In October of 2012, we reviewed Logitech’s Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810. The major flaw in the design of the K810 was that the Control/Alt/Function and Command keys were backwards for those of us used to traditional Apple keyboards. The company must have heard my cries because the new Easy-Switch Keyboard put those little babies right where they belong.
Just like the K810, the Easy-Switch Keyboard works perfectly right out of the box. All you have to do is turn it on, tap the Bluetooth button on the bottom of the keyboard, and select which channel you want your first device to be connected with. The F1, F2, and F3 keys are the three different channels to connect your three different devices.
I connected my iMac to the first channel, my iPhone to the second, and my iPad to the third. I spent a few days typing between all three devices and it works perfectly. The only time I had a problem with it was when I accidentally started typing on my iPhone when I meant to be typing on my iMac. That was my fault though. All it takes is a simple click of a key to switch to the correct device.
While typing news articles and app reviews, I was able to easily switch to my iPad to type in my password and then switch to my iPhone to send a text message. Some of the function keys serve as controls for your iOS devices. You can hit the home button, play or pause music, and increase or decrease the volume on your iPad or iPhone. There are also function keys for your Mac computer. You can adjust the screen’s brightness and quickly switch to Mission Control with a designated key. The audio controls also work on your Mac.
The sleek design of the Easy-Switch Keyboard makes it easy to take with you wherever you go. The included USB charger makes it possible for you to charge the battery with any USB port, even a wall charger adapter. So, you can take the keyboard with you on a business trip to use with your iPad, iPhone and any Bluetooth-compatible laptop or computer.
The keys are backlit for nighttime use. You don’t even have to touch a key to turn on the backlight. You can just wave your hand in front of the keyboard and it will sense your motion and trigger the backlighting. The light features auto-adjusting to increase or decrease brightness, depending on the amount of light in the room. It will also shut off after about five seconds without use, for optimum battery performance.
Speaking of battery performance, the Easy-Switch Keyboard boasts between 10 days and one year of charge, depending on how bright you keep the keyboard and how often you type. As with the K810, I’m on about day four of 8+ hours of use without any signs of slowing from the Easy-Switch Keyboard.
I have to admit, I prefer the black-on-black look of the K810 keyboard. However, the aluminum body of the Easy-Switch matches my iMac perfectly. The best part is that I don’t have to retrain my brain to use the Control/Alt/Delete and Command keys. They are all lined up the way I am familiar with.
I’ve always been bias when it comes to keyboards. My Apple Bluetooth keyboard has low profile, smooth keys that feel comfortable and are easy to type quickly with. The Easy-Switch keys are nearly identical in design except that there is a slight concave feel to the surface instead of the flatness of the Apple keyboard.
My only complaint is that it doesn’t have the slight incline that the Apple Bluetooth keyboard has. I’ve gotten so used to the angle that it feels a tad awkward to type without it. I guess that is the price you pay to have an ultra slim mobile keyboard.
The price is reasonable for something so efficient. It may be slightly more expensive than Apple’s Bluetooth Keyboard, but it offers the ability to switch between three different devices with just the touch of a key.
What I liked: The keyboard is so similar to Apple’s design that it made the transition seamless for me. I actually prefer the concave structure of the keys. They feel more natural.
What I didn’t like: The angle is just a little to flat for what I am comfortable with. However, if you are used to a flat keyboard, you won’t even notice the difference.
The Verdict: If you tend to multitask a lot between your iPhone, iPad and Mac computer, this is an invaluable keyboard. You will love being able to quickly switch between devices for convenient keyboard use.
- Accessory Name: Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard
- Category: Keyboards
- Company: Logitech
- Price: $99.99