Logitech has joined hands with iFixit to provide official spare parts and repair guides for their products starting this summer.
The Right to repair is a movement in the electronics consumer sphere that demands manufacturers allow their products to be repaired or modified by consumers at home with common household tools. If you have ever had your phone screen cracked or a damaged TV remote, you know how expensive it is to be fixed, If you can even find the parts to repair it. Apple is infamous for soft-locking its devices behind proprietary hardware (meaning only hardware manufactured by Apple can be used in their devices) which they sell for a high price to Apple-certified repair technicians in Apple-authorised retail stores.
In the continuous battle for the consumer’s right to repair, Logitech has risen as an industry leader, by actually leading the industry in the right direction. The computer peripheral giant has partnered up with the DIY repair company iFixit starting this summer to provide easy repair tools, spare parts, and detailed guides for repairing their products.
Right now, only the MX Master and MX Anywhere mouse models have been announced for the partnership. Pricing of the repair kits and any other devices for the partnership have not yet been mentioned by Logitech.
iFixit has always had unofficial (yet professional) guides for repairing many devices. Logitech has webcams, keyboards, headphones, speakers, and many other peripheral devices on the iFixit site with unofficial repair guides. Many of these products are expected to receive official guides and officially sourced spare parts available on their site provided by Logitech itself.
The reason the right to repair is such a big deal not just in the technology and automobile communities, but also within general electronic consumer spheres, is because of two major things – Money, and E-Waste.
Global e-waste is projected to surpass 75 million metric tons by 2030. The main cause of this rise is very likely the high rates of consumer gadgets being discarded for newer models because oftentimes the cost of repair for some devices is close to or more than the price for a new product itself. Logitech, in its announcement, says it is trying to fight e-waste generation by encouraging the repair of already existing products instead of buying new ones.
Logitech is already known for its reliable, top-quality, and long-lasting products, this partnership with iFixit will only make their products last longer and hopefully make a dent in e-waste.
MX Master and MX Anywhere mice are two of the company’s most popular products, so it only makes sense to announce them first. It would be great if more products by Logitech are added to the iFixit library and even to the catalogs of other DIY repair companies for purchase by small, local tech shops. iFixit also partnered with Google and Samsung last year to create similar self-repair kits.
The more devices we can repair and modify on our own, the less money we have to spend on “authorized repairs”. Many products that can be repaired easily at home often void the warranty if it isn’t repaired by manufacturer-authorized repair technicians. The right to repair is about taking power back from the manufacturers that just wish to line their pockets by creating soft monopolies over their products even after the sale.