CES 2006 Profile: Logitech

Computer accessories maker Logitech rolled out a few new products at CES 2006. Highlights across this mixed line up include a new Harmony Remote, colorful mice for kids and two new mobile headsets.

Chief among these new products is the Harmony 890 Remote. Built upon the foundations of their popular Harmony 880, the Harmony 890 is priced at $399.99.and should be available in January 2006. New to the Harmony feature set in the 890 is use of both radio frequency and infrared wireless signals to control home theater systems. The remote comes with a wireless receiver which allows the user to send a single from practically anywhere within 100 feet. The receiver in turn sends the appropriate RF command to the targeted home theater components. Besides controlling these components, the 890 can also control any home automation systems which use the Z-Wave wireless standard, enabling users to interact with lighting and climate controls for example.

For kids who want colorful mice, Logitech debuted their new Fun Mice series. Set for release in January 2006 with a $14.99 price tag, these mice come in colorful tiger, leopard, spot and flower designs. The Fun Mice series is designed to fit a child’s small hand and features a wrap and snap cord for easy storage, a shock resistant bumper and optical tracking.

In the mobile headset realm, Logitech was showcasing their new $129.99 HS 200 and HS 210 wireless headsets. These headsets make use of Bluetooth wireless technology and the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile on compatible phones to switch, with the push of a button, from listening to a song stored on a mobile phone to taking a call. The headsets include technology to help reduce wind noise. Both come in behind the head designs, with the HS 200 having round earpieces and the HS 210 having square shaped earpieces with the microphone embedded in the right side. They operate off of rechargeable batteries and feature 40mm neodymium drivers to enhance listening to music or someone else talking. The HS 200 and HS 210 will be available sometime in Spring 2006.