A wireless keyboard with mechanical keys, based on the odd appearance of Lofree’s keyboard, has recently been introduced by Logitech. The Pop Keys has a major catch, however: it has dedicated emoji keys, which are the first time they have appeared on a mechanical keyboard to date. The Pop Keys, which comes in a variety of bright colors, is clearly aimed at the younger generation, and it cleverly does away with the Numpad (which is rarely used by Gen Z unless they’re serious gamers) in favor of a row of removable, programmable emoji keys that, when touched, instantly trigger an emoji.
The Logitech Emo Keys, which are available in three audaciously vibrant color combinations, are designed specifically for the mobile generation, pairing seamlessly with phones, tablets, and even laptops, and allowing you to switch between three devices by pressing three hotkeys at the same time. The keyboard is powered by two AA batteries and has a battery life of up to three years, which is incredible. There are mechanical TTC Brown scissor switch keys on the interior, which are designed to give the touchscreen-loving Generation Z a taste of tactile action. The keys have a life of 50 million strokes, which is the highest of any Logitech keyboard and is possibly the best of its kind. It’s encouraging to see Logitech investing in the development of long-lasting products for a generation that has grown up with single-day shipping and “use-and-throw” cultures. As a point of clarification, today’s gadgets aren’t very repairable, so a long-lasting keyboard is a rare and wonderful find.
Besides being a vibrant splash of color, the Pop Keys are distinguished by the presence of five quick-access emoji keys on the right side. They can be swapped out with various emoji keys because they are removable and designed to be customized/replaced (available in the box). One dedicated emoji menu key allows you to access the more niche emojis. The keyboard includes eight swappable emoji keys (which are largely comprised of commonly used emojis) and one dedicated emoji menu key. The keyboard is compatible with a wide range of platforms (including iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac), and while it pairs with other devices through Bluetooth, it also has the Logi Bolt USB connector/receiver, which is a trademark of the Logi brand.
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