Summary: Computer accessory giant Logitech has offered up its first ever gyroscopic mouse with the MX Air, a wireless mouse that is rechargeable and can control a computer’s cursor by simply moving the device through the air. For the $149 price tag, you get a media-friendly feature-filled mouse with such highlights as volume and playback control, and it will work completely right from the second you power it up.
Excerpt: Explore a new realm of control with you computer. The MX Air Mouse gives you precise laser mouse control just like the other great computer mice but adds another dimension. Once in the air, the Freespace motion sensing capabilities transform your hand gestures and motions into natural responsive cursor controls.
Conclusion: For another, when in flight the Logitech can perform tantalizing -- albeit tantalizingly few -- special maneuvers or gesture commands. Pressing the Volume button while steering the mouse left or right decreases or increases audio volume, as seen on a pop-up horizontal bar on screen. Clicking the Volume button switches audio on and off. Pressing the Play/Pause button gives those commands to your media player.
Conclusion: Logitech's MX Air is undoubtedly one of the best mice ever designed. If you must have the best, this is it: It's a pleasure to use both on the desk and in the air. But it's also the most expensive mouse that's not covered in gold or diamonds.
Pros: Excellent design and ergonomics. Near-flawless implementation both on the desk and in the air.
Cons: Pricey. Slight delay in "takeoff" from desk to air. Concept begs for more software. No Mac support.
Excerpt: The MX Air soars onto the scene as arguably the coolest mouse in the history of the universe. Its dual use design allows it to function on flat surfaces like a regular mouse, or wielded in the air like a remote. Well, a remote that can sense gestures and zap input from up to 30 feet away. Artfully designed, its customizable buttons are translucent and glow soft amber – a nice compliment to the mirror black finish.
Pros: Sleek, futuristic styling melds with home theatre décor. Airborne gestures can change volume levels and go back and forward through tracks. Trés chic virtual scroll wheel provides hyper-fast, detailed scrolling, complete with audible clicks.
Cons: One of the priciest mice on the market. A flip of the wrist to move web pages forward and back when surfing the Interwebs would be great, but these gestures only work with media programs.
Excerpt: Air mouse? You read that right. Logitech’s new MX Air mouse, priced at $149 USD, is the first mouse that lets you use it on the desktop, then pick it up and wave it around like a remote control. While this design may sound odd to desktop-jockeys who remain seated in front of their screen at all times, it’s something that HTPC (home theater PC) users have been lusting after for years.
Pros: Innovative design; great for HTPC use
Cons: Not good for desktop-only use; lacks side buttons or middle-click functionality; expensive
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