Just What I Needed for My New Multimedia PC
Nov 28, 2010 (Updated Dec 1, 2010)
Review by vemartin
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Small, lightweight, affordable, Unifying transceiver, long battery life.
Cons:None thus far.
The Bottom Line:
I am very pleased with the Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse. Once again Logitech has delivered another solid product with a feature-set…
The mouse; how would we operate a computer without one? It is the indispensable tool. Yes, I know one can operate a computer without a mouse by using keyboard shortcut keys combinations, but tasks will take you twice as long, or longer to complete. Hence, the handy, utilitarian mouse is a must have.
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And as I wrote in my review of the Dell Inspiron 580s, as I was putting together my new multimedia entertainment systems, it dawned on me that I might want a nice powerful multimedia computer to go along with it. I have developed a habit of late of getting my CD's from the library, ripping them and storing the MP3's on a centralized server. Most I play through my computer and portable MP3 player, but now I wanted to be able to play them through my newly acquired Denon AVR-2310ci Audio/Visual receiver.
The mouse that shipped with my Dell Inspiron 580s was the standard black on black laser unit, which would have been adequate for my needs. However the mouse had a wire and since the aforementioned computer was to be housed in my entertainment center, I felt I needed a wireless mouse in order to get comfortable while I used it. But not just any mouse would do, I needed one that could be controlled by Logitech's (oh yes there was never any doubt the mouse would be from Logitech) Unifying USB transceiver. So once again I turned to my favorite input device company Logitech, for a viable, affordable solution. My search coughed ended with the Logitech Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse.
Description from Logitech product literature: "Having a wireless mouse is all about convenience. You want to check email, click through web pages, and scroll through spreadsheets anywhere you like-without wire clutter or a second thought. The only problem is your mouse may be a bit power hungry, causing you to change batteries more often than you expected. That's where Logitech's new Marathon Mouse M705 can simplify your mobile life."
The Logitech Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse is a mid-level input device ($43.64 at Buy.com) that serves up the basics-plus a little more-in mouse technology. The Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse is a right-handed mouse that utilizes Logitech's patented laser technology and works with the company's Unifying transceiver technology. The Unifying transceiver is a small unobtrusive unit that slips into nay USB port and can control up to (6) wireless devices.
The Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse is designed with a Universal scroll wheel as well as a forward and backward buttons, controls that have become almost indispensable to me. The Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse will work with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. The mouse can also be used with Mac OS 10.4 or later.
Power for the Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse is provided by (2) AA batteries that are supposed to last up to three years. And to maximize battery life, a convenient On/Off switch (bottom of the unit) and smart sleep mode are provided. A battery indicator LED on the top of the unit reminds you when it is time to change the batteries.
I have to admit that I read some negative reviews of this mouse while researching my choices. I read them all carefully and decided that most were nitpicky, but a few were legitimate, but the problems detailed were not enough to dissuade me from making the purchase.
And as it turns out my choice of the Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse was right on the money; the mouse is a lightweight, right-handed mouse the fits well in the palm of the hand and servers up just the right amount of features. The mouse uses a laser with a setting of 1200 dpi in order to deliver precision screen tracking and cursor control; it was one of the main reasons I chose this mouse.
Three other reason(s) I chose the Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse: 1. small (USB) transceiver; 2. seriously long battery life, and; 3. the forward and backward buttons on the left hand side of the mouse that make thumb toggling a breeze. All of these features make this mouse ideal for laptop users, but desktop user like me can also make it our own. And I like the universal scroll; it is ever useful when browsing long web pages. And then there is the Logitech quality and longevity I have come to trust and rely on.
The Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse is pretty much plug-n-play; after I placed the Unified transceiver in an available front USB port and installed the latest Logitech SetPoint software. Once installed, the software recognizes the Unifying transceiver and allows one to add devices to it; again the USB transceiver can control up to (6) devices at once.
I am very pleased with the Marathon M705 Wireless Mouse. Once again Logitech has delivered another solid product with a feature-set that is both simple (affordable), but very useful.
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