Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse Review
14 March 2009
The Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse worked well in testing for navigating form across the room. The gesture based controls didn’t work well for me, but the mouse was great when use don the desk. In all the Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse feels like a cross between my Wii remote and the Saitek Obsidian.
Pros: Backlit buttons, good looks, works well for navigation in the air
Cons: Gesture controls didn’t work for me, User manual not much help if you have questions
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: Over the past few years, the PC has slowly but surely begun to emerge as a primary source of digital playback and home-based media entertainment for many users. This has led to the emergence of lifestyle-segment based peripherals, from manufacturers such as Logitech. Not only are these products designed to look exceptionally good, but they also pack in some very advanced features.
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: Revolutionary products are hard to come by, and the Logitech MX Air is one we’ve been eyeing since its release. The MX Air works something like the Nintendo Wii’s innovative Wiimote. The MX Air is unlike any other mouse. It’s a handheld controller that you can wave about to move the pointer on the screen. It’s definitely attractive with its sleek streamlined shape. It’s also very light and sports a glossy black finish with a chrome metallic surface on the back.
Summary: The Logitech MX Air Mouse is an innovative and much needed evolution of the standard mouse. The ability to use a mouse as both a standard desk mouse and a remote is something essential to a great media center experience. Unfortunately, the MX Air is clearly a "first generation" device. By that I mean to say the MX Air has a few minor design flaws that make it less useful than it could be.