Apparently the OLPC cemented the colors green and white as the color scheme of choice for the education market, because now the new Logitech Wired Keyboard for iPad is similarly hued.
I have no problem with that: the combo is so ugly that it’ll seriously diminish the resale value should light-fingered pupils decide to earn a little extra pocket money.
Apart from its green’n’whiteness, the new Logitech is unusual in other ways. First (as the name suggests) it is wired. And second, it comes in both 30-pin dock connector and Lightning varieties, catering to both new and old iPads.
The case is tough: it shrugs off spills and is rated for five million key strokes before it dies. Hopefully that’s five million per key, because five million across the entire keyboard isn’t much:
Even if you count very conservatively, I still manage around half a million words a year just writing here on this site. And that’s words. If you split that down to letters then I would hit 5 million strokes in a couple years easy, and I don’t even type that much.
Still. The keyboard looks good, and has the excellent feature of requiring no batteries and no Bluetooth. I wonder what happens when you try to deploy thirty Bluetooth keyboards to 30 kids all working in the same room? Even if you managed to match up the right keyboard to the right iPad (and re-pair everything at the beginning of each class), I’m guessing there might be some interference problems, too.
The price hasn’t yet been announced, but I imagine it’ll be a lot less than the now-standard $100 that you pay for almost any iPad keyboard.