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ZAGG Pocket Keyboard review: Little annoyances keep it out of contention

Séamus Bellamy | July 1, 2016
Zagg normally produces some stellar products, but this sn't one of them.

Performance and final thoughts

Pairing the ZAGG Pocket is functionally much the same as it is for similar keyboards. Depress the function key, click the chicklet with the Bluetooth symbol on it, and you’re in business. As with the Jorno and its identical counterparts, you turn on the ZAGG Pocket by unfolding it. To turn it off, fold it back up. When closed, the keyboard is held together by a pair of magnets.

Typing on the ZAGG Pocket was more difficult than on the Jorno, largely due to the difference in size between the two devices. The Pocket is 1.61 inches narrower than the Jorno—as such, the keys on the Pocket are slightly smaller than most of those on the Jorno. There is one notable exception to this rule, however: The number keys on the ZAGG Pocket are the same size as its letter keys are.

On the Jorno, the number keys are reduced in sized to make space for a number of tablet-specific function keys. No such function keys exist on the ZAGG Pocket. The Pocket’s key layout has other quirks, too: though the keyboard’s Delete key is a decent size, the Enter key is frustratingly small enough. I found myself missing it often enough to make me set the Pocket aside from time to time, in order to take a break from its aggravation. Worst of all, I found its key travel to be shallow and unsatisfying. That’s a deal breaker for a lot of serious typists.

With its questionable durability, one-trick pony built-in stand, and disappointing typing experience, I’d recommend avoiding this particular keyboard.

 

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