Logitech’s Combo Touch Keyboards, with Trackpad, for the 10.5-Inch iPad, Air and Proby Anton Shilov on March 20, 2020 8:00 AM EST
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With Apple’s iPadOS 13.4 bringing trackpad support to the operating system, it was just a matter of time before third-party accessory manufacturers created new keyboards with a touchpad. Logitech with its Combo Touch keyboard cases turned out to be the first.
Logitech’s Combo Touch folios are full-sized keyboards designed for iPads, so they have all the iPadOS shortcut keys, a touchpad that supports all the gestures the operating system does (including swipe, scroll, switch apps, pinch, double-tap, and more), and has a kickstand supporting various angles. The keyboards use 18 mm keys featuring a scissor mechanism with a 1 mm travel distance and backlighting, so from this standpoint the Combo Touch behave exactly like Apple’s latest Magic Keyboards. Logitech’s keyboard cases can work with the company’s Control app that can adjust lighting as well as make firmware updates.
The biggest selling feature of the Logitech Combo Touch keyboard cases is their compatibility with 10.5-inch Apple’s tablets that have a Smart Connector. This includes the 7th Generation iPad, the 3rd Generation iPad Air, and iPad Pro 10.5-Inch. By contrast, Apple has so far only released its Magic Keyboard for its iPad Pro 11-inch as well as iPad Pro 12.9-inch.
|Logitech's Combo Touch Keyboard Cases for 10.5-Inch iPads|
|920-009602||iPad 7th Generation||Graphite||18-mm key pitch
1-mm travel time
|920-009606||iPad Air 3rd Gen
iPad Pro 10.5-Inch
The Logitech Combo Touch products are set to be available this May for $149.99 (which is two times lower than the price of Apple’s own Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11-inch that is set to cost $299.99, and $200 cheaper than the MSRP of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9-inch).
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Valantar - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link"Two times lower" is a meaningless statement. Half as high is what you mean. "Two times lower" must either mean X*-2 (which would mean Logitech gives $600 to anyone buying this) or assumes some non-zero base number above the higher price from which "lowness" can be measured (i.e. if the base number was 330, two times lower would be 330-(330-300)*2 or $270.
quiksilvr - Friday, March 20, 2020 - linkThanks.
OFelix - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link"Half the price" is the normal expression
PeachNCream - Friday, March 20, 2020 - linkIt's a combination of Anton's writing style and I suspect a lack of any interest in editing before publication.
Santos L Halper - Friday, March 20, 2020 - linkThe next logical step is to get MacOS running on the iPad. Then it can finally replace your laptop completely.
Speedfriend - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - linkAnd it would still be inferior to the Surface Pro which has expandable storage, more working positions due to the stand, more connection options, better keyboard, a better power connector
star-affinity - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - linkSure. No advantages for the Ipad at all, OK.
star-affinity - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - linkAin't gonna happen. Not in the near future at least. MacOS isn't well suited for touch interface interactions.
watzupken - Sunday, March 22, 2020 - linkLogitech is certainly very happy because of the ridiculous price that Apple charges for their keyboard case. This allows them to charge more for their own keyboard case since the ceiling is not higher, and also make their half priced keyboard more attractive for prospective buyers.
Awful - Sunday, March 22, 2020 - link*two times lower priced.