Logitech MX Revolution Wireless Laser Mouseskinny - March 19, 2007
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
- MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
- 2 Gb Kingston DDR1 3200
- NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
- Zalman ZM460 APS
- Plextor DVDR PX716A
- Windows XP SP2
Testing of the Logitech MX Revolution mouse consisted mainly of replacing my G5 with this one, and using it in my day to day computing. On any given day, I spend between two to four hours on my home computer. This includes website management, general internet usage, word processing, multimedia, and games.
I must admit, I did not follow Logitech’s installation instructions exactly, as I did not fully charge the mouse before beginning to use it. When I turned it on, there was one green square lit, so I thought I would use it until it went dead so that I could determine charge time from completely drained right away. It took two days of steady usage before the battery finally went dead on me, which is indicated by a red light on the mouse, and a small pop-up box on the bottom right corner of your screen stating that battery levels are low. You can also check the level from in SetPoint. When it died, I realized that there was a problem. With the battery being permanent in this mouse, when it goes dead, you need to have a spare mouse available, or you can’t use the computer until it is charged. Not knowing how long the mouse would take to charge, and having several things I needed to get done right away, I plugged my G5 back in and forgot about the MX Revolution. About an hour later (I really was not paying attention to the time), I looked to see how charged it was, and was shocked to see that it was fully charged already. So, I can not tell you the exact charge time, but I can say that it is less than one hour. This could be a good time to break for lunch, or to take a break from that three day gaming session. When the mouse is charged, a check of SetPoint told me that the charge was estimated to last for about 15 days. That was a week and a half ago, and it is telling me that I still have four days charge left.
As stated earlier, I used this mouse for general day to day computing which includes internet stuff, word processors, spreadsheets, and multimedia. The extra features that this mouse includes work quite well with all of these applications. The scroll wheel tends to be a little loud when ratcheting, but the freewheel ability more than makes up for it. For example, I can scroll from the top of the overclockersclub.com forums to the very bottom in less then one second. With practice, I have also figured out the timing for how to stop it after a certain distance. The forward and back buttons work great, and the Search Button feature is very handy. You can do searches of words from other programs too, such as Word. If you have no word highlighted, pressing the Search button simply opens up a new search window in your chosen browser. I used the thumb wheel for volume control, zoom, and the Document Switch, and found that the ability to quick-swap my open applications was the best use of that wheel for me.
For gaming, I played mostly FarCry. The mouse worked as I have come to expect with Logitech laser mice; that is, quite precise, with good solid button clicks and smooth motion. However, I did have an issue that I seem to have with every cordless mouse I have ever used, which is a loss of signal. While using the internet or a word processor, losing the signal to your mouse, giving you effectively a dead pointer, is a nuisance. Most gamers know, however, that losing that signal at the wrong time of a game can be the most frustrating thing ever experienced, causing one to want to throw items in a fit of rage. This was not a regular occurrence (the loss of signal or the throwing things), but it happened enough to be noticeable. I had the receiver plugged into the back of the PC, about 3-4 feet from the mouse. There was no difference when I had it plugged into the USB ports on the top side of the case, lessening that distance to 2 feet.
Another issue with gaming is that after using the G5, which includes buttons to change the dpi settings on the fly, I have become used to that feature and use it regularly while gaming, and also with some graphics programs. The MX Revolution does not have that feature. Using SetPoint, the user can adjust the mouse speed, but that can only be adjusted in that program. Once it is set, and you start your game, you are stuck with that speed.
The rechargeable battery issue is not as bad as I expected it to be, as the battery life is two weeks long, and it charges to full quite fast. If a user were planning on a scheduled gaming time, it would be easy to ensure that the battery was fully charged ahead of time. However, a friend of mine asked a good question while we were discussing cordless mice one day: why don’t the manufacturers make these mice so that you can plug the power cord straight into the mouse, so that you can charge it while still using it, and simply lose the cordless feature for a short term? As it is right now, I still have my G5 sitting on my desktop waiting for the next time I have to throw the MX Revolution onto the charger.
While the ergonomics of this mouse are quite extreme, both my wife and I found the MX Revolution to be comfortable, with the buttons well-placed. As stated earlier, the battery level indicator is visible no matter how I placed my hand on the mouse, which was not the case with the G5/G7. The mouse glides smoothly on every surface that I tried it on, and the rubberized sides provided excellent feel.
As for the range of the cordless reception, I had almost completely uninterrupted use up to around 10 feet away, with the reception slowly worsening out to about 20 feet, where it became too intermittent to be useful.