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Logitech Performance MX Wireless Laser Mouse
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Logitech Performance Mouse MX Wireless mouse review
Jul 15, 2010
Review by Sara Zielinski
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Rechargeable, can replace battery easily, size, comfort
The Bottom Line: I would recommend this mouse, its very good and doesn't have any problems. Users with small hands might want to avoid.
The Performance MX mouse by Logitech is the replacement for the much loved MX revolution. I do not have any experience with the previous product as this is my first Logitech mouse purchase but this mouse seems very good to me.
Recommend this product?
The Performance MX comes with everything you need to use it (and more) right in the package. It comes with :
Battery (already in the mouse)
USB wall charger
The software included with my mouse was not the latest available on the Logitech website so you probably want to head there to obtain the latest software.
The mouse is a large, black mouse, and IMO its one of the biggest mice you can find on the market. That is a good thing, for me because I have very large hands and a small mouse will make them hurt quickly. This mouse may not be for everyone because of the size, I would recommend trying this mouse in a retail store before you buy it. Its nice that someone still makes a big mouse in a world where the mice seem to be getting smaller and smaller.
The price is hefty at $99 but it can often be found on sale for a lot less. It does feel like a very expensive mouse compared to other mice I have used, so its probably worth the price especially if you can find it on sale and if you use the computer a lot. I have used other mid-price mice by other companies and they just feel very cheap compared to this mouse, which does not feel cheap at all.
This is a wireless mouse, so the mouse hooks up to your computer using a tiny, nano reciever. This would be ideal for a laptop user as you could put the laptop in a case easily without having to remove the reciever since it doesn't stick out. Logitech also includes a usb extension cable in case you need it. I personally use the extension cable since its just easier for me, but if you have a place to plug in the reciever without it, go for it. I know the point of this mouse is to be wireless, and it is wireless but its really not a big deal to have the cable there. I keep the cable fairly close to the mouse and I have not had any reception issues yet.
The mouse operates on a single standard rechargeable ni-minh AA battery. This is a very good thing because if the battery in your mouse ever dies or battery life becomes short you can just replace with a cheap store bought replacement. The battery can be removed as easy as any other AA battery. This is one of the things that sold me on this mouse, as a lot of mice use proprietary lithium batterys that you cannot replace, making the mouse disposable if the battery dies. That is not a good thing. I don't know what would happen if you put a regular AA battery in the mouse (you obviously wouldn't be able to charge it though) and I am not about to find out because the back of the mouse says to only use rechargeable batteries.
To charge the mouse you can either remove the battery and put it in a regular battery charger, or you can hook up the charge cable that comes with the mouse to a USB port in your computer. You can continue to use the mouse while its charging, saving you from having to hook up a backup mouse if your mouse's battery is dying in the middle of working on something important. If you prefer to charge the mouse in a wall outlet you can use the included USB wall adapter to do that. The USB wall adapter included with this mouse can also be used to charge other USB devices like MP3 players (and any other USB device), saving you from having to buy another expensive charger if you just want a basic USB wall charger. Logitech also includes a case to put all the charging accessories in.
The mouse uses a lot of power but it also has an on/off switch on the bottom (a feature some of the other mice I have used in the past were missing) to help save battery life. On average you can probably expect to charge the mouse every 5 days or less if you use the mouse less.
Lets talk about what this mouse can do now. I don't do much gaming on the PC but this mouse has a lot of settings in the software that you can change and customize. One of the best features of this mouse is hyperscroll. This lets you scroll through a document very, very fast. However, this mouse also lets you have a normal clicky-feel scroll wheel as well. This is a very nice option. You press a button in the middle to change modes. Of course you can set the scroll speed in the software to your liking. The button in the middle does not get in the way of normal operations like I thought it would which is a nice surprise. The scroll wheel also tilts from side to side for side to side scrolling.
Other than that there are 5 buttons on the mouse, left click, right click, forward, back (thumb buttons) and one invisible button under your thumb which I have honestly never used. These buttons work very well but perhaps the location of the top thumb buttons needs to be moved back a bit. This isn't a dealbreaker though. Of course you can change the function of any button via the logitech mouse software.
This mouse is a pure right handed design, so if you want to mouse with your left hand or are left handed you may want to look elsewhere for a more ambidexterous mouse.
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