By Jeremy Atkinson, July 12, 2007
|Final Thoughts: Getting Airborne
Optical air mice have been around for several years now, but they have shared their fate the same way like a weird ergonomic mouse or keyboard—almost nobody cares, and nobody buys them. It usually takes a big company to push out an unfamiliar idea into the mainstream, and this formula just might work for Logitech, especially since the MX Air makes a solid debut.
It has an attractive, albeit odd, design, and has enough buttons to execute media and common commands quickly. Its Freespace cursor control is a work of art too. With three combined technologies, it knows which way is up, disregarding how or where you point the mouse, and it can weed out unintentional hand shaking to maintain a steady cursor. We would much rather prefer setting the MX Air on a mousing surface for more accuracy, as graphics applications or even gaming are clearly not ideal. Still, when you're sitting in your chair or on a couch across the room, in-air navigation is a luxury.
Like some of Gyration's own optical air mice, the Logitech MX Air can translate air gestures into media commands, like skip track, adjust volume, even zoom, to increase efficiency. There's nothing more annoying than having your movie or slideshow interrupted by an on-screen menu just so you can turn up the volume, or skip a music track. We're also very much fans of Logitech's included software, SetPoint, which provides pretty much anything you can ask for to customize the MX Air to your liking and keep track of its status.
Without a doubt, no other media center mouse is a better fit in the living room than Logitech's MX Air. It will complement other living room devices—not stick out like a sore thumb. But boy oh boy will it cost you. At $149.99, the MX Air may very well be worth the price, but are you willing to go out and shell out that kind of dough for a mouse? We're not sure if we will right now. If you have a media center PC and you just recently spent $600 for a cell phone, then by all means buy this mouse. Expect the MX Air to hit store shelves in the U.S. and Europe sometime in early August.