Logitech Anywhere mouse: precise, innovative and hassle-free

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  1. Lobster says:

    The “clutch” on the wheel sounds interesting, though I wonder how much I’d miss the middle-click. Unfortunately for me, I try very hard not to buy tilt-wheel mice. They just feel so flimsy, and every one I’ve ever owned wore our much faster than a standard non-tilt mouse. Seems these days they don’t make non-tilt mice any more… Maybe Logitech isn’t trying to sell you your next mouse, but your next two mice? :)

  2. Rob says:

    That tiny receiver is the number one feature in my mind. I’m afraid of breaking off any of the larger keys (receiver, drive, or otherwise)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes, but is it worth $70 for a mouse? Keep in mind, this is roughly 10x the price of a rubber-ball mouse (cheap, effective), and 2-3x the price of your standard optical.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m browsing with it right now. I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly. I upgraded from an early gen wireless mouse with the memory stick-sized usb receiver, so the size of the receiver for this was motivation enough for me on its own.
    My only complaint is that I borrowed this one from a friend instead of buying my own. He may not get it back.

  5. Uniquack says:

    You forgot one extra great feature I found on mine recently: press control and then use the wheel on top and it will zoom the screen in and out.

  6. Dewi Morgan says:

    Ooh, hey, that Targus looks good. Plus, I see them for as little as $20 on froogle.

    But that big blue thing… it’s not a light, is it? I guess I could disable it, though.

    If so, maybe someone can explain what it is with all bluetooth devices that they think having a huge bright blue light makes them somehow better?

  7. dequeued says:

    I’m almost certain that that mouse is just bluetooth.
    Whenever I get a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, they give me a little usb stub that’s married to the device, but I insist on using bluetooth…

  8. eander315 says:

    The Logitech® Performance Mouse MXâ„¢ is another outstanding mouse. It’s very similar to the mouse reviewed here, all the way down to the Mercedes door clunk impression. It even came with the best AA battery on the market: the Sanyo Eneloop. No more throwing away the mouse because the battery won’t hold a charge. This is easily the best mouse I’ve ever used.

  9. teb says:

    The unifying receiver sounds really cool. Just what I’ve been looking for.

    From http://www.logitech.com/images/pdf/roem/Advanced_24_Unifying_FINAL070709.pdf:

    Unlike most star topology networks, the Advanced 2.4 GHz receiver is not the master of the links. Each
    device is a master and may transmit data at any time.

    Unlike Bluetooth, Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz is not a frequency-hopping protocol that continuously
    jumps from one channel to another. Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz is a so-called frequency-agility protocol
    that stays on the same channel as long as possible. When the active channel becomes unusable,
    Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz automatically selects another one.

  10. mrsomuch says:

    I’ve been using one of these for a while and it is brilliant. The receiver is small enough to stay plugged in to my macbook, even when traveling without any snagging or problems. The scroll wheel is great and the little pouchy thing it comes with is good too.

    two thumbs fresh from me.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know if the wireless receiver will work with other Logitech wireless gear, specifically the Optical TrackMan trackball?
    Great trackball, awfully large receiver on USB cable, which defeats the point of “wireless”…

  12. ProPuke says:

    I’m not a wireless mouse user. What happens if you have more than one in the same room or office?

    Can they peacefully coexist, do they fight for supremacy?
    If so I may consider buying one. One of my workmates across the desk from me has one. I could wind him up something chronic

    • teb says:

      The unifying receiver can handle up to six devices at once without problems.

    • netsharc says:

      @ProPuke, afaik they have different “channels” to prevent this kind of thing. The newer ones, if they’re of a good brand, probably have a sort of encryption key exchange when you press a button on the receiver and then on the mouse, somewhat similar to Bluetooth device pairings.

      Cory, who still has IR sight based mice nowadays? I thought everyone’s gone radio. My Logitech Desktop Pro keyboard and mouse combo is 10 years old now, and evenm that is already radio-based!

  13. zyodei says:

    I have never understood the idea behind wireless mice for desktop computers.

    A mouse is a pointing device that is generally attached to one device, and generally stays within about a 6 inch by 6 inch square of desk real estate.

    I see the point for a media center PC hooked to your TV, for instance. But for your desktop? Why, why, why?

    Even for a laptop…where will it ever be used except a small box next to the laptop?

    I also bought a Logitech device three days ago. And I am damn happy with mine. But I went the trackball route:

    1) Works on any surface, even your thigh.
    2) Reduces risk of carpal tunnel, comfortable.
    3) By holding a third button to active scroll mode, both scrolls horizontally and has “freewheel scroll” operation (the ball is quite heavy, and has a good inertia to it.
    4) Long lasting – my previous one lasted almost 10 years.
    5) With practice, increases productivity by pointing more quickly and precisely.

    Trackballs are just the way to go, IMHO – and after having been without one for several years, I am SOOOO glad to have one again. You should have seen me riding my bike to meet the delivery man at the local convenience story, like a little kid. Honestly haven’t been so excited by a purchase in a long time.

    My dad bought me a Logitech Marble FX for my 17th birthday, the most expensive gift I ever got (I think..) So sad when it broke..they go for $200-$300 on eBay now!

    New one isn’t quite as good as that one, but it’s still quite good.

    Feast your eyes:

    http://geekhack.org/attachment.php?s=7170ae6ed481070a40de03267562aecf&attachmentid=2349&d=1240946847

    :)

    God, I’m a nerd…

    • Anonymous says:

      dragging the cord sucks. get it now?

    • Tzctlp says:

      “I have never understood the idea behind wireless mice for desktop computers.”

      Do you need a mouse cable for your work?

      Me neither, so why should we have one?

      If you were longing for something that povided some functionality, I may be with you, but as it is you are longing for something unnecessary that sometimes gets on the way of getting this done (the amount of cables one has to deal with in modern computers can be just too much).

      • Jerril says:

        If you were longing for something that povided some functionality, I may be with you, but as it is you are longing for something unnecessary that sometimes gets on the way of getting this done (the amount of cables one has to deal with in modern computers can be just too much).

        … What in the name of seven holy hells are you doing at your workstation that a MOUSE CABLE gets in your way? “too many cables”? What, do you pick up everything and do a jig with it every hour?

        My experience with wireless mice has been, universally, that the bloody battery dies right when I’m doing something important (or someone I’m working with is trying to do something important), or it gets lost, or my cat steals it.

        What does wireless ADD that you’d want to have the hastle of buying batteries and hunting under furniture and have yet another thing full of toxic metals to worry about keeping topped off.

        Never mind interference, which just isn’t an issue with a corded mouse.

        I’m a gamer, so perhaps I’m harder on my equipment than some, but I think the final straw that broke my tolerance for wireless mice and keyboards was the string of events where our group leaders mouse or keyboard freaked out mid-event.

        Consuming more of the rather limited domestic frequencies with pointless wireless attachments for fixed-workstation machines just because you CAN is just… gah. There are no words.

        • keVIgwf says:

          “… What in the name of seven holy hells are you doing at your workstation that a MOUSE CABLE gets in your way? “too many cables”? What, do you pick up everything and do a jig with it every hour?”

          Well, when I used to use a desktop, I usually had so many projects and papers on my desk that the mouse cable would end up getting snagged and annoy me.
          Currently I am using a laptop, and am currently using an older Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse set, and am right now using the mouse on my thigh (or I can use it on the couch, or the bed or the cat or my chest, or… well I won’t get into that, she’d kill me… ;).

          Using a corded mouse with a laptop is a major hassle most of the time for me, and a minor hassle and major annoyance with a desktop. (I like to be able to lean back in my chair and stretch my legs when I am reading a long doc, and having the wireless mouse lets me just take the mouse with me. I can even Air-Mouse when I am just scrolling. I have to be careful though when I am doing Office QiGong that I don’t blast too much energy through the mouse… :)

    • Anonymous says:

      my optical mouse works on my thigh!

  14. dafoink says:

    The performance MX is a great mouse. and the software that comes with it is nice. probably the nicest feature is the button that is on the thumb. you press it, and all your windows (if using MSFT) will show up on your screen as small idex cards all at once so you can get to the window you want quickly.

    once you let the clutch loose, you will never want the click scrolling again. And, you can recharge and still use it at the same time.

  15. dogrocket says:

    Wireless mice are the devil’s playthings…I never understood the appeal. Batteries? In mice? Pah!

    That said, I like the clutch idea…if only they had it in a nice wired mouse.

    • Anonymous says:

      Logitech’s G500 gaming mouse also has the ‘scroll clutch’. I expect it’ll find its way on to less obsessively tweakable mice in due course.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I have a logitech mouse that I splurged on with a best buy gift card for just under 50 dollars, last christmas, so over a year ago. The two double A batteries have held up since.

    And bravo for using karmic, I was pleasantly surprised as well when the mouse “just worked” on my computer too.

  17. rarcke says:

    I’ve had one of these mice for about 6 months on my work laptop. I use it hard and it is hands down the -best- mouse I have ever owned.

    The adapter sticks out less than 1/3 on an inch past the case for my computer and is damn-near snag-proof. Me and my laptop do a fair amount of traveling and I’ve never once had it catch on anything.

    The best thing about this mouse for me is that it has a great hand-feel. It’s very “solid” feeling in the hand. When you remove one of the batteries it does get lighter but it does not unbalance the mouse in any way.

    I’ve had it for probably 6 months and replaced the batteries once about two weeks ago.

    As for the scroll wheel. I didn’t read the packaging too well when I first bought it so it took me two weeks to figure out how to swap the scroll wheel between free-spinning and normal. The free-spinning mode is an absolute lifesaver when I’m dealing with long documents especially spreadsheets.

    My only caveat: This mouse is not for people with big hands. It’s about 2/3 the length of a standard mouse and my husband who has big hands says the buttons seem too close together for him. He tried its big brother the Logitech® Performance Mouse MXâ„¢ and liked it a lot (but didn’t need a new mouse at the time.)

  18. Dave Faris says:

    I actually bought one of these based on the same Security Now podcast recommendation, and I’ll admit, the little dongle is indeed the tiniest I’ve ever seen. However, I ended up switching back to my trusty Microsoft Wireless… (mine is model 1058, which doesn’t seem to be available). Based on a cursory test of the Logitech, the MS equals it. The best part, though, is the built-in magnifier you get when you press the right side button. Granted, you can program the Logitech to activate the magnifying window, but it lacks the easy resizing options. I ended up sending the Logitech mouse back.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I’ve stuck with Logitech mice for years – wired, then wireless, now rechargeable wireless – BECAUSE they’ve always “just worked” with Linux. Maybe not all of the buttons do (who needs 9?,) but then I never installed the included Windows software to access those either.

    Enjoy, Cory!

  20. Crashproof says:

    Still a huge fan of the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0. It has a tilt wheel that doesn’t feel flimsy at all to me. I have one at work which I liked so much I bought myself one for home, and two for my parents. They don’t seem to interfere with each other. They’ve been in service for a few years now with almost no problems.

    The “almost” is because the one I have at home seems to go through batteries fairly quickly; this may simply be because I use rechargeables or because I use it too damn much. ;)

  21. Anonymous says:

    Not to be the devil’s advocate here, as I have had several Logitech devices, and also currently use a Magic Mouse, but…

    The Microsoft Bluetrack mice (Explorer and Explorer Mini) are pretty fine mice, and they work on the wide fabric arms of my chair. And on the sofa. And on the carpet. While I am not a lefty, I ding them for being right-hand only.

    Yes… I have a thing about mice. I haven’t spent less than $50 on a mouse in ages. My last run-in with carpal tunnel was over 10 years ago. I’ve found that endless variety (trackballs, trackpads, ergo-mice, etc.) keeps me healthy and nimble.

  22. Saurabh says:

    Dear Mr. Doctorow,

    As an avid user of computer products, I encounter a number of product reviews day in and day out. Some for products that I need to buy, others I decide not to buy, and some I never knew I needed to buy. The last category is one of the most rare, although the temptation builds up a number of times.

    Your review for this product, is one of the most emphatic and honest. I have never come across so much enthusiasm for a product on any other website of ANY KIND. And I am talking about websites like Gizmodo, Engadget, etc.

    I ordered this mouse the moment I finished reading your review a week back, and today I am a proud owner of this product. Thank you for your words.

    Please keep writing.

    Saurabh

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hey, that’s my mouse!

    I also bought one just a couple of weeks ago, when my Kensington Expert Mouse died after a nasty static shock. So far I love it. My only gripe, if you can call it that, is that on my keyboard tray, the little slide out board for the mouse is not perfectly flat, and it tends to kind of slide away.

    I also thought a wireless mouse for desktop use was kind of pointless, but they don’t seem to make a wired equivalent, and after getting used to it, working without a cord is quite nice.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Nuts to Logitech. Yet another product that doesn’t work for left-handers. Only the most basic of the company’s input devices are hand-agnostic. Is it really that hard for the company’s designers to apply their innovative ideas to universal ergonomics, as well as the features listed above?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Q: Why a wireless mouse? A: sometimes I lose or misplace my remote for my projection system in my class. With a good wireless mouse I can still run my presentations.

    What is the useable distance on this thing Sir Cory? Can I still use it 40 feet away in the back of my room…

  26. Anonymous says:

    Own it, and Loving it… best mouse I ever purchased.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I personally use a logitech bluetooth mouse for my laptop, small as the usb adapter is you still have to plug it in… so you may as well have a wired mouse in my opinion.

  28. racerx_is_alive says:

    I recently replaced my Logitech MX1000 for an MX1100 I picked up for dirt cheap on EBay. So far I’m loving it. It also has the dual mode scroll wheel, but the mechanism for enabling it is just the opposite. I middle click by pressing on the scroll wheel, and I change modes by pressing a tiny button behind the wheel.

    It’s worlds better than my old MX1000 for two reasons. First, middle-clicking is much easier. On the MX1000 it was a huge pain to middle click. It felt squirmy and it didn’t often take. They’ve absolutely fixed that problem on the MX1100. Second, the MX1100 runs on batteries. The MX1000 was rechargeable, which was fine for a couple of years, but I had to make sure it was in the charger just right, periodically clean the contacts, and eventually I had to make sure the mouse got charged at least every other night or I would run out of battery. Also I lost desk real estate to the charger which I’m glad to have back. Supposedly the AAs in the MX1100 will last 9 months, not that I’ve had it long enough to test.

    I wouldn’t recommend it to someone hoping to use it with a laptop, but for $30 on my desktop, it’s been awesome.

  29. Chevan says:

    I have the older MX Revolution, which was replaced by the Performance MX. The shiftable scrolling has ruined me for other mice; not being able to let the wheel free spin is almost painful.

    Also, apparently they removed the smartshift feature, which disappoints me. How it worked is that you could keep the wheel in click mode, but if you gave it a sufficiently powerful spin it would automatically switch to free spin mode, then switch back to click mode when it stopped spinning.

  30. Elvis Gump says:

    This a another Logitec mouse I noticed in stores seems to basically be a variation on the VX Nano with the small USB receiver.

    I bought my VX Nano about two years ago and when the left click started having problems I called Logitec tech support and they sent me a new one no questions asked. I had probably banged the original around too much in my laptop bag to be honest.

    I had the same luck with them with a wired mouse I used with my Mac many years ago when I wore it out. I was just calling to see if I could order another one and they said no problem, and sent me a new one free. I have to say that’s THE best recommendation I can say for Logitec. And they’ve lasted longer for me than M$ or Kensington mice I’ve tried out.

    My two cents.

  31. littledan says:

    I used to be skeptical of wireless mice, but I am a convert. For laptops, the nano-style receiver or bluetooth is the key – no plugging and unplugging, no wires flopping around or hanging off off the table. If you work in irregular places like cafes, this is really great. Lack of wires means you can just chuck the mouse in your laptop bag when done, no coiling up the wire. On the desktop, having no wire means extra space on small desks. That space just north of the mouse is prime real estate on my desk.

    Initially I was worried I’d blow through batteries, but the Logitechs are awesome. A pair of alkalines have lasted a half a year to a year. And I often forget to turn off the mouse before I toss it in my laptop bag.
    I use a docking station for my laptop instead of desktop. I have a separate Logitech wireless mouse parked next to my keyboard, and the receiver is plugged into my docking station. That wireless mouse never gets turned off, and still the batteries last and last. And the Logitech software warns you about low batteries weeks before they run out. I am a happy customer.

  32. Super Nate says:

    I’m on my second Logitech wireless mouse (first one got the flush treatment from my toddler). Left + right click = middle click. I also use a Linux laptop but installed btnx to remap some buttons, my favorite is setting the left/right tilt for copy and paste respectively. Great mice.

  33. JTode says:

    Question for anyone who’s got this:

    I bought the MX Revolution when it came out, and I loved the scroll mode feature, BUT I also cannot do without the middle button.

    The solution would have been simply solved in one of two ways by Setpoint:

    The first would be to be able to assign the Middle Button function to the “Search” button directly below the scroll wheel, with which I see this mouse is also equipped.

    The second would be to be able to assign Switch Scroll Modes to that same lower button.

    However, neither of these were available options in Setpoint, and have yet to be added for that particular mouse model. In the end, went with a very imperfect and frustrating solution of using the “Smart Scroll” (or whatever the name was) feature, whereby the wheel would stay in click mode when scrolled slowly, but switch over to free scrolling when “flung”. I never, despite months of fiddling with the sensitivity settings, attained a satisfactory setting.

    So my question is, have either of the really obvious solutions above been implemented with this mouse?

  34. Miss Kitty says:

    I think this would be a really cool mouse, if it used bluetooth. I have been very pleased with the Logitech mice I’ve used over the years.

    However, I really don’t have a desire to give up one of my USB ports when my laptop already has bluetooth built-in. Seems redundant to me. I’ve really never understood the logic behind making mice with extra plug-in receivers INSTEAD of using bluetooth technology. Thoughts, anyone?

  35. Teaflax says:

    I hav their VX Nano. It’s great except for the fact that the scroll wheel has flaked out on me after about three months, and it’s done it three times (I had one replaced by the original retailer and I bought a third one new as the retailer had gone bust). I figured that the problem wouldn’t occur thre times, but it has. The scroll wheel doesn’t go to click mode and only works intermittently. I still use it, though. That’s how good the rest of it is (and the battery life is fantastic – 6-7 months of daily 8-12 hour use on two AAA batteries).

  36. LS says:

    Thanks for a useful review. It’s the first time I have felt like buying any piece of hardware in a long time.

    P.S. Why am I not surprised to find that you use Linux Cory? (writing this from a Fedora workstation).

  37. Anonymous says:

    I use the side taps on the scroll wheel for next and previous tab. It makes my one handed multi-tab browsing much faster, and I think I do it more often than I scroll horizontally. YMMV

  38. aelfscine says:

    If you want a wireless desktop, look at the Logitech Wave Pro:

    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Cordless-Desktop-Wave-Pro/dp/B001DJ9GOS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1266254731&sr=8-1

    The mouse has all the features you described, (particularly the 2.4 ghz) and the keyboard is nice as well. I have my desktop hooked up to my TV, and while my old keyboard had to be practically on top of the receiver, I can be across the room with this, making controlling music and playing games from my couch a breeze.

  39. rebelrob says:

    The fly wheel on these little beasts are just awesome. I have the nano version.

    Often I have to scroll through hundreds or thousands of lines of debug logs and traces to troubleshoot software faults. The fly wheel really shines in here as one ‘flick’ of the wheel can scroll 50 or more pages down in one shot. This assists in the troubleshooting process to hunt down key logs / code hidden in a swamp of information. The smallest touch will stop the wheel in it’s track.

    I’ll never go back to a ‘normal’ mouse again.

  40. mkultra says:

    This seems cool. I’ll have to try it next time I’m at the techmongers.

    I’ve had a few Logitech mice over the years… always worked well. Currently I’m using the Apple Magic Mouse, which I was pretty skeptical of at first, but now I sort of adore it. The primary innovation is turning most of the top surface of the mouse into a multitouch tracking surface, which is totally awesome for 2d scrolling. It has some gesture support too, but the sideways and diagonal scrolling is the killer thing.

  41. Mycroft says:

    Jtode, I have the MX Revolution and you can set it so it will work like a normal scroll wheel, with middle click, and then free spin if you flick the wheel and an adjustable speed. Click on the scroll wheel tab in set point, and check the box labeled “auto shift to free spin when wheel speed is:” also make sure it’s set to start in click to click in the drop down above that.

  42. Day Vexx says:

    I have the 505 model, which seems to have the tilt wheel as well, which I did not know about. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to make it work. A little help?

  43. Dewi Morgan says:

    Yeah, I love Logitech mice. Nowadays, Logitech is king of the mice, I feel. I bought a wireless optical mouse back in 2000 and only recently threw it out.

    Microsoft, back in the days of ball mice, used to make the very best mice. Microsoft had the biggest, heaviest balls. Everyone else used plastic or rubber balls, Microsoft had steel balls in a rubber glove.

    But Microoft’s wheels (at least in my experience) have too much “flail” – you can accidentally scroll them by wiggling them within a single “click notch”, rather than the positive click of the Logitech.

    My requirements in a dream mouse (which does not, sadly, exist):

    1) 2 buttons, one mouse wheel, no fripperies. The logitech I bought had a button on one site that kept knocking against the keyboard and causing pages to go back and forth. So I removed that button. seems the only mice you can get without extra useless buttons nowadays are the ones made for laptops. No idea why: I guess there must be a significant proportion of the buying public who things more buttons == more value.

    2) Easy access to the innards. After about five years, the LMB started to get dodgy. Being able to open it up to get at the microswitch, and being able to open that up to clean the contacts, gave me another five years’ service out of the mouse.

    3) A mouse wheel that has very well-defined wheeling. Simply *touching* the wheel should not ever cause it to randomly scroll.

    4) Works wirelessly, but also works USB-powered, from which it can charge the batteries. I’m puzzled why I’ve not seen this option anywhere. USB battery chargers exist. USB mice exist. USB mouse docking stations exist, but the mouse can’t be used while charging. How hard is it to make a mouse that just optionally plugs into a regular micro-USB cable? “The batteries might run out” is the one big fear of the wireless nay-sayers, and this would destroy that argument in a stroke.

    5) It should “just work”. I don’t want to install drivers for a million extra HID buttons, nor to faff about poking pens into tiny buttons to get the mouse to synch with the receiver. At worst, I should need to plug the dongle into the mouse and let them synch that way. I shouldn’t need to hunt for a paperclip to reset it.

    6) Even if it’s rechargeable, I should still be able to change the batteries. Don’t get all Apple at me.

    7) It should have decent heft. I don’t care if this is achieved by having metal weights in it.

    8) it should be rugged enough to let me abuse it heavily for a decade and still be working, if only just.

    My Logitech has given me all of these except 5, which I think is a pretty darn good record.

    • Chaz says:

      This Targus Bluetooth mouse recharges over USB.

      http://www.targus.com/US/product_details.aspx?sku=AMB03US

      1) 2 buttons, one mouse wheel, no fripperies.

      Check.

      2) Easy access to the innards.

      Can’t say; haven’t tried to open it.

      3) A mouse wheel that has very well-defined wheeling.

      Check.

      4) Works wirelessly, but also works USB-powered, from which it can charge the batteries.

      Check, with caveat. The USB cable ONLY charges. It is always and forever a bluetooth mouse.

      5) It should “just work”.

      Check.

      6) Even if it’s rechargeable, I should still be able to change the batteries.

      Check. 2x AAA.

      7) It should have decent heft.

      I think it’s fine.

      8) it should be rugged enough to let me abuse it heavily for a decade and still be working, if only just.

      Only had it for a year or so. Can’t directly speak to this.

  44. Anonymous says:

    I can’t stand MS mice, I feel the scroll wheel “flies” when you touch it. I have always had Logitech, except when I bought my gaming mouse, which is Creative, which currently is on the fritz, but I’m trying to get off my butt and RMA it. (It was fine the first several months I had it, it jumps around now though, the pointer that is.) MS mice have never appealed to me because of their freewheeling scroll wheels… however, an option to switch back and forth, is nice. I have used both wired and wireless mice, and I much prefer wired. No batteries to change or charge, and the mouse always “just works”. Granted, I don’t use Linux, or Mac, but I have before. I use Windows XP. I doubt I will ever “upgrade” past it, so my next computer may very well be a Linux one. I am personally just not a Mac user, too expensive, and you can’t build your own! I still have my original Logitech USB Optical mouse, and it still works, but I don’t use it, I just keep it around for “emergencies”. I have the regular black plug-in Logitech Optical that most places seem to sell for $10. My gaming mouse is a laser, which I prefer, but it is not wireless either. (I wish I could just fix it without sending it in. The pointer stops randomly…)

  45. Itsumishi says:

    I’ve got one of the MX5500 desktop combos for work. The mouse is Bluetooth 2.0 which seems to work from pretty much anywhere in the office and I’ve only reconnect the devices about twice in the 6 months we’ve had it. The clutch wheel is amazing and the keyboard has a small LCD screen in it that can be set with icons that display when you’ve got new emails, etc. It also tells me the temperature in the office as well which is pointless but pleasant.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Those two buttons on the side would be murder on my pinky finger.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I own an MX Revolution, and it’s the best thing on my desk. The auto transition between click-scroll and the free-scroll is simply perfection. I find myself trying to use it on other computers all the time.

    Second, to all those bemoaning the ‘lack’ of middle-click (third click) functionality, it’s pure simplicity to set either of the buttons by your thumb to third click (I use the forward button for this function).

  48. Anonymous says:

    I have one of these and it’s one of the best pieces of kit I have bought in years. Highly recommended.

  49. michaelk says:

    When my Microsoft Trackball Optical bites it, I’m going to be very sad.

    Why did they ever stop making these?

  50. FelixK says:

    Please, help me getting out of a miserable situation. I love the ooold Microsoft Intellimouse: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=004

    It’s size is perfect for my hand, the keys are just right, the scrollwheel has a great weight and it’s white.

    But the sensor sucks and the cable, too.

    I tried so many mice, but couldn’t find an alternative, that’s good to use with the whole hand and doesn’t feel as cheap as most of the mice i tried out.

    Did anyone successfully change from this wondermouse to another?

  51. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think that has anything to do with Fitts’ Law, but it sure sounds nice!

  52. voided says:

    I used that mouse for about a month. That freewheelin’ scroll mode is amazing that Bob Dylan titled an album in honor of it (after he built that time machine, of course).

    So, the best mouse ever in many regards but it had one fatal flaw for me: the middle button is too far back. If you middle click much then strain quickly builds up. I wish they tweaked it so that clicking the wheel still would middle click and use some more complex combination (right click + wheel click maybe) to switch scroll modes.

  53. Anonymous says:

    The last Logitech wireless mouse I bought did not have Mac support, which kind of screwed the pooch when I switched from Windows to a Mac. Only the basic functions worked, and Logitech showed no interest in Mac support for that model. I’ll look at this one, but if it doesn’t include Mac support out of the box, no thanks.

    • SifakaMon says:

      http://www.usboverdrive.com has support for many Logitech mice without their crash-prone drivers. I use it for a Kensington trackball which has two non-standard buttons on it, which had really dumb functions enabled only by Kensington’s driver, and limited to just those functions for no good reason.

  54. deejayqueue says:

    I bought a Logitech VX Revolution mouse a couple of years ago.

    Seems to me that the MX Anywhere is the VX Revo’ son. Mine has the metal scrol wheel with the clutch, though the clutch for mine is on the bottom. It’s got the tilt and click wheel as well as the back/forth buttons, even has a zoom switch. I’ve never been happier with a mouse, and now they don’t make it anymore.

    My partner bought the Anywhere for his MBP and I’ve used it a few times. I love it almost as much.

    IMHO the VX has better ergonomics even though it was just as meant for a laptop as the MX. I will hand it to the progeny that the tiny USB nub is much better than my thumbdrive sized dongle, but on my iMac it sits under the keyboard where I don’t notice it anyway.

    For all the naysayers about wireless mice:
    On crowded desks wires suck. They bump up against things like speaker pedestals or ipod docks, or other detritus and can get snagged, or even just the feeling that the wire has hit something is distracting when you’re trying to precisely draw something in photoshop or illustrator.

  55. Mitch says:

    Can I send it a signal from my computer to make it beep when I can’t find it? That’s the one feature I’d want most in a wireless mouse.

  56. Jasonion says:

    perfect mouse. srsly.

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