Logitech Unveils New Mac Accessories: Easy-Switch Bluetooth Keyboard & External, Rechargeable Trackpad

By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 13, 2012 09:43 AM EST

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Accessory vendor Logitech has introduced a pair of new peripherals on Wednesday, Dec. 12, designed for Apple's Mac and iOS ranges.

After unveiling a set of accessories designed for Windows 8, Logitech had some catching up to do on the Mac side. The new Easy-Switch Keyboard and Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac are more or less the Apple-friendly versions of what Logitech announced back in October for Windows 8.

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The Easy Switch Keyboard can pair with up to three devices at the same time. A dedicated button to flick between connected devices allows users to swiftly jump from using an iMac to using an iPhone or an iPad. In addition, the keyboard features backlit keys just like those on a MacBook.

The new keyboard adjusts its illumination based on ambient light, but it also has manual adjustment keys (F5 and F6, just like on a MacBook), for specific preferences. Meanwhile, a motion sensor will turn the light on and off, depending on whether the user's hands are nearby.

Logitech claims a battery life of up to 10 days, but the calculation is based on just two hours of typing per day. Heavy users might have to charge it more often. The battery charges via USB, takes about three hours to fully juice up, and will hold its charge for up to one year if not in use.

The Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac, meanwhile, comes as a third-party alternative to Apple's own Magic Trackpad. Logitech's version features a seemingly larger multitouch-capable surface than on most MacBooks. The trackpad tracks all the usual swipes and gestures, employs the same mechanical click as Apple's own version, and sports a glass top layer for smooth response.

Logitech made no mention of the trackpad's battery life, but the accessory charges via USB and can be used even while charging. Just like the Easy-Switch Keyboard, the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac connects via Bluetooth.

"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, Logitech's vice president of brand development for consumer computing platforms, according to the press release. "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."

The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard and the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad are expected to become available in the United States and Europe in January 2013, with a suggested retail price of $99.99 and $69.99, respectively.

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