These days many of us have computer devices in our home entertainment centers, be it a Google TV, Roku or something else. All of these devices come with remote controls, some of which have tiny QWERTY keyboards on the flipside. These may work, but it is not the best solution for some tasks. Now Logitech seeks to make your living room life a bit easier with a new keyboard specifically designed for this need.
Logitech tells us “Whether you’re using an Apple TV to stream iTunes, or catching up on your current Netflix obsession by connecting your laptop to your TV, there’s one thing you’ll need when browsing the Internet and apps on your TV: an easy way to navigate”.
Logitech is releasing both the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 and the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard, with the latter being specifically for Apple TV customers.
The K400 claims a wireless range of up to 33 feet and multi-touch touchpad built right into the keyboard. Meanwhile, the Easy-Switch uses Apple TV remote commands like Menu, Media Control, Select, D-Pad, Play/Pause and Tab, plus its keys are backlit and laid out in the traditional Mac-specific way, so you can easily find your commands even in the dark. It can also be paired with up to three devices at once and allows you to switch and type from your iPad to iPhone to Apple TV with the simple push of a button.
The K400 retails for $39.99, while the Easy-Switch is a bit pricier at $99.99. Both keyboards are available for sale now.
I recently purchased a new Mac Mini and decided to upgrade my webcam at the same time. I had previously had been using an old Xbox Live Vision camera, which was one of the few cameras that didn’t cost and arm and a leg and worked with a Mac. However it was standard definition and I needed to do an upgrade. I wanted something that would produce good quality video, but was not too expensive. I discovered after doing a little research that my options were to go with Logitech or Logitech, and no that’s not a typo, there are not a lot of choices when it comes to web cameras for a Mac.
After looking through the options that Logitech had to offer I ended up getting the Logitech C310 camera. The Logitech C310 camera produces 710p video and it also has audio built-in. You can also use it to take still pictures. I have not tested this camera on a Windows machine, I do know from other reviews that there are options available on a PC that are not available on the Mac. On a Windows PC you can do one-click upload to Facebook that option is not available on a Mac. However whether you are on a Mac or a PC the Logitech C310 is compatible with most IM clients including Skype. If I was doing a video podcast I might have made a different choice, but for what I am using it for the C310 by Logitech works fine. I did a short video testing the camera which I have included above. If you do have a Mac and are looking for a good but inexpensive webcam I recommend you take a look at the Logitech C310.
Logitech picked up an Innovation award at the recent Consumer Electronics Show for their new Cube, which is a combination mouse and presenter. It acts as a wireless mouse while being used on any surface, but when picked up it becomes a presenter, or remote control, for your presentation. The Cube charges via USB and has an on/off switch to save battery life.
Logitech was light on specs in their interview with TPN, but it’s a mouse so there probably isn’t really a lot to say. For the most information ou can get about product such as this, you simply need to see the video of the Cube in action, which is posted below. The new Cube will be priced at $69.99 and is available now. You can visit Logitech to learn more.
Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDR News.
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The recent introduction of GoogleTV by Logitech and Sony has generated a lot of hype. At the moment I am not so sure that it deserves it. It’s nice and it looks useful, but I can do more with my HTPC and I don’t necessarily think it’s better than Roku or the upcoming Boxee Box. And the Logitech box is pricey at $299 and Sony’s TV’s are going to be pricey as well.
But, I wonder about it down the road if Google chooses to really pursue it. Let’s face it, they do drop things all the time as if they just lost interest. But I doubt that GoogleTV will go that way. There are too many partners and too much at stake. All of the talk these days surrounds online TV and cord-cutting. This is the future of entertainment and there are a lot of companies who want to control it – and none is more powerful than Google.
What I find interesting about Google’s play here is that, while companies like Roku build a box with apps, Google is creating a platform. They aren’t building a box. They created a platform to power everyone else’s boxes and other types of devices. Logitech can make a box and Sony can make TV’s and Blu-Ray players, and Dish can make a box and they can all use Google’s platform.
One interesting thing I noticed was GoogleTV’s lack of support for tuner cards. At first glance I thought it was an oversight or that maybe they were still working on it and it would come in an update. But, after further thought, I am not so sure of that. Do they want to try and force the revolt from traditional delivery? Force the content to go online so that the cord becomes obsolete? Maybe. After all, why else would they not support tuners? It would seem a no-brainer to try and get into cable company DVR’s. But I can’t find anything that suggests the support will be coming. And they have to realize that, while the crowd who visits sites like this may not mind having a DVR and separate box like GoogleTV, a large portion of the population doesn’t want two boxes and many won’t even understand the need. Obsoleting DVR’s and forcing everyone online where everything will be on-demand certainly would be good for Google’s business…
Prices drop, sometimes quickly, once a new technology is out, so the initial prices of these offerings from Logitech and Sony aren’t a real concern to me. For now I am happy with my current setup. But I know big changes in media consumption are coming and I think building a platform may be the smarter bet in the long run. The battle for our living rooms is heating up and it’s going to be fun to watch this fight unfold.
LifeSize Video Conferencing System completely blew me away. You have to see the quality of this Video Conference system. They have teamed up with Logitech for good reason! When you see the quality of the Video I think you are going to understand the $2500.00 price point and why it beats similar systems hands down.
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