Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Android Tablets Review
Apr 11, 2012 4:28 PM –
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Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Android Tablets is a nifty wireless accessory that can offer the speed of typing and comfort of a full QWERTY keyboard. The bonus here is that it works over Bluetooth (with an extension up to 30 feet), more importantly it features hot keys for common shortcuts to open email, web pages, calendar, control volume, search, play/pause music with skip forward/backward controls plus toggle to the tablet’s home screen. This all is wrapped inside a stylish faux leather protective carrying case; that can also transform into a stand for your tablet device. Making for a convenient accessory that can transform your tablet into a desktop environment that you can swiftly pick up, pack up and carry with you.
For Android 3.0+
Pros & Cons:
- Transform your Android tablet into a mini desktop with full QWERTY keyboard!
- Features convenient shortcuts to launch common tasks: email, web browser, calendar, music, search and home!
- Very easy to setup and use!
- Comes with protective carrying case that transforms into a stand for your tablet!
- Slick light-weight design!
I really dig the design, as it resembles a thin book with its bold white stripe blazing three sides of its contour. The keyboard is small, yet it is actually the measurements of a normal keyboard- less the function, control and number pad rows of keys. The Bluetooth keyboard is run off four AAA batteries, which are included, this adds to not only the aesthetics of the design but gives the keyboard that slight angle for typing. Featuring comfortable chicklet style keys, they are tactile with the right amount of spring and sound. Lastly, if needed there is a “Connect” reset button on the bottom should you need to reset your paired connection, or pair to another Android tablet.
Convenient Shortcut Keys
What I found most convenient about this keyboard was the quick access to hold the “FN” or function button then launch either: email, web browser, calendar, and control music; including play/pause and back/forward buttons. This in addition to a dedicated key for Search and Home. This makes for a more productive experience on a tablet device when attempting to use it for work. Once you become accustomed to operating these functions, you could do much of your navigating on the tablet from the keyboard.
On a side note; if you’re gripping that this doesn’t work for phones… don’t fret. You can use the app MyPhoneExplorer along with your desktop keyboard over your Wi-Fi network to create a wireless keyboard to phone pair.
In my attempts, this was very easy to pair. On your tablet ensure Bluetooth is turned on and make sure the keyboard is turned on. Simply open Settings > Bluetooth, then tap the keyboard in the list of Bluetooth devices, it will prompt you to enter the four digit numbers, press “Enter” and you’re ready!
Carrying Case Transforms into a Stand
What I initially though was novel turned out to be a slick feature with the slide-in carrying case. In our video review above we showed it paired mostly with an Archos 8″ G9 tablet, which has its own kickstand in the back. However, if your tablet doesn’t, such as the ZTE Optik we paired it with, the carrying case can easily convert to a stand. Nicely done!
Logitech Tablet Keyboard
Logitech Tablet Keyboard Side Angle View
Logitech Tablet Keyboard with Tablet and Stand 2
Logitech Tablet Keyboard with Tablet and Stand
Logitech Tablet Keyboard Inside of Carrying Case