Check out some of the latest desktop upgrades from Logitech

Check out some of the latest desktop upgrades from Logitech

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Logitech is the biggest name in PC peripherals for the office, and one of the biggest names in the world of content creation thanks to sub-brands like Blue Microphones and its Yeti and Yeti X USB mics for podcasting and livestreaming. Logitech is responsible for many of our favorite gadgets for work and school, including mice, keyboards, and webcams that dot our desks. Logitech and Blue released a number of new products this fall for streaming personalities and office power users. Some of the products are reimagined old favorites, while others are new. All of them can improve your online presence, whether you’re on Zoom, Twitch or YouTube. We’ve been testing a lot of these products over the past few weeks so here’s a quick overview:

Logitech Brio 500 webcam

Logitech has stuck with the same webcam design, that of the Logitech c920 series, for the past 10 years. In September, the company finally upended tradition and created a new, modern-looking webcam design with the Brio 500. At a cursory glance, you might mistake it for a basic glow-up: The Brio 500 is, like the c922 Pro, a 1080p webcam with a maximum framerate of 30 frames per second. You’ll notice that almost every aspect of this camera has been improved. This includes a wide-angle lens and beamforming stereo microphones. There is also a detachable mounting that allows you to turn and adjust the physical camera. The auto-framing function can automatically adjust the camera so that your face is in the center of each frame. Logitech has raised the bar and price with the Brio 500–it costs $129. 99 at launch. It’s worth the investment if your goal is to look great at work (and from home).

If you want to learn more, check out our full review of the Logitech Brio 500.

Logitech Zone Vibe 100

If you need a new headset for phone calls and Zoom meetings at the office, but don’t need anything too fancy, the Logitech Zone Vibe 100 is a very affordable, convenient little headset. The $100 Bluetooth headset weighs just 6.5 ounces, so you barely notice it’s there. Unlike its gaming-focused predecessor, the G435 Lightspeed, this model features a small built-in flip-to-talk boom microphone that can filter out a little ambient noise and make it clear when you are and aren’t on a call. Logitech’s “Logi tune” configuration app allows for EQ tuning and setting control on both phones and computers. The Zone Vibe 100 is a perfect set-it-and-forget-it product for people who just need something that works: It’s easy to pair, easy to use, and doesn’t cost much.

If you’re willing to pay a little more, Logitech has a more advanced model, the Zone Vibe 125, which comes with a USB dongle that you can plug into a PC for a more stable connection.

Logitech for Creators Blue Sona XLR microphone

Launching underneath the Logitech for Creators banner, the $349 Blue Sona is a dynamic microphone aiming to be a direct competitor of the broadcaster-quality standard-bearers (think the Shure SM7B). A distinctively squared XLR microphone (meaning you’ll need an interface with 48V phantom power) featuring a supercardioid pickup pattern, the Blue Sona’s dual-diaphragm capsule and internal shockmount are hyper-focused on capturing a rich vocal without any background noise. Featuring built-in 25dB ClearAmp tech and 40Hz-18kHz frequency response (with high-pass filter and presence boost toggles), the Blue Sona lets you skip gain boosters and jump right into gaining followers. We’ve had the Blue Sona swivel-mounted on a Compass Boom Arm at a desk for a few weeks (no stand is included) and it’s a noticeable elevation of the signal chain, so watch for a closer look at the mic in the future.

Logitech for Creators Litra Beam key light

While the Blue Sona mic makes sure your presentation sounds its best, Logitech for Creators’ new $99 Litra Beam makes sure streamers look their best. This LED-packed, slim bar is low-profile and highly adjustable. Its stand offers three positioning points–height, tilt, and rotation–and a button on the back let you cycle through brightness and a 2700K-6500K color range. The versatile Litra Beam can be powered by either AC or USB. (The latter allows presets and percentages to be adjusted via the Logitech HUB desktop app, which also connects via Bluetooth). Once you add more than one, it will allow for cinematic color accuracy. It blends well on busy desktops.

Mike Epstein

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