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Logitech Targets Schools With New $60 Wired Keyboard for iPad

Logitech today announced the upcoming launch of its Wired Keyboard for iPad, a $60 accessory specifically targeted at schools. The keyboard is available in both Lightning and 30-pin varieties and aims to eliminate the complexity of pairing numerous Bluetooth keyboards with their respective iPads in a classroom setting.
“Schools are increasingly purchasing iPads for use in the classroom,” said Mike Culver, vice president and general manager of mobility at Logitech. “While tablets are enabling new ways of teaching and testing, there’s a challenge when a teacher needs to simultaneously pair multiple iPads with multiple wireless Bluetooth keyboards. We developed the Logitech Wired Keyboard for iPad to specifically solve this problem, so students can now simply plug it in and start typing.”
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Logitech has also given the keyboard a sturdy design to support the demands of classroom usage, with spill resistance and key lifespan of over five million strokes. The keyboard also includes a dedicated row of function keys to provide easy access to shortcuts for Siri, copy/paste, search, media playback, and more.

The Logitech Wired Keyboard for iPad with Lightning connector is expected to launch in August, with the 30-pin connector version following in October.

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Posted: 12 months ago
Would be cool if it had a dock port on it so it could daisy chain with your charger and keep your iPad charged while in use.
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 12 months ago

$60? Aimed at schools? Good luck with that Logitech. I can see $40, but $60 just seems outrageous.


While I agree $60 sounds much, considering its for still a relatively small market and a more durable custom design, it may be a fair value.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 12 months ago
Oh come on, we ALL know how "durable" the iDevice cables are. They aren't. :rolleyes: I wouldn't trust a bunch of kiddos with them either. My dad finds the cables all over the school every summer and brings them home for us to use since we go through so many.

I would have to agree that bluetooth keyboards would be much cheaper in the long run. Especially with large groups of students. The keyboard I have right now lasts for 1000 hours even, so it lasts you pretty much all semester with one charge. So there's not really a battery issue. Nor do you have to deal with the wires.

Wireless keyboards can be used on different devices too. So if a student happens to need one to use with a Nexus 7/10 or Kindle Fire HD, they could go ahead and borrow it with no issue.

Schools have to think long-term when buying hardware, so this is definitely a no go IMO.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 12 months ago
Good idea--most portable keyboards are flimsy because weight is put ahead of ruggedness.

Since portability is not the goal here, it seems like it ought to have at least a stand built in--if not an actual iPad charger even. Maybe that's another product!

Why would any school buy a $60 wired keyboard when they could get a great wireless one for half that?


Durability (saving money in the end?) is the question. IF it truly holds up, that's worth something.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 12 months ago
$60? Aimed at schools? Good luck with that Logitech. I can see $40, but $60 just seems outrageous.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 12 months ago
This is actually a very good idea, and it does meet a need. Steep price though, especially if schools are to purchase those in volume.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 12 months ago

Why would any school buy a $60 wired keyboard when they could get a great wireless one for half that?


Oh come on, we ALL know how "durable" the iDevice cables are. They aren't. :rolleyes: I wouldn't trust a bunch of kiddos with them either. My dad finds the cables all over the school every summer and brings them home for us to use since we go through so many.

I would have to agree that bluetooth keyboards would be much cheaper in the long run. Especially with large groups of students. The keyboard I have right now lasts for 1000 hours even, so it lasts you pretty much all semester with one charge. So there's not really a battery issue. Nor do you have to deal with the wires.

If the iPad and keyboard remains in a classroom then the cables shouldn't be abused too terribly much. Schools are schools though and they have had wired devices since I could remember.
Wireless keyboards can be used on different devices too. So if a student happens to need one to use with a Nexus 7/10 or Kindle Fire HD, they could go ahead and borrow it with no issue.

Schools have to think long-term when buying hardware, so this is definitely a no go IMO.

Did you guys read the article? The entire purpose surrounds the following statement, "the keyboard is available in both Lightning and 30-pin varieties and aims to eliminate the complexity of pairing numerous Bluetooth keyboards with their respective iPads in a classroom setting." Therefore, durability of cables aside, apparently Logitech, by way of research or assumption, believes that paring various BT devices with iPads is "complex." Ergo, wires.


While I agree $60 sounds much, considering its for still a relatively small market and a more durable custom design, it may be a fair value.

I didn't say it wasn't fair, I just don't think that's a proper price point for schools.
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Posted: 12 months ago
More than being targeted at schools, this should be aimed at frequent fliers who can't use a bluetooth keyboard while in the air.
Rating: 1 Positives
Posted: 12 months ago
For $60? Cool story bro.
Rating: 1 Positives
Posted: 12 months ago
Why would any school buy a $60 wired keyboard when they could get a great wireless one for half that?
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