Logitech Introduces Keyboards and Mice for the Feds

As the saying goes, you learn something new every day. Today, that tasty morsel of knowledge is the fact that according to the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (aka the “TAA”), federal agencies in the U.S. are required to purchase certain products that are made only in the good old U.S. of A. (or in other designated countries). Thus, products the government buys must be TAA-compliant, which sounds like kind of a headache for federal IT buyers.

Apparently, those “designated countries” include Taiwan, where Logitech is manufacturing peripherals that pass TAA muster. (We know, Logitech isn’t based in Taiwan, but that’s where these particular goods are being made.)

Logitech announced the K120-TAA spill-resistant corded keyboard ($19.99); B100-TAA optical corded mouse ($14.99); and the B120-TAA mouse, which has both USB and PS/2 connectors ($19.99). For $34.99, you can snag the K120-TAA and B100-TAA as a mouse/keyboard combo.

The new peripherals are scheduled for release in June.

Logitech Introduces TAA-Compliant Keyboard and Mice For U.S. Federal Agencies
Federal IT Buyers Now Have Access to Products from a Global Leader in Computer Peripherals

NEWARK, Calif. — April 30, 2012 — Logitech today introduced its first TAA-compliant products – a keyboard, two mice and a keyboard/mouse combo – for U.S. federal agencies covered by the Trade Agreements Act.

The Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA) requires federal agencies to purchase products, including computer peripherals, that are made in the United States or other designated countries.

Logitech, a world leader in computer peripherals, is now meeting the needs of federal IT buyers with four TAA-compliant products manufactured in Taiwan: The Logitech Keyboard K120-TAA, with a spill-resistant corded USB design, for $19.99; The Logitech Mouse B100-TAA, with high-definition optical tracking and a corded USB connector, for $14.99;The Logitech Mouse B120-TAA, which adds a corded PS/2 connector in addition to USB, for $19.99; and The Logitech Desktop MK120-TAA, a combo of the Logitech Keyboard K120-TAA and the Logitech Mouse B100-TAA, for $34.99.

“Federal IT buyers and resellers who serve the federal market have been telling us for some time they want access to high-quality TAA-compliant computer peripherals from a brand name they trust,” said Vince Alvarado, director of Americas B2B sales and marketing at Logitech. “What’s more, Logitech’s deep manufacturing experience means we can quickly and reliably fill even the biggest orders for TAA-compliant products.”

Pricing and Availability

Logitech’s TAA-compliant products are expected to be available in June 2012 at the prices listed above from resellers who specialize in the business-to-business market. The products will not be offered by consumer electronics retailers. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com/business.