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Logitech's school-only iPad keyboard and Crayon stylus are here

Logitech's specialized Crayon stylus feels better than the Apple Pencil, while the keyboard case takes plenty of drops.

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The iPad on its own is a sheet of glass and metal. Logitech's educator-only school tools turn it into a more-durable device.

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The Rugged Combo 2 keyboard case ($99) and Crayon stylus ($49) are made to work with the recent 6th-gen 2018 iPad. We gave them a test drive at our office.

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Next to the Apple Pencil, which costs $100 (less for educators), the thicker, but less likely to roll away Logitech Crayon is far more comfortable and half the price.

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The Rugged Combo 2 keyboard has a loop to hold the Crayon (or Apple Pencil).

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The Crayon doesn't pair via Bluetooth; it just automatically works as long as iOS 11.4 is installed. It can be charged via Lightning.

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The Rugged Combo 2 case also has an adjustable stand that tilts back.

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The keyboard doesn't need charging or pairing either. The rubberized keys aren't backlit but are spill-resistant.

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Like a Microsoft Surface, the iPad can be used with keyboard attached or detached.

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The keyboard attaches magnetically, powering via the iPad as if it had its own Smart Connector like the iPad Pros do.

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The case is thick, but it feels durable.

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Inserting the iPad in a plastic sleeve that then goes into the second rubber bumper covering adds shock protection for falls of up to four feet.

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It's a task to set up, but you can keep the iPad in the case for charging and never take it out again.

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The Crayon is fast and responsive, but lacks Apple Pencil pressure sensitivity. However, it does have angle sensitivity -- tilt it and it can add thickness to your sketch lines.

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The folio case adds a lot of weight, but the case also seems ideal for protecting one's investment in iPads.

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If only the Crayon worked on other iPads, or was available for purchase for everyone.

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More iPad cases for kids should be this rugged.

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A Lightning plug-in on the case powers the snap-on keyboard, while a passthrough port on the other side works for charging or connecting an Apple Pencil.

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Schools can order these now, but they lack one thing Chromebooks have: a trackpad.

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