The Good Media-friendly features in a gyroscopic mouse; extra sensors always know that up is up, even if the mouse is turned sideways.
The Bad No trigger for gyroscopic mode may make it difficult for beginners to use; gyroscopic mice in general are an acquired taste.
The Bottom Line The gyroscopic mouse finally gets a mainstream makeover with the Logitech MX Air, aimed at Media Center users.
Logitech MX Air
Logitech MX Air
Accessory powerhouse Logitech is getting into the gyroscopic-mouse market with the new MX Air, a rechargeable cordless mouse that can control a computer's cursor just by being moved through the air (when placed on a flat surface, it works as regular laser mouse). At $149, it's not the cheapest mouse on the market, not even the cheapest gyroscopic mouse, but it adds plenty of media-friendly features, such as playback and volume controls that work right out of the box. The MX Air isn't for everyone, and takes a little getting used to, but we're convinced that many users would be happier unshackling their mice from the desk.
There are a lot of reasons why you may want to move your mousing out of the standard 2D, flat-on-the-desk mode. For computer users with persistent hand and arm pain caused by poor ergonomics or repetitive motion (sometimes called mouse arm), gyroscopic mice like those in the Gyration line have been good solutions, letting users lift the mouse up off the table and control the cursor by moving the mouse through the air. Later on, home theater enthusiasts also discovered gyroscopic mice, and these devices have become a popular, if not exactly common, choice for controlling the functions of a Media Center PC from the living room couch.
The MX Air is aimed clearly at the home theater market. Besides left and right mouse buttons and a touch-sensitive scroll panel (replacing a traditional scroll wheel), the mouse includes a dedicated Play/Pause button that works in most media-playing apps, and a volume button. When the mouse is on a desk, the Volume button mutes and unmutes the sound. When you pick up the mouse in your hand, hold down the Volume button and move the mouse to the left or right, and a volume meter will pop up on the screen, allowing you to raise and lower the volume with a wave of the hand. Logitech's included driver software lets you reprogram these buttons as well.
Return of the $7.99 wireless travel mouse
Stellar reviews, your choice of colors... what's not to like? Plus: A $7 phone car-mount that rises above the rest. (Literally!)
Sshh! Logitech's new silent mice keep noise pollution out of the office
The company engineered the M220 Silent and the M330 Silent Plus to register the same clicking tactility but with over 90 percent noise reduction.
Logitech Create keyboard case turns your 9.7-inch iPad Pro into a portable workhorse
The accessory uses the iPad Pro's Smart Connector to automatically pair with the tablet when you snap it in place.
Amazon serves up half-price discounts on Logitech PC accessories
The online retailer has deep discounts on some of our favorite wireless mice, solar keyboards and three-piece PC speakers.
Stock up on Logitech PC accessories during Amazon's one-day sale
Hurry over to Amazon to take advantage of big discounts on Logitech peripherals, including gaming keyboards and mice, PC speakers, universal remotes and more.
Logitech follows Razer's lead with MMO gaming mouse
Logitech's G600 MMO Gaming Mouse takes its multi-button cue from the Razer Naga.
Logitech sale ponies up the bargains
Need some sweet new accessories? Logitech Shop's end-of-financial-year sale is offering some serious discounts.
Making the most of Skype video-calling
Skype High Quality video-calling can help shrink the distance between yourself and loved ones overseas, but you may need to fork out for some new tech. We take a look at what you need.