Logitech swoops in on Apple’s trackpad and keyboard heartland

12 Dec 2012

Logitech has brought the battle to Apple’s hardware hegemony in the Mac peripherals space with two new products, including Bluetooth keyboards for Mac, iPad and iPhone, as well as a rechargeable trackpad for Mac devices.

The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard can pair with three Apple devices simultaneously and is designed to match with standard Mac design keyboard layouts, including an aluminum design that will look right at home with your Mac or iPad.

The bright illumination of its backlit key characters makes them easy to read in low light conditions or at night, so you can type in any environment.

The keyboard lights up when it detects hands are nearby.

Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad

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The Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad features multi-touch control, so you can click, scroll, swipe, zoom and more. With a low-profile design and smooth glass surface, the trackpad replicates a touchscreen experience.

And, because the touch area is larger than the typical notebook’s touchpad, it’s easier to take advantage of the full range of Mac OS multi-touch gestures, so you can naturally control and access your information. Plus, the trackpad has been engineered with embedded precision sensors and resistance to fingerprints and scratches.

In addition, the trackpad makes battery hassle a thing of the past – it is rechargeable through a USB cable and can be used while being recharged. Fully charged, you’ll have one month of power, which you can manage through its convenient On/Off switch. With Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the trackpad also provides up to 30 feet of wireless range.

The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard and the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad are expected to be available in Ireland in January 2013, for a suggested retail price of €99.99 and €69.99.

“Logitech’s new products build on what people love about their Macs, iPads and iPhones, and make them even more convenient and easy to use,” said Mike Culver, vice-president of brand development for consumer computing platforms at Logitech.

“Building on Logitech’s history of delivering high-quality products, both the keyboard and trackpad have an insightful design that complements your existing Apple devices, and you’ll appreciate their smart power management, as well.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years