Logisys Wireless 800/1600 DPI Switchable Mouse Review

Indybird - 2010-07-08 22:53:55 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: Indybird   
Reviewed on: August 25, 2010
Price: $29.99

Introduction:

Computer mice have come a long way from the ball-and-two-buttons most of us remember. Not only have innovations been made in tracking technology to make mice more accurate, but comfort and application-specific features have seen great improvements as well. Decent wireless mice have been around for a while now, but they are just starting to become more affordable. Logisys has decided to follow this trend with the Wireless DPI Switchable Mouse. Logisys has long been known for its cases, power supplies and general case accessories, but recently has begun to produce a wider range of computer accessories. The Logisys Wireless DPI Switchable Mouse is the company's first foray into wireless mice. Let's see how it compares.

Closer Look:

The packaging for the mouse is a simple plastic clamshell. In the front, we can physically see the mouse and nano-reciever, along with the features and pictures of the mouse. Around the back, the features are written out in detail with captions explaining each special feature. Thankfully, Logisys chose not to go for the impossible-to-open clamshell design; this package is held closed by tabs and tape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The items included with the mouse are standard fare; manual and a single AA battery. The manual was fairly clear, but for the most part was not needed. There is no driver CD so we’ll either have to download the drivers off of the Internet, or it will use generic Windows mouse drivers.

 

The included 2.4GHz “nano” receiver definitely lives up to its name. It will only stick out of your USB port a quarter inch, or 5mm, so it can be left in your laptop during transport and will not get in the way.

 

 

Now on to the mouse itself.

Closer Look:

When you remove the Logisys Wireless Mouse from its packaging, you realize just how small it is. Though it’s not touted specifically as a laptop mouse, its size makes it ideal for that application. The first thing you may notice is the metallic lime green palm. I’m not personally a fan of lime green, but the finish on this mouse is pretty good. On either side of the mouse are dotted rubber areas for better grip. On top, just below the scroll wheel, is the conveniently located DPI switch button. The scroll wheel itself is similar to the wheel design seen on newer Logitech mice. The wheel has a good scrolling feel both in “click” mode and “hyper-fast” mode. To switch between the modes, you press down just a little harder than a standard middle click. The wheel unfortunately does not have side-scrolling and it should also be noted that the wheel does not spin much longer when set to “hyper-fast” mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the bottom of the mouse, we find three smooth feet. Just under the optical sensor is the on/off switch and “connect” button. I’m not quite sure what the connect button is for because there is no corresponding button on the receiver. Right next to those is the battery compartment. A nice feature on this mouse found on other mice, is the ability to store the receiver inside the mouse for portability.

Installation:

Installing the Logisys Wireless DPI Switchable mouse is as simple as putting the AA battery in and plugging in the nano receiver - the mouse will be instantly recognized by Windows XP and up.

Configuration:

Once the mouse is installed, there isn’t really much to configure. As mentioned, all the DPI and wheel-mode switching are done via hardware. The mouse only has three standard buttons, but those aren’t typically programmable anyway. Any other configuration will be done using the standard Windows mouse settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specfications:

 

 

All information courtesy of Logisys @ http://www.logisyscomputer.com/viewsku.asp?SKUID=MS6801GN&DID=Main

Testing:

When it comes to a mouse, design and features are only half the game. Real world performance with mice depends on tracking speed, comfort, tracking precision, and customizability. All five test mice have been used for a minimum of one day for various tasks ranging from Internet browsing to photo-editing. Each mouse is rated on a 10 point scale, with 10 being the most desirable.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Mice:

To start, we’ll be testing the pure mouse speed with the Windows “sensitivity” set at its mid-point. The Logisys Wireless Mouse fares decently well here with the 800DPI setting level against the lower end mice and the 1600DPI setting level against the mid-range mice.

 

Next up is the comfort test. It should be noted that I have average sized hands, neither small or large. Here, the Logisys does not perform quite as well. I ran into two issues while using this mouse. The first and most noticeable is that there is absolutely nowhere to place your ring and pinky finger - you end up bunching them on top of each other on the right side of the mouse. The second concern is the severe lack of hand support. There is only enough room to rest your fingers on here, and though less hand support is to be expected of a smaller mouse, it is still a comfort concern.

 

A mouse’s precision is determined by how accurately you can aim the mouse where you need. I test this out with some light photo-editing, some flash games, and of course standard computer use. I found the Logisys Wireless Mouse’s tracking accuracy to be mildly acceptable. It was good enough for day-to-day tasks like web browsing, but when it came down to high-precision tasks, I found it to be a little lacking on both DPI settings.

 

Lastly, we take a look at the customizability of the mouse. This is the mouse’s capability to adjust features (both hardware and software) to better accommodate the user’s needs/preferences. There is not a lot of customization to be done on the Logisys, but adjustable DPI and the different scroll wheel modes add a small level of customization.

 

Conclusion:

The Logisys Wireless DPI Switchable Mouse has proven itself to be a decent wireless mouse for its $30 price tag. It offers features such as switchable DPI and a switchable, free-spinning mouse wheel that are typically found in slightly more expensive mice. Aside from these features, you get above par build quality and flawless wireless performance.

Unfortunately, this mouse was not all positives. The two primary issues are comfort and accuracy with this mouse. The lack of general hand support and slightly below-grade tracking quality are noticeable during use. The hyper-speed scroll wheel is a great idea when executed properly, but here, setting the mouse to free spin, does not yield a much higher scrolling capability.

Overall, the pros would balance out the cons if two of the cons weren’t major factors of mouse desirability. For $30, the Logisys Wireless DPI Switchable Mouse proves to be a decent mouse for day-to-day tasks, but nothing more.

 

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