Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

Summary: Hardly a cube and barely a mouse, Logitech's Cube aims to shake up how presentations are made.

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The first thing you'll have to understand about Logitech's interesting take on the mouse is that its not actually a cube, despite its name.

The second thing to know is that the Cube is meant to offer more than just a strange shape; it's meant to be a presenter's best friend.

Scrolling, for example, works via a swipe of the finger, a movement that's meant to mimic touch screen navigation. Lifting up the device  puts it in presentation mode, allowing presenters to advance slides with the click of its top.

Gallery: Logitech's Cube mouse

Logitech has a lot of nice things to say about the device, gushing that the Cube "re-imagines what a mouse can be." That very well may be true, but it won't be until anyone uses the thing before we can join in on the accolades.

There's also some missing information here. Among the key details so far unknown about the Cube are its dimensions and weight, which are tough to ascertain solely via press shots. After all, ergonomics are important, especially for something like a mouse.

The Cube will sell for $69.99 when it's released later this month exclusively on Logitech's website.

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  • More Important Yet

    Than ergonomics and weight are how good its wireless transmissions are, how far they reach, etc. Without that information, it really is nothing but pretty(?) pictures.
    WebSiteManager
  • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

    It will retail for $69.99 not $79.99.

    http://www.logitech.com/en-us/mice-pointers/mice/devices/9472

    2.4 GHz wireless connection (up to 25 meters)
    Smaller than a deck of cards

    More info released at CES 2012 (Jan 10th.)
    beckerist@...
  • dimensions

    Once we establish what kind of port is shown, it shouldn't be that difficult to figure out the cube's dimensions.
    paul613
  • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

    Unless I missed it -- it doesn't have a laser -- why develop an ALL NEW, hand-held presentation driver without a laser. They missed the boat.
    FS-Research
    • Lasers?

      Nah, personal lasers should be left to sci-fi movies. If you have to point at your slides you may as well read them word for word.
      ego.sum.stig
      • Typo

        @ego.sum.stig@... <br><br>I think he meant taser. If you re-read what he wrote, it fits more logically -- especially as it regards those who doze off during presentations (1 out of 2).
        klumper
      • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

        @ego.sum.stig@... When presenting highly technical information such as schematic or layout which by nature include text and complicated pictures, a pointer is very appropriate.
        opcom
      • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

        @ego.sum.stig@... I'm with opcom. You don't point at WORDS so much, but other features in a projected graphic. and of course the REALLY cool remotes are the ones that can DRAW and annotate (live) on a slide or other graphic, but that is probably beyond what this is intended to do. who knows. I would agree that logitech would have been best advised to PROVIDE the device so the trade rags would be able to make more judgments of it.
        tavent
    • mouse pointer

      @FS-Research Maybe they figure the mouse pointer is all you need. It saves a lot of certifications required for all laser devices.
      kidtree
  • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

    Really nice. Someone is thinking. Most of the questions, here, can be answered on their site. Nice size (see the pic with it in someone's hand), nicely thought out for presentations. And their products are actually better made than most and worth the price.

    I agree about not needing a laser. If you need one, you have too much info on the slide (a cardinal PowerPoint sin!)...besides being annoying, as most presenters wave those things around like nobody is watching. We're like dogs when that happens, but it's not quite as funny.
    Lucky2BHere
    • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

      @Lucky2BHere
      WOW! I wonder why the author never thoughty of doing that! Oh, I know; too much like work and having to thnik! Thanks for the tip.
      tom@...
  • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

    It doesn't have a bottle opener either...I suppose they really missed the boat here too.
    What's more important condiments or the actual meal?
    Orkan
  • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

    This product seems like one that I'd like to try out because it is so different.
    opcom
  • RE: Logitech announces the Cube, an unconventional take on the mouse

    Actually, if you de-presprctive the shot used here and take the dimensiions of the ports into account the size of that photo can be predicted. Intuitively one can see that it fits ni the palm of the hand, but ... square? Or more accurately rectangular? NOT gonna feel comfortable for a long time of use.
    Not gonna bother with it.
    tom@...