When I bought my cheap Perixx corded PC mouse in April, earlier this year, I didn't think I would need to consider buying another mouse - that was until I bought another laptop for other business pursuits and I was already prepared to visit the other shop where I bought my mouse originally from, only to find out that it has sold out completely and getting the mouse other than online sources would be difficult. So the other alternative to consider the purchase of another corded mouse came down to Tesco where I knew this supermarket have a Tesco Value mouse for sale, and for not many pennies either.
Nar2's Quick Skip Product Spec
* Model name: Logitech M115 corded PC Mouse.
* Plug and play although a CD-Rom comes with the product.
* Black colour with two function buttons and roller wheel.
* Compatible with Mac OSX 10.4 and later, Windows XP, Vista & 7.
* Single USB cord - approximately 70 - 72cm length.
* My price from Tesco supermarket £6-97, online £4-99 to £9-97.
General Design & Quality
I have had Logitech PC mice before in the form of the rather excellent V-150 designed for laptops "on the move," and was for quite a while, a lovely mini-mouse that could fit in my hand very easily as well as being well made for the price and simple to store. This time, Logitech claim that the M115 is suitable for travelling with due to its slightly smaller size than other mice on the market. So, compared to my cheap Perixx mouse, the Logitech M115 measures 9cm by 5cm against the slightly longer length of 11cm on my Perixx. However, as memory serves me correctly, the Perixx in silver and black has a far more advanced shape, even if the colours are a matter of taste, and the winning card on value by price alone of the Perixx under £3 or £3-50 at the most means Logitech have a lot to live up to.
Dressed in black with matt shiny black buttons and a push and flick rubberised roller wheel in the middle, it mimics every kind of conventional wired mouse that has been made by Logitech where its oval design is concerned. It brings nothing new to the buyer other than offering a Mac and PC compatible corded mouse for the usual navigation and process when working on both systems. The base is flat and there's an optical red LED that comes on the base, same with my Chinese and lighter feel Perixx.
General Performance & Downsides
One of the first aspects I noticed about the Logitech M1145 is that it is installed in a rather difficult to open moulded blister pack and the most annoying aspect of this product is opening it. There are perforations set right at the top of the package indicating where to cut the plastic open, but then you'll have the joy of trying to prise the pack open in order to get the mouse out, held in by advertising card and behind it, a CD-Rom - hence the reason to include this info if you inadvertently try to cut the pack open from the middle and end up damaging the disk.
The CD-Rom is of course an optional driver for the M115 because the mouse has a Plug-and-Play feature and I was delighted to find that I needed no software to download when plugging the mouse into my new Macbook. Once the mouse is attached via its USB cord, it is very disappointing to find that it has a very short cord - in the same vein as my old V-150 "notebook" mouse by Logitech. The Perixx has an amazing long length of 1.5 metres compared to the horribly short length of just 70cm, making it tricky to use and I had to plug the M115 into my Apple wired keyboard which has two helpful USB slots for short-wired devices just like the Logitech. Once added, there were a few surprising results.
Generally when it comes to actual performance, the M115 doesn't set the world on fire. It is quick to access pages, able to click and hone on whatever you want to open, close, change, edit and so on. However, through the initial use, I have been disappointed to find that the M115 fails to work on any surface. It works well on my rubberised felt covered mouse mat, but on vinyl mats, the M115 is adequate and inconsistent, sometimes not even registering what I want to do with it when I need a reliable unit to work.
One of the aspects that I do like about the M115 is the general shape. The rather blocky and curved rectangular shape induces the tops and middle half of my first two fingers and thumb to lightly rest on the black plastic parts, almost as if Logitech have designed this mouse perfectly to be less-hand-fatigue free. It works well in this respect to the bigger Perixx, although I'm generally quite fast whenever I require working with a mouse anyway and I have worked for several hours continuously never managing to work up enough hand fatigue strain anyway! The instant downside to its gleaming, shiny black buttons means that finger slips can happen on occasion - and more than I would like.
However, through use with the scroller wheel reveals a few surprises too. When I push the rubberised scroller to activate multi-functions, the M115 can be hesitant, sometimes flicking up and down pages too fast or not even working at all and the precision of scrolling is noisy too helped by the audible clicks when activated. The main function buttons are very light to the touch too, inadvertently prone to making mistakes on your own behalf if you press too heavily when holding the mouse in general.
Sadly I don't recommend the Logitech M115. It may be marketed as a budget PC & Mac compatible mouse but its downsides outweigh any advantages of purchasing from its short cord to malfunctioning buttons and a general feel that it hasn't really been properly designed for purpose, let alone offer good and long term reliability when it can't even work on any flat textured surfaces. I was so disappointed that I took my Logitech back to Tesco and got another one, only to find that it offers the same inconsistent performance. I am very surprised by Logitech here; in order to grab in buyers at a cost price that should be far cheaper for what this mouse offers and then saddling the thing with poorly made features that should make this mouse a far more rewarding product to consider, it simply isn't worthy of the Logitech name I've come to know over the years. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2012.
I bought this from Argos I think for about seven pounds, as I was looking for a new computer mouse and couldn't really afford (or be bothered with) something more expensive. This looked good, sleek enough and Logitech make good computer accessories as far as I can tell.
And this mouse is just as good. I mean, what's to say, really? If you're looking for a simple-to-use mouse then this is the one.
I had it for some time before I got another (wireless) one and it never failed me. Although I have to say that it did have quite a short cable, which although wasn't a problem for me as I have my mouse really close to my laptop pretty much all the time, will certainly be a hassle for people with desktops who have their hard drive on the floor. I will emphasise that this is for laptops or desktops that have the hard drive on the desk next to them.
Aside from that, it's easy plug and play device which should prove no problem to anyone, and Logitech offer optional software to make better use of it. It's of course not at all necessary for the mouse itself and you can only download if it really tickles your fancy.
When it comes to picking a mouse it has to be Logitech all the way, I have been using there products for over ten years now. I have never had a fail in all that time. I picked up this model when I was building a PC for the mother in law. So I was looking for something cheap that would last a long time. This mouse fits that bill, it was under £10 so it was cheap, it is a wired unit so no messing around with batteries. Also being an optical mouse means no cleaning out the ball rollers. It looks great having a really nice finish to it, having a wheel is an added bonus. Another good point it can be used by both left and right handed people with no disadvantages. This will last you a very long time, there is no point in spending £££ when this unit works very well