First third-party peripheral with Smart Connector support hits stores
As previously reported, Apple has gone live with orders for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, though the company is also showing the device as available in its retail stores starting today. Pre-orders will begin shipping on Friday, November 13 when one-day shipment is selected, however the Apple Pencil drawing stylus and Smart Keyboard peripherals are not yet available either online or in stores, but will be shipping beginning next week. A third-party keyboard case co-designed with Apple, the Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro, is currently advertised both on Apple's site and is said to already be available in Apple stores.
Battery allows Logi Circle to stream video over Wi-Fi for three hours
Logitech is taking on the Nest Cam and other home-monitoring cameras by releasing its own network-connected camera, but one with an unusual feature. The Logi Circle is able to stream video over the local network or Internet like its rivals, except it can also be disconnected from power and be moved around without a physical connection, allowing it to stream in a different location over Wi-Fi for up to three hours using its internal battery.
Little firm data revealed about keyboard, other than Smart Connector use
Today Logitech announced the Logitech Create Keyboard Case for Apple's new iPad Pro, developed closely with Apple to utilize the new Smart Connector. As a result, Logitech will bring to market the first ever third-party keyboard compatible with the iPad Pro Smart Connector.
Keyboard auto-detects type of device attached, customizes accordingly
Accessory manufacturer Logitech today introduced the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard, and the Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse. As opposed to setting configurations for the device with software drivers, the K380 will recognize your connected device, and automatically map keys to supported functions and shortcuts.
G633 wired headset and G933 wireless set brings 7.1 audio to desktop
Peripheral and accessory manufacturer Logitech today introduced two new gaming headphones, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming Headset and the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset. The headphones are fully customizable, feature RGB lighting, swappable backlit speaker plates and programmable G-keys. When paired with Logitech Gaming Software for Windows or OS X, users can customize audio settings, and create personal sound profiles.
New cases designed for maximum protection to edges of device
Today Logitech introduced its first family of products under the new Logi label: the Logi Blok family of cases for iPad. Comprised of the Logi Blok Protective Shell, the Logi Blok Protective Case and the Logi Blok Protective Keyboard Case, the Blok family features cushioned square corners designed to help protect your iPad from drops up to six feet high and onto surfaces as hard as concrete.
Lightweight MOBA-focused mouse delivers fast buttons in a compact package
Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Building from a few simple gamepads to keyboards utilizing fresh, new technologies, Logitech continues to focus on its gaming arm with impressive results. After the previous release of two excellent mouses from the company, could the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Daedalus Prime mouse bring something unexpected, or would it be a step backwards from the professional gaming-grade devices created thus far? Find out in our review.
New dashboard, Logitech Home Hub integrations available for Misfit Flash today
An update from Misfit is making its wearable devices more useful, both in terms of fitness tracking and for smart homes. A new dashboard and new app integration will help users track their health, while other additional integrations effectively turns the trackers into a simple remote control, triggering various smart home interactions and other online activities by simply pressing a button on the wearable item.
UE Roll offers 360-degree sound, waterproofing in pocket-size design
Ultimate Ears is adding another resilient speaker to its range, this time in a form that is much easier to carry around. While its stablemates, the UE Boom and UE Megaboom, all offer high-quality sound in a water-resistant cylindrical shape, the UE Roll takes a different approach, shrinking down the design to a UFO-shaped disc measuring 135mmx40mm (5.3 inches by 1.6 inches) and weighing 330 grams (11.6 ounces), complete with the signature oversized plus and minus controls on the top surface.
New Logitech Driving Force have dual-motor feedback system
Logitech has revealed a pair of racing wheels aimed at consoles and desktops, updating the design of the preceding G27 racing wheel. The G920 Driving Force racing wheel for Xbox One and PC, as well as the G29 Driving Force for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, both have dual-motor force feedback, as well as helical gearing for quiet and smooth steering, and anti-backlash hardware to keep the responsiveness tight.
Combination Logitech keyboard and trackpad for living room keeps familiar design of predecessor
Logitech has unveiled a new addition to its line of keyboards for living room use, one that builds upon the peripheral producer's first attempt at the concept. Keeping the familiar design of the original, the Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus is a full QWERTY keyboard with an integrated 3.5-inch touchpad to one side, allowing it to be used as a complete keyboard and mouse system while sat in front of a television.
High-sensitivity laser in Logitech MX Anywhere 2 allows mouse usage on glass
Logitech is bringing some of the design principles of its MX Master Wireless Mouse to the mobile peripherals market with a compact peripheral for travelers. The MX Anywhere 2 mouse is a shrunken version of the MX Master that measures 2.4 inches wide, 4 inches long, and 1.35 inches high, and weighs just 3 ounces, making it an ideal mouse for mobile workers to pack alongside their notebook for more mouse accuracy than a trackpad.
Voice recognition systems able to perform home automation tasks via Harmony API
Owners of Logitech Harmony devices will soon be able to perform various automated home commands using their voice. Ubi and Ivee are both using Logitech's Harmony API to communicate directly with smart home devices and appliances, allowing both systems to take control and change settings for various connected items around the house.
Latest in Logitech MX mouse range can switch between three devices
Logitech has released a high-specification mouse that effectively follows on from the Performance Mouse MX with a sculpted ergonomic design. The Logitech MX Master is billed as the peripheral producer's "most advanced wireless mouse," which is apparently meant for people working between "multiple screens, devices, and operating systems," by letting users quickly switch between systems the mouse controls.
High-performance Logitech gaming mouse tracks movement at 300 inches per second
Logitech has unveiled another gaming mouse in its range of high-performance peripherals, this time with a high DPI optical sensor. The G303 Daedalus Apex's Delta Zero optical sensor is able to offer a dpi range from as low as 200 to 12,000 with zero smoothing, tracking movement at 300 inches per second and is also able to be tuned to operate optimally with the mousing surface being used.
Operates up to 100 feet away
Logitech-owned Ultimate Ears has announced a new Bluetooth speaker, the UE Megaboom. The design is based on the original Boom -- which likewise aims sound in a 360-degree arc -- but is substantially larger. It should last up to 20 hours on a single charge, and UE is promising a 100-foot range, well beyond most Bluetooth devices, which are typically limited to about 30 feet. By comparison, the original Boom has a 15-hour battery, and a 50-foot range.
Gift cards are impersonal. Get a gadget instead!
The rubber's hitting the road on the Christmas season, and if the throngs around you aren't in the holiday spirit (read "panicked about buying") then they will be soon! Fortunately, its not too late for online ordering, and we've got your back! MacNN and Electronista have been squirreling away ideas for the gadget and accessory freak in your life. We did part one of this list last week, so here's more ideas for those hard to buy for people instead of a boring gift card!
When looking for an external keyboard to use with something like the iPad, you are generally limited to two streams of products: Bluetooth keyboards designed for desktop use, and keyboard cases. While wireless desktop keyboards offer a superior typing experience when compared to keyboard cases, they suffer from a design not intended for extensive portability. Meanwhile, keyboard cases are easy to tout around, but force users to add bulk directly to their so-called "portable" device. Enter Logitech's Keys-To-Go, a small Bluetooth keyboard that offers no means of attaching itself to a mobile device, yet has been designed to throw in a bag and carry around.
Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3
Logitech has announced the introduction of a new protective case in its suite of tablet products, the Logitech AnyAngle for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Featuring an integrated, hidden hinge, the case holds an iPad at any angle within a 50-degree range, keeping that angle in place without tipping or sliding. The stand folds behind the iPad as to create a minimalist appearance, and magnets also secure the stand and assist in holding an angled position. The has a rubberized frame that protects the tablet from accidental bumps and drops, and its hidden magnets keep the case securely closed as to prevent scratches and cracks. Available in a variety of colors, the AnyAngle case will be available this month for $60.
win a Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480
According to a recent survey conducted by Logitech, 65 percent of Americans are distracted by messages from one of their devices when using another. In fact, multi-tasking is the new normal, with more than three-fourths of Americans using two or more devices simultaneously a day. Fortunately, Logitech has the cure for this affliction. It's called the Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, and it's designed to be used with computers, tablets and smartphones. MacNN has teamed up with Logitech to give away one of these keyboards to one of our readers.
Sound dampened Silencio 652S, 352 computer cases coming to North America
Cooler Master announced today that it is bringing two of its PC cases that focus on minimal design and noise reduction to North America. The Silencio 352 and 652S are on their way to vendors now, says the company, meaning the ATX and Mini-ATX tower cases will be made available to consumers soon. Both of the cases make use of sound-dampening panels in various places in the case, including the side panels and front door.
Keys-To-Go supports all iOS devices
Logitech has announced a trio of new iPad keyboard accessories, beginning with updates of its Type+ and Ultrathin cases for the iPad Air 2. The Type+ is a thin folio design, with features such as automatic wake/sleep magnets for both an iPad and the keyboard itself. It costs $100, and comes in black, blue, green, or purple, with extra "synthetic" versions of the first two colors.
Keyboard takes new approach with redesigned switches, Arx Control app
During Penny Arcade Expo 2014, Electronista had a chance to have some time with a prototype version of Logitech's G910 Orion Spark keyboard before it was officially announced. We sat down to talk to Director of Logitech Gaming Vincent Tucker to about the genesis of the keyboard, as well as the company's gaming accessory design process.
Bluetooth keyboard, case combo features wider space between keys, rechargeable battery
(Updated with corrected Type+ pricing) Logitech announced a new case and keyboard combo for the iPad Air today, the Type+. Like many other Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, the Type+ is powered by an internal battery. In this case, the battery is said to last up to three months on a single charge, according to Logitech. The case portion uses clips in the corners to hold onto the iPad, also using magnets to hold the cover closed. The Type+ auto-wakes or auto-sleeps the iPad Air, depending if the cover is open or not. The case does make the tablet a little thicker, as it bumps up to 0.71 inches.
Wide compatibility offered by new lineup for home theater and elsewhere
Today, Logitech announced it is entering the home control market with new home automation product compatibility, and four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives users access to, and control of, a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system.
G910 Orion Spark works with Arx Control mobile app, offers extra in-game data
Logitech has launched a gaming keyboard which offers extra functionality with a smartphone. The G910 Orion Spark can be used with an Arx Control app for iOS and Android, turning the smartphone into a second screen displaying data about the player's performance, with the keyboard also including a small docking area to hold the mobile device upright.
Switch toggles between Bluetooth-connected devices
Logitech has announced a new keyboard peripheral, the K480. While usable as a generic, compact Bluetooth keyboard, the K480 is more versatile in being able to connect to three devices simultaneously, including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and even Chrome OS devices. A dial lets users change which device is being controlled.
Great control, quick DPI adjustments packaged with hybrid optical sensor
Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to lure gamers in, or is it just another device on the shelves? Find out in our review.
Desktop 2.1 stereo speakers offer affordable, clear sound, but need more punch
Desktop computer speakers sit in a weird area of limbo: many consumers have forgone the era of desktop listening for the privacy and versatility of headphones. Others see their usefulness in work spaces, when large surround systems or wearing a pair of headphones for hours isn't an option. What about consumers looking for a budget set of speakers that can be used in a number of spaces, without sacrificing on sound? Desktop users could have a possible solution with the Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers. Does the $30 speaker set warrant consideration, or is the money better spent towards a more expensive set up? Find out in our review.
Offers good sound, low price, but speaker is held back by battery, digital signal processing
Bluetooth speakers offer a wealth of choices for consumers, with sound and price often coming down to the main factors for a purchase. Sound needs to fit the requirements of the user, from those that seek crushing bass or a balanced spectrum. Trying to find the middle ground between what consumers can afford and what sound they want can be a difficult equalibrium to reach. But can a good balance of price and sound be found in the sub-$100 market? Yes, with the $70 Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker. But does the sound stack up to speakers more than twice the price, or are consumers taking too much of a hit to save some cash? Find out in our review.
Gaming mouse from Logitech capable of tracking at over 500 inches per second
Peripheral producer Logitech has created what it claims is the world's fastest gaming mouse ever manufactured. The G402 Hyperion Fury uses Logitech's Fusion Engine system on a built-in 32-bit ARM processor for tracking, allowing it to keep up with tracking speeds faster than 500 inches per second, more than the preceding G502 Proteus Core's 300 inches per second tracking.
iPad Air is a more capable productivity tool than some might expect
The question of how much productivity you can get done on the Apple iPad is one that has persisted since its introduction. Even if the question is not an easy one to answer, it seems almost irrelevant to even ask when one looks at how massively successful the iPad has been since its introduction. The question also depends on what one defines as being 'productivity,' when it has been clear for some time that plenty of people can and do use iPads for getting work done, particularly in creative endeavors. The recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM in enterprise, coupled with the arrival of Microsoft Office for iPad suggests that the iPad's capability in the workplace will be properly tested given that IBM also becomes an official Apple reseller and will help to shift many more units into the workplace.
Speaker with Pendleton's art is a limited edition run
Logitech's boutique audio line, Ultimate Ears, is expanding its limited-edition lineup of UE Boom with the announcement of its collaboration with artist Don Pendleton on UE Boom Jettison Edition. This limited-edition run of UE Boom is designed with Pendleton's distinct organic cubist graphic style, and is the latest in a series of one-of-a-kind acoustic skins for UE Boom.
Car accessory mounts iPhone to air vents
Logitech has announced a pair of new accessories for the iPhone 5 and 5s. The first is the Protection+, a case with a tough external shell and a rubber internal layer to absorb some of the force of impacts. Its edges are deliberately raised to guard the screen. Phones in the case should be able to withstand drops up to 1.8 meters, or roughly 6 feet.
Logitech announces Harmony Ultimate now working with Nest Learning Thermostat
Logitech has announced that its smart remote control, the Harmony Ultimate, is now compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Harmony Ultimate allows users to control home theatre devices behind closed cabinets and walls, as well as access IR devices as well as Bluetooth game consoles. Its new Nest compatibility means that when the remote is paired with the thermostat, the Harmony Ultimate can facilitate setting temperatures. Additionally, the remote sensor can detect the user's nearby presence, and so can switch off nest's Auto-Away mode. The Harmony Ultimate is priced at $350.
Logitech introduces new multimedia speaker system with satellite speakers, subwoofer
Logitech has announced the upcoming availability of its new 2.1 multimedia speaker system, the Multimedia Speakers Z213. Featuring two satellite speakers and a dedicated subwoofer, the system is designed to work with Windows and Mac computers, as well as tablets, smartphones and MP3 players. Its down-firing subwoofer with a four-inch driver provides a strong bass level, and its wired control pod holds controls for volume. Audio can be listened to through headphones connected to the 3.5mm-compatible headphone jack built into the control pod. The Logitech Multimeda Speakers Z213 system is also compatible with the company's Bluetooth Audio Adapter. Anticipated to be available this month, the Multimedia Speakers Z213 are priced at $30.
Samsung adds Spotify Connect support to Shape speaker range
Samsung has updated its Wireless Audio Multiroom range of home audio equipment to allow Spotify to run off multiple speakers simultaneously, bringing Samsung's multiroom speaker system in line with competitor Sonos. Applying to the Shape M7, Shape M5 and other audio products in the range, the added Spotify Connect support allows for music to be controlled through the Spotify app itself instead of through a dedicated speaker app.
Instagram adds additional photo editing tools
Instagram has released an update for its Android and iOS app, adding more photo editing tools. The photo-based social media platform now includes a new wrench icon when a user selects a filter for their image, which opens up a tray of editing tools. Warmth, saturation, brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows are among the new adjustment options available. Filter strength can now be adjusted by double-tapping, and images can be sharpened to make them more clear. The latest version of Instagram for iOS and Android can be downloaded through iTunes and Google Play respectively.
Case+ system uses a magnetic mounting system for four case configurations
Computer peripheral manufacturer Logitech introduced a new case option for the iPhone 5 and 5s today, dubbed the Case+. The Case+ system works on a magnetic, modular design to bring options like a tilting mount and a battery pack to easy, everyday use for consumers.
Simple designs, different directions
On Tuesday Logitech announced several new iPad cases. Here at MacNN we were given a chance to try two of them, the Hinge and the Turnaround, both in versions for the iPad Air. Since they're relatively straightforward cases, we thought we'd give them a simple-hands-on rather than full reviews.
Ultrathin gets lighter, more angles
Logitech today officially launched three new cases for the iPad Air and the iPad mini. Leading these is the Big Bang, which merges a compact folio design with shock-absorbing material; Logitech claims the case can survive drops from as high as 1.4m, or about 4.6 feet. The front and back are also covered with liquid-resistant materials. The Air version of the case costs $100, while the Mini edition is $80.
Logitech launches K830 illuminated keyboard in US, Europe
Logitech has introduced the K830 Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard. The wireless, rechargeable keyboard has a range of up to 33 feet from its 2.4GHz USB adapter, and an integrated trackpad for mouse controls. The backlit keys, along with the multimedia keys, automatically dim and brighten based on the amount of available light, with the backlight switching off after five seconds of inactivity. Logitech is shipping the K830 in the US and Europe this month for $100.
G502 gaming mouse includes adjustable weights, free-wheeling scroll wheel
Logitech has unveiled a new and highly customizable gaming mouse. The G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse is claimed to be the first to use a 12,000dpi sensor to track its position, which when combined with other features, allows the user to heavily personalize the mouse depending on what they're playing and what kind of surface they are using.
Logitech releases its Global Fan Collection, flag-inspired mice
Logitech has announced the release of its new Global Fan Collection, comprised of flag-inspired designs for its popular wireless mouse. The Global Fan Collection features graphic designs that represent 14 nations' flags, intended for users who are enthusiastic about a country as well as its sport culture. Countries represented by the designs include the United States, Argentina, the UK, Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, and more.
Snap-on case expands battery, adds physical controls to iPhone 5, 5S
We here at the MacNN testing labs have thought for some time that the iOS ecosystem is ideal for resurrecting old franchises with one notable exception -- controls. Old-school gaming had either a control pad or keyboard and mouse in mind, and neither translate well to a small touchscreen. Apple is evidently aware of this situation, and with iOS 7, comes native OS support for a "Made For i" specified controller. Amongst the first wave of these controllers is the Logitech PowerShell controller and battery combination, and MacNN has played with it for a while now. Check to see what we thought about the PowerShell, the first in a new class of peripheral.
Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote
As Black Friday spins wildly, we thought we would offer our readers something that might bring a little "harmony" and "control" back into their lives. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate is what we're talking about. You may not be able to cope with what happens out there in the retail frenzy, but you can take control of the electronics in your home with this amazing remote.
Second major controller release for iOS 7 devices
Following months of leaks, Logitech has officially announced the PowerShell, its first game controller case for the iPhone and iPod touch. Compared with MOGA's new controller the PowerShell has a minimalist number of controls, limited to a direction pad, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons. Both cases do however incorporate a battery -- in the case of the PowerShell, one rated at 1,500mAh.
FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, Ultrathin Keyboard Cover among upgrades
Accessory and peripheral maker Logitech has announced plans to update several of its cases for the iPad Air. Leading the pack are the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($99) and the FabricSkin Keyboard Folio ($149). The former has been a popular accessory for current-generation iPads, since it provides a minimalist option for both screen protection and carrying a keyboard.
Works with phones, tablets, computers
Logitech has announced the Mobile Speakerphone P710e, a peripheral for phones, tablets, and computers. The unit connects via USB or Bluetooth, and props phones and tablets up for easier viewing. It can pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices, two of them simultaneously; in the case of NFC-equipped devices, Bluetooth pairing can be done simply by tapping against the speakerphone.
Logitech M560 mouse incorporates quick access button for Win 8
Logitech has rolled out the M560 wireless mouse for Windows 8. The new mouse is one of the first to incorporate a Windows 8 menu button that sits behind the scroll wheel. When activated, the button gives users one-touch access to the App Bar, Charms Bar, Desktop and Start Screen.