January 05, 2005 04:01 ET

Logitech Adds World's First Laser Mouse to Its Cordless Desktop Lineup; Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100 Combines Powerful Keyboard Controls with Advanced Precision




JANUARY 5, 2005 - 04:01 ET

Logitech Adds World's First Laser Mouse to Its
Cordless Desktop Lineup; Logitech Cordless Desktop MX
3100 Combines Powerful Keyboard Controls with Advanced

LAS VEGAS--(CCNMatthews - Jan 5, 2005) -

Logitech (Nasdaq:LOGI) (SWX:LOGN), the world's leading manufacturer of
cordless PC peripherals, today announced that the world's first laser
mouse, will soon be available in combination with a cordless keyboard.
Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Logitech® Cordless
Desktop® MX™ 3100 solution features Logitech's award-winning
Logitech® MX™1000 Cordless Laser Mouse and the most powerful
navigation controls available on a Logitech keyboard. The
high-performance package makes it faster and easier to work and play in
today's digital world.

Logitech's exclusive laser illumination and tracking technology
instantly elevated the recently introduced Logitech MX1000 Cordless
Laser Mouse to one of the company's best-selling products. Laser
technology enables the mouse to see approximately 20 times more surface
detail than typical red light-emitting diode (LED) optical mice,
allowing it to track with more precision and work on more surface types.

Logitech's advanced navigation keyboard makes it easy to listen to music
and Internet radio, use instant messaging, watch videos and view photos
-- by putting more control at people's fingertips. The keyboard emulates
the sleek look and feel of consumer electronics equipment with its
polished media and navigation controls. The controls are tied to useful
functions within various media and productivity applications, helping to
simplify and enhance the digital experience. The keyboard's flat design
and low profile help make computing more comfortable and ergonomic.

The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100 keyboard and mouse are
complementary in every way -- from their advanced navigation and stylish
design to the shared wireless receiver, which also serves as the mouse

"The MX 3100 delivers the premier experience for those who demand the
best of the best," said Denis Pavillard, Logitech director of product
marketing for desktops. "It's a unique combination of unmatched
performance and powerful control. Our laser mouse has shaken the
industry and established a new benchmark by which all mice will be
measured; this package promises to do the same for desktops."

Laser Tracking for Premium Performance

The laser tracking technology is the result of an alliance between
Logitech, the world's No. 1 manufacturer of mice, and Agilent
Technologies, the leader in mouse tracking technology. The nearly
singular wavelength of laser light is capable of revealing much greater
surface detail than the red LED found in today's optical mice. Hence,
the laser can track reliably even on tricky polished or wood-grain

The laser light of the Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse is nearly
invisible to the human eye -- and very safe. The laser beam emanates
through a polished silver ring on the base, illuminates the surface
beneath the mouse, and then reflects back up through the same ring where
the surface detail is captured by the sensor. The sensor has the ability
to capture 5.8 megapixels of detail each second. As the laser mouse is
moved, the sensor sees minute changes in the surface detail, which are
translated into cursor motion on screen.

Optimized Navigation and Media Control

For a long time, clicking with a mouse was the only way to navigate
through text documents, menus, file folders, Internet pages, and other
items on the computer screen. The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100
mouse and keyboard are designed for two-handed navigation with useful
controls on the keyboard and mouse to make using a computer more
convenient, more efficient, and more comfortable.

The keyboard includes a media panel with a full complement of controls
that can be used with most popular media players. There are controls for
ripping and burning music CDs, as well as audio preset buttons that can
be tied to favorite Internet radio stations. Both the mouse and keyboard
feature controls to enable horizontal and vertical scrolling. They also
include controls to zoom in and out of documents, allowing people to
easily move in to touch up a digital photo or perfect a presentation
slide, or back out to view an entire document layout. The keyboard even
includes a button that instantly returns the view to the document's
original size.

The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100 solution also comes with
Logitech® MediaLife™ software -- an easy-to-navigate, full-screen
interface that brings together all of the music, pictures and video on
the PC. Using Logitech MediaLife software, people can quickly access
playlists, play impromptu slide shows and watch video clips.

Ergonomic Features for Increased Comfort

The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100 keyboard features ergonomic
characteristics that help make the digital experience more comfortable
without changing the way people work. The keyboard has a low profile --
it is 22.3 mm in height when placed on a flat surface. The keyboard also
incorporates Zero Degree Tilt, which means the primary rows of keys are
all the same height. According to independent studies, the ergonomic
benefit of a low-profile keyboard without any slope is that it may help
minimize wrist extension. Repetitive wrist extension can be a cause of
hand and forearm discomfort.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100 mouse and keyboard will be
available in Europe beginning in March -- on retail shelves and online.
In the U.S., the product will be available beginning in April, initially
at CompUSA and later at other retailers and online. The suggested retail
price is $149.95 in the U.S.

About Logitech

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal
peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and
communicate in the digital world. Logitech International is a Swiss
public company traded on the Swiss Stock Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S.
on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGI). The company has
manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North
America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are owned by
Logitech and may be registered. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.




Contact Information