Logitech merges iPad smart cover and physical keyboard in latest accessory

By on April 18, 2012, 5:30 PM

Logitech has announced a new iPad accessory for those who can't bear to type on a touch screen for long periods. Their latest offering is a bit different from the current range of physical keyboards available for Apple's tablet, however, as it features a very thin design and doubles as a smart cover.

Logitech's new $99.99 Ultrathin Keyboard Cover will work with both the iPad 2 and the new iPad. Similar to Apple's Smart Cover, it attaches securely to one side of your iPad with a magnetic clip and will automatically switch the tablet's screen off or on upon closing or opening the cover. From there you can detach the cover and pop the iPad into the built-in stand just above the keyboard to start typing.

The device connects to the iPad via Bluetooth and will last up to six months on a single charge, based on an average use of 2 hours per day. Logitech doesn't list exact dimensions for the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, but it seems to be about the same thickness as the iPad itself, which is not much but will still add a bit of heft to your tablet. If you find yourself typing a lot on the iPad that might just be an easy trade-off.

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