Photojournalism has never been more convenient: a keyboard rules them all. Logitech’s compact keyboard is a classic mini keyboard: born in 2015, it has one of the first Bluetooth connections with multiple memory slots that can be clearly operated with a combination of keys, it became a kind of Harry Potter wand of home appliances and is still served today As one of the best lighter keyboard alternatives for Apple devices.
But how is it on the road? Can it compete with other communication methods that Apple is implementing? Is it fun and comfortable to use? Find all the answers below.
The test keyboard contains a file Italian design And the It is compatibleaccording to the box it came in by Logitech, With Android devices, Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV), Microsoft (Windows). It’s a compact keyboard, 75% more “full” keyboard even with the numeric keypad. This translates to being a keyboard comparable to Apple’s Magic Keyboard and all laptop keyboards. It weighs 400g, and measures 1.7cm x 27.9cm x 12.4cm.
The command keys (CTRL, FN, ALT/START, and CMD/ALT) have a dual character depending on whether they are “assigned” by a Mac or a PC. The keyboard has a row of function keys that are mapped to some multimedia commands but the first three after Escape are actually the ones used to register and activate the three saved Bluetooth devices. Just press the function key. Any key, due to an unfortunate combination, is placed to the right of the CTRL key and not to the left, which creates some problems for those who use the keyboard by typing without looking.
The keys are round but comfortable, with the just-mentioned cavity in the center that favors fingertip use. The F and J keys have the “notch” that is used to place fingers without looking, while the arrow keys are shaped like an inverted T with space on either side, albeit smaller. In fact, it’s the only keys with non-standard dimensions because all the others are pleasantly symmetrical (no accented or SHIFT keystroke).
Finally, the stroke is 1.6mm, and the actuation technology is clearly diaphragm with scissor-activated keys, which makes this keyboard relatively silent and with pressed-key actuation accuracy that cannot be compared to a mechanical keyboard.
Finally, the keyboard is powered not by an internal rechargeable battery but by two removable AAA batteries, which in any case last for very long periods: Logitech advertises two years of “heavy” use for eight hours a day five days a week. For this reason, the keyboard only has the power key on the left side: you don’t need to recharge. In addition, the wedge profile shape with four small rubber feet makes adjusting your writing easier.
On the road
Usually, when you experiment with the technological tools of everyday life, you try not to let your professionalism prevail because the audience is large and they don’t always have the same needs. Indeed, unlike a photographer or video maker who tries to use a laptop without an SD card socket, a journalist must point out the problem but also think about those who do not need this type of slot and, on the contrary, prefer a computer with linear.
However, in the case of this keyboard, we make an exception because the profession of “written journalist” actually brings with it a useful experience to understand this device. The keyboard is ultimately the only form of direct interaction (aside from the mouse) with computers. And in our case it was very positive.
This keyboard is above all powerful and compact. So much so that we decided to carry it with us in our backpack along with the iPad as an alternative to the more expensive one that Apple has to offer. But also to use it at home with iPhone and Mac mini. In all cases, the considerations were always the same.
Switching from one saved device to another is very easy and fast. The keyboard easily recognized and “found” all Apple devices in an instant after the first contact was established. We set the Mac mini to the first button, the iPad to the second, and the iPhone to the third—easy to set up and switch between them. The only slight hiccup occurred when we used the keyboard on the Mac mini to “wake” it from sleep. With the iPhone and iPad there are no problems but we have not always succeeded with the Mac mini. Not bad: just use the mouse and you will get the same result.
Writing is comfortable and easy. It is not a mechanical keyboard, so it does not have the famous typewriter strokes and feedback, instead it has a sufficiently long stroke (1 mm) and a stable and hesitation-free actuation, which allows you to type with ten fingers without problems. We found the spacing of the round keys to be more than adequate (they practically touch each other) to get the right separation and at the same time not to get “lost” with fingers between one key and another.
The sturdiness and the relative weight of the frame, but above all the angle of elevation and the stability of the four rubber feet make the keyboard solid and well-fixed on the table. We used it on the train, at home, on the kitchen or office table, on the tables of a few bars. It clearly lacks the flexibility of a laptop, and it doesn’t seem like the best tool for writing an email in a coffee shop, but for mobile use, perhaps in the classroom rather than in another part of the house or on vacation, it’s perfect.
The Logitech keyboard certainly performs relatively better than Apple’s Magic Keyboard for Mac, which has a much lower profile and less pronounced tilt, which forces the wrists to be parallel to the writing surface.
It’s a “good normal” keyboard. Strong, it just works. The technology and system of use with the three colored keys to activate three different Bluetooth connections has become a classic and in everyday use the keyboard connection works very well: easy and intuitive. The action of the keys and the solidity of the strike without a doubt and with a very limited pre-stroke, as well as the grip on the surface on which the structure rests, are excellent for a plastic keyboard with a strong profession for easy portability. The presence of the power button allows you to carry it in your backpack without fear that it will turn on by itself and you can run on the batteries. It’s not very light (four ounces) but it’s a price to pay for a solid keyboard.
We have no lag, doubling, or character loss to report when typing quickly (with known limitations of membrane technology keyboards). We didn’t hear any particular typing “efforts” compared to the Magic Keyboard we’re used to. The execution of the keys is pleasant and has a muffled noise that differs from, say, Apple’s Magic Keyboard. The price difference makes it more interesting for those who want a new keyboard compatible with the Apple ecosystem.
In our opinion, the quality of Logitech’s product also lies in the ease with which you can find your preferred layouts, clearly including the Italian layout (which is not so evident with the Chinese keyboards found online).
Slightly smaller than Apple keyboards but more solid despite being made entirely of plastic, the presence of two AAA batteries for power supply and the simultaneous lack of a socket to plug it into a computer is baffling: it’s easier to find fresh batteries but just in case of an emergency you can’t plug it directly into the computer . However, it consumes very little and the batteries last practically forever. The Apple software does not detect remaining battery life (it does not indicate if the keyboard is empty).
Finally, aside from the single inversion of the CTRL and FN keys (awkward for those who are used to using the CTRL key to right-click with a desktop trackpad), it should be noted that the “special” keys (top row) are somewhat different from those on Apple keyboards and can only be changed by downloading Logitech software. However, the preset functions are very simple and it is easier not to complicate life.
In this keyboard’s price range, there are no mechanical keyboard or gaming keyboard alternatives (with lower latency and more robust keys) so the choice is forced. However, the backlight is missing, which would put the two AAA batteries into a crunch but limit the use of this keyboard to situations where there are light sources (even Apple’s Magic Keyboards don’t have a backlight). The colors and shape, especially thanks to the round keys, make it a fun thing to use on the desk at home and when traveling.
7 and a half
- Sturdy and functional at a great price
- Great bluetooth connection
- AAA batteries but they last a long time
- Available in different colours
- It’s not the background
- Does not contain a patch cord socket
- Round keys are comfortable, but not for everyone
Retail price is €46.99, at the time of writing it is being offered on Amazon at 44% discount for Black Friday at €26.99.