Logitech's 'Logi BASE' Stand Charges the iPad Pro Using the Smart Connector

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Smart Connector on the iPad Pro has thus far only been used for keyboard accessories including the Logitech Create and Apple's own Smart Keyboard, but today, Logitech is debuting a new accessory that uses a little known functionality of the Smart Connector -- charging.

    Logitech's new Logi BASE is a stand for the 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, allowing them to charge cable-free in landscape mode through the Smart Connector. Logitech sent MacRumors a Logi BASE ahead of its debut, so we were able to get a few days of hands-on time with it.


    Made of solid aluminum matching the Silver iPad Pro models, the Logi BASE has a Lightning port on the back to accommodate a Lightning cable, which is used to power the accessory. On the front of the stand, there are three male Smart Connector prongs that fit into the Smart Connector port on the iPad Pro to deliver power to the tablet whenever it's sitting in the stand. The Lightning port is located right in the middle of the stand, something that I found somewhat inconvenient for cable management when positioned on my desk.


    A plastic lip holds the iPad Pro in place, and a rubber bottom ensures the stand stays firmly in place on a flat surface made of wood, metal, granite, or other similar hard material. The iPad Pro rests against aluminum in the back, and while this didn't cause scratching during my limited testing period, it doesn't seem as ideal as a rubber coating to protect the aluminum shell of the iPad.

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  2. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    Looks kinda cool, but why pay for this. Is it seriously to much to plugin a cable?
  3. jthompson666 macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2011
    I mean I like it... But then I remember I like my lightning cable as well.. Also my $99, I like that too.
  4. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    A bit pricey, but a nice and convenient design.
  5. Mcmeowmers macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2015
    Why are accessories for expensive devices also expensive? This accessory is trivial to make/design.
  6. szw-mapple fan macrumors 68000

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    Expensive devices = fewer buyers = fewer buyer of accessory for said device = a higher price for accessories to make it worthwhile for makers to produce one.
  7. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    This stand is more practical than that smart keyboard case. At least it can recharge your device. (and it is the only feature it can provide)
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    Cheap devices = more buyers = more buyer of accessory for said device = a lower price for accessories to make it worthwhile for makers to produce one.
    Is this a proper assumption?
  8. szw-mapple fan macrumors 68000

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    I would say that's mostly the case. Do you ever see a $100 stand for kindle fires, for example? Also, I would like to add that buyers of expensive devices are more likely to afford expensive accessories, and vice versa.
  9. mkeeley macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
  10. trifid macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2011
    So this is the caveman version of inductive charging.

    I bought this back in 2011, it was so beautiful and elegant, an inductive charging stand and the HP Touchpad... way ahead of its time.

  11. lauramayer macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2016
  12. dilbert99 macrumors 68020

    Jul 23, 2012
    Would it still work for an iPad in a case?
  13. TimeAgentGamer macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Melbourne, Australia
    Imagine this with an audio port, female USB A or USB C and a HDMI connector. (not sure if the current Smart Connector supports audio or video).
  14. Gawjuz macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2016
    United Kingdom
    I guess to some it will be handy but I don't see it in my life.
  15. mattlarge macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    Will this still support quick charging with the bigger iPad Pro and the 29W USB-C charger?
  16. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    now that's something i haven't seem before. Looks like a stand gone wrong in the engineering process.
  17. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    No it doesn't even support charging at the speed the 12W adapter provides. I assume because of limitations of the Smart Connector.
  18. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    But you're left with a fully charged HP Touchpad :p
  19. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    The Blackberry Playbook had a base that charged like this in 2011. It is a convenient way to store and charge your tablet. And if you set it up on your desk with a bluetooth keyboard you can work and charge at the same time.
  20. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    My smart connector is permanently connected to my keyboard.
  21. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    So Apple is copying a very old concept. My original Sony PSP did this. Nothing wrong with Apple using the idea so long as them or their fans don't claim they invented it and is magical or something.
    Apple should of had this years ago in all their tablets.
  22. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    Apple isn't copying anything (as far as this accessory is concerned). The accessory is made by Logitech.
  23. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    Really intrigued about the full capability of the Smart Connector. Honestly, I am extremely (pleasantly) surprised that you can charge at a reasonable speed via it. I know Schiller mentioned "two-way flow of data and power" but it's been so long I thought we'd never see anything.

    If the "power" element has exceeded expectations, what about the "data" part? Very interesting...
  24. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    I notice you conveniently left out the fact that the HP Touchpad was thick as hell and almost feels like a plastic pillow compared to the iPad 2 it was contemporary with... (I still have one running Android in an iCade).
  25. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    So THIS is what Logitech have been teasing on their website for a few weeks now?

    A nice concept, but no rubber coating on the bit that the iPad rests on? Even if it doesn't cause scratching, the sound, the 'dink' you get every time you put it down, the unnerving feeling of the chance that it might scratch the back...

    ... for $99, to not even put some rubber on the lip for everyone's peace of mind is a joke.

    And I thought Apple's own Watch charging dock was expensive at $79! At least that comes with a lightning cable and is made of material that won't scratch!

    Dear lord, Logitech.

    Oh, I've just seen it apparently has a thin polycarbonate layer for search protection.. not mentioned in the review? (still not worth the money).

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