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Whilst I have owned a laptop for over twelve months I still haven't become accustomed to using the touch pad as opposed to a mouse. Consequently, my laptop hasn't been as portable as it should have been due to a wired mouse being plugged into the USB port. Moving the machine from one room to another was often problematic, as the mouse would fall off the keyboard and subsequently clunk to the floor. As a result, I wanted to make a purchase of a wireless mouse and a little research was carried out where I decided upon the M185 from Logitech. I would advise here that there are a few model numbers under the reference M185 with my mouse being 910-002235. ~~ APPEARANCE OF THE MOUSE ~~ The appearance is what I would describe as a little more superior as opposed to the run-of-the-mill models due to its' sleek oval shape and slight indentations on either side to enable the user to handle and hold the mouse with comfort. The lightweight mouse measures approximately 10 cm in length and 5 ½ cm in width at its' widest part. It is manufactured from a high quality toughened plastic with black lower and upper sections together with a glossy grey colour running around the edge to create a perfect contrast and offer a high quality appearance. The scrolling wheel is located centrally on the top of the mouse and is easily operated due to the tiny grooves. ~~ SETTING UP THE MOUSE ~~ The mouse was presented in sturdy transparent packaging and it was easily removed by pulling the tab on the rear section of plastic. This is a real positive, as far as I am concerned, as normally when I purchase any items contained within plastic packaging I am frantically trying to cut them out! The mouse operates from one AA battery, which is already installed and according to the packaging it will last approximately 12 months. To prolong the battery life I always ensure that I flick the switch into the off position when the mouse is not in use. I'm not normally one to take notice of instructions leaflets, but decided to break the habit of a lifetime and take a quick browse. However, both of the double sided A3 size sheets were pretty useless as only a very small section was written in English where we are advised what action to take should the mouse not work with the other sheet providing a tiny section on the safety, regulatory and warranty details. Okay, I was now aware of what to do if my mouse did not work, but no instructions were given on how to set up my new purchase. Whilst the help notes were fully explanatory and I could have deciphered what to do, my techie husband poked his nose in and gave me instructions. Consequently, I inserted the Nano receiver which measures approximately a centimetre in length into the appropriate USB port. Continuing to follow hubby's directions I turned over the mouse and pushed the easy to move on/off switch into the on position and as a result, I was able to witness an icon on the lower right hand side of my laptop screen, which informed me that the mouse was connecting with the entire process taking a matter of seconds. I also noticed that the front of the underside of the mouse has two small circular raised sections of plastic and a larger one at the rear, which are to ensure that it effectively glides when in use. ~~ USING THE MOUSE ~~ The upper sections of the mouse display very slight curves to enable the fingers of my right hand to rest in a comfortable position. I have never considered if a normal mouse is suitable for those who are left handed, but would advise that this mouse is identical on both sides. It is highly responsive and has been ergonomically designed to perfectly fit within the palm of the user's hand and what I love about using the mouse is the freedom that it gives me, particularly as there is no need for a mouse mat. My hubby also has the identical mouse for his laptop, which is situated within a metre or so from mine and there is no interference between the two because each mouse has its' own unique 2.4 GHZ transmitter receiver. To prolong the life of the battery I always ensure that I turn the switch into the off position when not in use and a replacement battery is easily installed by simply pulling back the appropriate panel on the underside. I initially encountered a few problems with my mouse, which were due to me stupidity where I forgot to turn it on and attempted on several occasions to use it upside down, which resulted in my declaring to hubby that it was rubbish! However, practice makes perfect and I would never return to a wired mouse through choice, as this is so much easier to use and offers much more freedom to the user. I tend to have the mouse placed either on my leg or the settee and it easily glides over the fabric. ~~ WHAT PROGRAMS WILL ACCEPT THIS MOUSE? ~~ The mouse is compatible with the majority of computers and laptops which run Microsoft Windows, Windows Vista, Mac and Apple. ~~ OTHER INFORMATION ~~ Logitech offer a 3 year guarantee on this mouse, which is extremely durable and of a high quality. Dooyoo have prompted me to complete criteria for this mouse, but areas such as speed and precision are not specific to the mouse as they are related to the settings on the computer or laptop. ~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~ I purchased my Logitech m185 mouse in Tesco for £11.97. At the time of writing there are a number of different models on Amazon and they all look identical, but as previously stated, this review refers to the 910-002235. I've checked online for the cheapest price and would advise that Currys are charging £9.99. I cannot recommend this mouse highly enough, as it is extremely practical as well as being user friendly and as a result, it receives 5 stars from me. I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading. This review also appears on Ciao under the same user name.
Logitech Wireless Mouse M815 is a simple, reliable mouse with Plug and Play wireless. You get the reliability of a cord with wireless convenience and freedom - fast data transmission and virtually no delays or dropouts. You'll enjoy the high quality and reliability. The tiny nano receiver works right away without software and is small enough to leave in your USB port, so you won't lose it. And on top of that, this comfy, contoured mouse treats your hand right.
|Product Description:||Logitech M185 - mouse|
|Connectivity Technology:||Wireless - 2.4 GHz|
|Wireless Receiver:||USB wireless receiver|
|Movement Detection Technology:||Optical|
|Features:||Nano wireless receiver|
|Battery:||1 x AA type|
|OS Required:||Linux Kernel 2.6 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7, Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|