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"Her freakishly small hands make anything look big..."
on 1 July 2016
"...It’s one of the reasons I love her." ~ Howard Wolowitz, The Big Bang Theory.
The first thing that sprung to mind when seeing this mouse for the first time - cause it's well diddy. I had this mouse, still packaged, sitting in my desk drawer for a good few months as a back up incase either my first wireless mouse or cabled ever conked out. "Do you really need 3 of them?" YES. *taps desk 3 times* Anyway, at just 90mm long and barely 55mm wide, it's easily the tiniest mouse I've come across and it's kinda of disheartening because there was no mention of it's littleness on Amazon or on the packaging so.. yeah, in my hands, either my fingers have to protrude over the edges or I have to let the other half of my hand drag behind it and scrape the desk all the time. Despite the glaring issues, it is well compacted underneath - 3 elevating grips, a very handy on/off switch (so you don't have to yank the battery out when not using it) an invisible optic laser (no flashing red distractions) and the single AA battery compartment contains the USB connector snuggly too. The scroll wheel is rumbly, which'll probably wear down in time. Looks like its made of rubber in a black matte finish. I'm not fond of the right/left split, but at least the Logitech logo gets covered by your hand.
A positive is how easy it is to start using. There's no crappy programs to install or dodgey cables - you just open the battery section, eject the connector and put it into a spare USB slot, switch it on and voila, the mouse is working fine. It includes instructions and stuff like that but there's really no need. As for the wireless capabilities, it's about as good as it gets for current standards - fine for general work and leisurely use but serious work and video games requiring precision, perfect response and stability, will still need wired alternatives. The battery life is claimed to be 12 months (says so on the box) it also says it is compatible with Windows, Mac & Linux. For those wondering what version of Windows, it has symbols for 7 & 8 and underneath, XP, Vista & RT - seeing as it is 'certified for Windows' you're probably safe whatever. What's more is it has a 3 year manufacturers warranty. The all important click is like most but sounds a little hollow because of how light and plastic-y it is.
Price & Verdict
A quick Google search shows that the M175 goes for between £7-10 but I bought it via Amazon on the 4th of September, 2014 for £9.99 but it's currently £7.99. It is very much like most Logitech products, plain and simple, lacking features or suave designs or quality materials. I don't plan to use this mouse unless my other 2 break or die which is unlikely, HENCE WHY YOU HAVE 3! 1, 2, 3! *kicks desk* In my opinion, efficient wireless technology as a whole hasn't been perfected yet and as such, wireless mice can't really rival that of one with a cable. I suppose this would be ideal for when you're on the move and prefer a mouse to use on your laptop, instead of that crappy little rubber ball that's in between the keys or the track pad that's been warn down and shiny. So all in all, it is a satisfactory mouse for an ok price, just a bit small for those of us with normal sized hands.