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      19.10.2001 20:12
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      Having been given this mouse as a birthday present, I have been most impressed with it. My previous mouse didn't even have a scroll button, so this was a big upgrade for me. Cordlessness ------------ This is fantastic. One less wire on my desktop, which quite frankly I could do with. The range is quite good as well. I can now sit a couple of metres away and operate my PC from my bed, quite useful when watching films or just monitoring some downloads. The connectivity from the mouse to the PC is dead easy. There's this Logitech box which you plug into the mouse port, which comes with a serial adapter, should you need it. This then sits somewhere near your desk. That's it really, it doesn't require line-of-sight, like some infrared mice need. This means that you can blu-tack the box to the underside of your desk, if you wanted to. As it stands, it's not that big a box. I think this box also doubles up to connect a wireless Logitech keyboard, but I may be mistaken. This thing takes two AAA batteries, which last a lifetime. I'm only on my second set in a whole year, and my mouse usage is not exactly light, but nor is it "I do nothing, unless it's on my computer". Just make sure those batteries are Duracells! The Mouse Itself ---------------- The mouse has one extra button when compared to the now-normal Microsoft mouse. This lies where the thumb would be if you were right handed. You can just spot it in the picture supplied. This can be configured via the supplied software to do practically anything that you want it to do. I started using this as an Explorer "Back" button, but quickly reverted to using it as nothing as I quite often swap hands to use it left handed. The middle scroll button functions as it normally would on a Microsoft one, which is to be a universal scroll (up/down) for practically all applications. Again, you can alter the sensitivity of this via the software supplied
      . The middle wheel does push in as well to act as another button. If you install the software the weirdest menu crops up, which I hated. I can't even remember what options it gave you though I do remember that it was very Internet Explorer geared, so you had "Back", "Favourites", and things like that off the circular menu. I found I hit this button far too often by accident for my liking and so removed the software. Beware left handers, if it wasn't already obvious... this is not designed for you. Although I can use this mouse with my left hand as well as right, it's not quite as comfortable to use with the left. Especially if you want to use that extra button. The mouse itself is a standard plastic-y mouse, with a rubber wheel. The dark grey edge on the left hand side of the mouse is also similar hard rubber to ensure a better grip, but not if you're a left handed person who uses mice with their left hand. The sensitivity is satisfactory, though I realise that optical mice are readily available now. The compartment to the ball is easily accessible and easy to clean as well. My pads to ensure a smooth glide on your mousemat on the bottom of the mouse are just starting to show some wear, but nothing significant. Overall ------- Good cordless mouse for right handers. Can't vouch for use of the extra button nor the value for money. I'd readily accept it as another present though :).

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        03.09.2000 23:40

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        I have a remote control for the TV, the video and my hi-fi and now I have a Logitech cordless mouse, soon I will be able to run my life with out getting up from the arm chair ! This mouse is definitely one of the most useful things I have bought for my PC.No wires to get tangled up and it feels good to use.All the buttons are programable.It has a very good range too,although on the box it said it had a range of six feet, mine still works from the other end of the room (Appx 14 foot)

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        27.08.2000 18:02
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        The first mouse I used for any length of time was the rather peculiar oblong-shaped one which came with my Acorn Archimedes back in 1989. Despite it's un-ergonomic shape it seemed comfortable enough at the time. In the years since, designs have moved on somewhat and I've used various nondescript PC mice, trackballs and the Microsoft ergo mouse. Up until a year ago I found the most comfortable to be the latter, with its slight kidney shape and straightforward to use two buttons. Having become aware of the existence of wireless keyboards and mice, I was all set to buy the Logitech Cordless Desktop iTouch keyboard and mouse when I happened to spot the Cordless Mouseman Wheel in PC World. With its somewhat lumpy looking appearance, I wasn't all that taken with it at first glance, but wrapped my hand round it all the same and at last discovered a mouse which seemed to have been designed to fit my hand perfectly. Now no other mouse will do and I use one both at home and at work. The lack of a wired connection to the PC gives complete freedom of movement and I am not really aware of using a mouse at all, it's so much like a part of my body. It has the usual two buttons on top at the front, nicely spaced for ones fingers, as well as the ubiquitous scroll wheel. The latter also doubles as an extra button, which I've chosen to simulate a "sticky" shift key press. This is handy when extending the highlighting of an area of text, for example, as it allows you to click with the wheel button and then use the select button to extend the highlighted area without having to use the keyboard. Position the pointer, click the wheel button and then the select button and the highlighted area is extended. There is a further button on the right-hand side of the mouse which I've set to simulate pressing control. This is great for tiling a couple of windows under Windows 98. Left click a document task bar button then control (using the button) left click
        another, right click a blank part of the task bar and select your tiling option and have just the two windows you selected tiled side by side however many windows were originally open on the desktop, all without using the keyboard. You can program either of the extra buttons to simulate a wide range of key presses, such as Page Up, any of the function keys, window resize etc. A very handy feature and easy to use and remember. One major negative point for left-handed people is that the mouse is only suitable for right-handed people, as, although you can reprogram any of the four buttons to any of the possible functions, it does not sit snugly in the left-hand. The only minor negative point is that you need to keep a spare set of batteries, but they are the fairly common AAA so it's hardly an inconvenience. You can buy the Cordless Mouseman Wheel for £37.60 online and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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