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Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 04, 2022 at 10:31 am
Logitech Combo Touch Picture
4.9
Gaming
3.5
Mobile/Tablet
6.8
Office
5.4
Programming
4.6
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Compact (75%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech Combo Touch is a folio keyboard with a detachable iPad case. While we purchased the version designed for the 11-inch iPad Pro, it's also available for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the fourth-generation iPad Air. All versions connect to their intended devices with a Smart Connector and it draws power directly from the iPad, so you don't have to worry about charging the keyboard separately. Unfortunately, it's incompatible with other devices. Overall, this keyboard feels well-built and comfortable to type on, thanks to a low-profile design. It also has a trackpad, white backlighting, and storage space for an Apple Pencil (gen 2).

Our Verdict

4.9 Gaming

The Logitech Combo Touch is a bad keyboard for gaming. It's not designed for this use, and you can only connect it to select iPad Pro or iPad Air models. It lacks customization software, none of its keys are macro-programmable, and its scissor switch keys are heavy to press. That said, it feels well-built and has good ergonomics due to its very low profile.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Only works with specific iPad Pro or iPad Air models.
  • No customization software.
  • No macro-programmable keys.
3.5 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech Combo Touch is poor for mobile use as you can only connect it with your iPad Pro or iPad Air, and it's unusable with other mobile devices or tablets. That said, when used with a corresponding iPad, it serves as both a keyboard and protective case. It also feels well-built, and when closed, it's very portable as it's only slightly thicker than your iPad normally is, resulting in a remarkably small package overall with an acceptable weight.

6.8 Office

The Logitech Combo Touch is adequate for office use if you use your iPad for work. It feels well-built and has a very low profile that makes typing comfortable, even for long periods. Its scissor switches are also very quiet, making this keyboard a good option for noise-sensitive offices. Unfortunately, there isn't much space between keys which might cause you to make more typos or type more slowly while you get used to it.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good ergonomics; very low profile prevents wrist fatigue.
Cons
  • Only works with specific iPad Pro or iPad Air models.
  • No customization software.
5.4 Programming

The Logitech Combo Touch is bad for programming. It only works with iPadOS, and you can't connect to other devices. It also lacks customization software and macro-programmable keys. On the other hand, it feels well-built and has white backlighting if you prefer working in lower-light environments. Also, despite lacking incline settings or an included wrist rest, it has good overall ergonomics due to its low-profile design. It's comfortable to type on for long periods without the risk of wrist fatigue.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Only works with specific iPad Pro or iPad Air models.
  • No customization software.
  • No macro-programmable keys.
  • No wireless connectivity.
4.6 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech Combo Touch is bad for use with a home theater PC setup, but it isn't designed for this use as it only connects to select iPad Pro or iPad Air models.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Only works with specific iPad Pro or iPad Air models.
  • No customization software.
  • No wireless connectivity.
  • 4.9 Gaming
  • 3.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.8 Office
  • 5.4 Programming
  • 4.6 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 31, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.2" (0.6 cm)
Width 9.9" (25.1 cm)
Depth
7.7" (19.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.24 lbs (0.564 kg)

The Logitech Combo Touch keyboard case is designed to be portable and carried with its cover closed. When closed, the total package has a height of 0.72" (1.82 cm) and a depth of 7.5" (19 cm).

7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

This keyboard has good build quality. The Combo Touch iPad case is made from a mix of plastic with rubberized edges and woven fabric. The case flexes, but it feels sturdy enough to provide adequate protection for your device. The keyboard itself is plastic and is covered in the same woven fabric as the case. It also exhibits some flex but feels equally sturdy. Its keycaps are made of ABS plastic, but they have a soft-touch coating that makes them less slippery than standard ABS keycaps.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech Combo Touch iPad Pro has decent ergonomics. There aren't any incline settings, and there's no wrist rest. Because of its low profile, typing is still very comfortable, and you're unlikely to develop wrist fatigue, even while typing for long periods. There's also a fabric-wrapped plastic kickstand you can adjust the angle of to keep your iPad propped up. Unfortunately, there aren't any feet to hold the keyboard in place, and the woven fabric doesn't do much to add friction, so you may find the keyboard slides around somewhat on tables while you're typing.

4.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
White
Individually Backlit Keys
No
Color Mixing
White Only
Effects
No
Programmable
No

The Logitech Combo Touch has white backlighting and dedicated shortcut buttons to increase or decrease brightness. Unfortunately, the lighting has a noticeable blueish hue, and the spacebar has no backlighting behind it.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length N/A
Connector (Keyboard side)
Apple Smart Connector

The Logitech Combo Touch has no cable. Instead, it connects to the iPad Pro you're using with an Apple Smart Connector. You can detach the keyboard from the case but can only use the keyboard while attached.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This keyboard has no wireless capability. It connects and is powered to the iPad Pro you're using with an Apple Smart Connector. Unfortunately, this makes it incompatible with other devices.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Trackpad / Trackball Yes
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator No Indicator

This keyboard has several extra features, including a row of dedicated shortcut/media keys, a lock/unlock button, and an 'On Screen' button that displays a virtual keyboard on your device. This keyboard also has a built-in trackpad, and it's slightly larger than the trackpad on the very similar Logitech Folio Touch.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech Combo Touch keyboard
  • iPad case
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
70 gf
Actuation Force
39 gf
Pre-Travel
0.8 mm
Total Travel
1.2 mm

This keyboard has low-profile scissor switches. The keystrokes feel heavy, and they offer a slight tactile bump to overcome during operation. They also have very short pre-travel and total travel distances. It makes them feel very responsive, but you may make more typos than usual because of how sensitive they are.

6.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Logitech Combo Touch has okay typing quality. If you're not used to a compact keyboard, you may make more typos as you get used to the layout, the very short pre-travel, and the reduced spacing between keys. That said, the size of the keys themselves is good, and they don't wobble. Also, due to the very slim profile of the keyboard, you likely won't experience any fatigue in your wrists. However, you may still experience some in your fingers, again due to the overall size of the keyboard.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet
not tested
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

Because this keyboard is exclusively compatible with iPads and iPadOS, we couldn't test the latency as our standard test only works on computers running Windows or macOS.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
No Software
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

This keyboard has no dedicated software. However, there's a Logitech Control app available for download through the Apple App Store that you can use to update this keyboard's firmware or adjust lighting settings. That said, we don't consider mobile apps as dedicated software.

0.6
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows No
macOS No
Linux No
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS Full

The Logitech Combo Touch we purchased is only compatible with the 11-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd gen) and can't connect with other devices. There are additional versions, including a Combo Touch iPad Air (4th gen) and a Combo Touch for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th gen).

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech Combo Touch we tested is for the iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd gen) in the Oxford Gray color scheme. Logitech also offers versions for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th gen) and fourth-generation iPad Air, also in Oxford Gray. There's a Sand color variant available, but only for the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. While the dimensions will differ, we expect our results to apply to all variants.

There's a separate Logitech product, also called the Logitech Combo Touch, available in a Graphite color scheme for the iPad (7th, 8th, 9th gen), iPad Air (3rd gen), and iPad Pro 10.5-inch. While it's similar, it's a different product, so our test results don't apply to it.

You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech Combo Touch is a combination of a keyboard and case designed for specific iPad Pro or iPad Air models. It's a low-profile model very similar to the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021, but it's typically available at a lower price point. It's nearly identical to the Logitech Folio Touch, but the keyboard on the Combo Touch is detachable from its case and has a slightly larger trackpad. Unfortunately, this keyboard has a singular purpose and isn't compatible with any devices other than the iPad or iPad Air model it's designed for.

For other picks, see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards for iPad.

Logitech Folio Touch

The Logitech Combo Touch and the Logitech Folio Touch are very similar low-profile folio keyboards designed for select iPad models. Both keyboards have variants available for various generations of the 11-inch iPad Pro and the fourth-generation iPad Air. However, only the Combo Touch has an additional variant for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th gen.) The Combo Touch also has several features the Folio Touch lacks, including a kickstand, a slightly larger trackpad, and a keyboard that's detachable from its case.

Apple Magic Keyboard 2017

The Apple Magic Keyboard 2017 is a versatile keyboard with impressive compatibility that you can connect to almost any device except android devices, while the Logitech Combo Touch is a folio keyboard that's only compatible for use with select iPads. The Apple is much sturdier and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth. It also has slightly better spacing between its keys. On the other hand, the Logitech Combo Touch has white backlighting, while the Apple lacks backlighting altogether.

ZAGG Pro Keys

The ZAGG Pro Keys and the Logitech Combo Touch are similar folio keyboards with low-profile scissor switches made for iPads. However, the ZAGG is much more versatile. The ZAGG connects wirelessly and can pair up to two devices over Bluetooth. It needs a USB-C charging cable to charge, though some versions don't come with one. It also has multicolored backlighting, while the Logitech only has white backlighting. On the other hand, The Logitech is only compatible with specific iPad models and relies on them for power.

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021

The Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021 and the Logitech Combo Touch are both low-profile folio keyboards with cases designed for use with certain iPad models. Both keyboards have variants available for the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 4th-generation iPad Air, but the Apple has variants for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, while the Logitech only has a variant for the 5th generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That said, the Apple feels sturdier and has better backlighting with individually-lit keys. It also has a somewhat better typing quality as its keys feel lighter and require less force to operate. On the other hand, the Logitech Combo Touch has a shortcut/media hotkey row the Apple keyboard lacks.

Logitech Slim Folio Pro

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro and the Logitech Combo Touch are very similar, low-profile folio keyboards designed for use with select iPad models. Both keyboards have variants for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but the compatible generations are slightly different. The Combo Touch also has a variation for the fourth-generation iPad Air, which the Folio Pro lacks. The Folio Pro connects wirelessly with Bluetooth. It uses a USB-C cable to charge its internal battery, but there isn't one included in the box. The Combo Touch has a trackpad, and you can detach the keyboard from its case. It only connects to select iPads using an Apple Smart Connector and relies on them for power. Both keyboards also have white backlighting, but the backlighting on the Slim Folio Pro is better as it has individually backlit keys.

ROYAL KLUDGE RK61

The Logitech Combo Keys is a compact 75% folio keyboard designed for iPads, while The Royal Kludge RK61 is a much more versatile, compact 60% gaming keyboard. The Royal Kludge we tested connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and can pair with up to three devices, but there are wired-only variants as well. It's available in a range of RK Switches, including tactile Brown, clicky Blue, and linear Red switches. There's also a hot-swappable variant. On the other hand, the Logitech is only compatible with select models of iPad and iPad Air tablets. It's a low-profile design and has tactile scissor switches. It also has a combined row of function/shortcut keys, which is a feature the Royal Kludge lacks.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini is a wired, compact 60% gaming keyboard, while the Logitech Combo Touch is a compact 75% folio keyboard that's only compatible with select iPad and iPad Air models. The Razer feels sturdier, has multiple incline options, better backlighting, and exceptionally low latency. It also has customization software, and it's available with either Purple Clicky Optical Switches or Red Linear Optical Switches. On the other hand, the Logitech Combo Touch connects to compatible iPads via an Apple Smart Connector. It has a low-profile design with tactile scissor switches. It lacks customization software, but it has a row of dedicated shortcut/function keys, which is a feature the Razer lacks.

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