When Logitech decided to end support for its Harmony Link universal media hubs, customers were pissed. And rightly so, because despite the device being a little old (it originally debuted back in 2011), through no fault of their own, their devices would cease to function on March 16, 2018.
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Logitech will be deliberately bricking every unit of the Harmony Link, a universal hub which allows users to control their home theatre systems and a variety of other devices from their smartphones, on 16 March 2018. According to Bleeping Computer, on that date Logitech will issue a firmware update that permanently disables the devices. As Popular Science additionally noted, the Harmony Link relies upon a cloud-based service to function that will be taken offline, ensuring that users will be locked out no matter what.
With its big rolypoly ball and huge hand rest, the venerable trackball mouse looks like a holdover from 1996. Or maybe 1946 -- that's the first time a trackball was used as an input device in a computer. Its popularity has waned since the introduction of the mouse and then the trackpad. And for good reason. Those devices take up way less space! But here's the thing: The trackball is still good. Not just good -- the trackball is great. So great that Logitech is introducing its first trackball in many years is a cause for celebration -- even if I have some issues with my new favourite input device.
I have issues with smart home technology. The promise of a Jetsons-style, automated living environment has never been closer, but the experience basically sucks right now. After spending a few weeks with a programmable button by Logitech, however, I feel suddenly hopeful.
Esports are big business now. And with millions of dollars wrapped up in prizes and sponsorship, hardware makers are starting to cater to a new category of athlete. But while the resulting gear might be designed with professional gamers in mind, it turns out it can be pretty fantastic for the rest of us too.
Webcams aren't quite the must-have accessory they were in 2010. Now every laptop and tablet has a camera on the front, ready and willing to broadcast your multitude of chins out onto the internet. But the webcam fattening the bezel of your laptop has some pretty severe limitations, ranging from lack of flexibility to quality. If you're a serious streamer, or addicted to Skype, you'll need something more. Logitech thinks it has made that something.
When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. Today, JB Hi-Fi has an Instant Deal that slashes the price of the Logitech Harmony Elite universal remote control in half, saving you $200.
We really, really like Logitech's G gaming gear for PC -- its keyboards in particular are top notch both for typing those long boring emails and for smashing out a couple of rounds of CS:GO. While those peripherals are excellent, they're also expensive. A new line of Prodigy mice, keyboard and headset from the guys at G gives you all the sturdy brightly-coloured Logitech goodness without the painful price tag.
Logitech used to make the best cheap gaming mouse in the business. The Logitech MX518 was the under $US100 ($132) dream machine everyone recommended to new gamers. Whether you spent 12 hours a day in World of Warcraft or were constantly fragging infants in Counterstrike, the MX518 was a workhorse mouse with the best sensor available and just enough extra buttons to let you get stuff done.
Confession time. On my desk I have a candle, affectionately known as my "holiday candle" because, well, it smells like holidays. Frangipani and coconut and a hint of ocean breeze, when I'm feeling a bit stressed it gives me a reminder of summer, sunshine, and everything that is good in the world.
Logitech have just announced a range of M238 Wireless Mouse designs that might be just what you need to bring a smile to your face whilst in the depths of spreadsheets and reports. Inspired by the 80s Memphis style of design with bright, contrasting colours and graphic patterns, the festive "Party Collection" is an over-the-top mash-up of favourite things including flamingos, popsicles and even gorillas.
The Logi Base fixes one of the glaring problems with Apple's otherwise excellent 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro -- the fact that the excellent tablet, designed for the landscape orientation, doesn't have a charging Lightning connector on its long edge. It does have the pogo-pin Smart Connector, though, and that's exactly what this Logi stand uses to charge your tablet while it's playing a movie or working as a very expensive nightstand alarm clock.
Logitech describes the G900 Chaos Spectrum as its "best gaming mouse yet" designed for maximum performance and comfort for long gaming sessions. It has all of the expected features of a high end gaming mouse -- an advanced optical gaming sensor, ambidextrous design, customisable lighting, mechanical pivot button design and it is lightweight. But the real standout is its wireless technology, which promises to be professional grade, lag-free and faster than a wired mouse.