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Logitech is tired of being stereotyped as a mouse and keyboard company – its aim is to take over your lounge room, gaming experience, music habits, and mobility lives.

Its Australian summer product launch held at AYR, a modest, several million dollar cottage at Sydney’s Darling Point, was more about showing its products in their natural environment. After all, it is only natural to test a water resistant, UE Boom speaker, in the infinity plunge pool overlooking the harbour over a glass of champers or two!

Some of the products that took my eye included:

case+drive ($69.99) and case+tilt ($49.99)

Not another iPhone 5/5s cover but one with a steel back plate - the ‘case’ bit - that is strongly attracted to the magnetic ‘drive’ bit – a suction cup based mount designed to be a convenient replacement for a windscreen mount. Journalists had fun attaching it to any smooth surface.

The ‘tilt’ bit is just like a foldable iPad cover that allows the iPhone to stand erect.

Summary: expect more magnetic accessories for popular smartphones.

 

 

 

iPad Air, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, ultrathin keyboards

iTWIRE has previously reviewed the ultrathin keyboard cover for iPad and its conclusion ‘9.5 out of 10 - just so well designed and so amazingly good at what it does - this is one of those iconic products’.

The new iPad Air is thinner and smaller than its predecessor, so if you buy one you will need another $99.99 Ultrathin keyboard cover.

The range has been extended to include a $169.99 FabricSkin keyboard folio, a $119.99 Ultrathin Keyboard Folio (for iPAd Air and Samsung Galaxy 3 Tab), and a $69.99 folio protective case for iPad Air, iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

Summary: Galaxy Tab 3 now under Logitech’s protection.

Ultrathin Touch mouse: T630 for Windows and T631 for Mac

A standard mouse it just too big for your airline tray table and this $99.99 svelte, Bluetooth mouse is at the premium end of the market. micro-USB chargeable – a nice touch.

Summary: A typical rodent it is not – good Christmas gift for the road warrior.

 

 

Wireless All-in-one Keyboard TK820

Type and swipe – the oversized touchpad allows for up to 13 Windows 8.x gestures. It uses Logitech’s USB 2.4GHz unifying receiver. $129.95

Summary: Brings touch to the PC – on the keyboard – perhaps where it should be.

 

Bluetooth Speakers Z600

These $199.95, Bluetooth speakers with touch controls look good and the three driver sound is adequate for any PC or Mac user. The pack includes a USB Bluetooth transceiver to pair to any non-Bluetooth computing device and a 3.5mm auxiliary input. Requires wired power connection (power adaptor supplied).

Summary: Modelled after a nuclear power plant stack these would be even better if they glowed in the dark!  

 

 

 

Ultimate Ears – UE

There were too many products to cover all – UE is more like a religion with muso’s because of the unique sound signature all its products have.

-          Three new headphones including the $99.95 corded UE 4000, $199.95 corded UE 6000 and the $399.985 Bluetooth UE9000. The latter compares favourably with others from Denon, Parrot and has active noise cancelling and a style appropriate to the point end of the aircraft.

-          Four new ‘buds’ including: $79.95 UE350VI, $99.95 UE400VI, $179.95 UE600 and $499.95 UE900 – an eye watering price to deliver studio-grade sound.

-          Boombox, Boom and Mobile Boombox are all Bluetooth speakers and probably started the portability craze. I can vouch for the volume capabilities of this range.

G is for gaming

Not my bailiwick so do not expect intelligent comment but its new range of mice (you need a licence to drive these), mouse pads, mechanical keyboards, headsets and controllers all looked suitably sci-fi inspired and robust. The new $109.95 G602 wireless gaming mouse is apparently a breakthrough because it has eliminated lag associated with wireless devices. Again, in the eye watering category I am told the $249.95 G19s gaming keyboard is close to every gamer’s heart.

 Opinion

AYR provided a really nice backdrop for the summer launch and Logitech proved they were not just a mouse and keyboard company. From a computer users perspective I have had good service from many Logitech products.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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