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the mouse is junk in my opinion, once you click the zoom button it does not reset to 100% on its own and you have no way to know where 100% is again. Sorry makes it junk, it is not accurate, resets the windows mouse settings constantly, all a round I thought it was nice when I first hooked it up just because it seemed to run nice but all the little things have just changed my mind I can not stand it and can not wait to replace it and it will not be with another logitech either.
I bought this mouse a good 2-3 years ago now. It has a solid construction however the charging base is not the best. The optical sensor is actually a laser, however i havent noticed any difference between this and any other normal optical sensored mouse. The mouse always picks up movement that i make regardless of how fast i move it.
I play counterstrike-source with mouse and do general web browsing and find it really comfortable, the mouse has back and forward buttons on the side for web browsing however you need the software to set these up sometimes which can be a pain. It also has a application switch (the equivalent of alt-tab) within these two buttons, this can be useful but its a bit to slow compared to the usual alt-tab. The mouse also has a 'fast scroll' above and below the normal scroll wheel, this is really great when its setup right as you can zoom through internet pages to find what you want, however this doesnt work with windows 7 as the drivers havent been released.
Overall the product is really great, the only downfalls are the charging base. I would like to see a removeable lithium battery of some kind and a solid battery charger like that of a digital camera. Other than that, there are no faults with this.
After much emming and aring with people over what was better a mouse with a cord, which can't run out of batteries, and cannot break as easily, with less things to go wrong, or a wireless rechargable mouse. In the end after reading numerous reviews, i decided to get the Lazer mouse, and chose the expensie one with all the fancy awards on the box, as you do. However despite the cost, so far it has lasted almost a year, which is much better value than some of my friends have had, buying the cheapest one they can find, which means they have to either replace the batteries, or buy a new one bacause the thing has broken.
The great thing about this mouse is that it has been designed with the human hand in mind so your hand fits comportably around the mouse, without feeling as though you are holding something. There are also forward, back and switch window button, and the forward and back also work as scrolling buttons.
I've only ever owned wired Mice for fear of poor battery life, but eventually took the plunge and bought a Logitech MX1000 Cordless Laser Mouse from Ebuyer for £38.37 plus £3.83 delivery. The mouse has a non-obtrusive Logitech logo on the top. The Left and Right-click buttons are part of the casing / shell so you do not see where the buttons begin. I think this design looks really nice compared to normal mice and looks much more streamlined. The black area seems to be made of some sort of rubber/plastic grip, minus the friction as it's very smooth. This combined with the curves makes it such a sexy mouse. Anyway
I think the design looks very stylish compared to the standard look of most mice.
The mouse comes in a really nice looking box with lots of shiny holographic effects. Inside, you'll find the MX1000 mouse, base station charger, power adapter, USB to PS2 adapter, software CD, installation guide, safety guide, a small brochure tempting you to buy other Logitech products.
I fully charged the mouse using the base station on first use. The base station and mouse design are so compatible you can pretty much 'drop' the mouse in position effortlessly. Once charged, plug the mouse into an available USB port or use the 'USB to PS/2' adapter to connect it to your mouse PS/2 port at the back of your computer if you want to save a USB port for something else. Then press the 'Reset' button on the base station and the 'Reset' button underneath the mouse for them to connect. Having owned the mouse for just under a year, I've not had to 'reset' or 'reconnect' the mouse again.
I had to install the SetPoint software on the CD provided and drivers to be able to use the MX1000 to its full potential (but I've found the mouse works even without it). Base station works even without power as it can draw it from the USB port. The software was easy to install and just involves accepting a user agreement and a series of 'next' buttons. I already had my Logitech keyboard and the SetPoint software installed from that and so the software that came with the mouse simply merged into the existing Logitech software.
The MX1000 has 8 buttons. The standard Left and Right-click buttons, a scroll wheel that's also the middle button, 'Cruise' up and down buttons, Back and Forward and an Application Switching button just above where you would position your thumb. All the buttons other than the Left and Right-click buttons can be programmed to do something else. The scroll wheel can even move left and right by tilting the scroll wheel left or right. I think this is very unique and is something I've never seen on a mouse. I love it! It makes it so much easier to scroll across large images.
The 'Cruise' buttons are also very cool and lets you move up and down documents or zoom in and out of images by holding the button down. I use it to move down page but at first, it was so fast I kept missing the areas I wanted. The SetPoint software is very , forward to use that it was easy to slow down the cruising. I don't particularly like scrolling with the wheel so I cruise!
By default, the middle button (scroll wheel) is set with the 'Zoom' function. You press it, and then scroll the wheel up or down to zoom up or down. I didn't like this as it meant I couldn't use the middle click to open new tabs in Firefox and Opera, or auto scroll up and down documents, so I reprogrammed the button to be the 'middle button', which is the standard function of must scroll wheel mice. You can zoom in and out using the scroll wheel without wasting the setting by holding the 'Ctrl' key while scrolling so the 'Zoom' function isn't necessary. The buttons can also be programmed to perform keystrokes of your choice (e.g. Ctrl + B to bold) or assign common tasks like Copy, paste, Close Program, etc.
I've found that the Back and the Forward buttons only work with Internet Explorer. As I seem to use Firefox and Opera more, this is a bit annoying. My old optical mouse is able to navigate back and forward when browsing the web using Firefox so I think Logitech should make their buttons more universal.
The Application Switch button is like Alt + Tab on your keyboard allowing you to jump between running programs. It's better than Alt + Tab though since you can click on the programs in the box that pops up! Furthermore, you can set stuff like mouse pointer trails, acceleration speed, speed, scrolling size, mouse pointer speed, Side-to-side scrolling speed and more!
After extensive testing (or some might call it wasting my youth surfing the net), I've found the battery life to be very good. On a full charge, the battery lasts me 2-3 days of quite frequent usage. A full charge takes just over 2 hours but if the battery goes dead, a 10 minute charge can last a fair amount of time (a full day's use, I keep reading). Store the mouse on the base station when you're out and you wouldn't even have to worry about battery life! A very nice feature is the 3 LED battery indicator on the mouse, which shows me how much battery power remains.
When the battery is near empty the red LED lights up at the bottom of the bar in place of the green light. Whenever the mouse is idle for 10 seconds, it goes to sleep to save power. Moving the mouse or pressing a button on it wakes it up again. If you are going away for a while, you can turn off the mouse completely using the switch underneath. Not only that but the software can even tell how full the battery is and even warn you when it is low on power by flashing in the System Tray.
The MX1000 is beautifully moulded to accommodate someone's right hand. It looks as though it is made for medium to large sized hands but smaller hands shouldn't be a problem. The shape is 'natural' so whenever I place my hand on the mouse, my fingers and thumb naturally fall into the intended places. Thumb just beneath the Next / Back / Application Switch buttons, index and middle finger over the Left and Right-click buttons. And lastly remaining two fingers drop to the right of the mouse, where it's even moulded with a subtle bump to separate the two fingers without you realising until you look closely. It's a full-size mouse and is slightly heavier than regular mice, optical or otherwise, but as you slide it around, it isn't too bad. The added weight makes it feel more robust.
It seems this mouse is only designed for right handed people (sorry lefties). They can still use it but the mouse doesn't really accommodate the left hand. The software does not even let you swap the buttons around so lefties should either learn to use their right hand or look for another mouse.
My only quibble is that the left corner of the 'MX LASER' sticker (the very stiff type) at the back of the mouse keeps sticking up thus pricking my hand. I push it back down whenever it sticks up but aside that, I don't suffer from any other discomforts when using the mouse.
The MX1000 is proclaimed to be the world's first 'Laser' mouse, and when you look underneath it, there is no red light. In fact, there's no light at all. Sliding the mouse randomly and very quickly shows no signs of the mouse pointer not keeping up on screen like I've experienced with some optical mice. Also, it's very quick to wake up from standby mode. Logitech claim it to be 20 times more sensitive than optical mice. From comparing the MX1000 with my cheapo optical £8 mouse off eBay, I have found that it is far more accurate. When navigating a video by dragging the seek bar a very tiny bit, I've found that the optical mouse either goes too far or goes nowhere. On many occasions, I ended up in the same spot on the video. This never happened with the MX1000 as it detected the smallest of movements without lagging.
One time, the mouse pointer became all jerky. I thought my computer was 'busy' with something but I tried using another mouse and the pointer was moving smoothly so it wasn't my computer. The MX1000 was fully charged so it wasn't a power issue. It turned out that a distance further than 60cm from the charger (also the receiver) caused the pointer movement to become jerky. However, it seems that this is not always the case as I can move 1 metre back and it still worked smoothly. I've since discovered that metal objects mess up the signal a bit. Using my stainless steel mouse mat reduced the working range of the mouse! Otherwise, I have found that it works up to 4 metres 7 centimetres back. It works on most services, even more than a high end optical mouse.
The MX1000 is an excellent mouse. It's comfortable, responsive, has an impressive array of features, good battery life and is rechargeable so no batteries to worry about. This is the most expensive mouse I've ever owned but it is also the best I've ever used so if you've got the money, I can highly recommend it! There are newer models such as the MX Revolution, which is gorgeous but has fewer buttons. The new ones have even higher sensitivity so must perform even better than this. I can still give this mouse an impressive eight out of 10. Two points deducted for the stiff sticker peeling up and the lack of compatibility with some non-Microsoft programs.
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I have this mouse primarily as my gaming mouse on my PC. I bought it for around £40 at PC World about a year ago. Since then im glad to say its still working even after lots of use and is still as good as when I bought it.
When it comes to looks the mouse itself does look rather funky and cool. Mines in a dark grey/blue and silver (not sure whether it comes in any different colours) and looks rather smart sitting on my desk. However, the charging cradle does look rather ugly in my opinion sitting at the back of my desk as much out of sight as possible.
When it comes to the features and quality of the device I rate it excellent. The responsiveness you get from this laser type mouse is top notch and therefore this is why I use it for my gaming. The mouse includes many different buttons which are listed below:
* Standard left/right click;
* Mouse wheel which is clickable;
* Fast scroll buttons above/below the scroll wheel;
* Forward/back shortcut buttons on left side of mouse;
* An application switch button in the middle of the above.
Also on the mouse is 3 light battery indicator which displays how much battery is left and flashes red when its low. The mouse also powers off to sve battery when its not in use.
All of the buttons listed above can be programmed to do different things using the logitech configuration software which comes with the package. It can also be downloaded from the internet. This software also lets you encrypt the wireless connection between the mouse and computer to prevent security implications. The instruction manual that comes with the package is rather brief but the online guide makes up for this far greatly. May I also say the packaging that you get the mouse in looks very cool with shiny reflective packaging that screams 'im modern and cool'.
When it comes to ease of use, the mouse is rather bulky and feels slighlty weird when you first use it. However, I think this is because it feels so much mor comfortable than other mouses grooving into the contours of your hand. This may take a little while to get use to though.
Value for money... the price is a little on the steep side but you do get your moneys worth. There are also new models out now that may be much more worth it if your thinking of getting a laser mouse :)
-Introduction: The Mouse Dance-
I remember a time when the only mice that you could buy had a surprisingly heavy rubber ball underneath and an absolute maximum of two buttons. It would not be very long before the rubber ball would collect fluff and dirt and very effectively transfer it to the microswitches inside the mouse. Thats when the real fun would begin. As you tried to perform an operation with your mouse it would stop moving the cursor in one or several directions, its primary and only real job. So then would begin the 'Mouse Dance'. Pick the mouse up, bang it on the desk, pick the mouse up bang it on the desk, pick the mouse up bang it on the desk. Miraculously the mouse dance would weave it's strange magic and the mouse would work again......for a while. The problem with the mouse dance is it only works a certain number of times. Then you start the 'Take the mouse apart and try to clean the insides dance', or alternatively, if you were like me, you do the 'Unplug the mouse, swing it round your head and launch it at the wall with the highest possible velocity dance', traditionally the last dance of the night.
Then mice changed and the dances of the mice were gone. Optical mice with their funky little red eyes took over. They never seemed to clog up, and lasted for ages, outliving even Gallapagos Turtles and Canadian Redwoods in some cases. So end of story then? Well no. Welcome to the world of Laser Mice (cue fanfare).
-The Logitech Mx 1000 Laser Cordless Mouse-
The Logitech Mx 1000 Laser Cordless mouse uses a laser rather than conventional light. You don't gt the funky red light effect but what you do get is massively improved performance. logitech reckon that the laser technology gives twenty times better sensitivity than an optical mouse. When used the mouse certainly seems to react better than an optical mouse and doenn't seem to miss a beat. The high performance means the mouse is ideal for anyone who does detailed work and also good for lesser being like me who want accuracy for gaming. The increased sensitivity also means that you can happily use the mouse on pretty much any surface, even polished or wood grain surfaces which can often cause problems for optical mice.
The main benefit of this mouse is it's accuracy, however there are a number of other useful features. Firstly it is cordless. This makes using the mouse quite a bit easier and frees up some space round your work area. Of course this also means that you need to recharge the mouse's internal rechargeable battery evry now and then. A useful little LED strip lets you know when your running low and turns red when your about to go flat, there is also an icon in your system tray which alerts you to a low battery level. When this happens you simply slot the mouse into the accompanying cradle and an hour later it is charged. Once charged the power seems to last between one and two weeks depending on how you use it. Of course you can always put it in the cradle whenever you are not using it and it will always be charged and ready. The cradle itself plugs into a USB port on your PC and a power supply adaptor (included).
This mouse has got more buttons than Jim Davidson at panto season. Apaert from the usual left and right clickers there is a scroll wheel which apart from scrolling up and down flicks from left to right to scroll left/right when needed. Around the scroll wheel is a 'cruise' switch which with one click and release will slowly scroll down (or up) a window. On the right hand side of the mouse is a back and forward button that will go back and forward through pages in interent explorer (mine does not seem to work with Firefox at the moment, which is a bit of a shame). in the centre of the back and forward buttons is an applications button. This brings up a little window with a list of applications you currently have running so you can select which one you want.
The software that accompanies the mouse allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the pointer and the scroll functions. It also allows you to reasign the functions of some of the buttons. The software is easy to use and intuitive. It gives you a quick tour of using the mouse which is handy when you first start.
The mouse very nicely contoured for an ergonomic fit, it is extremely comfortable (to my hands anyway) and a real pleasure to use. One thing though is the mouse is clearly designed for right handers and from what I can tell there is no left hander version available. The mouse looks great as well with a mixture of dark green, black and silver. The plastic is of a good quality. The mouse feels quite robust and I have dropped mine onto a carpeted wooden floor from desk height with no ill effects (silly me!). The only real drawback I can see is the price. Around forty quid is a lot of money for a mouse and would buy you about four corded optical mice. I think if you use a computer a lot it is worth it for the comfory and performance.