ZAGG Pro Keys Review

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Updated December 17, 2022
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Expert Score (From 2 Experts)
80/100

Customer Score (From 2419 Reviews)
4.5/5

Overview

The Zagg Pro Keys is a top-tier keyboard case that was first introduced in mid-2021. It has a trackpad for easy navigation and a compact 75% keyboard layout. It has 87 buttons, and since its case is detachable, its versatility makes it one of the best keyboards for owners who are continuously on the move.

The keyboard case is made from durable polycarbonate material and has rubberized edges and corner bumpers to prevent damage when dropped from a distance of up to 6.6ft. This makes it a much more protective alternative than many of the market’s highest-rated wireless keyboards.

Measuring 10 by 8.3 inches and at a weight of 1.39 pounds, the Zagg Pro Keys doesn’t add that much weight to the iPad, but if you’d prefer something even lighter, then the 490-gram Belkin QODE case might be worth a quick look – here’s our Belkin Qode Ultimate Keyboard case review. Also, if the Zagg Pro Keys aren’t compact enough, the Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a worthwhile alternative. Check it out in our Logitech Slim Folio Pro review.

Reasons to Buy

  • Multi-device pairing
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Detachable case
  • Low typing noise

Reasons to Not

  • High latency
  • None of its keys are macro-programmable
  • Dim backlighting

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: Choosing between the Zagg Pro Keys and the Zagg Pro Keys with trackpad only depends on whether you want a trackpad or not. The main advantage of using a trackpad is that you won’t have to touch the iPad screen much.

Compared to other brand’s similar models: The Zagg Pro Keys supports wireless connectivity while the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021 does not, but the Magic Keyboard has a trackpad while the Pro Keys does not. The Zagg Pro Keys also has multi-color backlighting, while the Magic Keyboard only has white backlighting and dedicated media keys while the Magic Keyboard does not.

The Zagg Pro Keys can pair two devices via Bluetooth while the Logitech Combo Touch cannot, but the Combo Touch has a trackpad while the Pro Keys does not. However, the Zagg Pro keys have multi-color backlighting, while the Combo Touch only has white-only backlighting. The Zagg Pro Keys also works with other Windows/Linux/macOS devices, while the Combo Touch only works with iPadOS.

Critic Consensus

The Zagg Pro Keys is a detachable keyboard case that had testers pretty happy with its multi-device pairing ability and sturdy build quality. Reviewers from Rtings were pleased that it could pair two devices, had a low typing noise, and had a low profile. They also appreciated that they could adjust the iPad into two viewing positions. During their tests, they could switch between the backlight’s seven colors and liked how well the case wraps around the iPad for protection. Its trackpad is not as large as the Brydge Pro’s (we delved into it in our Brydge Pro review), but it does have dedicated media keys, and reviewers from Cult of Mac liked that its case was detachable. Check out our Apple Wireless Keyboard review if you’d prefer a desktop experience when using your iPad.

However, product reviewers were unhappy that it had a high latency of 21.6ms and that none of its keys were macro-programmable. They also felt that its backlighting wasn’t as bright.

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