Recently, I had a chance to check out the Logitech PlayGear Pocket Lite, a carrying case for the Nintendo DS Lite. Basically, it's a perfectly good case made of durable hard plastic with space for carrying four additional DS games. It even allows you to add customized skins (protected on the inside of the clear shell). But the whole thing seemed somewhat superfluous to me, mostly because the DS Lite is already so well-designed: the clamshell enclosure keeps the unit's dual screens safe (unlike the PSP, which really does need a protective case).… Read more
Night owls, boogey monsters, and vampires rejoice: the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard is here to help you work in darkness, away from the harsh light of the sun. The underside of each key houses a tiny microlight that emits a soft blue glow in low-light conditions, effectively letting you work in the dead of night.
Like the Logitech diNovo Edge, the Illuminated Keyboard incorporates Perfect Stroke to help you type faster and more accurately. The system allows for a wide 3.2mm stretch spanning each letter and an even amount of vertical depression across the the flat of the keys, so … Read more
They might not be sexy, but the affordable, workaday mouse and keyboard set is a mainstay for any respectable input device maker. And while Logitech's $60 Cordless Desktop S520 is more expensive than Microsoft's new $50 Wireless Media Desktop 1000, both are reasonably priced for what you get.
And what is it, exactly, that you get with these desktop sets? Each offers a standard battery-powered wireless mouse and keyboard. Microsoft went all out on extra hot keys; Logitech, as it's wont, paid more attention to the fit-and-finish, with fewer hot keys but more thought invested in their … Read more
A couple of years ago, Logitech brought out the Z-10s, an interesting set of PC speakers that featured USB connectivity and a digital readout on the front of one of the speakers. They looked good, sounded decent, and were cutting edge in their nod to visually incorporating digital-music playback--though the touch-sensitive controls did cause issues for some users. Now the company is serving up the Z-5s, which don't feature the fancy digital readout, but offer some intriguing design elements and the same USB connectivity.
A couple of years ago Logitech brought out the Z10s, an interesting set of PC speakers that featured USB connectivity and a digital readout on the front of one of the speakers. They looked good, sounded decent, and were cutting edge in their nod to visually incorporating digital-music playback. Now the company is serving up the Z5s ($99.99), which don't feature the fancy digital readout but offer some intriguing design elements--including omnidirectional sound--and the same USB connectivity.
The black Z5s have a simple, clean, modern look, but aren't quite the knockouts that the Z10s are. From afar … Read more
Logitech is adding two more budget models to its Pure-Fi line of iPod speakers. The Pure-Fi Anytime shares several features with the Pure-Fi Dream--both are dual alarm clock radios with motion-sensing snooze alarms and recessed docks. The Anytime is smaller and has more traditional styling than the Dream, but costs half as much--just $100. We also noted the Anytime looked very similar to the recently announced Altec Lansing inMotion Moondance GLOW iM402. … Read more
Recently, we asked the question, "Is the Logitech Squeezebox Boom the ultimate Wi-Fi radio?" Now that we've had two full weeks to play with it, we have an answer: Yes, it pretty much is. The Boom is the first product in this category we can enthusiastically recommend. Like its predecessor, the Logitech Squeezebox Duet, the Boom's garnered a CNET Editors' Choice Award. Check out the links below for the full review, the updated CNET Wi-Fi radio roundup (which includes some lower priced alternatives), and the overall list of best network music players.
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Ever since iHome put out its popular--and growing--line of affordable iPod clock radios, other companies have followed suit and introduced their own competing models. Logitech has been a little slow in bringing out its take on this emerging category, but the wait is mostly worth it. The Pure-Fi Dream is a solid--and stylish--little audio system that gives the competition a serious run for its money.
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Microsoft unveiled a veritable mischief of mice today for your laptop and desktop. One features a sharp new design, another showcases a new, proprietary sensor technology.
First on deck is the Arc Mouse. There's nothing too special here other than its curved, collapsible design. We honestly don't understand the appeal of so-called laptop mice, so that you can make the Arc Mouse more compact doesn't seem like much of a plus. Perhaps you disagree. We have a feeling design nerds will jump on this one, to replace those dated Phillipe Starck mice. Available in red and black, … Read more
We already covered Logitech's new ubermouse a few weeks ago, and on Tuesday Logitech takes the covers off three new keyboards.
The Logitech Illuminated Keyboard looks like the most interesting of the new bunch. A sharp design and an adjustable white LED backlight are the highlights, although it also uses Logitech's fantastic PerfectStroke key system, a carry-over from the high-end diNovo Edge keyboard. The fancy keys help take the edge off the $80 price tag, and overall this keyboard looks perfect for design-heads or the closet PC gamer who wants keyboard backlighting but not aggressive gamer hardware styling.… Read more