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Logitech Announces Solar-Powered iPad Keyboard Case

Logitech today announced the launch of its Solar Keyboard Folio, a folding case for the new iPad and iPad 2 that incorporates a solar-powered Bluetooth keyboard.
Similar to Logitech’s solar keyboards for Mac and PC, the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio includes onboard solar cells that charge the built-in Bluetooth keyboard in any light, whether indoors or outdoors. When fully charged, the battery lasts for up to two years, even in complete darkness (based on a average use of two hours per day).

Much like Apple's Smart Cover, the folio also folds to serve as a stand for the iPad, with two positions available: an upright orientation offering full access to the keyboard and a more reclined position that offers access to only the bottom row of the keyboard for media playback controls.

Logitech's Solar Keyboard Folio will carry a retail price of $129.99 and will launch in the United States and Europe later this month.

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34 months ago
My job regularly requires me to type in perpetual darkness for three years.

So close and yet so far, Logitech. I guess you don’t want my business :(
Rating: 30 Votes
34 months ago
Wait, if it last two years when fully charged, why not just ship it fully charged? Seems silly to have an expensive solar tech component when the battery lasts so long.
Rating: 24 Votes
34 months ago
I have their desktop version and it works just fine indoors. It's a good keyboard and simply never runs out of power. Ambient light is enough.
Rating: 9 Votes
34 months ago

Now, if that could charge the iPad once the keyboard's fully charged, it would be really cool. Mind you, as a I sit here with the heating on and the rain coming down (again) in the great British May, I doubt that solar anything is going to be useful.


They need to come up with one that runs on moss for the folks in the UK.

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My job regularly requires me to type in perpetual darkness for three years.

So close and yet so far, Logitech. I guess you don’t want my business :(


So are you still working at the mushroom farm?
Rating: 7 Votes
34 months ago
I may just get one of them.
Rating: 6 Votes
34 months ago

This is quite an expensive toy, though the idea is nice.


I think that is a bit overstated. IPad keyboard cases typically MSRP for $99. A $30 premium here for a keyboard that will never die at exactly the wrong moment isn't that outrageous or toy-like. Plus most $99 keyboard cases street for $60-75 so I suspect this will be discounted too after the early adopters dive in.
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago
Now, if that could charge the iPad once the keyboard's fully charged, it would be really cool. Mind you, as a I sit here with the heating on and the rain coming down (again) in the great British May, I doubt that solar anything is going to be useful.
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago
This is quite an expensive toy, though the idea is nice.
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago


...iPads are unlikely to be used outside and/or to have a solar panel directed to the light source both when in use or not in use....


Nonsense. You balance it on your head while walking to your next class across campus. You will then be charging your keyboard and learning good posture at the same time!:rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Votes
33 months ago

...Or you simply just could buy a Macbook Air. The solar powering is a nice idea, but I'll never understand people actually working with this kind of gadgets for iPad..


Cool. I haven't checked the MacBook Air out in a while. When did they add the feature where you could detach the keyboard and use the screen as a tablet?

I mean, this seems to be the complaint for a few people, they can't seem to wrap their heads around why people would want to use a physical keyboard with the iPad. "if you want to use a keyboard, just buy this other thing that costs $500 more that has a keyboard attached all the time".

I mean, I always thought it was obvious that sometimes...not all the time...but sometimes people may want to sit down and compose a longer email or write something longer than using the onboard keyboard would be practical for. Just use a Bluetooth keyboard and BANG, you're off and typing away. When you're done, you put the keyboard away and keep using your iPad as normal. But I guess this concept is beyond the comprehension of some people...and that's fine I suppose.
Rating: 4 Votes

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