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Best mouse I've ever used, hands down (haha),
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This review is from: Logitech VX Nano Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks (Personal Computers)The Logitech VX Nano is a lovely piece of kit. Design wise it looks stunning with a mix of black and charcoal grey plastics and textured grip sections down the sides. There's a small green LED on the top to indicate communication with the receiver.
Because Bluetooth mice can experience problems with noise from wireless networks and other Bluetooth devices, Logitech has opted to provide a neat little RF receiver with this mouse, using a proprietary 2.4GHz signal. This isn't quite as neat as the 'no receiver' design of Bluetooth equivalents, but Logitech have compensated for this... The receiver is where the 'nano' in the name comes from - it really is tiny - only a few millimetres longer than the USB connector itself and so small you probably won't have to remove it from your laptop when packing it away. Despite the diminutive size, it works perfectly - there's no skipping or lag that I could notice even when using the mouse from the other side of the room. This mouse is plug and play - at least it is with Windows XP, Vista and MacOSX, which are all that I've tried it with. You needn't bother installing the software unless you want to customise the buttons. This makes it a good option if you frequently use other people's workstations or your company's IT policy means you can't install any software.
If you do remove it, the receiver is so small that you might lose it if it weren't for the fact that you can slot it into a small port inside the base of the mouse next to the batteries. When slotted in there, the mouse is automatically turned off. Just push the red eject button to remove the receiver again, another nice touch which is evidence of the thought that's been put into its design. You can turn the mouse on or off manually too, using a push button on the bottom. There's a small green LED next to the power button to indicate whether it's switched on.
This mouse is a perfect size for me - small enough to bother carrying in a laptop bag yet big enough to comfortably use all day. Talking of carrying, it comes with a smart little black pouch to protect it from bumps and scratches in the bottom of a bag or briefcase. For those who want to use this mouse on their desktop (I certainly do!) Logitech have thoughtfully provided a neat little desktop USB extension stand thingey, for PCs which only have USB ports on the back. This means you only have to fiddle around behind your desktop box once and can quickly unplug and take the receiver with you (in the mouse) whenever you want to switch to your laptop.
Size-wise, the mouse is too small to rest your whole palm on it, so some people with larger hands who prefer resting their palm on the mouse might want to look at the larger VX Revolution or even a desktop equivalent. I personally like to rest the heel of my hand on the desk and move the mouse with my fingertips - and it's the perfect size and shape for this.
This mouse is symmetrical so left handers needn't worry.
From reading reviews online, my biggest worry before purchase was whether I would get on without being able to click the scroll wheel. This is a standard feature on mice these days and I use the middle-click all the time in Firefox to open and close links in new tabs. With the VX Nano, you can click the middle wheel if you press very firmly, but this is just a mechanical click to switch between the two scroll modes - the standard 'click scroll' or 'frictionless' modes. This is the killer feature of the mouse, in my opinion: if you ever deal with huge spreadsheets or long PDF documents, you will be absolutely smitten with this mouse, I promise! In frictionless mode, you just flick the solid-feeling, rubberised metalic wheel with your finger and documents scroll faster than you would believe. With a bit of practice, you can scroll to exactly the page you want in a 250 page PDF with only a couple of gentle flicks of the fingertip. You really do need to try it to believe how useful this feature is.
The middle-click problem is easily solved: there's a search button just behind the scroll wheel which works as a middle click by default if you don't install the software. I suppose it's not quite as convenient as clicking a scroll wheel, but it's easy to reach and I've quickly got used to it this way. There are also forward and back buttons just to the left of the main left button, which again work perfectly fine in Firefox without installing any of the software.
Accuracy-wise, the mouse is more than adequate for my uses. I'm not a gamer so don't require a zillion DPI accuracy, but this laser mouse is certainly much more accurate than any standard optical mouse I've used.
My only slight criticism - and I had to think hard to come up with one - would be that the (admittedly very pretty) packaging was a bit over the top: lots of cleverly folded and wrapped layers of glossy card and plastic obviously designed to give a 'wow' factor during unpacking, but for me I like to keep it simple. On the plus side, all of the moulded plastic bits are perforated so you can easily tear them to reach your new gadget - this should be law for all plastic packaging, in my opinion.
The included Duracells are a nice touch - no cheapo zinc oxide batteries here! I should state I have only used this mouse for a few weeks so can't comment on the battery life... but the features and comfort of this model mean that I'd be happy to buy a few pairs of AAA Duracells every year. I can thoroughly recommend this mouse to anyone looking to get a top of the range wireless laptop mouse that travels well and is also great for use with desktops.