Enjoy my Logitech POP Keys Blast Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review.
A POP of Colour
In this video, I look at a new keyboard from Logitech – the POP Keys mechanical wireless keyboard, with customisable Emoji keys.
Have your sunglasses at the ready, Logitech’s trio of POP Keys keyboards add a bright dash of colour to your desktop or office space. It comes in three Gen-Z influenced colours. Blast: which features a yellow, black and grey combination of colours. Daydream features a soft feminine pastel pallet of candy-like colours, including mint green, yellow and purple. And finally, we have Heartbreaker, which carries a mix of red hue tones, again quite feminine on first looks.
I opted for the Blast. The yellow is striking against the black, whilst the grey lets it down a little, yet ads a harmony against the black keys that span most of the keyboard layout. Sitting on the top left is a signature coloured Escape key that features a polished brass/gold colour that works well with the keyboard’s base yellow colour.
Overall, the POP Keys keyboard is certainly different in its aesthetic. It is mostly aimed at a more youthful demographic, be that youthful in age, or in mind. I like it. It pulls away from the normal boring keyboards that makers – including Logitech – produce.
The mechanical keys, with their 4mm length of travel, continues the bouncy and fun nature that this keyboard gives you when it’s plonked on top of your desktop surface. Personally, I am no longer a fan of mechanical keys, yet there is a big market for them out there, including gamers and streamers alike – who keep that more tactile, retro experience.
For me, I have gotten far too used to chiclet keyboards from my Apple iMac to that latest M1 Max MacBook Pro to go back a few decades and love the feel of a mechanical keyboard again. So it’s tough to really love this POP Keys keyboard. If anything, it has made me want Logitech to release MX Key Mini in similar colour combos instead!
Emojis For You
The major USP of the POP Keys keyboard isn’t only the colours, but the choice of 4 defined Emoji short keys and its Emoji popup menu button. A total of 8 keys come in the box, all drafted from the top most used Emojis used today. Removing and swapping these keys around is as simple as pulling the key off the keyboard and replacing it with your favourite from the eight available.
Using the Emoji menu button is a nice fast track way to dig into the deeper library of Emojis without searching for the character keyboard on the Mac. Sadly, the painted Emoji key you’ve replaced it with via software doesn’t get updated, but that’s just how it is – until OLED projected keys become a thing a look less clunky.
Having your favourite Emoji’s at your fingertips is a nice touch, but unlike function keys such as play/pause, mute and volume up/down, I can’t see myself personally reaching for these ‘expressive’ keys as regularly as the previously mentioned function keys.
If you’re looking for a wireless mechanical keyboard that shouts fun, expression and individuality, then the POP Keys should be right up there in your shortlist of keyboards. It is certainly fun, expressive and its Emoji shortcuts add some individualism. Its 3yr battery life is certainly something I can’t test right now. Neither can I test how well the printed and UV coated keys will last. But Logitech has assured us that they have made this keyboard to last, and if its weight and solid build is anything to go by, then I am sure their claims are true.
0:00 – Features
1:50 – Unboxing
3:03 – First-impressions
6:14 – MX Keys Mini Comparison
7:20 – Connection & Feel
9:40 – Software Customisation
13.39 – My Impressions