Plenty of companies build Bluetooth keyboards for the iPad, with the end goal of trying to make the tablet function more like a laptop. The problem with most of them is that they can be costly, and are not built for the rigors of student life. With this in mind, Logitech is introducing its US$60 Wired Keyboard for iPad, which offers a more reasonable price tag and an extra helping of durability.
The wired functionality makes it easy for teachers to leave these in the classroom and use multiple iPads with the same keyboard. While Bluetooth requires pairing with each iPad used, a wired variant brings plug-and-play functionality, which could prove useful in a school environment.
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Logitech's new keyboard is spill resistant, plus it has a key lifespan of five million strokes, so it should be able to withstand a good amount of daily use.
Another notable feature of the Logitech Wired Keyboard for iPad is the full-sized keys. This should make it comfortable for students and users who are accustomed to typing on a traditional laptop. It also features shortcut keys for copy-and-paste, Siri, App switching, and an integrated Home button.
Logitech will offer the new wired keyboard in both 30-pin and Lightning models. Each will retail for the same $59.99, but the Lightning model is expected to be available in the US in August 2013, while the 30-pin variant will not be out until October.