Logitech MX Revolution Wireless Laser Mouseskinny - March 19, 2007
Category: Input Devices
The MX Revolution is the third Logitech mouse that I have had the opportunity to review, the others being the G5 and the G7. While this mouse shares many characteristics with those two, there are some impressive improvements with this one, including some new technology. On the other hand, there are some areas that, in my opinion, could be tweaked a little in order for this mouse to be almost perfect.
Logitech continues to be a leader in the area of computer peripherals. Its product line includes everything from mice and keyboards to speakers and mobile audio players, to console gaming controllers and home entertainment universal remote controls. The company provides products for both the OEM and retail markets.
The MX Revolution comes in the high quality packaging that I have come to expect from Logitech products. The box feels like plasticized cardboard and comes in the standard Logitech colors of teal and black. The sides and back of the box have an interesting effect in that the background black is both a flat-black and glossy at the same time. Thus, the images of the MX Revolution that are printed on top of that background have an almost 3-D appearance. My only complaint with this design is that the box is so glossy that it reflects even low levels of light, which made it difficult for me to read the assorted text that is found on the box.
The top of the box flips open to reveal your new toy. The mouse and USB receiver are inside contour-molded plastic on a black cardboard wedge that lifts out of the box. This wedge then opens to reveal the remaining contents: the recharging station, the power cord for the recharging station, the software CD, and a User’s Guide. Logitech has been nice enough to include instructions on how to remove the mouse and receiver from the plastic that it comes in. Due to the shape of the mouse, and the fact that the plastic fits perfectly around the contours of it, you must push quite hard on the plastic shell to have the mouse pop free.
The AC adapter plugs into the back of the recharging station, which has a nice modern design that would not look out of place on any desktop, from a student and gamer to a company CEO. The chord is approximately six feet long, which should not limit too many people on placement locations. However, as the USB receiver is not attached to this piece, it does not have to be placed anywhere near your computer.
The USB receiver plugs into any standard USB port and is no bigger than most USB thumb-drives. It will fit in with even the most complicated tangle of USB cords due to its small size and basic shape.
Basic is about the last word one would use when describing the shape of this mouse. I remember my first thoughts when switching from a $5 mouse to the G5 and G7: “Wow, is this ever different!” These thoughts were repeated when I first held the MX Revolution. It has a very aggressive shape both in looks and feel. The top is smooth gray plastic, with the front angling right down to the desk instead of having a flat or rounded front like most other mice. The sides are covered in a black, rubber-like material which provides amazing grip. The left side has a fairly deep concave shape where the thumb would rest, and this rounded shape continues down to the base which extends out well past the top of the mouse, ensuring that the users thumb never drags on the desk. The bottom of the MX Revolution has one wide foot at the front of the mouse, and three smaller feet at the back end. These feet are made out of low-resistance PTFE. There is also an on/off switch on the bottom, and a groove and two metal contacts which match up to the charging station. The recharging base is required as the Li-ion battery that powers this mouse is not removable.
The MX Revolution has the standard left and right mouse buttons built right into the gray plastic top cover. There is a small illuminated battery level indicator on the top surface, which fits perfectly into the joint between my index finger and thumb. The mouse also has what would appear on first glance to be a standard four-way scroll wheel, and a second small button directly behind that. There are two other buttons, and a second scroll wheel on the left side of the mouse. A quick look at the feature list shows that these are not standard buttons.
First, the top scroll wheel, while still having the standard forward/back/left/right scroll capabilities, is also fitted with Logitech’s new MicroGear Scroll Wheel, which has two modes. It works in the standard ratchet mode, moving line by line with each click, but can also be made to free-wheel, scrolling through pages and pages of documents with one flick of the thumb. This wheel also includes what Logitech refers to as SmartShift technology, which allows the scroll-wheel to recognize what program is being used, and switch between ratchet and free-wheel modes automatically. Also, in some programs the wheel will switch between modes depending on the speed at which the wheel is rotated. The left/right still functions the same way.
The small button behind the top scroll wheel comes set for Logitech’s One Touch Search ability. Simply put, if the user highlights a word on their screen, and then presses the One Touch Search Button, the Logitech programming will automatically start an Internet search for that word, using the search engine that has been pre-selected by the user.
The two buttons on the left side of the mouse come preset as forward and back buttons. The scroll wheel on the side, referred to as the thumb wheel, can have multiple functions. These include Zoom, Volume adjust, and Document Quick-Flip. This last function is another new Logitech feature, which allows the user to quickly flip between open documents and applications at the flip of the thumb. Logitech states that their research shows that the average computer user has six open applications on their system at a time, and changes the active window or opens a new one every 50 seconds. If that truly is the case, this thumb wheel will definitely get a workout.
This mouse includes a laser engine and 2.4 GHz cordless technology, which appears to be quickly becoming the standard on high end mice.