Hanging on to your favorite wireless mouse just got a little easier thanks to a new collaboration between Logitech and DIY repair specialists iFixit. The two companies are working together to reduce unnecessary e-waste and help customers repair their own Logitech hardware out of warranty by providing spare parts, batteries and repair guides for “selected products”[ads1];.
Everything will eventually be housed in the iFixit Logitech Repair Hub, with parts available for purchase as needed or in “Fix Kits” that provide everything needed to complete the repair, such as tools and precision bit sets.
Starting “this summer”, Logitech’s MX Master and MX Anywhere mouse models will be the first products to receive replacement parts. Pricing information hasn’t been revealed yet, and Logitech hasn’t mentioned any other devices that will receive iFixit’s original parts and repair guide treatment.
iFixit’s Logitech Repair Hub already has placeholders for a wide variety of Logitech products
Currently, many Logitech products are already listed in the iFixit repair hub, including webcams, keyboards, headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and gaming gear. Some are just placeholders, but others already have guides on how to repair the product, such as the Logitech H800 Wireless battery replacement guide. The special guide was created by an iFixit community member and predates the partnership between iFixit and Logitech, which will hopefully expand to cover more devices soon.
According to a report cited by Logitech, global e-waste is projected to grow to over 75 million tons by 2030, exacerbated by high consumption rates and gadgets that have limited repair capabilities. Logitech says it’s trying to combat this by encouraging its customers to repair and maintain their Logitech devices, saving them from landfill.
“Consumers often struggle to find ways to repair and extend product life,” said Prakash Arunkundrum, CEO of Logitech. – More can be done by brands and by wider value chains that want to play an active role in the transition to a more circular economy. I am pleased that we are able to work with iFixit to develop better designs and make it easier for consumers to have a self-repair option to extend the life of our products.”
iFixit also worked with tech brands like Google, Samsung and Valve to create similar self-repair programs. It makes sense to launch Logitech’s program with the MX Master and MX Anywhere given that they are two of the company’s most popular mice, although I hope to see the range of replacement parts branch out into more peripherals. I love the Logitech G502 gaming mouse I’ve been using for almost eight years now, and since I’m trying to cut down on my own e-waste, I’d like to extend its life as long as possible.