Hanging on to your favorite wireless mouse just got a little easier thanks to a new partnership between Logitech and DIY repair specialists iFixit. The two companies are working together to reduce unnecessary e-waste and help customers repair their own out-of-warranty Logitech hardware by supplying spare parts, batteries, and repair guides for “select products.”
Everything will eventually be housed in the iFixit Logitech Repair Hub, with parts available to purchase as needed or within “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 spare parts. Pricing information has not been disclosed yet, and Logitech hasn’t mentioned any other devices that will receive the iFixit genuine replacement parts and repair guide treatment.
This sounds like a good idea, and I hope it is, but who else can supply repair kits? If it’s only IFixit, then aren’t we swapping one monopoly for another? It’s a kind of symbolic fixability. I love iFixit, they are great and I really like what they have done in the past, but I really hope that it’s not the intent to create a reparation duopoly to which big companies can point and say: “see, we are not a monopoly” whilst keeping prices artificially high.
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