Archive for the ‘Logitech’ Category

It seems like not a day passes where another Apple compatible product is released, as companies scramble to profit from the design savvy consumer Apple  produces for.

Logitech are pretty much ahead in this arena, but I have to admit they are on fire at the moment with some of the products they are releasing and seem to have their finger on the pulse.

Bring on the Logitech Z600. The sleek, Apple-esque, wireless stereo speakers for your desktop. These cool units house three drivers each and can hook up to smartphones, tablets or laptops over a Bluetooth connection. Logitech have kindly included a Bluetooth dongle for those who do not have this built-in to the electronic device they are using.

The speakers allow for 3 simultaneous connections to your devices and can easily switch between them when the command is sent. Volume is controlled via the right speaker with a touch panel at the top which allows you to glide your finger iPod style and a 3.5mm jack is housed at the rear for those devices without the ability to connect wirelessly. Along the back of the right speaker, you can also find the power and pairing button which are hidden nicely.

These speakers will not look out-of-place and are at the right size to sit on your desktop and look pretty cool. You may want to think of these as a cheap alternative to a multiroom system as they are cheap enough to buy and place in every room and then just stream music from your smart phone and confidently fill most rooms with good sound.

Released in August with a RRP of £129.99 in the UK.

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Logitech have announced a couple of universal remotes to their armoury to bring them in line with current technology.

The remote control specialists have firstly brought out the Harmony Ultimate, an all-in-one, rechargeable RF controller with a touchscreen display and backlit physical keys to play with. The Ultimate can control pretty much all IR devices (15 devices at once) which are not only visible but behind cupboard doors and can also control Bluetooth-enabled devices such as the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.

The Ultimate can also interact with the Philips Hue system to control lighting, so setting macros to dim lighting when choosing to watch a DVD will be simple with the easy to use bundled software. Along with this, Logitech have now created the Harmony Smartphone app which allows you to use both iPhone and Android devices to control items in your set up, with easy to master touch gestures to use.

Those of you who prefer to just use your smartphone to control your A/V kit, can now do so with the Harmony Smart Control. Again using the Logitech Smart App, it controls all devices with the included Hub and even comes with a spare physical remote for the days that your phone does not want to play ball.

The Harmony Ultimate will be released in the UK in May for £230, with the Harmony Smart Control expected at £109 shortly after. These may seem expensive, but they are truly easy to set up and look good in any living room. The one thing (from personal experience) is that Logitech’s support for these remotes is second to none, and they literally will not rest until this is working properly in your home. The app will be available for download from the App Store or Google Play for free.

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Logitech Keyboard Folio

 

Launched today, the Logitech iPad keyboard with tons of personality.

Logitech are known for great products, with well thought out premises and even better support, the Keyboard Folio is next in line with today’s launch. The keyboard, with rechargeable battery connects to your iPad via Bluetooth and sports full-size keys that make it feel more like a Macbook Air. The keyboard is recharged with the supplied mini-USB cable and apparently lasts up to 3 months.

Logitech have really thought about the design of this, as it is not only a keyboard, but also a stand and Folio-style protective case. The outer case uses magnets to stay securely closed and also works to wake the iPad when it is opened just like Apple’s very own Smart Cover. Once opened, the case serves to stand the iPad like a laptop for hands-free viewing.

The fabric outer case comes in either pink or black and serves to protect your iPad’s screen, the Keyboard folio can be preordered direct from Logitech at £89.99 and also is sold for iPad Mini.