on 4 September 2012
I bought this to replace a MX Revolution that was dying after five years of heavy use. My first impression is that this is a downgrade in many respects, but only a small one. Here are points to consider for other people moving from a Revolution:
- The shape and feel is roughly similar. If the Revolution fits your hand, this should fit too. It's a little longer, but not obnoxiously so.
- Good response, etc. This one is supposed to be better on difficult surfaces, and that may well be true - I haven't tested it on any.
- Build quality feels good - as it should at the price - and I've no reason to think this won't last me another five years.
- The battery is now a replaceable rechargeable NiMH, and it charges through MicroUSB. The charging socket is at the front of the mouse, so it can be used while charging, with the cable being positioned roughly like the cable on a wired mouse. I don't know how the life compares as yet, but since recharging is less of a chore it matters less.
- Mouse response on difficult surfaces is claimed to be better - not tested.
- Tiny USB adaptor. (A "unified" one so you can share it with a Logitech wireless keyboard if you have one)
- The wheel no longer automatically switches between ratcheted and free-spinning depending on speed. Instead, you can switch it by pressing the (mechanical) button behind the wheel.
- That little button behind the wheel, being a mechanical switch, is no longer mappable. I used to have that as the middle button and use clicking-the-wheel to swap wheel modes. That's no longer possible. For the same reason, I don't think it's possible to have the wheel change mode according to the application you're in.
- There's a much less positive click when pushing the wheel left or right. It works well, it's just not always obvious that it's worked.
- The "second wheel" on the left hand side of the Revolution has been replaced by two buttons (mapped by default to zoom and task switch). These are nicely positioned, but don't have the wheel's benefit of having up to three functions positioned right under your thumb without moving it.
- The total number of mappable actions is reduced by two (one from the wheel, one from the button on top that is now fixed to wheel-mode).
- The forward/back buttons feel a little more awkward to reach - but this may just be a matter of getting used to a slightly different layout.
Overall, I'd rather have another MX Revolution, but in its absence this is a good replacement.
on 26 April 2010
I was an early adopter of laser technology, I bought the first laser mouse Logitech MX1000 when it was released many years ago and it survived until recently when the middle button stopped working. Not a major breakdown, everything else functioned fine, but a significant problem for me nontheless.
Always reliable, I decided to go for Logitech again, and was very attracted to the very tiny Unifying USB dongle. A lot of people settle for a cheap mouse, you can get them for a few quid, but since it is something so important, something in constant use and so integral to computer use, I believe it is worth spending a decent amount on a mouse that does the job well. The Unifying dongle really is tiny. Once plugged into a USB port it sticks out maybe half an inch. This makes it ideal for laptops, it can just be plugged in and forgot about since it doesn't get in the way like the larger dongles.
The mouse itself is very ergonomically shaped to be as comfortable as possible, for right handed people at least. The thumb rests comfortably on a nice curved indentation, and there are 4 buttons easily accessed by a thumb press in this position. The mouse is quite light, so it glides easily across any surface. The new Darkfield technology means there are few surfaces that this mouse cannot be used on, even glass which I believe is a first for mice. Even on conventional surfaces, it is a noticeable difference in response. No stray hairs or clumps of dust have stopped this mouse yet, from day one the movement has been smooth and responsive.
The scroll wheel is a breath of fresh air. With a toggle button positioned below it, the wheel can either scroll incrementally like most mice, or it can be changed to a super-smooth free-scrolling mode which makes it easy to glide through large pages and just feels brilliantly light. It can also be pushed side to side to scroll through wide documents, a function I couldn't do without.
There are enough buttons to satisfy a gamer like me, and the smooth and light form makes an ideal gaming mouse. Using the Logitech Setpoint software you can even set a button to change DPI to make the mouse more or less sensitive depending on what you're using it for. Plus this software allows you to change any button on the mouse to function how you want it, and also program specific settings mean a button can do different things depending on the software you're using.
The mouse runs on a single rechargeable AA battery (included). The mouse can be charged via the packaged USB cable (which also has an adapter for a mains plug), but this causes no down-time at all, you can charge the mouse plugged in via USB while still using it.
This mouse is top of the range. If you want comfort, control and reliability from your primary method of input, then you can't go wrong with this.
on 28 November 2009
If you use a computer for any great length of time in certain industries, you soon appreciate how important a good mouse is. I've tried the Logitech Laser mouse before this but buttons were in the wrong place, one button was located under the tip of your thumb, didn't work. But the MX Performance seems to have got it just right, fully customisable and the lower thumb button feels natural to use. The scroll wheel also has a speed button which is fast becoming a 'can't live without' feature.
I migrated from PC to Mac, so a compatible mouse was important (one button was never going to cut it with me) and the MX ticks all the boxes if you're a Mac user, a quick download and you're ready to use. Comfort wise, like all Logitech mice of this standard it fits snuggly into the palm of your hand, buttons have a light but solid feel and are placed just right for my hand. Tracking is smooth and precise, I've not tried it on glass yet, but I don't have a glass table. The mouse is also surprisingly light despite having a re-chargeble battery, incidentally the battery life is good so far, well I haven't charged it since purchase!
The only downside to the MX is possibly the price, it's not cheap, but I've wasted so much on mice that just don't work for me and this is a product that will undoubtedly last and will not be replaced for a long time.
I have had a number of different brands of mice and bought this together with the Logitech K800 wireless Illuminated Keyboard to replace an aging and worn Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 set. I have got used to this MX Performance mouse very quickly - it looks good and fits my smallish male hand quite well, despite what is said about it being "big" on these pages. I'd refine that by saying the mouse itself isn't noticeably bigger than others to hold, but, because of it's high ergonomic design its footprint is unique and that is what is bigger. The finish and look is good but the mouse is lighter than it looks - as I've said in other reviews, we are no longer in a world where weight and solidity are a guide to durabilty/usability.
For a right handed person this MX mouse feels very comfortable, and, the Setpoint Software gives you the ability to customise the controls. You can change most characteristics of the mouse using the supplied software which installed first time. The MX Mouse is very precise and a joy to use on all surfaces with the scroll wheel having just a slight click to it. It remains charged for quite a long time - without switching it off and using it for say, three or four hours a day it needs a charge only once a week. The battery is a single rechargeable AA cell, so, when it needs replacing it should easy.
This mouse also has a facility to it with a Logitech keyboard, although, I found the version of Setpoint Software and dongle supplied with the MX mouse didn't seem to recognise the keyboard (for example, there was no "settings tab" for the keyboard even after the "unifying process" was completed). However, the other way around using the keyboard dongle and downloading the latest version of Setpoint worked first time after which both products work faultlessly. Another oddity is that the mouse comes with a USB charging lead and a mains charger whereas the K800 keyboard has no mains charger and relies on USB to recharge. The MX package is topped off by an extension lead for the dongle and a very neat case designed for the peripherals but not the mouse itself.
Unless you are left-handed, this mouse has to be on the list of those wanting ultimate mouse control, although, it is not designed as a hard core gamer's mouse. Yes, it costs more than others but then it delivers a lot more too. Recommended.
Unlike most of the less expensive rechargeable mice, this uses a single AA-size rechargeable battery. I have owned this mouse for at least two years and is undoubtedly the best mouse used to date, surpassing in several respects the MX Revolution previously used. Unlike the older Revolution, it does not use a recharging cradle which I found annoying and slightly flaky, but a micro-USB lead to recharge. It is possible to recharge via a port on your PC if it supports the purpose but a recharging adapter is the better solution and was originally supplied with the product. If not now (and that it was I was told by a recent purchaser) they are now almost universal and easy and inexpensive to obtain.
Although fairly large, the mouse sits comfortably in my hand and a lady friend whose hands are considerably smaller than mine has no problems with it. It is a right-handed mouse and may not best suit left-handers. The mouse supports several functions including a scroll wheel which works in the vertical only, a pair of zoom buttons just under the thumb and an adjacent % button which magnifies screen text.
I find that the battery can be good for 2-3 days of moderately heavy use, but only about 20-24 hours of very heavy use before needing a recharge, which takes about 2 hours or less. When lightly used, it is good for about 7-10 days. I am aware that some of Logitech's current mice claim to be able to survive on a single non-rechargeable battery for several months, but they use a different technology.
The mouse requires use of Logitech's Unifying Receiver, which is supplied, and very tiny at less than 1cm deep once located in a USB socket. This device will support up to five more other Unifying products which can include keyboards, mice and some of the new touch gesture tablets now being offered primarily for Windows 8.
Although not inexpensive, it is currently being offered for much less than its original RRP which was the price I paid when it was first released. It is a little on the heavy side and slightly bulky but it does give the impression of being quite solidly built and has survived several instances of being knocked onto a hard floor without any obvious signs of harm, which is far less likely with a more modestly built alternative.
I like it that much that when Amazon offered a deal where they were sold about about half their original price, I bought a second as a spare. I also encouraged a couple of relatives to buy one each for themselves. Thoroughly recommended.
on 3 November 2014
This worked really well for 16 months and has now failed. One of the sensors for the left mouse click has failed and releases the click randomly making this unusable. Searching other reviews here and on Google for "mx mouse failure" this is a common and known about issue with this mouse. DIsappointing that years after release Loitech have not fixed this issue so I've bought another brand to replace it.
I should also add that it is very annoying having to charge the batteries every 5 to 7 days too.
I've had the previous Logitech VX Revolution Wireless Laser Laptop Mouse for years (3 1/2 years) and it proved extremely robust even when slung into an overstuffed bag. But it got to the point where the left and right buttons had to be clicked in a certain way to respond. The VX was really useful, but I've upgraded.
This new mouse is fantastic! Everything about the VX Revolution that didn't contribute to the smoothest experience has been improved! I'm going to sound biassed but I'm as critical of my tools as the next man, and this is a really good mouse (until they invent an eye-tracking mouse, of course).
* to switch between free running scrolling and click scrolling was a switch on the underside, now it is on top (and I find I change modes regularly. Why would you want to? To find your place in a document scrolling line by line or half page by half page [click mode], to race to the start or end [free mode]). Oh it's very useful to scroll sideways as well, but the VX worked exactly the same on this
* zooming in and out of web pages/ documents etc (needed because I have a 13.3" HD 1920x1080 screen, so things can get very tiny) I now touch a button with the side of my thumb and then use the scroll; on the VX my first finger didn't quite find it comfortable (though could still do it without changing hand position)
* the universal receiver really does stay in the laptop out of the way, which means I get the mouse out even on short train journeys because I don't do any faffing around with the receiver
* the "switch windows" button is easy to reach and use
* both the old mouse and the new are very good at tracking mouse movement on every surface I've tried
Is there anything wrong with this mouse?
* some people report a lag whilst it wakes up after going into battery saving mode. I've been using a wireless mouse for so long I don't notice - I've developed a little "pre-wiggle" to wake the mouse up before moving it, completely subconscious and I've only just noticed I do it
* you can still run out of desk space - oh, perhaps that is my desk not the mouse's fault
* it doesn't read my mind. I want it to click on the window I'm looking at so that when I type it appears in the correct document, but unless I touch the mouse, nothing happens. Oh well.
I'm pleased with this mouse, and I think you will be too. NOTE looks as though you can buy exactly the same model for £20 more - don't!
on 29 May 2013
I bought this mouse on the recommendation of a friend, and they have converted me! The all round experience of using this mouse is excellent - from the obvious advantages of tracking on glass down to every little feature. I use it anywhere between 3 and 10 hours a day (I use my PC a lot...), with no comfort issues. There are loads of great things about this mouse, so I'll list some key points:
* Very comfortable for extended durations. I use my mouse with a 'palm grip', in my right hand (NB: this mouse only fits the contours of a right hand) and I haven't had any of the cramp issues I've had with previous mice.
* Useful software for remapping functions - the mouse has 4 hardware buttons under the thumb, which can be mapped to almost any function. I use them for audio controls - Volume Up/Down, Mute and Play/Pause. They work very well for this, and each brings up a translucent window on screen to confirm the function.
* Responsiveness - the mouse is incredibly sensitive in the finest mode, and the settings are highly tunable. Despite scepticism from gamers, I found this mouse fine to use with Counter Strike and Battlefield 3.
* Battery - the mouse ships with a Sanyo Eneloop battery, one of the finest rechargables in its class, and is charged through a USB port in the body of the mouse. It lasts a long time, and charges rapidly. It can also be used while charging, and the cable is designed so that this doesn't ruin gliding.
* Tracking and Gliding is excellent - I use mine on glass, and it's fantastic to be free of my mousepad. It has a good range - covering at least my reasonably sized room.
The packaging is excellent - no frustration or tears and no blister packing, and the accessories are all of a high quality - mirroring the excellent build quality of the mouse itself. It feels like it has a long life to it - I can't imagine it failing any time soon...
In summary, an excellent mouse. It might seem like a big investment in hardware, but it's absolutely worth it for the comfort that this mouse brings, given the time people spend using mice and keyboards these days. Go for it!
on 27 February 2010
Firstly, I'm a sucker for buying new mouseing gadgetery and I have gone through many iterations of logitech and microsoft mice from the days when they still had balls in them and a mere two buttons and used this funny plug called PS2, to the first optical mice to laser and now this.
This mouse rules them all.
Darkfield tracks on glass, perfect for me as my office table happens to be made of glass and its handy when I use it on my glass coffee table with my netbook. No more mouse mats or using scraps of paper or magazines as a makeshift mat.
Scroll wheel is awesome, i first encountered this type of wheel on the mx1100 and the VX nano mouse. Thankfully the wheel is also useable as a middle mouse button and there is a seperate switch for clicky and hyperscroll mode. Lots of buttons on the left side, more than I need. Previous versions of this scrollwheel had the middle click just change the scroll mode which I found annoying.
Compared to the mx1100, this is much lighter using just 1 AA battery. I find it sculpted quite similar to the original revolution mouse and very comfortable with a nice rubber grip which cannot wear out. I also like the way it charges via USB, so I can use it at all times even if the battery is flat. I don't need to change the batteries and I don't need to charge it on a seperate stand which would mean I can't use it.
Battery life is so so though and should be better, I do have to charge every few days but then again I am a heavy user. I guess this is because it is running just off 1 AA battery instead of a proprietory li ion battery or 2 or so AAs.
More buttons than you can shake a stick at
Scrollwheel is the best ever
Charge battery while you use the mouse
Glass tracking for my glass table
EXPENSIVE, but you pay for what you get.
Battery life should be better
on 8 May 2013
As soon as I got my first laptop I realized that I dislike touchpads. However, I do not want to carry bulky mouse around in my laptop bag, and I do not want to have wires around my laptop while on the road. More often than not I don't have much control over what surface is available wherever I try to use the mouse, so I prefer neat accuracy - and I prefer lase mouses without the eerie red light of the LED that burns into my eyes during late-night sessions.
This mouse came with quite a package. A rather long USB cable, a charger, an AA rechargeable battery and a carrying pouch for all the accessories. The unit works nicely, it is comfortable and the battery life is rather good, I tend to charge it two to four times a month with intensive use. The battery charge indicator is visible and comes handy, I don't have to wait for the mouse to become laggy to notice that I need charging.
My only issues are that the cover of the battery opens in a weird fashion - however, as the mouse has a microUSB connector and can charge the battery through that, I rarely ever open that anyways. The placement of the buttons hurts me more, though. Left button, right button, scrollbar - perfectly OK. Back and forward buttons still comfortable. However, I more often press the thumb button accidentally than by purpose, the same thing with the zoom button instead of the navigation buttons. Still, using the mouse is comfortable, the precision is nice and the accessories are abundant.