Logitech MX 610 Left-Hand Laser Cordless Mouse
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: April 25, 2007
Aren’t you thrilled that you are approximately 8 to 15 percent of the population? I know that I am. There is one problem with being in that minority, either you have to adjust to what the majority is, or you're out of luck. Then there's also the cost of being different, yes cost. You're probably thinking "What is he talking about?" I’m talking about being left-handed; lefties have had to deal with their individuality and being discriminated against since the beginning of time.
In many languages, the left side is considered the sinister side. For example in Italian to say, “He writes with his left hand.” would be “Scrive con la mano sinistra.” So if a child was found to be left handed they were forced to learn to write and complete common everyday tasks with their right hand.
I’m only 41 years of age and when I first started school (Catholic) the nuns tried to force me to become right handed. Luckily my mother stopped it, but it did cause some tension. Back in Medieval times, a left handed person was considered possessed. So for all this discrimination and having to accommodate a right handed world, what do us lefties get? Normally, there is no alternative. We have to adapt to everyday items that are made for right handed people. Thankfully, there are some left-handed products out there, and they usually cost two to three times the price of their right-handed counterparts.
All this does is prove that left-handed people are being discriminated against because we are the minority in a right-handed world. After tons of searching I’ve finally found a product that is made for left-handed people it is the Logitech MX 610 Left-Hand Cordless Laser Mouse. That’s right left-handed, finally someone has listened.
“Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. The company’s products combine essential core technologies, continuing innovation, award-winning industrial design and excellent price performance.”
Did I like this packaging? You bet I did, as soon as I opened the shipping packaging and saw “For lefties Only” I’m starting to feel wanted again!
At first I was somewhat reluctant to actually see the contents of the box, was Logitech just trying to make me believe this was a “Lefties Only” mouse or is it just another ambidextrous mouse with buttons on the left side? Well low and behold, it's a true, left-handed mouse, and the buttons are right where I want them to be.
It seems that in all my excitement I forgot to point out that the mouse is a cordless laser mouse with a USB micro-receiver at 2.4 GHz that includes a PS2 adapter for those of you who have an older PC or not enough USB ports.
Included with the mouse is the software/driver CD and an installation manual. I can't wait to get this installed, my mouth is watering.
Installing the mouse was no trouble at all, shut down your computer and plug in the USB micro-receiver into an empty USB port. Then turn your mouse upside down and take off the battery cover so you can insert your batteries. Now replace the battery cover and turn the mouse on by pressing the on/off switch and turn your computer back on. When the computer booted back up the mouse worked instantly even though the drivers were not installed. So after installation of the hardware, all that is left to do is to install the drivers and configure the mouse.
To install the software drivers, insert the supplied CD into your CD-ROM drive, wait for the software to auto-play and complete the installation process.
As you progress through the installation, you will be prompted to make some decisions on how/what to install, you can also change the directory settings.
At the end of the guided install you will be asked to agree to the End User License Agreement and will have the option to install Musicmatch Jukebox. From there the installation will take over, install according to your preferences, and then it’s on to configuring your left-handed mouse.
I always like to play with settings, so configuration is very important to me. The MX610 Left-Handed mouse has many options to choose from and even a few that I never had the pleasure of using with other mice.
Logitech's configuration program is called SetPoint. Within the configuration panel is where you can set your options. On the main configuration page you have ten options to choose from when configuring your mouse buttons. The first two are the right and left mouse buttons. As per your options, you can swap either of them to be your primary mouse click. Why though? Do you think a rightie is going to even going to have enough coordination to use it, like lefties can maneuver a right handed mouse? Remember we have had to learn to accommodate something they never have had to do.
The zoom option can be set to perform one of six tasks, they range from zoom to document flip.
The forward and back buttons on the side of the mouse are interchangeable and can also be set to perform other tasks.
The left scroll and right scroll horizontal settings can be adjusted for horizontal speed and acceleration as well being assigned to perform other tasks.
On the top front there are volume control buttons, a nice feature for when your listening to some great music and your wife is trying to talk to you. (humm)
Finally a mute button, sometimes I wish it worked on my kids.
The mouse movement settings allow you to select how many lines you would like to scroll you can also set your pointer speeds, trails, and acceleration.
Believe it or not there are even game settings, if you choose to use the MX610 for gaming if can detect that you are gaming and use your pre-determined options.
Email and IM Notifications:
This next feature I do appreciate, the mouse comes with an email and instant messenger button. These will open your favorite email and IM program. I check my email frequently, so this is a plus for me, I hate having to minimize everything just to get to my email icon and with as many keys and options that I have on my keyboard I could never remember where the key is to launch it from there.
Since the mouse is cordless it does need batteries, so as part of the configuration, a battery life tab is included so you can keep an eye on usage.
The tools settings are for general information and software updates. You can configure the Logitech control panel to automatically check for new software driver updates.
- AMD 64 5400+ AM2 CPU
- Abit AN9 32x
- 2 GB Mushkin XP8500
- Mushkin 650w PSU
- Power Color (ATI) X1950 XT
- Windows XP Pro SP2
- DirectX 9.0c
- Catalyst 7.4 Drivers
To test the performance of the mouse, I changed settings and of course played my favorite games. Since I can’t find another left-handed mouse to compare it to, I just decided to conduct my test of feel and how I would rate its performance.
The comfort level of the mouse is amazing, my hand fits perfectly around it and the button placements are in the perfect positions. I never had a need to look down at the mouse to see exactly where they were. The mouse glided smoothly over my mouse pad and on a bare desk, I was also quite satisfied that the transfer rate was instantaneous; since this is a cordless mouse I figured there would be some noticeable lag. I like the fact that I was able to open my email and my instant messenger right from the mouse without having to use the keyboard, this made multitasking effortless. Although the mouse won’t bring up my favorite media player, it was very useful in controlling the volume of my system, while testing I had to answer the phone multiple times and the mute button worked perfectly.
Now on to the gaming, ok, just the fact that all my buttons are in the right spots was an instant plus, but I would truly say that if you are a serious gamer, the performance is not quite as good as a true gaming mouse. I did notice a little ghosting and turning etc, was a little sluggish. As for firing and switching between guns, I had no problems. I will say this, I have used other cordless gaming mouse and haven’t liked them too much either, I still believe that being hard wired is you best choice when gaming. I hope Logitech would develop a left-handed gaming mouse with a cord of course.
Overall the comfort was amazing I have found my everyday mouse. Why? because it fits and performs how I would expect a left-handed mouse to. I was able to game, and perform many other functions with just a click.
So to pick up where I left off, why are “Lefties” discriminated against? It is a known fact that left handed people are more creative, imaginative, they are usually more visual and fixed on details. Is this why so many artists, musicians, philosophers and politicians have become famous? Just to mention a few famous left-handers, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton, Leonardo DaVinci, Raphael, Michaelangelo, Alexander the Great, Phil Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Ty Cobb, Albert Einstein, these are just a few of the many who have impacted our lives, so with all this talent why do “Lefties” still have to become ambidextrous just to fit in?
The Logitech MX610 Left-Handed mouse performs and is what I consider a wonderful idea, not many “Lefties” know that this mouse even exists. Someone is finally recognizing the potential of a left-handed market (Logitech), so since they have chosen to support the minority, we need to support them. Combine the great price and great feel of a true left-handed mouse, and this is one mouse that lefties around the world should definitely go out and buy
- Volume Control
- One touch to open EMail and IM
- Little Sluggish for Gaming