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Logitech announces Android and Ipad keyboards, mouse and speakers

Going peripheral crazy for tablets
Thu May 19 2011, 12:45

PERIPHERAL MAKER Logitech has announced a keyboard and mouse for Android tablets, a keyboard case for the Ipad and wireless speakers that will work with both devices.

The Android Qwerty keyboard connects via Bluetooth up to 30 feet away from your tablet, although chances are you won't be using it that far away. It's small, portable and has real buttons to press for those writers who need something a little more tactile. It also comes in a slide-out case to keep it safe. An Ipad version will also be available.

A keyboard would be nothing without a mouse, so Logitech is bringing an Android mouse to market. It connects via Bluetooth and promises smooth and accurate scrolling. It's designed to work with Android 3.1, so it might not work for older Android releases.

The Ipad keyboard case comes with an aluminium cover and military-grade, high-density padding to keep your tablet safe. It connects via Bluetooth and even comes with a recess that allows the Ipad to be slotted in so it stands up like a traditional monitor.

The wireless speakers allow full stereo sound up to 50 feet away from your tablet via Bluetooth. They stay in action for up to 10 hours thanks to their rechargeable battery. They're also fairly small, so they won't take up too much space when hauling them around.

Of course, we could point out how tablets were supposed to be without keyboards to properly differentiate them from netbooks, but many people find it easier to type on a normal keyboard compared to the virtual equivalent on a touchscreen. And let's face it, scroll pads are far more awkward to use than a proper mouse.

Logitech is not letting the tablet craze pass it by, as this is only the beginning of its tablet lineup, according to Azmat Ali, senior director for tablet products at Logitech. The fact that they now have a division totally focused on this is telling about how many tablet peripherals we can expect over the coming months.

The Ipad keyboard case and wireless speakers are available this month in the US and will retail in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market from June. They will sell for £61 ($99.99) and £43 ($69.99), respectively. The Android keyboard and mouse will be available in the US in May, but there's no word yet on an international release. They will be priced at £43 ($69.99) and £30 ($49.99), respectively. µ


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