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Logitech Performance MX Wireless Laser Mouse

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The Mouse that Soared

May 31, 2010 (Updated Jul 4, 2010)
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Pros:Good ergonomics; works on many surfaces including glass; wireless and rechargeable.

Cons:Wireless connection seems weak; Recharging is awkward; A bit pricey.

The Bottom Line: Good feeling mouse that works on surfaces most mice won't.  Neat scroll wheel.  Excellent ergonomics.



Overview:  [Update to Battery Charge below]
 I've owned several Logitech mice over the years.  The best was the MX1000.  It's cradle was also the receiver  for the mouse.  The cradle connected to a USB port and sat on the desk.  When you cradled the MX1000, it would recharge it.  But it started multi-clicking when you pressed the left button so I began searching for a replacement.  I couldn't find a like for like replacement to the MX1000.  The closest was the Performance MX which I bought and which is the subject of this review.

Basic Specs:
Windows-based computer: 
         » Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or Windows® 7
         » CD-ROM drive or Internet connection
         » USB port
Mac computer
         » Mac OS® X 10.4 or later
         » CD-ROM drive or Internet connection
         » USB port
Warranty:  3 years

Contents:
         » Logitech® Performance Mouse MX
         » Micro-USB charging cable
         » AC power supply (you can charge it from a USB port or the external AC adapter)
         » Pouch for charging system
         » USB receiver - Unifying receiver
         » Receiver extender cable
         » CD - the one I got is not updated for Windows 7 and you have to go online to download the software.
         » Quick-start guide
         » Tips guide

Features:
         » Darkfield Laser Tracking:  This laser technology improves the tracking accuracy and the ability to read contrast so that you can literally use the mouse on any surface including glass, paper with writing or even your pants leg.
         » Unifying Receiver:  This is the receiving unit for the mouse.  It plugs into any USB port on your computer.  It's very small and only sticks out about 3/8's of an inch from the computer.  By unifying, Logitech enables you to use multiple mice and keyboards with a single receiver so you're only tying up one USB port.  An extension cable for the receiver is also included.
         » Rechargeable Battery with multiple recharging options.  Includes a USB charging cable as well as an AC adaptor cable.
         » Fast Scrolling:  There's a button behind the scroll wheel that removes the ratchet so the wheel spins with no friction.  You can also set scroll speed in the SetPoint software.
         » Thumb Buttons:  In the area where your thumb lies, there are two buttons stationed along the top edge, another just below it and another button at the base.  These are all programmable through the SetPoint software.  You can set them to move forward or backward through visited web pages, jump between open windows and a variety of other options.

Dislikes:
         » After following the installation instructions for the Setpoint Software and the Unifying receiver I turned on the mouse.  My first disappointment!  The mouse action was very erratic when moving it across my old mouse pad.  My desk has a glass top over wood and amazingly, the mouse worked much better there.  First reaction:  so much for a mouse that works on all surfaces!!
         » After klutzing with it for a day or two, I moved the Unifying Receiver from the back of my computer to a USB connection on the front.  This gave me much better performance but does seem to point out that the signal between the mouse and receiver is pretty weak.  As mentioned previously, Logitech does provide an extender cable for the receiver that's about 5' long so you could bring this from the back panel to a location closer to the mouse.  But then you think, "Isn't the main reason for buying a wireless product to get rid of wires"???? 
         » My old Logitech mouse had a battery gauge kind of like a gas gauge.  It had 3 LED's and as it discharged, it went to 2 and eventually one LED.  This model has the three LED's and they provide a similar guage.  However, they only appear after several minutes of non-use and then only briefly so unless you concentrate on checking them when you start using your computer, the only way to tell when the battery is dead is when the mouse quits working.  You can have the Setpoint Software running in the background all the time and an icon in the System Tray which will give you an alert.  But who wants mouse software running as an active application constantly in the background?  I don't.
         » I also found recharging the mouse to be cumbersome.  You can plug the USB charging cable to the mouse and computer and use the mouse while charging so this is helpful when your mouse dies on you.  But it can be a bit awkward as well.  The mouse connection is the micro USB and it's on a slope at the front of the mouse and I find it difficult to plug it in.  I feel like I'm trying to plug the proverbial round peg in the square hole.  The cable does have a velcro wrap to bundle the cord when not in use.  And to their credit, battery life is pretty good.  I think I'm getting around 5 days of fairly heavy usage between charges so at least this isn't an everyday hassle.  But I still prefer the charging cradle approach they had previously.

Update to Battery Charge:
I monitored the battery and found the following.  After a full charge, the mouse went three days showing 3 LED's, then 2 days showing 2 LED's.  It ran 4 days showing 1 LED and then a Red LED came on.  It ran 2 days until it completely died.  So altogether it ran about 11 days on a full charge.  I estimate that I used the computer an average of at least 6 hours per day with intermittent mouse activity.

Likes:
         » Ergonomics on this mouse are really good - the best I've ever seen on a mouse.  It's very comfortable to use for long periods of time.  The left and right click buttons are well done also.  They seem to have the right tension and give you good feedback when you click them.
         » As noted previously, in addition to the standard left and right click button there are 4 other buttons that can be thumb operated.  You can set these buttons to do numerous things.  My bottom right button will pop up all the windows that are open onto one screen where each window is a large thumbnail size so you can see them all side by side, not overlapped or cascaded.  Another press takes you back to your last activity.  You can use the forward/back buttons to move through pages of documents or use them like the back/forward arrows on a browser.
         » The scroll wheel also is a button that can be programmed to perform different functions when pressed instead of rolled.  I have mine set to zoom so pressing it downward sets up a zoom mode where you can use the scroll action to zoom up or down.  Pressing again restores normal scroll action.
         » The scroll button is also a "tilt" wheel allowing you to press sideways on the wheel to scroll side to side in a document or program it to page up & page down.
         » There is a button behind the scroll wheel that enables free spin scrolling.  In this mode, you don't get the ratchet effect when you rotate the wheel.  It's completely smooth.  If you give the wheel a big spin, the wheel itself doesn't keep rotating but you can hear the internal wheel whizzing away.  This enables you to rapidly scroll through very large documents 20 or 25 pages at a time.  When the scroll is spinning, simply touching the scroll wheel stops the scroll motion.  If I'm looking at a PDF file of a manual for a product that is 120 pages long and I want to jump ahead 40 or 50 pages, I can just give the wheel a spin and watch the page numbers fly by and stop by touching the wheel. 

FYI:  This mouse is also available in a different form factor called the Anywhere Mouse.  Be advised that this mouse is made for mobile applications and is very small and not very ergonomic.  I made the mistake of buying that model first thinking it was the Performance model.  Big difference!!

Summary:  Even though I have several negative things to say about this mouse, the positive ones are enough to easily sway me to recommend this mouse for desktop applications particularly over what else is out there.  I think you will be very pleased with your purchase and at least if you buy, you'll go in knowing the weaknesses.  Another point on the "Unifying Receiver" is that if you have a laptop computer that you plug up to a bigger monitor and keyboard at your desk, this is the ticket for you.  Buy the compatible Logitech wireless keyboard and this mouse and just leave the Unify in your notebook all the time.  Then the only cable you need to hook up is your monitor and fewer wires!


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