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May 22, 2013, 09:12 AM
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Logitech today announced (http://news.logitech.com/press-release/consumer-products/logitech-introduces-its-first-keyboard-ipad-specially-designed-class) the upcoming launch of its Wired Keyboard for iPad (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wired-keyboard-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."http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/05/logitech_wired_keyboard_ipad.jpg
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.

Article Link: Logitech Targets Schools With New $60 Wired Keyboard for iPad (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/22/logitech-targets-schools-with-new-60-wired-keyboard-for-ipad/)



justperry
May 22, 2013, 09:16 AM
$60 is just a bit too much.

amerdian
May 22, 2013, 09:21 AM
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.

BruiserB
May 22, 2013, 09:23 AM
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.

GoCubsGo
May 22, 2013, 09:23 AM
$60? Aimed at schools? Good luck with that Logitech. I can see $40, but $60 just seems outrageous.

likemyorbs
May 22, 2013, 09:24 AM
$30 would be more like it.

onirocdarb
May 22, 2013, 09:24 AM
Why would any school buy a $60 wired keyboard when they could get a great wireless one for half that?

bushido
May 22, 2013, 09:29 AM
lol my HS is probably still using the books of 1996

Borinthas
May 22, 2013, 09:29 AM
For $60? Cool story bro.

nagromme
May 22, 2013, 09:45 AM
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.

Jessica Lares
May 22, 2013, 10:10 AM
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.

PracticalMac
May 22, 2013, 10:12 AM
$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.

guzhogi
May 22, 2013, 10:36 AM
Why would any school buy a $60 wired keyboard when they could get a great wireless one for half that?

While $60 is pretty expensive, the problem I find with wireless devices is you keep having to buy new or recharge the batteries batteries.

Kevin L.
May 22, 2013, 10:47 AM
More than being targeted at schools, this should be aimed at frequent fliers who can't use a bluetooth keyboard while in the air.

GoCubsGo
May 22, 2013, 10:57 AM
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.

nsayer
May 22, 2013, 11:21 AM
Why would any school buy a $60 wired keyboard when they could get a great wireless one for half that?

Did you miss the part of the story that talked about the hassle of pairing a couple of dozen iPads to wireless keyboards in a classroom full of kids?

I don't know if doubling the price justifies the decreased hassle, but I am still astonished that you asked that question when you were quite literally looking directly at the answer.

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lol my HS is probably still using the books of 1996

Penny wise and pound foolish.

iPads and eBooks are far more durable (even taking breakage into account) and in the long run less costly.

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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.

I would assume that volume purchases would naturally result in a volume discount.

jumanji
May 22, 2013, 11:22 AM
love the idea...too expensive

The-Pro
May 22, 2013, 11:54 AM
i bought a wireless logitech keyboard with stand for 70 but it doesn't look as nice

Les Kern
May 22, 2013, 12:03 PM
No, no, NO. All those nooks and crannies... I work in a school and let me tell you, it's like a virus frappe. Also, LOOSE? No, 20 bucks more you get a case with a built in KB. I will buy zero of these.

CReimer
May 22, 2013, 12:20 PM
lol my HS is probably still using the books of 1996

My high school history book in the early 1980's didn't have the Viet Nam war, the Watergate scandal, or the Iranian hostage crisis. The 1960's and 1970's were taboo subjects. If you wanted to learn something, you really needed to teach yourself and/or go to college.

Banyan Bruce
May 22, 2013, 01:18 PM
.......best laugh I've had all day ! :D

Rethink this one Logitech. It is a none starter, I don't care how good it is.

topher01
May 22, 2013, 03:28 PM
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.

Jessica Lares, I agree with all of your pro's but the problem is not with the hardware, it's with the teachers.

I've been teaching for thirteen years and have become the unofficial tech at my school sight (never tell anyone you know anything about computers ;-( ). Most teachers wont even check to see if their equipment is properly plugged in before giving up. This is a low-fi, simple solution that each teacher, regardless of tech ability, can implement. 90% of bluetooth keyboards will languish on the shelves and students will never utilize the ipads to their full potential. This keyboard is BRILLIANT at solving the ID-10T errors in our schools.

.Asa
May 22, 2013, 06:39 PM
What's wrong with the on-screen keyboard? I kind of actually prefer it over a physical one.

Glassed Silver
May 22, 2013, 07:12 PM
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.



I didn't say it wasn't fair, I just don't think that's a proper price point for schools.

Great way to teach kids tech: just dodge the nagging "hard" parts.

Glassed Silver:mac

GoCubsGo
May 23, 2013, 07:31 AM
Great way to teach kids tech: just dodge the nagging "hard" parts.

Glassed Silver:mac
I don't think not wanting to pair a bunch of BT devices with an iPad a lesson to dodge the "nagging hard parts." I don't agree that the pairing of a BT device is all that "complex" as the article suggests, but to each their own. There are far worse lessons being taught in school today that outweigh this supposed one. ;)

lincolnjeep
Jan 27, 2014, 10:26 AM
Have any of you that think this is a joke tried turning on 30 BT keyboards in the same room and connecting to the one in your hand? They all show up in your bluetooth with the same name, good luck picking the right one. That's the part that is complex not actually connecting the ipad.

coachingguy
Jan 27, 2014, 10:50 AM
I hope they've done their research. We're a 1:1 iPad school and in our research talking with other 1:1 schools, those that bought physical keyboards for the student iPads found that the kids didn't want them. It defeated the portability of the device. And watching the kids use the iPads every day, the vast majority of them are fine on the virtual iPad keyboard. Out of over 400 iPads, we've had 6 students ask for a keyboard.

Those of us of a certain age grew up learning to type on typewriters, the home row keys etc... This generation didn't. They taught themselves to type on their smart phones or laptops, and it works for them.

One of the district we worked with bought a keyboard for each iPad, and within 2 weeks all but 5 had been returned. That appears to be the trend nationwide.

also, IMHO $60 is waaay too high for most districts...

Of course, not all schools/districts are seeing this, but most are.

Coachingguy