Design & Build Quality
The ZAGG Pocket is a great addition for all power users that needs a keyboard. At 9″ by 1/2″ when folded, the keyboard fits easily in pockets, suitcases, and such. When unfolded, it includes a must-have staging shelf with 85% of the size of a standard keyboard. This translates into a keyboard experience that beats the pants off of any on-screen keyboard.
We first saw the ZAGG Pocket during CES 2015 with a little hands-on. The ZAGG Pocket keyboard is actually more versatile than most pocket keyboards out in the market, being that it also works with smartphones and tablets running iOS, Android and Windows Phone via Bluetooth. Let’s review the features of ZAGG Pocket again before moving on.
- Natural: The Pocket maintains over 85% the typing space of a desktop keyboard
- Compact: A unique design allows the Pocket to fold into a simple 9” x 2.5” x 0.5” rectangle
- Smart: Strong magnets keep the Pocket folded and help maintain battery life by automatically turning it off when closed
Design & Build Quality
Weighing at 6.8 oz, the ZAGG Pocket measures 9″ x 2.5″ x 0.5″ when folded, making it easy to slip into a pocket, coat pocket or something similar. When unfolded, the keyboard is just like a full-sized keyboard with the only exception that it’s at 85% of the standard size.
Key spacing is very similar to a full sized keyboard; users just have to bring their fingers in a little closer together. We managed to achieve pretty decent words per minute (WPM), at an average of 32 WPM. In terms of key placement, it isn’t totally optimal. There is no Home button, so switching between apps will require pressing the actual Home button on the device.
The outer surface has a black brushed aluminum finish, while the inside is matte black. ZAGG Pocket is basically sectioned off into quarters that fold in on top of one another for a very thin and portable design.
Overall, we really like the build quality, paired with the compact design of ZAGG Pocket.
The ZAGG Pocket does not have a button to power on. Instead, ZAGG built it so that it powers on when users unfold the keyboard and powers off when folded. And to help users extend its battery life, the device powers itself off if not used for a few minutes.
ZAGG claims that the battery life on the Pocket can last up to 3 months on a single charge. As Bluetooth keyboards generally use quite minor electrical power, this is a sensible declare. Our review unit still displays a full charge after two weeks of regular usage.
The dimension of the ZAGG Pocket when folded up can make it simple to carry, but the 15% reduction in size compared to a standard keyboard can signify that users wouldn’t be comfortable typing on it all day. Still, it tends to make an excellent accessory for users who would like a pocket keyboard to sometimes do some substantial typing on their modest or medium-dimension tablet/phablet.
The ZAGG Pocket uses Bluetooth to pair the keyboard to any Bluetooth capable devices. The pairing process is relatively simple. Once paired, users can rest their devices onto the stand and tray for visibility of the screen while typing.
At 0.5″ thickness, the ZAGG Pocket is possibly the thinnest portable keyboard available in the market right now. With its long battery life, coupled with its wireless capability, the ZAGG Pocket is definitely the one to get for users with lots of typing to do while on the go.