Almost perfect basic mouse for general use
Jun 28, 2012 (Updated Jul 4, 2012)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Excellent battery life, tracks well, no software needed for basic operations.
Cons:Size a bit uncomfortable for large hands
The Bottom Line: At first glance, except the outlandish battery claim, this mouse is nothing special. But this reasonablly price mouse would easily meet and exceed your expectation.
I have had my M705 for over 1 year. This is the second cordless Logitech mouse that I own. Before I go on comparing it with other mice, I should point out that this is a regular desktop/laptop grade mouse, NOT a gaming mouse. And definitely NOT a feature rich high end mouse that has multiple scroll wheels or 10+ buttons. But as a basic pointing device, it has all the basic features that I am looking for.
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M705 actually has 6 buttons: Left, right, middle (mouse wheel click), navigation forward, navigation backward, and application switch button, a button just below the thumb rest. On a PC, without installing the SetPoint software, you can use all except the application switch button. SetPoint lets you customize button assignments. However handy, I don’t like SetPoint. With SetPoint installed, the forward and backward buttons will not work properly on some browsers because SetPoint has customized them to some other commands. Instead, I chose to install the Unifying software only. The Unifying software allows pairing and unpairing of compatible Logitech devices, and reports battery status of your cordless devices. Out of the box, your mouse should already be paired with the Unifying receiver from the same package. If not, you can easily download the Unifying software from Logitech's web site, and install it.
The mouse wheel can be tilted left or right to scroll horizontally. And it also has two different modes of wheel scrolling, traditional click-to-click scrolling and hyper-fast scrolling. Click-to-click scrolling offers better precision as scrolling will stop after each click. Hyper-fast scrolling removes the stops, so the wheel can spin freely. It’s not hard to imagine how the page will keep scrolling once you have rolled the wheel. This is very useful when working with long documents or web pages. The scroll mode button is located just south of the mouse wheel.
For tracking, I find it a lot better than some other laser mice, such as my old Logitech MX 600 and some of Microsoft’s. This mouse works on most surfaces. It works even on clear CD jewel case as long as there’s a paper insert underneath, and on my clear, though slightly frosted when examined clearly, vinyl ID pouch with my work id and keycards inside. However it does not work on transparent or very reflective surfaces like glass or mirrors. The laser is not visible because it is in the infrared range. One thing to note is that the laser sensor is not at the center of the mouse, but near the edge under the right button. For people who move the mouse with their wrists like a waving gesture, this may take some getting used to. In my humble opinion, to reduce the stress on your wrist, it’s better not to use the mouse this way for day to day use. If you must do this for very fine control, such as gaming, then it’s better to get a dedicated gaming mouse.
Speaking of gaming, M705 is acceptable for my gaming need. To conserve battery, all cordless mice will automatically sleep after a period of inactivity, and will wake up when it detects a movement or a button click. Waking up takes a fraction of a second. However short, in gaming, especially in FPS games, this could mean scoring a kill or getting killed. M705 is not lag free, but it is a lot more managable than the old MX 600. It is responsive enough that I don't need to use my old wired Logitech MX518, an optical gaming grade mouse.
Although Logitech claims up to 3 year battery life, I was expecting 8 months to 1 year, which would still be very good compared to any other cordless mice. In comparison, my old MX 600 needs new batteries every 2 to 3 months. Though Logitech recommends alkalines, I reused the rechargeable Sanyo NiMH batteries which I had used on my MX 600 for about 1.5 months. Because the 2 AA's were half-used, the voltage was measured at just below 1.35V. That was about 1 year and 3 months ago. Now reading on these batteries is at 1.05V, and the mouse still think it's ok (battery indicator light has not turned flashing red yet). To say that I’m impressed would be a slight understatement. Many small devices, such as remote controls, and even some alarm clocks, won’t work at that voltage. But realistically, I am expecting the indicator light to turn red within 2 months or so.
Ergonomically speaking, I do wish that the size would be bigger since I like to rest my palm on the mouse. The reason for the small size could be that Logitech is also targeting laptop users with this mouse. The unifying receiver stowage space in the battery compartment seems to support this theory.
On the other note, unrelated to the product itself. Logitech does offer very good customer support. After I have complained about a faulty mouse button through a support ticket, Logitech has promptly followed up and sent me a replacement mouse, which arrived in about 10 days. 10 days is actually considered short because I live in Canada, and all parcels from US need to go through custom.
Overall, I'm impressed with this little mouse. For basic functions, this mouse does the job quite well: Tracking is precise enough for casual gamers. Battery life is excellent. And very good customer support to top it off. I took off 1 star mostly because of the size. However, I would not hesitate to recommend this mouse.
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