Review: Logitech M585 Multi Tasking Mouse with Logitech Flow

The Logitech M585 is smarter than your average mouse. Logitech has made it multi-device compatible, and can be used with more than 1 device with Logitech Flow.

The Logitech M585 is the typical fare from Logitech. It’s rather compact and has the bumps in the right places for an ergonomic fit, and has two additional navigation buttons on the sides. The 1000 DPI sensor is nothing exceptional. In fact, I think compared to other Logitech mice, such as the M280, the M585 looks rather boring. The key difference then, is the ability to work across multiple devices.

The mouse itself supports both the USB dongle setup (Logitech Unifying receiver) and Bluetooth connection. You can pair it with your Android or iOS devices too and manually toggle using the button below the scroll wheel. But if you are setting up between two computers, you can go one step better with Logitech Flow. Logitech Flow allows you to seamlessly transit from one device to another by automatically detecting your screen edges to transit control. However, in order to get a full seamless experience, you would probably need a compatible Logitech keyboard, which for now is limited to a few models.

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One thing to note, Logitech Flow implementation requires that the devices are individually paired to the two computers, and that they are on the same network. Logitech Flow not only offers control, it also allows you to copy and paste files easily between the two computers. One advantage I feel that Logitech Flow has over other software KVM implementations is the ability to use the computers independently, and also a better response time. What this means is: (1) improved productivity: You don’t need to switch to a different set of keyboard / mice for your other computers and (2) a neater desktop!

Back to the mouse, it uses an invisible optic sensor so no bright red laser flashes, and the compatibility with different surface material is pretty high. The bulk of the mouse is covered in a textured rubber for a generally nice grip. The curved profile makes offers a nice relax grip. I felt the left and right click buttons used too much plastic, and were a little noisy in action. The scroll wheel is pretty good though. Each scroll level is indented, and yet, the wheel is very smooth, which allows for very precise scrolling.

The M585 Mouse is sold exclusively online on Lazada through the Logitech Online exclusive store. There is an ongoing promotion for the M585 – 15% off! M585 for the whole month of October at only $41.65 (original price $49!). Shipping is free and also super fast.

Google WiFi Comes to Singapore

Google WiFi is now available in Singapore. These round hockey puck-like objects allow you to blanket your home in WiFi and forever bid poor signal strength goodbye. Running on the latest mesh technology, you no longer need bulky and frankly, ugly home routers anymore. Google WiFi will be available through a partnership with StarHub.

Alex King, Product Manager Google WiFi shared key product highlights and how to set it up. Google WiFi looks really easy to use, everything can be configured through an Apple or Android phone, and once done, allows you to administer your home network directly from the app. You don’t even need to be at home to enable / disable WiFi and administer your network. There are some handy features that Google has introduced which you may want to check out. For example, through the app, you can manage kids’ screen time by pausing Wi-Fi to their devices at bedtime, during dinnertime, or whenever appropriate.

With the Google Wifi app, you can also see which devices are connected to your network and how much bandwidth they’re using. Streaming your favourite scene from Descendants of the Sun on your TV? Give it more bandwidth and a faster connection by selecting it as a “Priority Device”. Now you can sit back and enjoy that episode uninterrupted by other devices in your home.

Google shared that Google WiFi will constantly optimise your WiFi signal. It will be able to automatically transition your device between the Google Wifi system points, keeping you connected to the point with the strongest signal so you avoid dead spots or delays. This feature will also be able to select and use the least congested WiFi channel in realtime.

Afraid that it will look out of place? Here’s some possibilities from Google on setting up Google WiFi

Living Room or Study
Why not the kitchen?

Features that Impress

Mesh coverage

A 3 pc Google WiFi is estimated to cover up to large homes of 3000-4500 sq feet. You no longer need to worry about weak WiFi signals, or poor network throughput if you use repeaters.

Automatic Updates

The Google WiFi will receive and automatically install latest updates from Google. There’s no need to log in to flash the firmware which is the common approach for yester-year routers. In a way, this allows you to grab the latest features without the need to do anything.

Guest Network

Google WiFi allows you to setup an alternate guest network easily. Now, other routers may have similar guest network features, but Google WiFi stands out with the ability to selectively share your private network devices to the guest network. Devices like your Chromecast, or your NAS can be accessed easily by your guests without compromising on security.

Specifications

  • Connectivity
    • AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
    • Expandable mesh Wi-Fi
    • Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz / 5GHz) supporting IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    • Two Gigabit Ethernet ports
    • LAN / WAN configurable
  • Security
    • WPA2-PSK
    • Automatic security updates
  • Memory
    • 512MB RAM
    • 4GB eMMC
  • Processor
    • Quad-core ARM CPU
    • 710 MHz
  • Power
    • 15W power adapter
    • Approx 9W
  • Dimensions & Weight
    • 4.1 in dia
    • 2.7 in H
    • 12.0 oz (340.0 g)

Google Wifi in stores on 31 August

Starting 31 August, customers in Singapore will be able to buy a three-pack Google Wifi bundle at $15 per month over 24 months when they sign up for or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans.

Interested to know more? Check out my series of unboxing pictures here.

Plantronics Announces the BackBeat 505 – Wireless Stereo Headphones

Plantronics announced the new BackBeat 505 today. The on-ear Bluetooth stereo headphones incorporate Plantronics signature audio, a lightweight design and up to 18 hours of listening and talk time on a single charge.

Additional BackBeat 505 features and benefits include:

  • Up to 18 hours of listening and talk time on a single charge

  • Comfortable memory foam ear cushions help isolate sound, and rotate flat for compact storage

  • Stream up to 10 m/33 feet from Bluetooth-compatible smartphones and tablets

  • 40 mm drivers and advanced acoustic technology provide premium audio

  • Connect up to two devices simultaneously and pair up to eight

  • Maintain battery charge for up to six months with DeepSleep hibernation mode

There are some noteworthy features, such as the ability to hibernate and preserve battery charge for 6 months. Although not using this headphones for 6 months probably means you shouldn’t have bought it in the first place.

Pricing and Availability

BackBeat 505 will be available in Dark Grey, Grey, and White for SGD 139 at selected Plantronics authorized retailers.

Lazada x Prolink Suprise Box – For the budding gamer

It’s the Great Singapore Sale, and Lazada has a number of Surprise Boxes for you to check out! Only 4 days left! With 42 surprise boxes to check out.

Here’s the unboxing of the Lazada x Prolink Gaming Box.

There’s a long box inside …

Keyboard? Yep you guessed right!

And there’s more!

There’s still one more mystery item within in the box, and it’s not some cheap gift. The keyboard retails on Lazada for $69 and the mouse for about $29.

Looking for a present for a new budding gamer? This might make a nice one!

The Prolink Borealis Keyboard comes with 3 different backlight colour options, 19 Anti-ghosting keys, and adjustable input speed as well. Though not mechanical, the keys are responsive and the anti-ghosting feature comes in handy for button mashing games. What’s not so good? The backlight customisation is limited and there’s no way to record macros.

The Prolink Furax mouse will light up your gaming rig with its 7-Color breathing LED. The matte finish and rubber grip makes it comfortable to hold, and the 2400 DPI optical sensor allows for quick and responsive movements. It’s a pity that the lighting scheme cannot be adjusted, otherwise it’s really a nice mouse.

The Lazada GSS Sale is from 5th June to 8th June and promises deals of up to 90% off and flash deals every couple of hours! So check back often for some amazing offers.

Now, to help you save more: we have tied up with Lazada for a special voucher code: GSSSEAN18. 18% off!

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