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Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad

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Earlier this month Logitech announced plans to sell many of its products under the new "Logi" brand name, and as of today, the company is debuting its first line of products that carry the Logi label, a lineup of iPad cases.

Logitech is introducing three Logi products for the iPad, all of which come in bright colors and offer drop protection for Apple's tablet: the Logi BLOK Protective Shell, the Logi BLOK Protective Case, and the Logi BLOK Protective Keyboard Case.

"The iPad is a powerful device. But people have dropped and damaged - or are afraid that they will drop and damage - the iPad, so they typically don't use it to its full potential," said Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. "Until now, protecting your iPad from drops meant covering it with a bulky case that took away from the beauty and mobility of the iPad. Our designers worked with material experts to protect the most sensitive parts of the iPad without adding the bulk you associate with ultra-protective cases. With the Logi BLOK family of cases you no longer have to choose between protecting your iPad and having a beautiful case that allows you to enjoy all the functionality it has to offer."
The Logi BLOK Protective Shell is designed for the iPad Air 2 and all models of the iPad mini. It's a protective rear shell that's sold alongside a screen protector to keep the iPad's display safe from scratches. Like all BLOK products, it's made from a flexible polymer with squared edges, explaining the "BLOK" name. According to Logitech, the BLOK cases flex with the iPad upon impact, helping the tablet withstand drops from up to six feet high onto surfaces as hard as concrete. The BLOK Protective Shell will retail for $39.99 and will be available in black, red/violet, and teal/blue.


Logitech's BLOK Protective Case offers the same drop protection of the Shell but includes a cover/stand that lets the iPad to be positioned in any angle for tasks like typing and watching videos. It has a 50-degree range and when closed, protects the iPad's display from impact. It'll retail for $69.99 and it comes in black, red/violet, and teal/blue.


The third and final product, the BLOK Protective Keyboard Case for the iPad Air 2, includes many of the features of the BLOK Protective Case but adds a wireless, detachable keyboard that also serves as a screen cover. It's the most versatile case of the bunch, able to be used as a shell when reading, with a stand for hands-free viewing, and with the keyboard for typing. The BLOK Protective Keyboard Case is available in black and teal/blue and will retail for $129.99.


All three of Logitech's new Logi brand BLOK cases will be available for purchase in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and select countries in Europe beginning in August of 2015.

Article Link: Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad
 

mwhetnall

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This is similar to the Typo keyboard case I just bought for my ipad air 2. The whole reason I wanted one like this or the Typo is that I liked the keyboard on the surface pro 3 and being able to magnetically attach and remove it. Although spendy, the Typo has been an awesome keyboard case and I'm glad I bought it. I'll have to check this one out though because it looks very similar to the initial idea I was going for, but I don't think it'll make me regret my purchase as the Typo is probably the nicest accessory I have ever bought for my Apple products.
 
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Aniseedvan

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I hope this has less BT issues than my ultrathin for my iPad air2.
I'm still not 100% sure if it's the keyboard or iOS as I'm on the second keyboard. Since 8.4 it's gotten better but it's not perfect, disconnects when you're trying to type in a meeting is not good..
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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Is it just me, or did anyone else see the case and think ThinkPad? The case around the iPad looks like it's the same awful blocky plastic that easily cracks at the corners as the current generation of ThinkPads are made out of (I work at IBM, so I probably spend a lot more time around ThinkPads than everyone else here.)
 
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Is it just me, or did anyone else see the case and think ThinkPad? [...] (I work at IBM, so I probably spend a lot more time around ThinkPads than everyone else here.)

Even though IBM hasn't made them in 10 years? ;)

You're definitely the first person to say that it reminds you of something and not say the Surface, though. I'll add my voice to the Surface crowd, having first encountered one at work a couple weeks ago. The kickstand on the back and the keyboard cover and whatnot...
 
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wheelhot

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When closed it does look like a think pad but as from the sound of it, this is made with some form of hard rubber so it'll not crack like a think pad. When opened with the keyboard, it definitely look like a surface. Overall I kinda like it especially with the thick border around the iPad. Depending on how the iPad Pro turns out, I hope they'll make one for it as well!
 
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The prior similar case by Logitech, the AnyAngle, is a great looking case but way too heavy. I hope this new version makes it significantly lighter.

EDIT: Apparently not... They made it even worse.

Old AnyAngle - 342g
New BLOK Case - 397g

For reference, the iPad Air 2 itself weighs 437g.

Thus, these Logitech cases make the iPad 1.8x - 1.9x heavier, respectively. Who wants a case that nearby doubles the weight?
 
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This is similar to the Typo keyboard case I just bought for my ipad air 2. The whole reason I wanted one like this or the Typo is that I liked the keyboard on the surface pro 3 and being able to magnetically attach and remove it. Although spendy, the Typo has been an awesome keyboard case and I'm glad I bought it. I'll have to check this one out though because it looks very similar to the initial idea I was going for, but I don't think it'll make me regret my purchase as the Typo is probably the nicest accessory I have ever bought for my Apple products.
I have been looking at the Typo, but have resisted because of price. I have owned several and my Logitech tab is now dead which makes me think twice about their product. I have been waiting to see if Apple does anything because so far not a single keyboard I have bought has lasted more than 6 months. The quality has just not been their. The one thing I have read that Typo does is leverage the autocorrect feature that most other keyboards seem to lack. I wish that Apple would come out with a keyboard cover that is well built. I know they have now put Typo on their exclusive list which means that is the one they believe in, so it may be they would not build something cheaper.

Is there anything that you believe stands out that really should be considered in deciding to spend $200 for the Typo?
 
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What's funny is the Blok keyboard case not only makes an iPad look basically identical to the Surface, it's the exact same retail price as the (stupidly) optional Microsoft Surface Touch Cover.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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Even though IBM hasn't made them in 10 years? ;)

Part of the contract when IBM sold ThinkPad to Lenovo was that Lenovo would provide ThinkPads to IBM for something like 60% off. So most computers at IBM are ThinkPads.
 
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mwhetnall

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I have been looking at the Typo, but have resisted because of price. I have owned several and my Logitech tab is now dead which makes me think twice about their product. I have been waiting to see if Apple does anything because so far not a single keyboard I have bought has lasted more than 6 months. The quality has just not been their. The one thing I have read that Typo does is leverage the autocorrect feature that most other keyboards seem to lack. I wish that Apple would come out with a keyboard cover that is well built. I know they have now put Typo on their exclusive list which means that is the one they believe in, so it may be they would not build something cheaper.

Is there anything that you believe stands out that really should be considered in deciding to spend $200 for the Typo?
Let me say this up front: even with my love of the Typo I do believe it's price point is too high. I bought it because I really wanted what it offered but I think at most it should be priced at about $139. That being said, I bought it and am happy with my purchase. The build quality is great in my opinion, the magnet holds the keyboard on strong but with enough give to allow easy removal of the keyboard from the case, and the hinged stand is excellent. In fact, I live about 10 minutes from their office here in Las Vegas and picked mine up direct from them, so I had the chance to speak to some of their crew while I was there. Great staff, and they were really supportive with my questions regarding battery life and upcoming features. Apparently there is an app coming in the fall that will somehow update the autocorrect functionality as well as add some of the pending key functions to the top row of keys. Speaking of the autocorrect, I should mention that it is the only keyboard that I've tried that even offers it, but it is much more minimal and sublime than Apple's built in offering, at least right now until this update or app or whatever launches. They also told me that they are already getting the iPad mini versions in their warehouse but haven't update the site yet to go from preorder to order. They gave me their card and I told them I'd send any referrals their way since I enjoy it so much. I told the guys that the extra typo they sent me I would have considered buying if I had another iPad for it!
 
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mwhetnall

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Let me say this up front: even with my love of the Typo I do believe it's price point is too high. I bought it because I really wanted what it offered but I think at most it should be priced at about $139. That being said, I bought it and am happy with my purchase. The build quality is great in my opinion, the magnet holds the keyboard on strong but with enough give to allow easy removal of the keyboard from the case, and the hinged stand is excellent. In fact, I live about 10 minutes from their office here in Las Vegas and picked mine up direct from them, so I had the chance to speak to some of their crew while I was there. Great staff, and they were really supportive with my questions regarding battery life and upcoming features. Apparently there is an app coming in the fall that will somehow update the autocorrect functionality as well as add some of the pending key functions to the top row of keys. Speaking of the autocorrect, I should mention that it is the only keyboard that I've tried that even offers it, but it is much more minimal and sublime than Apple's built in offering, at least right now until this update or app or whatever launches. They also told me that they are already getting the iPad mini versions in their warehouse but haven't update the site yet to go from preorder to order. They gave me their card and I told them I'd send any referrals their way since I enjoy it so much. I told the guys that the extra typo they sent me I would have considered buying if I had another iPad for it!
One thing the Typo lacks is key backlighting, and looking at the pictures the Logitech lacks it too. The keyboard spacing looks nice though and the magnet looks solid, but the keyboard is definitely thicker than the Typo.
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