Logitech today announced its latest case/Bluetooth keyboard combo with the new Type+ for iPad Air. Like many of its past products that we’ve reviewed, Logitech’s new keyboard puts a Bluetooth keyboard inside of a light protective case that provides protection on both sides of an iPad. It also said it’s made some big improvements to the keyboard over previous generations:
We’ve designed the new keyboard to replicate the typing experience and layout you would have on your laptop – so now you can smoothly transition from one device to another without losing speed or accuracy. We’ve done this by optimizing the distance between the keys, and adding a dedicated row of iOS shortcuts that put navigation of your iPad at your fingertips without needing to reach out and touch your iPad’s screen.
Also new is an automatic On/Off switch that will turn off the keyboard when the iPad isn’t propped upright. Logitech also included its SecureLock magnetic enclosure and said the keyboard will get “up to 3 months of battery life on a single charge” under normal usage.
Logitech is selling the new Type+ case for iPad Air in select countries starting this month for $99 USD. It’s available in carbon black and mars red orange colour options pictured below:
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do they still suffer from sleep of death where the ipad air would go to sleep and never wake up without a hard reboot.
Any word on when this will actually come out? Their website is only taking preorders right now.
Seems rather odd timing don’t you think? Considering the new iPad will almost certainly be on sale before this month is out.
Unless they have inside confirmation that the new iPad will use the same form factor, which is pretty likely anyways.
Nice looking case/keyboard combo, just in time for the iPad Air 2 to arrive and make this case all but obsolete. Unlike the iPhone Apple always tweaks the iPads just enough so any case based accessory is, well useless in terms of fit. I hope they can quickly adapt the iPad Air 2 version quickly since that is what I am waiting for and will need a case asap, keyboard is a plus.
Something for the 6+ please…
I had to return the previous generation to Apple because the plastic gripper bars which held the iPad fractured on the left hand side, where the power button was cut through the grip. To Apple’s credit they refunded my money without question after over 6 months of use. This design looks different now – hopefully they are using a stronger material.
Apart from that problem I really liked the keyboard and case. The case protruded beyond the edges of the pad protecting it from falls, the external cover had a grippy pleasant texture and the keyboard worked really well. The stand was good too, locking into place with a satisfying click from the magnets.