Tablet Keyboard Review: Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 3.5
What's Hot: Lightweight, built-in case and stand, great battery life.
What's Not: Older version of Bluetooth, could use more Android keys.
With growing number of tablets coming to market, hardware keyboards can help increase productivity, social networking chats and more. The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 is a good keyboard that's light and portable. It provides not only a smooth typing experience to go with your tablet fun, but is also easy to carry when traveling thanks to a hard shell case that comes with the keyboard. It has built-in Bluetooth, some Android keys, multimedia keys and user replaceable batteries, as well as a built-in tablet stand that?s steady and secure when holding up your Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The keyboard works with all apps we tested it with including Office apps, web browser, email and more.
The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 has a neat design. The keyboard comes with a protective storage case, which is nice when you take the keyboard in your backpack or travel bag on the road. The case is a hard shell case with faux leather type of material on the exterior and a soft lining on the inside. When you take the keyboard out of the case and use it, the storage case turns into a stand for your tablet. The stand is very steady and won?t slide around. It holds your Android tablet in a holder that?s about 1? deep and it has a front lip that prevents the tablet from sliding out of the holder. You can stand your Honeycomb tablet in either landscape or portrait orientation on the keyboard stand. The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 is light, weighing just a little over 14 oz. with battery.
The Logitech Tablet Keyboard has a nice curve that looks modern and clean. The back of the keyboard is thicker than the front, creating a slight ergonomic angle for more comfortable typing. The thicker back also houses the batteries and Bluetooth radio. The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 uses four AAA batteries as power source and you can easily replace them using the battery door on the bottom of the keyboard. On the top right corner of the keyboard, you will find a power on/off button and two LED lights indicating battery level and Bluetooth status. There is a Connect button on the bottom of the keyboard as well to activate Bluetooth connections. The keyboard has rubber feet preventing from sliding on a flat surface.
The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 has built-in Bluetooth v1.2 and should work with tablets and smartphones with Bluetooth HID profile support. When you turn on the Logitech Tablet Keyboard it will put itself in pairing mode and you can use your tablet to search and pair with the keyboard. For subsequent pairing, press the Connect button on the bottom of the keyboard to put it into pairing mode. We tested the keyboard with a variety of smartphones including Android phones and the iPhone 4 as well as tablets, the keyboard paired and worked with each one smoothly. However, since the keyboard has an older Bluetooth version, it lacks some of the advanced features in Bluetooth v2.0 and newer such as multi-connect. It has some trouble reconnecting with previously paired partner after pairing with a new device.
Logitech makes great keyboards, and the tablet keyboard is no exception. The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 measures 11.3 x 5.12 x 0.62 inches and it?s wide enough to have a keyboard that rivals a nice notebook keyboard. The chiclet style keys have decent travel and good tactile feedback. The best part about this keyboard is that it has a very standard layout with the Spacebar in the middle. You should take no time at all getting used to this keyboard if you are used to typing on a desktop or a notebook keyboard.
Logitech makes two versions of this keyboard, one for the iPad/iOS devices and one for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets. Even though these keyboards will work just about anything with Bluetooth HID, they offer something extra for the intended devices. The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 has dedicated Android Honeycomb keys such as Search and Back, but not as many dedicated keys as the Motorola Bluetooth keyboard designed for the Motorola Xoom. The Motorola keyboard has an entire row of Android keys as opposed to a few on the Logitech keyboard. Both the iPad and Android tablet keyboards have media control keys including play/pause, fast-forward/rewind, speaker mute and volume keys. And just in case the keyboard needs moonlighting to work with a Windows machine, it comes with a Windows key.
The Logitech Tablet Keyboard has very good battery life, and you can help enhance that by turning off the keyboard when not using it. It will go to sleep on its own after a period of inactivity. The four AAA batteries live on the back in a silo behind the battery door, and with moderate use, the battery should last you at least 6 months. The LED light on the keyboard tells you the battery level each time you the keyboard on.
If you take your tablet on the road and expect to do some serious work, the Logitech Tablet Keyboard is a good keyboard to add to your gear bag. It?s very light and comes with a sturdy case. The keyboard is very easy to type on and has a very standard layout. The built-in tablet stand is certainly a bonus. The keyboard has a few Android specific keys, as well as multimedia playback controls. For those who want more Android dedicated keys, check out the Motorola Bluetooth keyboard for the Xoom. But if you want a keyboard to share with your notebook and the tablet, the Logitech is a better choice. We wish the Logitech Tablet Keyboard had a newer version of Bluetooth as it some times has some trouble working with previous partners after pairing with new ones.
Web site: Logitech
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