The Logitech MX Air is a mouse that works both on the desk and in the air.
Looking like a futuristic spaceship, the gloss black mouse with a silver underbelly will sit stylishly on your desk like any ordinary input device.
Ambidextrous in its design the buttons are all on the top and include a touch sensitive scroll bar, a back button, select, play/pause and volume.
Like the LG Chocolate mobile phone, all the buttons light up glowing orange when touched.
Flip it over and the underbelly reveals and on/off switch and a laser for the mouse when used on a desk. Connection to a PC or Mac is via Logitech’s now virtually standard 2.4GHz wireless USB dongle.
Where the MX Air comes into its own, however, is when you lift it off the desk. The tech behind the mouse is called ‘Freespace’ based on a combo of micro electromechanical systems, sensors, DSP technology and RF wireless tech so it knows where you are without the need for a sensor on your computer.
Using this, the MX Air lets you control functions with in-air hand gestures up to a range of 30 feet.
You can also use the mouse and the software to change the volume on your computer. For music, a small circular motion to the right activates the skip track command, while a circle to the left repeats the song. The end result is a mouse that is perfect for those having to do presentations or the lazy sofa surfer.
The MX Air is an interesting twist on what we thought was a staid product. Logitech has produced something that could have easily turned into a gimmick and made it work for home and office.