Logitech's secret plans for dominating the iPad accessories market continue. Today, the company unveiled the new FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad (US$149.95), a new line of attractive Bluetooth keyboards that provide full-sized keys that it says are "seamlessly fused into an interior fabric". At the same time, the company is also introducing the new Folio for iPad and iPad mini at $69.99 and $59.99 respectively.
What's different about both of these products is that they're using high-end fabrics and contrasting colors to create a totally unique pair of folios. The FabricSkin Keyboard folio uses a "tray" to hold the iPad in place, in colors from Mars Orange (with a white contrasting keyboard) to deep Mystic Blue (with a red tray) or Sunflower Yellow with a tan keyboard. They're definitely eye-catching, and we'll be testing the keyboard soon to let readers know how the non-mechanical mechanism works for speed typing.
The FabricSkin Keyboard uses a set of powerful magnets to hold the iPad upright for typing or hold the cover closed during transit. That fabric coating on the keyboard? It's water-repellant.
Logitech uses a similar design scheme for the Folio cases for iPad and iPad mini. These cases lack the keyboard of the higher-priced model, but use a similar tray to hold the iPad in place and are covered with similar fabrics. There's a bright Acid Yellow Folio, a staid and classy Carbon Black model and one that's nicely covered in Mystic Blue.
All of the new Logitech products are expected to be available in May, and as soon as we can get our hands on them we'll have full reviews here. In the meanwhile, enjoy the gallery of product shots and check out the Logitech blog for more information.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16
Apple iPad mini 4
Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio