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Earlier this week, I took a look at the new Bluetooth keyboard for mobile devices from ZAGG, the ZAGGkeys Flex. Since one can never have enough gadgets for their gadgets, today we're going to look at Logitech's offering to the Android tablet realm. While this keyboard isn't brand-spanking new (it has been out for a year or so), it's still just as relevant as it was on release day; given the increase in popularity of Android tablets, perhaps even more so.

Before we get into the the good and bad aspects of this keyboard, though, let's first take a look at the details.

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The Details

  • What is it? It's a Bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0+ devices with a carrying case that doubles as a tablet stand.
  • How much it is? $70 directly from Logitech, or about $55(ish) on Amazon
  • Where can I buy it? Logitech or Amazon

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The Good

  • It's a full-size keyboard, so it brings a desktop-like experience to your tablet.
  • Typing on the keyboard is pretty fantastic - not cramped in the slightest and the keys have a good amount of travel. It's definitely comparable to a full computer experience.
  • Very, very solid. There's nothing flimsy about this keyboard - it feels incredibly well made.
  • Hotkeys for Calendar, Music + controls, volume, home, and back, as well as normal shift+arrow, ctrl+arrow, and alt+arrow line navigation.
  • Classy black and blue color scheme with matching case. It looks quite nice. 
  • The case easily converts into a stand for your tablet.
  • Speaking of, the stand offers more than one angle, which is very useful.
  • Very simple pairing/reconnecting process.

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The Bad

  • Non-rechargeable batteries - it uses AAA sized batteries, which is just inconvenient. Since it's Bluetooth, however, it shouldn't need new batteries very often.
  • At 398 grams, it's surprisingly heavy; in fact, it weighs nearly the same as many tablets.
  • It doesn't "sleep" after a specified amount of inactivity, which could lead to faster battery drain. 
  • The stand slides around when tapping the device's display (I'm sure this varies with different types of surfaces, but I had to hold onto the tablet while using it on my desk).
  • Not as many Android optimized keys as other Bluetooth keyboard options.

Conclusion

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There's no doubt that the Logitech keyboard for Android 3.0+ devices is a dang nice keyboard to type on. It makes inputting information on your tablet a breeze, offers a pleasant typing experience, and looks great doing it. However, it is a bit on the heavy side, especially compared to the ZAGGkeys Flex keyboard that I looked at earlier in the week. For some users, however, the tradeoff of a full size keyboard may be worth the added bulk -- just make sure you carry extra AAA batteries everywhere you go so you never run out of juice.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

    I've had this tablet for a few months now (I forget exactly when I purchased it, but more than 3 months ago). I must say, it's the best bluetooth tablet keyboard I've ever used. I frequently connect it to my HP TouchPad (running Android 4), occasionally my Galaxy Nexus, and even oftentimes my computer.

    Regarding sleep, I do believe it indeed sleeps after a period of time. When connected to my devices, it takes a second after a keystroke to register while it wakes back up. In addition, I have yet to replace the batteries. :)

    It, along with the Apple Magic Trackpad, is the best tablet accessory I've ever used. :D

  • Hal Motley

    I would say that as long as a keyboard gives a quick and comfortable experience to the typist which would provide productivity.

    The QWERTY layout itself is designed to be pretty slow anyway and we don't need a keyboard to make it worse. Plus it has all the keys!If I ever considered an Android tablet which doesn't have a keyboard dock I would probably consider this.

  • LisaMarli

    We've had this keyboard for a number of months now. I use it for my Acer A100 (4.+) We also use it for my Motorola Atrix and my son's Samsung Galaxy, both of which are still at 2.+. It works well for all three devices. What you lose with a 2.+ device is some key functions. BUT the Keyboard still pairs and acts like a blue tooth keyboard.
    As a touch typist, I find the keyboard is comfortable and easy to use. My son must think so too, as he takes the keyboard to class for note taking and I have a hard time getting it from him when I need to use it. We may end up buying a second one. ;)
    We find the batteries are not a problem. It sips power, so they last a reasonable amount of time. And No Recharging Hassles. You just need to carry an extra set of batteries. The swap out is easy. And since we are sharing this Keyboard, there is no "I thought you recharged the keyboard" arguments.
    I would definitely buy it again.
    PS I recently used the Atrix dock that costs $500. Except for the nice large screen, it wasn't an improvement over this keyboard.

  • JonJJon

    I used to have this keyboard, but don't have a tablet, I won it but decided I don't have the use of a tablet and so have decided I'm not going to get one any time soon. However I did try it out with my laptop and it worked beautifully, it also works great with the PS3 which is why my friend now has it for that purpose. It's a good multi-use keyboard, comfortable to type on and very nicely built with the case being quite swish indeed.

  • http://www.ragtop.org/ Jeff

    I wish the review included a picture of how the keyboard fits when it is all the way in the case. It seems like it is awkward since one end of the keyboard is much fatter than the rest. Does the end of the keyboard stick out of the case or does the larger end used to make it a nice snug fit?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Doh! I can't believe I forgot that pic! Here it is:

  • Chris

    Cameron (or someone else who owns this) How loud are the keys? I think that's what turned me off the Zaggkey (linked to in this review) :)

  • Osman

    http://logitech-en-amr.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/23558/~/first-key-presses-on-logitech-tablet-keyboard-missed-when-waking-from-sleep-mode

    I've owned this keyboard for a few weeks now and was turning off the switch after every use as I do not use it everyday. The "sleep" discussion got me curious and I found this link above that says it does sleep after a few minutes of idle time.

  • roninpenguin

    I've been using this keyboard for months now and I really love it, maybe even more then the keyboard I have on my desktop.

    For me the AAA batteries are a plus because it seams that I run out of charge when I'm away from home, and the only thing that I have with me is my tablet, so all I need to do is switch out the batteries and I'm going again.

  • Edward

    Correction: . The keyboard does sleep ... and only after a few minutes of inactivity. I have used this keyboard daily since purchase and it does go to sleep.... very low power consumption thus long battery life. Good keyboard.