable solution didn’t hinder its usefulness by much either. I purposely wrote this entire review with it in Evernote on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and was happy with the experience. If you can’t stand typing on a touch screen or want a laptop-style solution for traveling with your Android tablet, the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0+ is a great choice.

Available from Amazon.com.

* Review unit provided by Logitech

  1. ken lindberg
    March 16th, 2014 at 19:40 | #1

    I have a sanyo pad and am looking for a compatable bluetooth full sized keyboard with keys that have curved tops, not flat tops like all laptops seem to have. Any one have any advice ?

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