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Monday, August 20, 2012

Best Stand Alone Keyboards

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:20 PM

"Picking the best keyboard for your needs is tough-everyone will have different opinions once they get their fingers on the keys, but there are definitely a few models that stand out above the rest, and plenty that are probably better than the ones that came with your computer."

Recently, LifeHacker asked its readers to vote on their favorite keyboards. Lifehacker then pulled out the top five keyboards from the list of 600 nominations. The resulting list is comprised of a wide variety of styles. From the thin and light Apple wireless keyboard to the mechanical DAS keyboard. The top five favorites are listed as: Apple wireless keyboard, Microsoft 4000 series, Logitech G series, DAS keyboard and Logitech K series.

Hit the read link to see the readers' reasoning behind their nominations.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Build a Better Mouse and the World Will Beat a Path to Your Door

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

"Picking the best mouse to use is a pretty personal decision—it often comes down to taste and how the mouse feels under your hands, but there are definitely some stand-out models that most of us would recommend to friends if they asked us."

A lot of people are on the tablet craze where they touchy touchy their data, a lot of people still use a mouse as one of their main interface to a computer. A typical computer comes with a mouse that functions, but tends to be very basic. For those that use computers for a living, spending some coin on a more advanced mouse can make a huge difference in productivity and comfort. While the list LifeHacker provides tends to be more gaming focused, many of them function very well as desktop mice, and with extra buttons, it can make things like web surfing much easier. I am partial to the MX Revolution myself, but preference is very personal.

What surprises me is that Microsoft is missing from this list. I am a staunch Logitech fan, using their hardware for most peripherals I have, I must admit that Microsoft also puts out some very good mice and keyboards. What works best for you if you want to upgrade? Go to a brick and mortar store and see how each fits your hand. Reviews are great, but we are talking about a device that you are likely to spend years with.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Logitech M600 is a Touchy Mouse

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

"With the Logitech Touch Mouse M600, things are set to improve, making mousing feel like second nature. You are able to scroll, swipe and surf regardless of where your fingertips rest on the mouse, and it does not matter whether you are a southpaw or not."

There are Touch people, Touchpad people and there are Mice people. Okay, there are probably some TrackBall people around, and TrackPoint/AccuPoint people too. Having grown up in front of desktops, I find mice the most efficient way of navigating my computing. For tablets and phones, sure, touch is great, but it is the mouse I crave when I want to deal with lots of information. But with Logitech's latest creation, why not get the best of both worlds? Touch mice have been around for a few years in several incarnations. I remember one of Logitech's earliest attempts 8 years ago with the v500, though that did not support multi-touch. The only problem is that I do not know if I will feel comfortable looking like I'm fondling my mouse while I whisk through all that data.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Home Mod Operation Produces Keyboard With Handy USB Ports

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:30 PM

"But anyway I wanted a keyboard with a USB hub built in, not that it would make my life easier but because then I would have one less thing on my table."

You have to admire people who have a a good idea and just say "let's do it". Such was the case with "A Geek and his cat" who made this mod to a Logitech keyboard. It's a fun read to see how he did it. There's no reason you couldn't do it too, is there?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Logitech Lets You Skype In HD

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

"If you were impressed by Logitech's C910 back in June, you may want to take a gander at the newly unveiled HD Pro 920. While it's the first webcam to offer 1080p video chatting with the latest version of Skype, the C920 can also capture 1080p video while offering 720p for Windows Live Messenger."

Is that a smudge on your friend's face? HD video chatting allows others to see the pores on your face with such clarity and detail that it is a wonder that everybody already does not already do it. Having used numerous webcams in the past, I have to say that if you want high detailed chatting, go for a high quality webcam. The cheap ones tend to use your CPU much more and never seem to offer good colour reproduction. The only other question I have is with all the interest with smartphones and tablets that have built-in webcams, is there enough of a market in desktops that these webcams still sell?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Toss That Mouse Pad: The Logitech Performance Mouse MX Reviewed

Posted by Frank Cox in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Wireless/USB Mouse
Manufacturer: Logitech®
Where to Buy: Amazon (affiliate link)
Price: $74.93 USD
System Requirements: Windows® XP and Later, Mac OS® X 10.4 and later, with USB port.
Specifications: 110 V AC and USB charging system

  • Plugging in the charging cable is a little tricky;
  • Pressing forward and back buttons;
  • Side to side movement of scroll wheel.

Summary: The Logitech Performance MX has a nice, comfortable feel. It is very responsive and the battery lasts all day for me, which is roughly 12 hours of continuous use - I plug it in to charge every night. For me it has worked on wood, glass, fabric, and laminated desktops. The Logitech® Unifying receiver was plugged in and the mouse connected right away with no problems using Windows 7. Read more...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Logitech Releasing Couch-Friendly Mouse, the M515

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:43 PM

"Couch surfing means different things to different people. Some see it as a way of travelling the world without ever having to shell out money for a hotel room, while others see it as a way of checking their emails while never leaving the comfort of their leather recliner. Logitech's new wireless mouse, the M515, is squarely aimed at the latter, though we're sure some of the former would enjoy this device should they find themselves in a house belonging to the latter. With the advent of smart TVs, for better or worse, the way we connect to them has become something of a hot topic. Logitech's solution is to produce a mouse designed to work specifically on soft furnishings so you don't need a mouse mat or hard surface for it to work properly."

This isn't exactly new technology - we've had mice that can work on any surface for years - but this is an optimised approach that makes it a bit more appropriate for couch-bound use. Ultimately I feel like this isn't the best approach though - the Lenovo Multimedia Remote would probably be a better solution. What sort of input device do you use from your couch if you have a connected device?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Logitech K750 has Seen the Light

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

"The Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the company's first keyboard designed to be powered entirely by ambient light. That means that you can just use ambient, extra light in your office to power it; you don't need to be under direct sunlight. This is definitely a major step forward for keyboards, and it will be difficult to see too many companies ignoring this going forward."

Okay, I am going to say it. Why did I not think of this? It seems obvious now, especially when I think of all the calculators that are solar powered. I could argue that maybe I thought that keyboards required more power than what solar cells could provide, but then again, we have keyboards that can last months, if not years on a single set of batteries. I do not know if a solar powered mouse would work, since those can be covered up by the hand, but it is an intruiging possibility. One thing of note though; the keyboard uses Logitech's new Unifying Receiver. This is great as it saves USB ports, but if someone does go the all Logitech route, are they going to have several spare receivers just kicking around?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Logitech Keeps An Eye On Your Home For You

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

"The system basically consists of a camera and a pair of bulky plug adapters. Connect one to your camera, the other to your network via Ethernet, and that second one will pipe signal to the first via HomePlug powerline networking. While WiFi would seem like a better choice initially, this does mean you won't have to worry about having a completely uninterrupted signal in and around your home."

I have to admit that I am a Logitech fan. I love their keyboards and mice, and I do think they have a nice range of speakers and webcams. However, as easy as the Logitech Alert system looks, I have questions about just how practical it is. It is not that I think that their system is bad, but rather, incomplete. Having cameras that can store images and videos themselves is great, but needing a computer to download those images seems like an extra hassle. No mention is made about whether the cameras can independantly offload images to a separate site, which I would consider to be a critical aspect of the cameras, especially since they look like they could be easily pilfered themselves. What I am really surprised is that while they offer a "mobile" solution, they are not promoting a newly launched (non-existant) service that would archive and provide an anywhere accessible web based interface to their cameras. Whether for paid or for free, I think that would be an invaluable component to any IP based security set up and it is not like there is a lack of companies already doing that. Anyone set up their own home security system? Have you included IP cameras? Any tips for those that are starting to set up their own?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Webcams for Hi-Def Video Chat

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:30 PM

"[I]t wasn't long ago that VGA was good enough for online chatting. No more, and with the release of SkypeHD going high-def is easier than ever. To find out which multi-megapixel movie maker you want to clip onto your display... we gathered three cameras at a range of prices. Two will work with some particularly advanced TVs, while the third cam shuns Skype, offsetting that shortcoming with a middle-ground price and superior video quality. Which is your ticket to HD chat bliss, and how do they all compare to plain 'ol VGA?"

If you are in the market for a Hi-def Video Chat Camera, Tim Stevens has posted an article that will help you get started at, looking at models from FaceVision (TouchCam N1), Freetalk (Everyman HD), and Logitech (HD Pro Webcam C910). The article is fairly brief, but it does a nice job of summarizing the advantages and disadvantages of each model, particularly as regards their use with the SkypeHD service. Furthermore - and in addition to a number of useful photographs - an included video shows the HD output from each of these cameras, along with a section shot at standard VGA for comparison. Alas, each of these models presents at least one inherent flaw: the Everyman HD lacks a built-in microphone, the TouchCam N1 is relatively expensive, and the C910 lacks an onboard decoder and is - apparently - not compatible with SkypeHD (Logitech does offer instructions for using the C910 with "Skype," and also provides its own free HD video chat software, VID HD). These are not the only choices available, but the article provides a nice starting point for making an informed purchase. If you use video chat, is this the right time to go Hi-def?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

And the Mouse Came Back, the Very Next Day

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

"Many tech pundits have already started drafting an obituary of the computer mouse like the one above, but let's be clear: we think the death of the mouse is greatly exaggerated. In fact, we're so convinced the mouse isn't dead that we've been testing some of the best on the market for the last couple of months. Click on below to find out why we think the lowly mouse has more than a few good years left, and which ones out there deserve your attention."

I do not know if the mouse will ever fully go away, but I can certainly see other user interfaces eating away at its marketshare. Yes, I am thinking of touch, but I also believe that voice recognition, while still very clunky, can also play a role in our future in interacting with technology. Mice are a fact of life in computing today, and the classic mouse + keyboard combination is difficult to beat for a lot of productivity work. As for mice, well, I am a Logitech man. Always have been and always will be. The basic shape they use works well with me, and I have yet to find anything that works as smoothly for me as their MX series. Anyone have a favourite mouse that they are still clinging on to and hoping it will never fail?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

This Squeezebox Wants You to Touch It

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

"A 4,3" (11 cm) color touch screen makes it fun and easy to select and play your music—or you can use the remote. It wirelessly streams what you want to hear—your digital music library, Internet radio, and online music services.Tell me more about Squeezebox."

When it comes to wireless audio solutions, Squeezebox is one of the more famous brands. Under the Logitech umbrella, there are a wide variety of options available with the latest being a touch enabled device. While the Squeezebox touch offers a lot of neat features, much like any other, I am a bit unsure as to how useful this would be compared to a regular Squeezebox. Unless you are right up to it, you have to go over and pick it up to do anything. I would imagine that a touch remote, much like some of the Harmony line, would be much more practical. Still, touch-enabled devices are the craze right now, so I guess the more the merrier. It just will not be my choice.

Friday, August 21, 2009

New Logitech Mice Are Glass Friendly

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 AM

"The so-called Darkfield laser technology may sound a bit pseudo-scientific, but in reality the tracking is still done by your average, garden variety lasers - two of them, to be exact, working together. On glass these lasers work using dark field microscopy (hence the name) to track imperfections (scratches and cracks), rather than reading the surface proper."

I have to admit that I rarely need to use a mouse on a glass table, but it has happened. I also admit that there is a mousepad that comes with me whenever I venture out into the world with my laptop. Logitech has felt my pain and has come up with Darkfield laser technology to solve what ails me. Most likely a response to Microsoft's Bluetrack mice, Logitech's new Performance Mouse MX and Anywhere Mouse MX work on pretty much any surface, including glass. It is also nice to see that you can charge the mouse while using it, eliminating the need to bring a spare set of batteries. I'm skeptical that Darkfield works as well as Logitech claims. Anyone willing to bite the bullet and see if these work as advertised?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

One (USB Receiver) to Rule Them All

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM|Unifying

"The Logitech Unifying receiver is a tiny wireless receiver that can stay plugged into your notebook’s USB port and lets you easily connect up to six compatible wireless mice and keyboards to the same receiver. There’s no need to unplug it when you move around, so you won’t have to worry about losing it."

Meh. While I love Logitech's tiny receiver (I have one for the mouse on my netbook), this issue has already been solved by Bluetooth. Plus I'm betting that this is a proprietary solution, so no mixing Logitech mice with a Microsoft keyboard.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Logitech Fesses Up on PS3 Adapter

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:30 AM

"Yesterday, an Engadget reporter did some digging on an FCC Web site and uncovered our plans to manufacture an adapter that allows our Harmony remotes to control the PS3. We can’t give you all the details just yet, but we can say that this adapter will, when used with any Harmony remote, give you complete control of your movie-watching experience on PS3. It will also turn the PS3 on and off – and allow you to set up your Harmony activities to include the PS3 just as you would any other device. You also won’t need to dedicate any of your valuable USB ports to get that control."

Not owning a PS3, I did not realize that this was a problem. If Sony wanted to position the PS3 as your central media hub, I think leaving out built-in IR support was a big mistake. But, if you own a PS3 and a Harmony brand remote, it seems the good people at Logitech have remedied the situation.

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