I'm glad that for now over a year I've been saved from the trials and tribulations of using the unresponsive trackpad on my Dell Inspiron 1525. This is thanks to this wonderful mouse, which has turned out to be a godsend for easing frustration I've had with earlier mice and other tracking devices.
The most important thing about this mouse is that it gets my cursor to exactly where I want it. Its about as precise as I can get without attempting magically transforming my screen into a touch-sensitive version. I've struggled with trackball mice before (which is comparable to using a touch-sensitive screen whilst drunk). I would say that this mouse is adequate enough for the occasional gamer and certainly does me fine for when playing CounterStrike.
Its able to do that without having to physically move more than 2 inches. Workout sessions battling with previous mice are now a thing of the past. This is great for when I'm tight for space e.g crammed lecture theatre, or very messy desk. I can even navigate fully by just using the mouse on my thigh or the laptop itself (in the spece next to the trackpad).
I've only ever had to change the AA batteries once and that was after 6months of usage. Thats a stark contrast to the 12 months battery life claimed by Logitech - but still 6 months of 5-6 hour usage every day is reliable enough for me.
This mouse has been bouncing around in my bag and laptop bag for as long as I've had it. It has sustained some scars and scratches on its once pristine plastic case - but it still works as if it was new. i like to think it looks battle hardened now.
The teeny weeny nano receiver fits into the USB snugly and only juts out by 1cm. This receiver is able to pick up my waving my mouse around from the other side of a 20ft lounge when I link up my laptop to a widescreen tv. If you're ever watching a movie with friends or showcasing pictures to your family, you can comfortably sit as far as you want from the screen (or your friends and family for that matter) and navigate fine.
Snug fit for small hands
Before this mouse I was used to using a larger mice as ergonomic as a brick. This mouse snugly fits my hand (medium- small size) with two nice grooves for my index and middle finger to rest in. The rubber sides provide a comfortable fit for thumb and ring finger. My pinky finger does also feels slightly left out and has sit quite close to the ring finger as a result so it doesn't drag along the surface. I think larger hands my not be so happy with the size of this mouse and potentially would have more problems using it.
The central click is less sensitive to scrolling than the mouse laser. In an 100% view on word can take a couple of rotations of the wheel to get from top to bottom (I would prefer this to be in one smooth motion). Perhaps I'm being a little harsh as this is a personal preference. If you want you can always click down on the click wheel and scroll using the vertical motion of the mouse (but its more satisfying to use the click wheel).
Suspect plastic casing
The mouse feels quite light in the hand (with most of the weight being shifted towards the back fo the mouse). This is great for navigating but doesn't feel very reassuring. It doesn't feel particularly robust - and a solid tap on the plastic casing confirms this with a hollow sound. A look under the hood of the mouse reveals the battery compartment and even a compartment for the nano receiver(which is great for on the move, if you want to use it with a different computer). However its mostly just plastic inside. It would be interesting if a titanium or lightweight aluminium version was made - just to compare.
Might not like your desk
The mouse won't navigate as easily on certain surfaces - anything soft is usually fine e.g quilt, mousepad, thigh . But you could be struggling on a wooden desk from IKEA (to be fair, this is the only surface it has problems navigating on). Now I'm being petty. Just get a mousepad.
Plug in and play
Just stick the receiver and you're away. No need to install drivers. Just remember to turn the thing on (small power button on the bottom) - but even then if you forget it turns off itself and suffers form the tineiest amount of intial lag when you start using it again (after your five hour break).
Value for money
I paid £30 hard earned pounds for it and was worth it. I've never had a better mouse.
Overall, a good mouse (precise, quick and sharp) and very few complaints.
I'm always slightly dubious about mouses that claim to be for notebooks just because they are so tiny, and I don't really enjoy having something so small you can barely breathe without it moving all over the screen! I was pleasantly surprised when this turned up on my doorstep, albeit in the largest package I have ever known necessary for such an item. It fits really well in the palm of the hand and feels of good quality.
The USB dongle doesn't stick out too much so doesn't get in the way and has ridges on for ease of insertion and removal. The mouse itself fits nicely in the palm of the hand and the buttons are very responsive. One problem is that if you forget to turn the mouse off, it will remain on until you recall what you have done or it runs out of batteries, because there is no automatic feature for it to turn off after a certain period of inactivity.
All in all it's a great little mouse with no problems. The batteries don't run out quickly and I have enjoyed using it. At around £20 pounds it's not cheap, but with mouses the more you pay, the better the product usually is so I would suggest spending just that little bit extra.