Logitech h540 USB Headset Review

Jul 31, 13 Logitech h540 USB Headset Review

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The first thing I thought of when I was unboxing the Logitech h540: That looks comfy. I’ve been issued a number of USB headsets in all the corporate companies I’ve been part of. They all had different shapes and sizes. Some had long microphones; others had big foamy ear muffs. As far as design and functionality are concerned, one of the most important things I look for in a USB headset is comfort. The Logitech H540 is one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve used while working for hours in front of my computer. The headset fits right and is adjustable, so I didn’t feel any tension while using it. This headset is plug and play and is very suitable for PC calls. The packaging even advertises Skype so I know that this is intended for long hours of chatting. I like the general look of the headset and it didn’t strike me at first as something built mainly for PC use. The piano black plastic surface and the padded leather-like material for the ears and head made it look very modern – a headset I don’t really mind using outside the workplace. The long cord is thick enough for when I accidentally tug it and comes with a Velcro strap for those neat-freaks like me who don’t like my gadget cords all over the place. The small microphone can be rotated down and it’s short enough that it doesn’t bother me at all. That’s a plus since it’s intended for long chats over Skype or other messenger clients. What I like about the microphone is that when I rotate it up, it’s somewhat hidden from view and it doesn’t really look like a PC headset. It has on-ear controls on the right side – volume buttons and a mute button that are big enough that I won’t have a problem searching if I need to immediately change the volume or mute the conversation. Another thing with the mute button – there is an...

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Logitech T650 Wireless TouchPad Review

Jul 19, 13 Logitech T650 Wireless TouchPad Review

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With the rise of touch interface driven by Windows 8, it makes sense to have a peripheral device that would complement this trend for those PCs that do not have a touchscreen. Logitech’s response is the T650 – a wireless rechargeable touch pad. This touch pad looks very sleek with its black finish and sturdy build quality, which complements Logitech’s line of other peripherals. It works through Logitech’s unifying receiver – which is great if you already have other wireless Logitech products because it will save you a USB port. Don’t worry if you don’t have a unifying receiver because the box will include one and also a micro-USB cable to charge the device.    The T650 gestures are optimized for Windows 8, but also work well with Windows 7. Gestures include clicks, navigation, some Windows shortcuts, and some Windows control. There are only 3 gestures missing for Windows 7 that are available in Windows 8. Those gestures are accessing Windows 8 Charms, Start screen, and Application menu. For a comprehensive list and description of available gestures, visit Logitech’s T650 page here. I don’t have a Windows 8 computer so here’s some of my experience using the T650 on Windows 7. The surface feels responsive and really smooth to the touch and has a slight traction to it to provide a tactile sensation. One gesture that I found nice to use was the pinch to zoom gesture. Aside from the internet browser, the gesture works on different apps like MS Office and Windows Explorer. In Explorer, pinching in and out will toggle the different view modes from the extra-large icon view to the content view. The gesture for application switching in Windows 7 also opens a nice bonus interface from Logitech that looks like Mac’s mission control. In Windows 8, it looks like a gesture will have to be configured to get to the application switcher interface. Note that the application switcher is not unique to the T650 as it is also available for...

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Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Logitech is a familiar brand when it comes to PC accessories and they also enjoyed success when it comes to gaming peripherals. The Logitech G500s is a wired laser mouse that gamers, particularly FPS gamers, would definitely enjoy. It’s an update from their successful G500 mouse having a more accurate laser sensor and a high-tech paint job. The G500s measures 1.73 by 3 by 5.1 inches which is among the big gaming mice out there that should appeal to right-handed palm grip gamers. It’s a pretty-looking mouse with a hydrophobic coating that wards off oil, sweat and grime after long hours of playing. It also has side grips that remains dry during gaming. It comes with a 6.6-foot nylon-braided cord that prevents it from tangling. The mouse is littered with 10 buttons including the left and right clickers. The scroll wheel is also clickable and underneath that is a button to switch the scroll wheel from click-to-click precision to a free-spinning hyper-fast scrolling for zipping through a web page. On the outer edge of the left-click button are two buttons that allow you to shift through up to 10 DPI settings on the fly (200 DPI to 8200 DPI). You don’t have to go through all 10 though. You just customize 3 settings and the LED indicator will show you on which DPI setting you’re currently on. There are three other thumb buttons that you can program with your game. Outside gaming, two of the buttons let you navigate backward or forward your browser. Use the downloadable Logitech Gaming Software to further customize this mouse to your liking. The Logitech G500s comes with two sets of weight inserts – six 4.5g and six 1.7g so you can adjust the weight up to seven ounces. You can also position the weights to shift the center of gravity to find the balance you’re comfortable with. We tried this mouse on two FPS games, Assault Fire and Point Blank, and we love how consistently smooth the tracking...

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Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse Review

Mar 28, 13 Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse Review

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The T400 Zone Touch is one Logitech’s peripherals made for the Windows 8 system. If you don’t have a touch-based Windows 8 machine, or still not used to the touch interface, using a mouse built for it might help the transition. Design The Logitech T400 Zone Touch is an average-sized wireless mouse with a no-nonsense black and gray look. It has a low profile with a smooth matte surface and rubber ridges on the side for a better grip. This mouse is also made for right and left-handed users. It comes with Logitech’s Unifying nano-receiver which you can use to connect up to 6 compatible Logitech peripherals to save on USB ports. The left and right click buttons are seamlessly integrated into the design and there’s a touch strip in-between that also acts as the middle button aside from supporting some gestures. The back has an On/Off switch so you won’t accidentally activate it while carrying it around. It is powered by 2 AA batteries (included in the package) and there’s also a slot for the receiver in case you don’t need it. Performance Using this mouse is easy. Just plug the nano-receiver to your USB port and you’re good to go. It will prompt you to install an optional Logitech software to enable more features from your mouse but you can skip it if all you want are the basic functions. The T400 has a low-profile so if you’re used to mice with big humps, you might find this straining on the hand to use. It also doesn’t help that the left and right buttons are a bit shallow when clicked. The touch strip works really well especially doing hyperscrolls. It has a smooth matte surface that swiping doesn’t hurt the skin on my fingertip over time as compared to smooth glossy ones which adds friction. You can also press this strip (much deeper click than the other two buttons) to bring out the Windows 8 Start screen, then swipe left and right...

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Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400r Review

Mar 08, 13 Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400r Review

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TVs these days are not just an appliance for you to watch videos on. There are Smart TVs which you can hook up to the internet and use it for browsing. Or you can use your TVs as an extended monitor for your laptop that having a keyboard just for the TV can be quite handy. The Logitech K400r wireless keyboard is a compact keyboard with a touchpad in place of a number pad that’s made for people who use their TV other than for viewing in the comfort of their couch. The keyboard is light and you can feel the plastic material used as you handle it. The back has a nice white color which looks good as long as you keep it clean. Opening the battery hatch will reveal space for 2AA batteries and small compartment for the tiny Unifying receiver should you wish to bring this keyboard somewhere else. On top is a lone power switch although it will go to sleep when not in use. Unfortunately, there are no LED indicators to let you know when there’s still power left on the battery. Logitech claims that a pair of batteries will last this keyboard up to 12 months. The K400r touch keyboard is similar to the K400 with the compact layout keys and the touchpad with left and right mouseclick and supports multi-touch gestures on the right hand to replace the typical number pad. Since it has a compact layout, expect some keys to have a smaller than your typical size. Like the Enter and right Shift key. The arrow buttons are squeezed in on the lower right corner of the layout making it awkward to get used to. Like the K400, the K400r has a bunch of useful hot keys on top. The dedicated right-click button on the upper left corner allows you to do a right click with your left hand while the right hand is on the touchpad. There’s also buttons for Music, Home, Lock, and Power...

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Logitech Mini Boombox Bluetooth Speaker Review

Portable speakers are really convenient especially when you want more power from your audio when needed. What we have here is the Logitech Mini Boombox which is essentially a portable Bluetooth speaker but packs more than the usual package. The Logitech Mini Boombox is quite attractive for a portable speaker. It has an oval-shaped plastic body with a glossy top for a sleek perspective without feeling cheap. The sides have a rubberized finish and our red unit which gives this speaker a bit of style. It also comes in boring black if you want it that way. Red LED touch-sensitive controls are located on top which includes the BT pairing button, Volume Up and Down, Play / Pause and even Previous and Next Track. At the back of the unit you’ll find the volume control, mini-USB port for charging and a 3.5mm audio-In port. Wished it uses a microUSB port though so it can share cables with our smarpthones. For a compact speaker it only weighs 230g which is light considering it has a 700mah battery inside. Equipped with two 3W speakers, the Mini Boombox delivers pleasantly clear audio. Since it has a built-in subwoofer, this speaker can also power your bassy tunes more than your typical portable speakers like the X-Mini. On high to almost max volume you may encounter a little distortion but even at mid-level, the volume is quite powerful already. It can sufficiently fill up a small room, and is loud enough to be used even outside like parks, parking lots, even on a basketball court. A thing of note though, when playing music with too much bass, you might be annoyed that the unit vibrates vigorously which is not safe if left unattended on a table. Such is the price of having a light speaker. Bluetooth is the main feature of this Boombox. You can even answer your calls via the unit since it has a built in microphone. It’s quite an attention grabber if you will use it...

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Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Review

If you’ve been a fan of MMO games then you’ve probably realized that there’s not enough keys to go around for all your skills especially if you’re also using the WSAD keys for movement. With a MMO gaming mouse though, you can leave your left hand for moving around while use your skills with your right hand on your mouse. First to ever come up with an MMO mouse is Razer with its 12-button Naga. For Logitech, this G600 is their first ever MMO mouse and also has a 12-button thumb grid along with other surprises to extend the number of buttons you can bind your keys to. One thing you will immediately notice when you unpack the Logitech G600 is how fat it is which is definitely a challenge to maximize if you’re used to a claw grip unless you have really big hands. Logitech is generous with the length of the braided cable which is thick and feels durable. You’ll get 6.5 ft worth of cable but it also comes with a cable strap if you want to keep it short and tidy. The weight on this fat mouse is a bit on the heavy side at 133 grams. At least you won’t need any weight cartridges and besides, it glides smoothly on our mouse pad and even on our table surface. We like the design on the 12-button thumb grid on the left side which has alternating slopes so you can easily tell where your thumb is resting without looking. Your thumb will also feel natural when resting on it due to the curvature. These buttons also lit up when in use in case you’re not comfortable simply using it by touch when in the dark. Aside from the 12-button thumb grid, the scroll wheel is also three-way clickable (left, right, click). The left and right tilt click are bit stiff to press but we don’t use it that much on our game. There are two more buttons (G8, G7) below...

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Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 Review

Oct 06, 12 Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 Review

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A lot of people use their iPad not just for entertainment purposes but also as a productivity tool. For such use, a keyboard is the most important accessory to get. Logitech in collaboration with ZAGG, the creator of the Invisible Shield, presents us an iPad keyboard case that connects via Bluetooth. Let’s see how this case complements the iPad for productivity use. The Logitech Keyboard Case is just what it is. A shell case made from aircraft-grade aluminum with a Bluetooth-powered keyboard inside. It’s like a keyboard with walls so you can store your iPad on it. There’s just one port on the side and it’s the microUSB for charging. Using it as a case, you have to press your iPad face down onto it and let the rubber trimmings on the inside of the case hold your tablet snugly. Of course this is for storage or carriage purposes only as you can’t use your iPad when using this keyboard as a case. They keyboard itself is actually nice and easy to use with raised keys unlike ultra-thin keyboards out there that feels like you’re typing on a surface. Tactile feedback on this keyboard feels like you’re typing on a laptop so it provides a good typing experience. My only complaint here is that the sides of my hands kept on hitting the raised edges of this case. Not really debilitating but uncomfortable at times. Size of the mostly-used keys are quite ample for such a portable accessory and it even has the Command key for easy keyboard copy-pasting which we definitely dig. You’ll also get some useful shortcut keys on top like Home, Search, Volume Toggle, Media Playback, etc. On the upper right portion is the Power switch and the Connect button. Press the Connect so the keyboard will make itself available via Bluetooth. Go to your iPad and allow it to pair with it and key in the PIN code on the keyboard to successfully pair the device. Succeeding pairing is as...

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Logitech M525 Wireless Mouse Review

Sep 12, 12 Logitech M525 Wireless Mouse Review

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The Logitech M525 looks just like your typical, everyday, simple wireless mouse. What Logitech is proud about in this mouse is its long battery life. The company claims it can go for up to three years on a single pair of AA batteries. Three years! You might even forget that it runs on batteries. I’ve been using this mouse for about two weeks now and I can say that it’s one of the unassuming but better Logitech products out there. Packaging is very simple and inside you’ll get a manual that you probably won’t read, Logitech’s Unifying nano-receiver, a pair of AA batteries, and your snazzy-looking mouse. The lower curve panel of the mouse is removable and this is where you put your batteries. It also has a slot where you can store the nano-receiver when not in use. For those who are not familiar with the Logitech Unifying receiver, it’s a receiver that can handle multiple compatible Logitech products such as keyboards, headsets, etc. so you don’t have to occupy multiple USB ports for your peripherals. You have to download a small Logitech Unifying software so you can program which peripherals the nano-receiver controls. The underside has the latch for the battery compartment and the On/Off switch if you want to save batteries when you’re done using it. It also has a smart sleep mode that saves power when the mouse becomes inactive after a period of time. Using the Logitech M525 mouse is very simple and easy. Just plug in the Unifying receiver, turn on the mouse and you’re good to go. It works from Windows XP even up to Windows 8 with no additional downloads or install. Mac OS X 10.5 and Linux 2.6 users can also take advantage of the M525. The mouse itself is designed symmetrically so left and right-handed person can equally use it without any problems. The curve feels natural especially the indention on the click buttons. It should work for most people but I still suggest...

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Logitech Wireless Combo MK220 Review, wireless peripherals on a budget

Aug 27, 12 Logitech Wireless Combo MK220 Review, wireless peripherals on a budget

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Looking for a wireless keyboard and mouse combination that won’t break your budget? Then you might want to take a look at Logitech Wireless Combo MK220 which retails for just P1,150. That’s affordable if you want to go with a wireless setup for your desktop (or even laptop). The Logitech MK220 comes in three pieces, a compact and wireless keyboard, an ordinary wireless mouse, and the USB receiver. It also comes with 2x AA batteries and 2x AAA batteries to power your peripherals. Using this is so easy. All you need is to slap the batteries on the keyboard and mouse then plug in the wireless 2.4GHz USB receiver and you’re all set. Unlike more expensive wireless Logitech products though, the USB receiver here sticks out like a sore thumb from your USB port. I was hoping for Logitech’s Unifying nano-receiver for this one to save space but this is what you’ll get for its price. The wireless keyboard is so compact that I couldn’t believe it houses a full keyboard layout. You’ll get your full set of keys, arrow keys, function keys, a Num pad, and dedicated keys for Home, End, Page Up and Page Down. It even has Fn keys for quick mute toggle and volume controls. The only non-key portion would be the battery compartment on the right side for your two AAA batteries and Logitech says will give you 24 months worth of use. Having a really compact and portable keyboard, you have to sacrifice a few things. Some of the keys are cramped especially the Up arrow key which I often hit when doing a right-Shift. The Backspace and Enter key is a bit small. But the number pad is full-sized so those dealing with numbers on a daily basis should be fine with this. Having no palm rest, I don’t think it’s healthy for your hand to use this for long periods of time. Get those soft spongy palm rest for this one pronto. As for the keyboard...

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