What does a designed keyboard look like “for young adults of Generation Z” ? To a keyboard with acid colors and round keys, ensures Logitech, with a column dedicated to emojis! Despite its childish appearance, the Pop Keys is more serious than it seems, since it has mechanical keys.
Keyboard enthusiasts will immediately think of the Lofree, this mechanical keyboard with a neo-retro appearance that had a small success on crowdfunding platforms. Logitech uses the principle of round and flat keys, but adds a column to adopt the traditional “75% format” which leaves room for arrow keys in you reversed.
The additional column is full of emojis: Logitech delivers eight interchangeable keys, four of which can be placed on the keyboard, the fifth opening the character browser. The Swiss manufacturer has chosen the most popular emojis, but the Logitech Options utility allows you to customize the function of the keys.
These keys may seem futile, but stick perfectly to the spirit of the keyboard, fun product of a strong paternalistic vision of “young people today”. However, Logitech has not forgotten the problems of our time: a key allows you to mute the microphone in telepresence applications, another to quickly take a screenshot, and one to launch voice dictation.
These keys are based on mechanics quite similar to the famous Cherry MX Brown, which offer a slight resistance at the point of actuation, and rise quickly after having dampened the keystroke. After a few days of use, I almost regained my usual typing rate, but the very flat profile prevents me from completely finding my bearings on the keyboard.
The Pop Keys keyboard is accompanied by a Pop Mouse, available in the same colors purple/blue, yellow/black, and pink/beige. A click of the dial mutes the mic, and a button can be assigned to a function with Logitech Options. Like the keyboard, the mouse can connect to three devices, via Bluetooth or with the Logitech Bolt radio protocol.
Logitech provides two years of autonomy for the mouse, and three years for the keyboard, both devices being equipped with simple batteries. The Pop Keys keyboard is announced at €99, and the Pop Mouse at €39.99, with immediate availability. The Swiss manufacturer offers a matching desk mat for €19.99, as well as a mouse pad for €9.99.