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I've been using Logitech mice for years and due to the wheel sensor dying on the last one I opted for the MX Revolution (previous one was a MX Performance). Ergonomically this is one of the best mice I've used - it is moulder so that your hand fits round it naturally, with a groove for your thumb; relax your hand and it fits the contours of the mouse perfectly.
It comes with a charging dock, USB radio dongle, and the Logitech Setpoint software. Personally I think the charging dock looks ugly, but it does the job well. My only complaint would be missing a cable to plug into the mouse to charge it. I think this would rarely be used, but as it is, if your mouse runs out of charge, you have to put it back into the dock and wait for it to charge before you use it again. I usually put mine on to charge every couple of nights when I go to bed.
The mouse has the standard left and right mouse buttons, and the scroll wheel which can also be clicked as a third button. This wheel scrolls up and down as standard, but can also be nudges left and right to scroll in those directions. There is a small button just below the wheel that lets you change it from staged scrolling to free scrolling. To the left, by your thumb, you have two more buttons for forwards and backwards (in your browser or file explorer) and a thumb wheel, by default set for flipping documents you are working on. The thumb wheel feels a little odd to begin with but after an hour it just feels as natural as the rest of the mouse.
The real advantage of Logitech (apart from the awesome hardware) is the Setpoint software. Setting the mouse up takes no time at all - plug in the USB dongle, turn the mouse on (small slide button on the bottom) and it connects. Windows and most Linux distros find it and install default drivers automatically. Installing the Setpoint software lets you really customise how the mouse works for you. Apart from the usual settings like track speed, you can also assign your own functions for all the buttons. I don't need the document flip function, so have the thumb wheel set to forward and backwards (browser and file explorer), and the two thumb buttons set to copy and paste. The middle button (wheel button) brings up my start menu. You can assign pretty much any function you like to suit your own use.
The tracking is fast, with no detectable lag, and uses a Performance laser engine (whatever that is).
This isn't the cheapest mouse on the market (nor is it the most expensive) but it is well worth the cost for the comfort and customisability.
My only real criticisms are the look of the charging dock, but I have it hidden behind a monitor, and not having the option of wired charging, hence giving it 4/5.
I have had my mx revolution for the last 4 years, and it still works as well as the day I bought it, nearly looks as good too.
Logitech makes some great products, this is one of them.
It fits my hand very well, unless you have massive or tiny hands it should fit yours too.
There are 2 buttons on the left of the mouse, one on top and a second thumbwheel on the left (which is clickable- unlike the main wheel where clicking will only change from geared to 'free' mousewheeling- both are useful at different times, for example scrolling to the end of a long document in one sweep)
the mouse comes with a little charging station, which the mouse convienently sits on. It needs to be plugged in to the mains, and I think i'd prefer a way to charge via USB instead.
It is a premium mouse that has a premium price. But it is a product that won't let you down and it is accurate and comfortable, and what more can you ask from a mouse.
This mouse is leagues above any other mouse you'll find for the price, had this a little over 3 years now, and still works like a dream.
Build>>>> The quality is excellent, have quite large hands which is why i ditched the terrible standard mouse in the first place. This mouse fits into your hand perfectly, with every part of your hand supported off the desk in someway, which offers extreme long term comfort at the computer.
Features>>>>> The mouse comes with software that enable you to change a whole host of different buttons, from the second scroll button, the back/next buttons,search, search etc. The two buttons i have found particularly useful are the buttons for use in internet browsers which enable you to go forward and back through past pages. The amount of time you save not having to move and locate the pointlessly small back button is probably outstanding. Can't live without those.
Cant beat the dual laser precision of this mouse, if you're planning on using it for design work.
It even has a feature that enable the scroll wheel to change setting of its own accord if you like, between standard and free wheel, for long documents.
Handy led battery indicator, and looks fantastic on the stand.
Only negative being the receiver is about 40mm long for your sub connection, not a problem if your USB is on the back of you laptop, or you have a desktop.
Can't recommend this enough, must buy if your looking for a new mouse.
The Logitech MX Revolution mouse is an amazing mouse.
I use my computer for work and for gaming, so I was looking for a decent wireless mouse, that was functional and looked good.
I saw this mouse and fell in love, I just loved the way it looked, I was pretty much sold, before i'd even looked at any of its features.
The mouse fits snug in the had, and is ergonomically designed, it features the usual left and right mouse buttons, as well as 9 other buttons that are fully customisable. And when I say customisable, I mean it. With the setpoint software provided, you can set up individual program/game profiles, so you can have the mouse buttons set up in any configuration desired. This is an extremely handy feature, especially for the gamers out there.
It also features a smart scroll. The plain old scroll wheel gets reworked for Revolution duty with two modes. The first mode is the standard ratcheting mode we are all used to. The second scroll mode is a simple change that makes a huge difference in daily use by allowing the wheel to freely spin. The mouse can also be set to change automatically, this means if you are scrolling down a page of text for example, in a click, click fashion with the wheel, if you spin the wheel, the gear system will kick in and the mouse will switch into free scroll, then when the wheel is stopped, it automatically reverts back. Very handy for long web pages and documents.
Being wireless, people sometimes tend to steer clear due to rumours of unresponsiveness, but I can say from my own experience, I have had no issues with my mouse not responding, and i've had it a while now, when my hand moves, my cursor moves, when I click, it clicks, I see no difference in response between this and a wired mouse.
You get a nice docking charger with the mouse, and a tiny usb receiver to plug into a usb socket in your computer. The battery lasts pretty good too, and as you have an LED battery indicator on the actual mouse itself, you should never be caught out of juice.
This is a good buy, but shop around you should be able to pick one up for about £30-£40.
I use this mouse everyday at work, and also at home. Although it was a lot of money (£55 from amazon) when I purchased it, I did think it was worth the money. Having used it everyday for the past 6 months- I think its worth the money even more. The wireless technology that it uses to be wireless is faultless, I have never had any problems with its speed/connectivity (I do also play online games, so this is important to me). The software which comes with it extends its functionality even more- with a battery monitor, setting the mouse buttons to do different things. The main advantage of this mouse is the amazing scroll wheel. It can be set in software to either provide clunky feedback per scroll- or set to almost unlimited scrolling. This can be set per program- so you can move down line by line in Word, and then freescroll down Internet Explorer. Batteries are very good and last about 10 days usage (8 hours per day).
The MX Revolution is the daddy of all mice. It's marketed as one of Logitech's premium products and has quite a high price tag for a mouse but it still represents value for money since mice in the same price range don't seem to have as many features.
The design of the mouse is quite sleek and has a black finish which would compliment most setups.
I bought this mouse for my MacBook and the compatibility is great with Logitech's included software for Mac which let's you map the buttons on the mouse to almost any function you want.
The biggest feature of this mouse is the amazing scroll wheel. It feels quite clunky at first, almost mechanical and quite noisy! But once you get used to it, you'll miss it when you use other mice, this is the sign of a great product if you ask me. If you scroll slowly it feels like any other mouse, slowly clicking down the page but if you flick the scroller really fast the wheel becomes looser and carry's on spinning even when you take your finger of, this allows you to flick through hundreds of pages with ease.
Apart from the scroll wheel, the mouse has a second one located near your thumb position, as well as forward/backward buttons and a tiny 'search' button.
When the mouse is held in the hand, it is extremely comfortable, certainly the most comfortable mouse I have ever used, it seems to fit in the hand perfectly with a 'cut-out' segment to rest your thumb on. I can use this mouse for hours without any strain.
The precision of the mouse is second to none and feels like a professional product, no dragging your mouse around here like on some other wireless mice.
The charging function is great, even just a couple of minutes on the charger can last you almost an hour and the mouse itself has a handy indicator letting you know exactly how much charge it has. It will also save you a fortune on batteries!
Despite the great design, comfort and features of the mouse, I did happen to find one annoying downside. The right hand side of the mouse is covered in rubber which feels great at first but has unfortunately begun to peel off with use, and I wouldn't call myself a power user. The peeling rubber is unsightly and the plastic underneath is visible, taking away some of the great look of the design. The function of the mouse in unaffected and it continues to work well.
I would still say this is possibly the best mouse available for Mac or PC, just because I've never before felt such comfort and the innovative scroll wheel would be hard to live without now that I'm used to it.
This is, without doubt, the best mouse I have ever owned.
It is comfortable, responsive, and its most important feature, hugely customizable.
While the £70 I paid for it is certainly a lot of money, it was very well spent. I have used this mouse almost every day for the 2+ years I have had it, and I now dislike using any other mouse.
The mouse wheel is incredible, and quite rightly emphasized by all of the reports about it. When using spreadsheets, word document, websites, games, etc it can scroll at an incredible rate. If I want to scroll to the bottom of a huge spreadsheet, I can do it with ease. I just quickly tested, and with 1 quick spin I can fly through 100,000 excel rows. Just one spin..
With such a fast speed you may be worried about accuracy, however fear not! You can change the type of scrolling from "free spin" to "Click-to-click" which changes the spin type to the same type as a standard mouse. You can change how the mouse spins depending on speed. If I scroll slowly on excel it will stay on "click" mode, but above a certain user-defined rotation speed it will auto switch to "free spin".
You can change what any of the mouse buttons do from a list of options, as far as having the option to input multiple key press such as "Ctrl + C". This is extremely useful for working with documents and also in games where I can map different commands to different buttons.
The customization doesn't stop there however. You can select a different set of button settings depending on what program you are working on. In word I want to have Copy, Paste, Page Down and Page Up mapped to my side buttons, but when I switch to my internet browser I now want Forward, Back, New Tab and Switch Tab. The Logitech software automatically detects which program you are using and loads your specific button settings immediately.
The amount you can customize the setting of this mouse brings its only downside as far as I can see. It can be quite confusing and time-consuming to set up all your program button definitions. While you can set just a base configuration and leave it at that (all programs will use the base configuration as default and only switch to another if you have defined it specifically) that does limit the functions of the mouse. For anyone who is pretty computer savvy will have no problem however.
A full charge of the on-board battery will lasts for 2-3 days of heavy use, and most likely a week of occasional use. Charging is done via a neat little docking station that sits on your desk and plugs into the mains.
Connection is wireless, with a small USB receiver. Range is not huge at around 2 metres, so you cant use it as a remote from the other side of the room.
The Logitech MX Revolution is one of the best wireless mice currently available today, but it is let down by the flimsy mouse wheel.
The design of the mouse is slick and rather sexy (yes sexy). It is coated in black; the left side is more of a glossy black, the right side is a dark shade of black and the top is a light shade of black (the top and right side also have a fantastic smooth texture). It also has rubber on the left side for grip which would obviously come in handy when doing something that may require a steady hand.
Its odd shape has grown on me but when I first had it I was somewhat surprised and even captivated by its weird structure. It has a sort of arc shape which allows your hand to essentially meld with it, making it very comfortable and easy to use.
It boasts multiple features including a free-spinning scroll wheel, which in addition to scrolling up and down allows you to scroll left and right. It also has a side scroll button that allows you to flip through open windows (Windows Flip 3D) something I believe is only available through Windows Vista. It also includes a 'One touch button' which once pressed allows you to search for anything instantaneously on Yahoo. There are also two side buttons which have multiple benefits such as easily going back and forward on a webpage and scrolling down a document with multiple pages.
The battery life is fairly good. It lasts a good week when I regularly use my PC and roughly two weeks when I don't.
Now for the main problem: The dodgy mouse wheel. The wheel is very loose and lacks rigidity that is necessary especially when playing games. I think one of the main reasons why it's so loose may be down to the fact that I played with the free-spinning mode copiously when I first received it (free-spin can be enabled by clicking once on the mouse wheel or selecting free spin on the Logitech Setpoint software which is included with the mouse) even so, I believe that there was a lack of care and possibly dedication in the design and manufacturing of the wheel.
I do rate the mouse highly, but if you're a gamer than I'd advise you to look elsewhere. At first the wheel may be great but as time goes by it will lose its rigidity. For general use the mouse is perfect. It has multiple buttons with different functions which can all be reprogrammed using the SetPoint software. It looks great, feels great and works great and I believe that it is worth the price tag. I got mine for about £60 last year and I believe you can get it for £10 less now.
I have had many mouses over the years which most being just a mouse something you use to point and click on the computer.
This mouse is a totally different experience to other ones I have used in the past.
I personally think that the best feature is the scroll wheel. Wow I hear you say but no this one is different. It has gears in the scroll wheel which allows you to scroll either slowly but if you want to move quickly down a document/website the wheel going into a free wheel mode and lets you scroll very quickly.
The mouse is full of buttons that are easy to reach and use and the software that comes with the mouse is very good and lets you customize buttons to make them do what you want. A example of this is having a button on the mouse that lets you use the "switch between windows" function in vista making it a similar experience to expose in OSX.
The mouse feels nice and is very comfortable for the long hours at your computer.
The only problem that I find with this mouse is that the receiver needs to be close to the mouse when in operation. I find if its over 3ft away and going through a surface such as a desk then every now and then there will be a delay in the movement of the mouse. This is obviously a problem but I sorted it using a usb extension cable and moving the adaptor closer to the mouse.
Overall this is a great mouse and defiantly worth the extra money over other products. It also comes with a rechargeable battery and dock so there is no need to waste any more money on batteries when you have purchased the mouse.
Calling a mouse a 'Revolution' is a bold claim. A claim I decided to put to the test when my old mouse decided to pass away. And after 5 months of use, I am happy to say Logitech have indeed made a mouse unlike many others.
This mouse is only good for right-handed people thanks to it's unique design, so if you're left-handed this is not for you! It is a relatively large mouse, but its ergonmoic design means it will fit most hands very nicely. There are two scroll wheels - one by your thumb, the other in the more traditional location between the left and right mouse buttons. On the left is a battery indicator so you should never have any unprepared moments of cursing the mouse for running out of charge! There are also two buttons located above the thumb scroll wheel.
The reason Logitech called this product the 'Revolution' is the main scroll wheel. You can tilt it left and right, and it also has two operating modes -> one where it operates like a standard mouse wheel, with recognisable clicks with each rotation of the wheel, but the other is where the wheel is free to rotate smoothly. The 'Revolution' does this by actually having a gear drive the mouse wheel, and if enough force is pushed on it, the gear will detach and the mouse acts more like a wheel on an axle. This is absolutely brilliant reading long web pages, as you can quickly scroll up or down the page in no time at all, and you can stop the page by just stopping the mouse wheel with your finger when its freely rotating. I have got so used to it now, everytime I use a different mouse I expect the same mechanics to be there!
The two buttons above the thumb I rarely use, but their purpose is to represent the 'Forward' and 'Back' buttons in a web browser. They are programmable in the Logitech software though, so you can change their purpose if you want.
The thumb scroll wheel uses Vista's Aero flick feature just like when you pressed Windows+tab. This actually makes it a lot more usable then Winows tab, as you can scroll backwards and forwards between the different windows. However, if you don't like this, or don't use Vista, you can go into the Mouseware software and configure it to whatever you want.
Battery life is great. The mouse uses a built-in Li-ion battery pack, and it does actually last for around 14 days before a recharge is needed, which itself only takes a few hours. I have not noticed any drop in the maximum charge so far after 5 months of heavy use, so it bodes well for the future!
This mouse is not for everyone though. As its wireless, gamers would probably prefer to go for a wired mouse with a button to change the sensitivity on the fly (something this mouse lacks). However I noticed no lag in any FPS game I played. It's also definitely not for people with small hands.
Overall, I cannot see myself changing mouse any time soon. This is a great product, and if you care about having a decent input device, and gaming is not the primary reason why you use a computer, this is a hard choice to beat.
A year or so I decided I was pretty fed up of my bog standard mouse and decided to do a bit of research. Upon a few searches i soon came across this optical mouse. I thought it looked sheek and was ideal for my purpose, but I pursuaded against at first by its price. Nearly every search I did that, always brought me back to this mouse. After much thought I decided to give it a go, and 7 months down the line I am very glad i did so. The first thing you realise once you get it out of the box is the superior build qualilty. If you're anything like me you will place it in your hand and have a toy with the numorous buttons and wheels. Installation is pretty simple. You may at first need to leave it on charge for several hours before the first, but during this time you can plug in the usb wireless recieving and install all the appropriate drives. When you then get the chance to use the mouse for its desired purpose, moving about the screen will become second nature to you. A nice additional feature with this mouse is the ability to assign the different buttons different purpose, in various programs. The frictionless scroll wheel is also a very nice touch allowing siffing through vast quantities of information, with the great of ease. If you use your mouse for multimedia purposes this is deffinately a recommendation.
My problem was that I was forever spending a pound here and a pound there getting on cheap batteries for my previous cordless mouse. Then I bought rechargeable batteries because of course they would make more sense.
However I also ended up with draining the batteries as I just couldn't stop working (I'm good like that) and then I'd have to charge up batteries and wait.
So fed up of constant searching for batteries from remote controls around the house, I decided to invest in a better mouse and after reading reviews this came out on top and it's the best decision I've ever made - except when I invested in Icelandic banks.
I purchased mine for £50 which is expensive for a mouse but the elegance and powerful capabilities of the mouse made it worthwhile.
Wonderfully packed it consists of the mouse, a charger stand and a bluetooth USB dongle which you put into a spare USB port in the computer.
***Hardware, Handling and ergonomics***
This is where Logitech supersedes all others. You'll be amazed at how comfortable the mouse is as it slides into your hands like warm cotton gloves (not those sweaty cold ones you had as a child). Altogether there are 5 physical buttons which expand to 9 actions. All are easily accessible without causing your fingers to seek revenge against you. There's also an on\off button under the mouse that you can use to conserve power. I should also add I've dropped this mouse so many times and it's hard as nails.
Don't forget this is a laser mouse so it's more accurate than an optical mouse which may be useful to architects, artists and snipers across the world.
Although the mouse will work without the software albeit in a basic form, it does excel overall with the Logitech Setpoint software. This powerful program comes with default settings for many applications but allows you to configure the buttons to your hearts content and even specify how each button interacts in each particular application.
For example, the button below the mouse wheel was setup by Logitech as a search button, not very helpful in my view so I changed it to act as a double-click button. The mouse wheel is a delight to use but you'll probably want to configure for your own personal taste, so here, I set it up so pushing the wheel left to goes Back a page and pushing it right goes Forward a page in web browsers.
I found with an XP PC that for some reason in Firefox it doesn't register the command I setup and ends up wishing to save the page rather than go back and forwards! It was honestly annoying and no matter of tweaking resolved the problem but I've since moved on to Vista and have bigger fish to fry.
***Charge Stand & Battery Life***
I was so icnredibly impressed with the battery life of this mouse. As someone who is on the computer for 13+ hours a day, I can easily go well over 2 weeks without a charge. Some batteries didn't even last me a week.
When battery life is low, you are reminded with a friendly message on your computer and you've also got the battery status meter on your mouse so there's no excuses for not charging... unless your me.
I do sometimes forget and even when the first message comes up telling you battery life is low, you can easily go a few days out of it and when it does go low, I kid you not 10 minutes of charging is enough to get a day or so more out of it! How great is that!
Logitech report it doesn't matter how often or for how long you charge the mouse, I also haven't noticed any problems with the infrequency of charging.
***5 Year Guarantee!***
As icing on the cake, this mouse like many other Logitech products comes with a 5 year guarantee! The mouse itself is hard as nail but if something goes wrong, there's a guarantee to fall back on.
Overall, I'm extremely delighted with this purchase and would never go back to a cheap corded or cordless mouse.
Anyone else whose looking for comfort, usability and convenience will appreciate this mouse.
This mouse is too expensive. There are nice gadgets and many setting possibilities, but there are much more mice that also can do the most important things.
The famous scroll works reasonable, but not more than that. The settings often fail during surfing in an inexplicable manner. I think that it has something to do with the software and I think that Logitech doesn't invest a lot in that. In the 6 years that I use Logitech mice, I noticed that there was 1 to 2 times an update of their software. The auto-check isn't doing its jobs properly.
Another problem with the scroll is perhaps physically. I bought this mouse especially for fast scrolling back to the top. Scrolling down goes very good and fast, due to the strength and which can be developed with your index finger. Scrolling back to the top is much more difficult.
Oh yeah, the battery life is very bad. I do not often forget to put it back into the charger, because otherwise you will have to do without it for a quarter of an hour. Ordinary AA or AAA batteries (rechargeable) are still my favorite.
I always buy Logitech, just because it has a high gadget level. However, I cannot avoid the fact that the mice from Microsoft (which I use in my work) are better to fulfill the standard tasks and are better built. I think this mouse isn't going to stay long with me. I think that I am going to buy a more practical mouse next time.
I bought this mouse to replace an old Logitech 700 that had stopped charging correctly. The most noticeable change is that the RF transmitter and the charger are now completely separate units - meaning that you don't have to worry so much about cabling from power to USB to charger.
Fairly obviously, the mouse is a very unique shape. I would not advise buying this unless you are prepared to spend a few days getting used to it - this applies to most asymmetrical mice though, so no surprises there.
The battery life is exceptional - I have gone a week or more before having to charge it, although I normally dock it in the charger overnight, or when shutting down my PC for more than a few minutes.
Responsiveness in games is fine - a lot of people think wireless mice just aren't good enough for gaming, but that is patently not true.
The thumb jogger can be a bit finicky - it defaults to "Switch Application", and I found it would often stick just off center, and so keep switching until I jiggled it.
Similarly, the charger can get funny over time - the main problem seems to be dirt on the contacts, so check the batter light comes on when you drop the mouse in the charger.
I love this mouse and i can see why they call it the worlds most advanced mouse. Firstly the shape, it looks a bit weird, and people may think its only good for right handed people, but i am left handed and i use it just fine.
It is brilliant as a normal mouse, very responsive and moves great. The buttons are large and easy to press. The scroll wheel may just look like any other scroll wheel but it is not. As well as normal scrolling through a page, you can also do hyper fast free spin scrolling by giving it quick spin to the wheel. This can all be altered in the software provided by Logitech. Its quite hard to explain how the wheel works without being able to show you but trust me, its brilliant.
There is also another wheel on the left side. But this is not a free spinning wheel, its just moves a little up and a little down This wheels main function is to switch between open programs, and if you have Vista Premium it shows all the windows on the screen in that cool way and scrolls through them. But this wheel can be changed in the control panel.
Just above this wheel are two small buttons. These buttons can also be configured. I use them as mini scroll buttons, so i press the down button and the page just goes down about half way and back up with the other button But again you can make them do what ever you want.
Just under the main scroll wheel is a little silver button. This again can be changed, but i currently have it set to open a new web page to Google when i press it.
I love this mouse and it is worth the money you pay.
The mouse is fully rechargeable with the included charging base that the mouse sits in. When the mouse is fully charged you get about 1 and a half weeks normal use but less if you use it loads. But just put it on the charger at night and it will be fully charged in the morning
The mouse is very comfortable to use, even for left handed people and i recommend it to everyone.
Smarter, faster, and fully-loaded, the MX Revolution gives you powerful new controls that will streamline the way you work. Logitech's innovative MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel lets you fly through long documents at hyperspeed, or switch to precise click-to-click scrolling for navigating lists, slides, and image collections. Toggle between open documents with the convenient Quick-Flip thumb wheel, or search the Web by highlighting a word or phrase and pressing the Search button.