Logitech announces a cheaper Magic Keyboard alternative in addition to the new iPad Pro

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Apple just announced an M1-powered update for the iPad Pro, and Logitech has followed up with a new keyboard and trackpad accessory for each generation of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models. The Combo Touch is a case with a Microsoft Surface-style stand and a detachable backlit keyboard with a trackpad. It connects through the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector.

Logitech has already released a similar Combo Touch keyboard for 10.2-inch and 10.5-inch iPads, as well as a related Folio Touch for the 11-inch iPad Pro and 10.9-inch iPad Air. The Folio Touch’s keyboard isn’t detachable and the trackpad is slightly smaller than the new Combo Touch, but otherwise it’s a similar product.

However, this is Logitech’s first time to offer a keyboard / trackpad option for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and it’s significantly cheaper than Apple’s own Magic Keyboard. The 11-inch model costs $ 199.99 and the 12.9-inch model is $ 229.99 compared to the $ 299 and $ 349 Apple charges, meaning you can save about $ 100 or more on the sticker prices.

You may also prefer Logitech’s design. It’s not as sleek as the Magic Keyboard, but the cover offers better protection for the iPad, the detachable and kickstand offers added versatility, and the keyboard has a handy row of functions. The 11-inch model is available for pre-order now, while the 12.9-inch version is listed as “coming soon”.