Logitech POP Keys: Two Minute Assessment
The Logitech Pop Keys offers a unique take on the standard keyboard experience that is sure to turn heads, thanks to its bright and fun color scheme and satisfying tactile response.
The Pop Keys is available now for $99/£89AU$129. This places the price lower than many gaming keyboards, but still much higher than the cheaper entry-level models that the average buyer is more likely to buy.
Compared to something like the Logitech K780, intended for mobile devices and costing $79 (about £65 / AU$110), the Pop Keys may seem a bit pricey. But it’s not nearly as expensive as some of the best gaming keyboards like the Razer Huntsman V2 Analogwhich will set you back $249.99.
For a wireless keyboard, the Pop Keys aren’t necessarily overpriced, especially for what you get in terms of personality and experience, but it’s certainly not a budget option.
Instead, the Pop Keys sit in the middle of the typical keyboard price range, which makes it quite steep for the casual buyer, especially with cheaper keyboard options that are functional enough for everyday use.
Still, the Logitech Pop Keys is certainly unique in look and feel, and it’s certainly meant to appeal to a younger audience. It’s lightweight and comes in three beautiful color schemes, with round keys that resemble an old-fashioned typewriter. What really sets it apart, though, is its mix of modern and almost sparkling aesthetics, making it one of the best keyboards out there for someone who wants all their computer accessories to appeal to their personality, and that personality isn’t gaming related.
The unusual color combinations should fall visually flat, but instead, the clashing themes flow seamlessly together to create a unique look that is sure to turn heads.
Using it feels as unique as it looks. Like a typewriter, pressing each key provides satisfying mechanical feedback and click-clack response.
Despite being made of hard plastic, the Pop Keys have a high quality feel and the keyboard is very lightweight, making it easy to carry around. The key layout is the standard tenkeyless key set, although there are a few extra function keys on the side.
Typing with the pop keys is smooth and responsive for the most part, with every keystroke being registered instantly. An impressive achievement considering this is a wireless keyboard. The keyboard itself has three hotkeys at the top, so you can switch between three separate devices via Bluetooth or the USB receiver. Setup is quick and easy, but occasionally the connection drops and you need to do a hard reset to get it working again.
There are also several new keys meant to be shortcuts for different emojis, but after testing we found they were very inconsistent depending on the device it’s connected to. For example, it barely worked with one laptop we tried it on, while it’s more effective on tablets and phones. While played as an important feature, in the long run it’s a rather insignificant feature that could easily have been something much more useful, such as more shortcuts for important PC functions.
However, a major drawback of the stylized keys is that the smaller round design can be difficult to use for people with thick fingers or shaky hands. In those cases, the accuracy of each keystroke decreases significantly, slowing down the overall typing speed.
It’s a shame there aren’t multiple sizes on offer, as the keyboard’s mechanical feedback is especially useful for those who need to feel every button press. For those who could put it to better use, the Logitech Pop Keys are a fun, colorful alternative to the more mundane options out there – just don’t expect too much from them.