Logitech to make wired iPad keyboard for the classroom

Summary:Logitech has several keyboards for the iPad, but the new Wired Keyboard for iPad is the first to plug into the tablet for use in the classroom where wireless keyboards are not ideal.

Logitech Wired Keyboard for iPad 2

The folks at Logitech are experts at producing keyboards, and it has leveraged that expertise to make an unusual keyboard for the iPad. Other iPad keyboards connect to the tablet wirelessly via Bluetooth, but the new Wired Keyboard for iPad is the exception.

The wired keyboard comes in two models, one that plugs into the current Lightning connector on the iPad and another that connects to the older 30-pin connector. The keyboards are used by simply plugging them into the iPad. This eliminates the need for charging the keyboard as is required for wireless models.

Logitech realizes that iPads are being used in classrooms more than ever and has designed the Wired Keyboard for iPad for that 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.”

Both versions of the Wired Keyboard for iPad will be priced at $59.99. The model with the Lightning connector will be available in August while the model with the older connector will appear in October.

Topics: Mobility, Government, iPad, Tablets


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