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Another nice Logitech product,
This review is from: Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse for Mac (Accessory)
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The first thing to know about this mouse is that, despite it being labelled "for Mac" is that it works just as well for PC. I have both the t630 and t631 models and, as far as I can tell, aside from the colour difference they are identical. You don't need to worry about the driver software either, since it isn't in the box but for download from Logitech's website. This is obviously a marketing exercise - are Logitech's PR people afraid that Mac buyers are too snobbish to buy a peripheral without `Mac' written on the box somewhere? If you have an aluminium or white PC, go ahead and buy this version rather than the black t630 (which, conversely, does not have "for PC" on the box). Likewise, if you do have a Mac and would prefer a black mouse, go ahead and get the t630.
As for the mouse itself, like many of Logitech's products of late, there's quite a bit to like. As the photos suggest, it looks very nice and feels a quality item, with top notch materials all round. It can be paired to 2 devices at once, with a switch on the underside of the mouse controlling which of the two is currently active. This is great if, like me, you have a Mac and a PC (or even 2 of either). Also in the box with the mouse is a small, ribbon-cabled, USB charging lead that's about 12cm long and takes no more space than a compact USB key.
The Bluetooth connection process was painless on both Mac (OS X) and on PC (Windows 7), as was the downloading and installing of the configuration software that allows you to tune displacement speeds, scroll speeds and the all import touch gestures. Since I only use the mouse on the road I haven't bothered learning the touch gestures. One I do use, that requires no learning, is the "scroll wheel"; you just need to slide your finger over the mouse's surface to scroll, which is surprisingly satisfying. There are some occasions when my scroll movement is a little diagonal, which the mouse takes for a page change gesture instead, though this doesn't happen often enough to become infuriating.
One important feature for me on any mouse is the presence of a middle button and the Ultrathin Touch Mouse has that covered, despite only having two button switches. As pointed out in other reviews, the buttons for this mouse are actually on the underside (or in the "chassis", if you prefer). The whole top surface of the mouse moves when clicking, rocking very slightly to the left or right depending upon which edge you press down on. The middle click appears to action both switches at the same time.
Some reviewers have mentioned problems with unwanted right clicks occurring, but I haven't experienced this. Actually, that's not quite true, it did happen once when using the mouse on an uneven surface, but in this case the surface was to blame, unbalancing the mouse and transmitting the click to the wrong button. This is a problem with the under-button design; if the surface is not completely planar then you're going to have button click issues. If you're used to using your mouse on your knee, or even a magazine, I'd advise you to give careful thought to buying this model.
I'm not sure what optical technology is employed in this model, but I find the tracking totally acceptable on a desk or table, with good precision and very little jitter.
My main problem with these mice is their size. Initially they feel totally usable, the whole mouse resting entirely under the fingers and needing to be gripped by thumb and pinkie. Long-term use (north of 2 hours) can lead to some hand-cramping. I would appreciate it if, one day, a manufacturer made a nice Bluetooth mouse (this level of quality) that isn't completely tiny. Bluetooth has become synonymous with microscopic and it is getting very annoying. Frankly I'd be happier if this mouse were 50% larger (but just as thin) as it would still easily fit in the pocket of a laptop bag but be that more comfortable to live with. If that were the case I would even consider using it all the time, rather than just when I'm on the road, which would help justify the expense a little more.
Anyway, enough of my personal griping, this (and the t630) are very nice little mice that look cool, feel high-tech and work well, given the right surface.