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Logitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard Review

As yesterday’s youngsters turn out to be in the present day’s extremely sought-after demographic for entrepreneurs, it is no shock firms need to ship merchandise aimed particularly on the 16-to-24-year-old Gen Z crowd. In one such try to seize the eye of youthful audiences, Logitech seeks to stroll the fantastic line between cool and cringe with the POP Mechanical Wireless Keyboard ($99.99). This compact, colourful wi-fi mechanical keyboard has some cool, quirky performance, but additionally a shocking lack of customization given its tech-savvy target market. Possibly extra of a priority: It’s arduous to sort on.


Smile Like You Mean It

The very first thing you’ll discover about this new keyboard is simply how colourful it’s. The Logitech POP Mechanical Keyboard is the flagship product of Logitech’s Studio Series line, which incorporates the $40 POP Mouse, additionally pictured above, that will probably be reviewed individually. (The two merchandise are usually not obtainable as a bundle.) The board is available in three completely different coloration choices, every yet another vibrant than the final. Our evaluation unit makes use of the Blast coloration scheme—a saturated yellow physique with black and grey round keys harking back to an old-school typewriter. Your different choices embody the cooler lilac, blues, and whites of the Daydream coloration scheme, or the softer reds and pinks of the Heartbreaker.

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Logitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard side view


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Whatever coloration you select, you’ll be greeted with the identical tenkeyless-design board. At 1.4 by 12.6 by 5.5 inches (HWD) and simply 1.7 kilos, the POP Keyboard is compact and light-weight, and the keys, that are rounded on the edges, are roughly the identical dimension as your fingertip. Logitech opts out of the widespread Cherry MX switches present in most mechanical boards, in favor of TTC Brown switches.

In use, the TTC Brown switches work simply in addition to their Cherry MX cousins, offering a satisfying clack (although some might agree that they are barely louder than Cherry MX Brown switches). There’s sufficient area between the keys to wash between them simply, although due to the form of the keys, not each certainly one of my button presses caught their touchdown. Speed typists mustn’t apply.

Logitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard corner


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Along the appropriate flank of the board, you may discover the ability swap, and beneath, a slight bump atop the realm the place the AAA battery is saved—this protrusion additionally offers the board a little bit of inclination. Overall, it’s a really perky-looking board and is bound to brighten up your desktop.

The POP keyboard’s second promoting level is a bit more durable to swallow. The board options 5 devoted emoji buttons, that are meant to boost your boring textual content with a fast smiley, a crying face, or a heart-eyed emoji. Four emoji keycaps come put in on the board, with 4 extra included within the field.

Logitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard keys and mouse


(Photo: Zackery Cuevas)

To make certain, the use and which means of an emoji has turn out to be extra polarizing as occasions change. (Just ask anybody underneath the age of 25 in the event that they’ve ever used the crying emoji un-ironically.) So the quick-access emojis would possibly entertain some whereas taking on precious keyboard area for others. As an avid emoji avoider, I discover myself leaning towards the latter class, wishing as an alternative that they have been typical macro buttons (which they are often, with some adjustments).

Although the jury is likely to be out on whether or not the emoji buttons are literally helpful or not, the POP keyboard comes filled with some stable performance. For starters, the keyboard can use both the included Logitech Bolt USB wi-fi dongle or Bluetooth to connect with your PC or different units. You can sync up the board with as much as three units without delay, biking by way of every with a press of one of many first three operate keys.

Logitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard keys close up


(Photo: Zackery Cuevas)

In addition, the function-key row controls the amount, can immediately deliver up the snipping device, controls media playback, and even provides instant speech dictation with the press of a button. All of those capabilities could be adjusted within the Logitech Options app.


Logitech Options: Not Enough, Well, Options

As the hub used to regulate your Logitech POP keys, the Logitech Options app’s different options are disappointingly restricted. You can use it to regulate and remap solely the emoji keys and nearly all of the operate keys. (The first three are reserved for sign switching between units.) You also can assign completely different emoji-key shortcuts for launching particular apps like WeChat as an alternative of the emoji depicted on the keycap, however the customization ends there.

Logitech Options app

For keyboard aficionados anxious to remap their keyboards, being restricted to only operate keys and emoji buttons is likely to be deal-breakers. If that’s the place your curiosity lies, you’re higher off utilizing one thing just like the Razer Pro Type Ultra, a general-use mechanical keyboard with tons of the extra premium options you’d anticipate from high-end productiveness or gaming boards, together with customization choices galore.

If informal gaming is in your thoughts, the POP Keyboard works simply fantastic, although its rounded keys, whereas aesthetically pleasing, aren’t dependable for fast-paced motion video games. You’re higher off with a gaming keyboard just like the Asus ROG Falchion Wireless Gaming Keyboard.

Logitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard close up on keys


(Photo: Zackery Cuevas)

With a promised 36 months of battery life on one set of AAA batteries, the POP Keyboard boasts robust battery life, though we will’t assist however want the batteries have been rechargeable.


Just a Pretty, Smiley Face

As a easy, general-use keyboard, the POP Keyboard works nicely sufficient general for people who find themselves emoji-minded (and never velocity typists). It will enchantment to informal pc customers, college students trying to beautify their workstations, and energetic social-media addicts. The colourful, compact board is simple on the eyes and can impress…at the least, at first.

But when you begin to dive deeper, you’ll see how restricted the board is. If you’re out there for a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard for underneath $100, you would possibly need to attempt the entry-level Drop ENTR Mechanical keyboard. If you’re prepared to spend slightly extra, the Razer Pro Type Ultra offers each higher aesthetics and elevated performance. Otherwise, with the POP, know what you might be getting if you happen to go for it: Buy it for the look, and keep for the smileys.

Logitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard

The Bottom Line

A mechanical keyboard for the TikTookay technology, Logitech’s POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard has a vigorous look and distinctive emoji-specific keys, although we want it have been a bit simpler to sort on.

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