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I once had a mouse. A little white animal (called M&M) with a naked tail and a friendly disposition. When I had that mouse, the word 'mouse' referred to nothing but the rodent. These days, if you say you have a mouse you are almost certainly talking about the point-y device you use to make your computer work. These days mice come in various colours (mine is blue) with a tail (OK, a cord) or without (wireless), with wheels or a red light. My modern mouse is a wireless jobby with a red light (instead of an easily clogged wheel). It is petite, battery operated (oooh errr missus) and...effective.
I have had laptops for work for the past several years. Sadly, not every company I have worked for has seen fit to give me a mouse to use with it, wireless or otherwise. Since I cannot bear using a laptop track pad or nipple, I purchased myself a Logitech M305 cordless mouse. I actually bought this mouse (which I am using this very minute) a couple of years ago, so have given it a good old test. And I am quite happy with it.
As I recall, I paid around £15 for it (it's available on ebay now for around a tenner, Amazon want a whopping £20 for it). This is, perhaps a bit pricy for a fairly basic pointing device but it is, nevertheless, a good tool.
This mouse is meant to be portable in that it is slightly smaller than a typical corded PC mouse. It fits my hand well (I do, however, have tiny hands). It is light (200g, apparently). It came in the ubiquitous blister pack containing a mouse, a dongle and a quick start guide. The quick start guide is graphical and fairly light on information - having said that, there isn't much to setting the little squeaker up. You stick one AA battery in the mouse itself, stick the tiny dongle in a USB port, turn the mouse over to flick the on/off switch to 'on', wait a minute or so whilst your computer recognises your new hardware and away you go off to pointing heaven. The dongle is tiny and so small enough that I leave it full time in my computer. When I have had extended periods of not using the mouse (perhaps because I've changed jobs and so no longer have a laptop), I've taken the battery out and stored the dongle in the battery compartment - it really is that small.
This is a fairly basic mouse. It has the standard two buttons and scrolling wheel. Apparently, if you download a bit of software, you get the added functionality of side to side scrolling; I've never tried to do this, or even to test if it downloads automatically as I have little occasion to use this functionality. Otherwise, it works as you'd expect a mouse to - the scroll wheel scrolls up and down, the buttons push and behave as expected. In common with many scroll wheel mice, you can press down the scroll wheel to scroll in an alternative fashion (even without downloading any software). I rarely do this, but it does indeed work. There is a small light on the mouse that will glow when you need to replace the battery. This is useful, though you can usually tell when you need to do this without the light as the mouse becomes less responsive as the battery dies. Usefully, there is an on/off switch at the bottom of the mouse (and the mouse will eventually switch itself to standby if you forget to turn it off) - I switch the mouse off when not in use and so get loads of time (as in months, maybe even a year or more) from a good quality alkaline battery.
The connection to the dongle is good and stable. I have occasionally had to move the dongle to a different USB port - I don't know whether that was a problem with the port or the dongle. I've not had to do that for a very long time. Like most optical mice (mouses?) it does prefer being on a non-reflective surface - even a highly polished dining table can confuse it. Therefore, you may find it helpful to use a mouse mat if you are not using it on a 'standard' desk. I have used it on a book or magazine in bed so it does work on a variety of unstable surfaces.
The mouse is sturdy. I've dropped it a number of times and it lives in a little bag-o-cables in my backpack and seems to have suffered no ill effects. I have noticed no decline in quality, smoothness or responsiveness in the time I have owned and used it. It's a little scuffed and no longer looks new but does its job and does it well.
My mouse may not (thankfully) squeak, but as a point-y, roll-y, button-y thing, it performs admirably. As long as you don't need any funky special features, this mouse comes recommended. Even if it's not as cute as M&M was.
When my old computer mouse stopped functioning properly, it became quite frustrating to use, as the inner ball would frequently get stuck and stop circling and hence stop the pointer from moving in the desired direction. Therefore it was only a matter of time before I had to purchase a replacement computer mouse, so I decided to have a litte read on review sites for some suggestions before rushing in and buying one from my local supermarket.
After doing some research I concluded that the Logitech Wireless Mouse M305 was the one I wanted, so off to my local Tesco supermarket I went. I purchased one from Tesco for £31 which is a few pounds off the RRP £39.99 so I was happy to save a bit of money.
I did originally think price was a bit much for a computer mouse, but as it is a wireless model the price range of similar wireless mousse is not that different, but of course mouse's with a power cable will be cheaper.
Dimensions of Mouse
Height 20.95 CM
Width 14.93 CM
Depth 8.89 CM
Weight 0.2 KG.
Logitech Wireless Optical Mouse
Long-range 2.4 GHz wireless connection
AA Battery powered.
I purchased a Logitech Wireless Mouse M305 in blue colour, but it is also available in silver, green, pink and grey colours. I was originally going to purchase the silver one, but decided to be a bit daring and get it in blue colour instead (I know I am a daredevil!).
The mouse was packaged nicely; it had a cardboard layer above it which was then attached to a plastic protective layer that cushioned the mouse well. The mouse comes with instructions, a USB stick and a pair of AA batteries. I was particularly happy that it came with batteries, as a lot of time they expect you to buy the first pair yourself.
As soon as the batteries are inserted and the USB stick connected into the computers USB port the mouse and switch the power button on the mouse and your mouse is basically ready to use. The batteries are easy to insert, just slide off the plastic part at the top of the mouse and the battery space is easily visible.
The USB stick itself is very small size and therefore doesn't take much room and doesn't stick out too much when inserted. It fits in very well and stays in position nicely, its nice and sturdy and I have not experienced any difficulty with the USB sliding out or being too difficult to pull out.
Once the mouse is on, the green light indicator on the mouse will light up. This is clearly visible and is a good way of knowing if the mouse is fully powered up and functioning properly. Alternatively if the light goes red, it means the battery power is low and that they should be replaced as soon as possible. There is also a off button located on the bottom of the mouse, so it is easy to switch off when not in use, enabling you to saves battery power.
There is a little mouse wheel that is located in between the two front mouse buttons. I found the mouse wheel to respond well and to be very useful when scrolling up and down web pages and word documents.
I like the option to store the dongle away into a small compartment in the mouse when not in use, it allows the USB to be kept safe and secure as it is quite small so If can get easily lost.
It terms of battery life, I found that I started to go through batteries really fast. It depend on how often you use it of course, and I use mine for hours each day so it really does last long. I therefore opt to use rechargeable batteries as I found it to be cheaper than buying new batteries every other week.
Overall this is a very good quality wireless mouse, it is highly responsive and easy to setup and use. The only downside is how fast it consumes battery power, but this can be solved by using rechargeable AA batteries instead. It functions really well; it is comfortable and lightweight and makes surfing and clicking away on the internet a breeze. I was so happy with this one that I decided to purchase another one for my other laptop.
I was a bit sceptical when I bought this mouse, as it really is a manx mouse, being wireless.
I did not understand this was a plus, not a minus. Two years later, I can say this is a really excellent mouse.
You have little dongle type device ( nano receiver)which you put into a USB port on your pc. I keep this to the right of my keyboard. I never remove it. This receiver allows the mouse to work. I am using it on a Dell laptop. Do remember though, you now have one less port, which might be annoying on some pcs.
The nano device has a tiny bit of software which you agree to, before starting.
94mm long, 37mm high and 54mm wide tapering to 45mm . With the single AA cell 92gm
This fits my small hand rather nicely, I had a huge mouse before which gave me RSI.
The mouse tracks well and is utterly responsive, which is good as I do not like using the mousepad on the laptop. It has red laser light underneath, an on and off button and a battery compartment situated there also.
I do not need to use a mousepad, just put it on the table.
I notice it does not like working on a light or shiny surface, so at my boyfriend's house, I sometimes put it on the black boxed DVD of the Matrix. Seems appropriate enough.
There is a scroll wheel atop which works just fine.
I have used this for two years and only changed the battery twice. You can turn it off at night when you remember. I don't do gaming, so cannot say whether it is suitable for this.
I paid 12.99 for this in Tesco- can't be bad, eh?
Overall, a pretty handy little Manx Mouse.
Still going strong, just changed battery again.
I have noticed I don't get any hand pain with this mouse, unlike my other one.
Over the past couple of months I've found myself becoming increasingly frustrated by the mass of wires behind my desktop PC and even more so when recently I managed to get them tangled up in one another in something that resembled my very own Spaghetti Junction. I'd always fancied the concept of a wireless mouse but had never got round to buying one figuring that they'd probably be unresponsive and a nightmare to install so instead I plodded on with the wired mouse that was supplied with my PC when I bought it and kept the idea of a wireless mouse lingering around my subconscious vowing one day to finally bite the bullet and buy one.
I am a member of a website that highlights special offers and promotions and one that caught my eye was from Logitech. They were offering a Wireless Keyboard at a reduced priced and what made the deal even sweeter was the inclusion of a brand new wireless mouse free of charge, specifically model number M305 and the focus of this review.
The Logitech M305 Wireless Mouse
Although the supplied picture here is of the grey/black mouse the M305 is available in a number of different colours and designs. Mine ended up being a red Mouse with an attractive swirl design (as shown in my own picture) and whilst this wouldn't necessarily have been my first choice of colours I do like the contrast it gives to my black glass desk and as it didn't cost me anything I can't be too critical of how it looks.
The Mouse arrived packaged in a plastic blister pack along with instruction and set up booklet, a single AA battery and a USB receiver which needs to be paired up with the Mouse to enable it to work. I must admit that when I unpackaged the Mouse from its packet I did feel a little daunted by the instructions and assumed that the set up was going to be a bit of a nightmare but decided to take the plunge and see if I could get it to work.
The USB reciever is small in size and I plugged mine into one of the spare USB ports at the back of my PC tower, the AA battery needs placing into the body of the mouse and this easily achieved thanks to a responsive catch lever located on the underside of the device and once in place and USB receiver added my PC I was relieved to see that that my computer found the new piece of Hardware immediately and installed the drivers needed to enable me to use the Mouse. It is promoted as being a 'plug and play' device and perhaps I should have had greater faith in myself and Logitech that the Mouse would operate without any problems as thankfully that's what it did.
With the Mouse installed within seconds I was able to put it to use and I have to say that having a wireless device is everything I thought it would be and a lot more. I'm no longer restricted to where I have to have my mouse on my desk and it really is just as responsive as my wired Mouse ever was. It features the usual left and right click buttons and a scrolling wheel which is nicely raised, the sides are made from a rubber-like material which is soft to the touch and the ergonomic design makes it comfortable to hold and manoeuvre around on my Mouse pad.
It feels well built and sturdy and has already withstood a couple of knocks to the floor without damage and whilst it isn't lightweight it does have a reassuring weight to it which seems to give me a lot more control than my old wired Mouse did. Being wireless the Mouse does have to be used in close range to the USB receiver although for me this isn't a problem as I use a desktop PC anyway but have for the purpose of this review used the Mouse away from my desktop whilst sat on my sofa and it does still work so I can conclude that its range really is quite wide. It does require a single AA battery and there is an on/off switch on the underside of the Mouse, I have yet to change my battery so can't comment on the longevity you can expect to get but this will vary from person to person anyway and is dependant on how often the Mouse is used on a day to day basis. I've been thrilled with my Mouse from Logitech and for something that cost me nothing it really has opened my eyes to wireless technology and I remain impressed at how easy it was to install and how responsive it is to use.
The M305 will work with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 as well as Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and its only requirement is a spare USB port for the receiver to be added to. It won't work on glass surfaces as I found out when I tried to use it on my glass desk but I have a Mouse mat anyway so that didn't matter to me and it is suitable for use with PC's, Netbooks and Laptops. My Mouse was free as mentioned earlier in this review but looking online I noticed that it is widely available and tends to retail for around £18 - £25.00, when you consider I got this thrown in with a £22.00 wireless keyboard I do think I bagged a great deal and I expect to get many years service from my Logitech Mouse.
There are no criticisms from me as far as the M305 is concerned and my 5 star rating here reflects how impressed I am with mine. Definitely recommended, thanks for reading my review.
I always used to use a desktop PC until a few years ago when we needed to be away for some time and hubby decided that it was time I had a laptop. I haven't looked back and have had a laptop of one sort or another ever since. The only thing that I can't get on with is the mousepad!
It is fairly easy to move the cursor around although it isn't as accurate as I would like it to be. The thing that I find really difficult is scrolling up and down pages and I was getting very irritable trying to get to grips with it all.
Dave then suggested I had a wireless mouse, an idea which I initially rejected as we had an old corded mouse that would have been OK. However Dave insisted on treating me to a new one as he had a wireless mouse and knew that it would be a good idea for me too. To be fair I could see that a wireless mouse would make life easier as there wouldn't be any trailing wires.
We looked around with me being advised by Dave - he is an IT Consultant after all so he should know what he is talking about! We eventually decided on a Logitech 305 which currently sells for £39.99 in Curry's and comes in black, blue or pink. From memory I think mine only cost about £35 last year.
The mouse comes attached to a piece of card by protective plastic packaging which protects it from any damage. You also get a small USB stick, two AA batteries and a set of instructions.
To be fair Dave set mine up for me but as far as I could see it was all pretty simple being a case of inserting the USB stick into the relevant hole on the side of the laptop and turning the switch on the base of the mouse to the 'on' position. A little green light comes on to show that the mouse is operating. Incidentally the mouse uses two AA batteries which are inserted into the top by sliding a part of the mouse back to reveal the battery compartment. I have had this mouse for almost two years and have changed the batteries once.
I think Dave had to configure the mouse to recognise the laptop but it all looked fairy simple even for a novice like me and there are a good set of instructions to follow if you need them.
I have found the mouse very easy to use. I did initially try it with a mouse mat but it wouldn't glide properly so now I just use it on the surface of the sofa next to where I sit. Sometimes I mix the two and use the mouse pad to move the cursor and the mouse to make the clicks which I find useful when performing certain tasks.
The mouse is really nice to hold - very tactile in fact. It has two buttons for left and right clicking and a wheel in between the two buttons to use for scrolling up and down the page.
All in all I have been really impressed with this mouse and I would recommend it to anyone. It feels lovely to hold, it is easy to use, it is accurate, it is wireless and it isn't too expensive for what you get.
When I had first gotten a laptop I wasn't completely used to the mouse pad and back in the day I did a lot of graphic design work so wanted my old mouse back so that I could work photoshop the way that I was used to on a normal PC.
I had a look at a variety of sites such as Currys, PC World, Argos and eventually found this mouse. I parted with £29.95 of my hard earned money and three years later haven't been let down.
The mouse comes in a small box and the standard protective packaging so that the mouse isn't damaged. In the box you receive the mouse itself, a small USB stick and I got a cloth bag with mine as a way of storing it for when it's not in use. There's also an instruction manual but as women don't tend to need these I decided to forgo reading this and turns out I didn't need it anyway. I connected the USB stick to my laptop and turned the switch on the bottom of the mouse to the 'on' position. You are told it's working correctly when you see a red light on the bottom. When it's turned off this light goes off.
As it's been three years since I first used this mouse I believe that when I plugged it in I got an automated start up programme come up on my screen, I had to run through a few basic set up configurations but it didn't take too long and after that I've not had to use any software since.
When using the mouse it reacts as quick as you would expect it to. I've not had it freeze on screen and it follows my command as instantly as I make it. It's also not as sensitive as some mousepads can be. It only follows what you wish to do rather than what the mousepad thinks you want to do. This is the problem I've had with a lot of laptops where the mouse seems to like moving of it's own accord.
I've found this mouse can work on pretty much any machine, including PC's. I haven't tried it on a Mac but as they have their own mice I doubt this will be up to much on a Apple operating system, however it does work with any Microsoft OS (tried and tested so far on ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7).
You do need to change the battery every so often depending on how much you use it. It only requires one AA battery however, and mine seems to have lasted a few months at a time considering how much I use it.
The design itself is also very sleek. There's the standard right and left mouse button which are positioned comfortably for your fingers. There's also a rollerball in the middle that allows you to scroll webpages and documents with ease.
Overall I've had very few problems with this mouse. Yes it's stuck on a couple of occasions but that's because of wear and tear. So if you're looking for something simple and straightforward then I'd definitely give this a try!
As I had been using my boyfriend's wireless mouse for the last six months after mine broke, he finally cracked and demanded it back. Thus began my search for a new wireless mouse that met my exacting standards. My boyfriend's mouse is the Microsoft 4000, which is a great mouse, apart from one thing: the dongle that slots into the USB port. It's too big, almost the length of the mouse, and when it's accidentally knocked, it takes about 10 seconds for it to go back to normal, which when you have an attention span the length of mine, that does become a problem!
I'd seen some mice that had a tiny dongle that can be left in the USB port and, whilst in Tesco, I came across the Logitech M305 mouse. After researching the mouse on review sites and looking at prices on various websites, I finally bought one.
The Logitech M305 is available in a multitude of colours such as silver, grey, blue and green. I went for one in a girly pink colour. It's sold in a blister pack, with a Duracell AA battery, which is what it takes (strangely!). The blister pack is easy enough to open with a pair of scissors and the mouse is practically ready to use. All that involves is inserting the battery, slotting the dongle into a spare USB port and your computer should do the rest.
The mouse itself is very easy to use. It has an indicator light that usually lights up green but lights up red when the battery is dying. I expected this to be on permanently but it just flashes on when you switch the mouse on. As mentioned, the USB dongle can be left slotted into the laptop or computer and as it only protrudes about half a centimetre and fits very solidly into the port, it really can be left in the computer, even if it's being put into a laptop bag and carried around. Unlike the Microsoft 4000 mouse, it doesn't get knocked causing it to lose connection: it's too small and too sturdy. The mouse has a switch on its underside, enabling you to switch it off so it saves on battery power.
If, however, you decide that you don't want to leave the dongle plugged into the computer, there is a little section inside the mouse, next to the battery, where you can safely store it. That section and the battery are easily accessible by simply flicking a switch, again on the underside of the mouse. The flap then lifts up.
The mouse measures 9cm long by 5cm wide and it's about 3.5cm high. It has two buttons which run almost to the centre of the mouse and a wheel. The wheel has a nice satisfying clicking noise as it turns, a feature that I particularly like. The mouse itself is symmetrical, so it can easily be changed from right-handed to left-handed with no loss to how it works and it feels equally comfortable either way. There is a band of rubbery material going all the way around the mouse which helps with grip but, depending on which colour you choose, the majority of the mouse can either be a little bit rubbery or fairly shiny. As I've mentioned, I went for the pink colour, which is rubbery, as I thought that the shiny version might be a little too slippery for my fingers. On the flip side, the rubbery version could pick up dirt quite easily.
It does seem to eat through batteries though, so I've started using rechargable ones and always carrying one in my laptop bag, because when it starts to flash red to tell you that it's low on bettery, it's not long until it runs out completely.
My other slight criticism of this mouse is that the underneath is too smooth. It does have four little raised pads on its base, but that doesn't stop the mouse sliding off the mouse mat when it's on the arm of my chair. So it slides off too easily. Not much of a criticism and don't let that put you off, as this is a great little mouse and I fully recommend it.
I bought mine from Tesco for £29.95 and the price seems to be similar everywhere, although you can buy refurbished Logitech M305s with a (shiny) tribal pattern on from ebay for slightly cheaper.
I have had the Logitech M305 wireless mouse for around 6 months now
so I think it is about time I for me to write about my thoughts on it.
When I first had my laptop, it took me a while to get used to using the integrated mouse pad, as opposed to a traditional mouse, but after a few weeks, I really grew to like the mouse pad, and actually preferred using it. However I did find that after long periods of using the pad, it would make my fingers sore, and so I decided to get a mouse for occasional use, and then around 6 months ago, I spotted the Logitech wireless mouse on sale, and decided to buy it, to eliminate my current mouse's cable.
The Logitech M305 mouse is an optical, wireless mouse, meaning that there is not a cable that physically attaches the mouse to the computer.
Instead you put one AA battery into the mouse, and then simply insert a mini wireless receiver stick into the USB port on the PC, and the mouse works from there via signals.
I find this ideal, as I do not have a desktop PC, just a laptop (and my wife's notebook), and I tend to travel around quite a bit with my laptop, and so the wireless mouse fits into my carry case very easy, and eliminates the knots and such like, that a mouse with a cable often possesses.
I purchased this mouse from PC World in a sale, and paid just £14.99 for it, although a quick look at Amazon just has shown me that it is available from £17.50 on there at the moment. It is available in whole array of different colours, including:
black (which mine is)
silver (light or dark)
So I think it is fair to say that there is colour there for everyone!
The mouse itself is shaped really well, and fits into the hand nicely. It is styled in the standard manner, i.e. a left button, a right button, and a scroll-wheel in between the two buttons, which is a major benefit compared to the mouse pad, as it is great for scrolling up and down through pages.
My Overall opinion:
I am really pleased with this mouse, although I only use it once or twice a week, It has a 2,4 GHz interface, and 1000 dpi movement resolution, which gives me a very sharp, accurate and precise touch. It fits into my hand very well, and provides a comfortable grip, as it smoothly moves around. I still have the original Duracell AA battery in the mouse, and so it doesn't exactly burn through batteries, although if you were going to be using this every day, it may be an idea to get a rechargeable battery.
There are also a great range of colours available to suit everyone, and they come with a 3 year service and support warranty.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2010
Logitech Wireless Mouse M305
The Logitech Wireless Mouse M305 is a well designed piece of a computer. The design and shape fits comfortably into your hand and your fingers have easy free access to all the three control buttons. Its design fits easily into both left and front hand and provides quick activation of the buttons. It glides nicely across any surface but does have a tendency of collecting dust etc that is present on the surface. It is very easily cleaned, and being infra red there is no ball to clog up, a great plus. The battery lasts for well over a year (that is what we have found, and we use it daily).
Setting up the mouse to your computer could not be simpler. It is just a case of switching on your computer, put the AA battery into the mouse body, then plug the receiver into a spare USB port, switch on mouse and off you go. We have now got two of these devices and they do not interfere with each other, which I was worried about when purchasing a second one. When you buy the mouse, in some packages the receiver will be within the packing, but the first one we brought it was inside the mouse body. A handy storage area if not in use. It is very very useful to be able to control a computer from a distance, as I use my laptop to show photographs on our main television, and being able to sit at a distance to the laptop is a great plus.
The three control buttons are smooth in operation and the mouse is very responsive. It makes life so much easier to not have a wire getting caught up and in the way. I would very much recommend this product. It responds well, it is comfortable, easy to set up and looks good. One small thing it could do with just to help out when you have finished working is and indication light to show you clearly it is switched on. The on / off switch is located underneath so it is not always clear if it is off. A minor design fault.
Logitech Wireless Mouse M305
My husband got me this mouse when mine began to show signs of its age and started making the pointer jump around the screen rather than move in a smooth fashion. I didn't want a full sized mouse as I prefer something more compact to carry around and I have relatively small hands so a smaller mouse has never been a problem for me.
Logitech are a brand that I am beginning to trust and we are beginning to own a small collection of their computer related items that have so far all been reliable and functional. This mouse has been no exception I have been really pleased with this mouse and it has worked great from the moment it was removed from its packaging.
I have been using this mouse now for three months and I have yet to change the battery. The battery length is really good and one AA battery has lasted for ages without yet showing any sign of coming to an end.
The USB part is tiny and I mean tiny, basically it is the metal USB port and only a sliver of plastic casing. This is good for a whole set of reason. It means that when it is in your laptop you hardly notice it, because it is small it is also hard to knock out. If you are in a rush and want to put your laptop away in a hurry I have often left this in by accident and it still has fitted comfortably inside my neoprene sleeve because it hardly sticks out at all.
Also and I think that this is very clever, inside the battery hatch there is also a little space to store the USB component. It's a great idea because it keeps everything together and makes it much less likely to lose any of the essential parts. There is a button at the bottom of the mouse that releases the battery and storage compartment.
This mouse has a pretty standard layout with both a right and left click button as well as a scroll wheel in the middle. Mine is black and grey and has a slightly rubber texture round the side, which makes it easier to hold on to and it never feels like it will slip out of my hand. This is the first mouse that I have had in a while that has a scroll bar and I instantly prefer using this to manually clicking down. I think that in the future I wouldn't go back to owning a mouse without one.
This is both an optical mouse and a wireless mouse which means that it works on pretty much most surfaces. I have a tendency to use my leg as a base for it and I have never had any problems. I like how flexible this mouse can be to use.
Currently you can buy this from Amazon for £17.99 and I think it has been well worth the price I have paid for it.
Overall, I have been really pleased with this mouse and I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for a compact, wireless, optical mouse that is easy to use. I think this product deserves a well earned five out of five stars.
I bought this mouse as an added extra for my laptop a few months ago. I find using the trackpad on the laptop keyboard to be really tedious and it usually takes me twice as long than it would with a mouse. This was the main reason I decided I wanted a wireless mouse to accompany my laptop.
I chose Logitech because they are well known reputable brand and they seemed to be the most affordable on offer too. This mouse cost me 25 euro and I got it in a cute purple colour curing around the rubber grips for your palm. I loved the girly colour as there are not too many mice out there that cater to a girly girl side. This was really subtle and not too gaudy and I loved the look and feel while using it.
It is wireless and connects to your laptop or computer by plugging in a small usb receiver into a usb port. This then automatically connects your computer and mouse. Its really small so it doesnt get in the way. When you want to turn the mouse off you simply unplug the receiver and click it into the mouse. This is great because it makes it impossible not to loose it. However the mouse itself runs on one AA size battery and as long as the receiver is plugged into the computer the battery is being used. So be sure to remember to store the receiver back into the mouse otherwise it will eat away at the battery even when not in use. I often ended up having to replace the battery after it being left on for weeks at a time in my bag!
I have used this on Windows 7, Vista and XP and it also works on a Mac too but I have never tested it on one.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to work wirelessly with their computer or laptop. It works excellently with my laptop. Keep in mind if you want it for your computer that you will have to take in and out the receiver after each use. This may not be as easy as it sounds if all your usb ports are tucked away at the back of the computer in hard to reach places.
I purchased the Logitech M350 Mouse from Amazon for £19.50 and it arrived the next day as per their next day delivery service. I chose this mouse because it was relatively inexpensive, it was from a reputable manufacturer and because it was wireless (cords and wires literally drive me insane!). The mouse came complete with an instruction leaflet and a quick guide. In addition to this, there was an AA battery which is what was required for powering the mouse.
The mouse seems slightly smaller than the average mouse, but this actually suits me fine because I have hands that are smaller than average. On the central panel is a green LED light which will flash to let you know that the battery needs replacing. At the top centre of the mouse is a scroll wheel and then there are the left and right click buttons at the top also.
Installing the Logitech Mouse M305 was easy. It involved installing the AA battery into the mouse body. Then the infrared received is plugged into the USB port on my computer - and that literally was it.
I find the mouse nice to use and easy to use. Both the left and the right click buttons depress easily and quietly. Similarly, the scroll button is easy to use and is very responsive. It moves smoothly over my mouse mat and it responds appropriately. I find the wireless connection to be faultless - and I have yet to loose connection between my mouse and screen.
The battery life is also very good. I have heard estimates that the battery lasts, on average, about a year. Although I have to change the battery about every six months, I still think this is pretty excellent considering I use my computer for about 4 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Overally, I really like this mouse and recommend this to anyone really who wants a wireless mouse. It does everything you could ask for and I've yet to find any fault with it whatsoever!
It was getting to a stage where there were just too many wires and cables trailing all over my desk! This is mainly due to my mixer with multiple inputs and outputs from speakers and microphones to MIDI. These arent exactly things you can make go wireless, however the simple computer mouse and keyboard are!
After looking through several reviews (some on DooYoo infact) I found that the Logitech Wireless M305 looked to be a very reliable mouse. I paid around £24 on Amazon and got a quick delivery as I was desperate to try it out!
First things first, the second you feel the mouse it is very comfortable. There has been great design ideas to evolve it around the hand and how it works.
Another great design aspect of the mouse is that it is symmetrical in shape. Whilst this may seem ordinary, a lot of mice are shaped to fit the right hand. I am however left handed and if I need to switch hands for whatever reason when mixing, on the phone or any other reasons then it is just as comfortable to use and not an awkward shape.
When you use the mouse with the computer it is simple. A basic plug-in and play means even people with little computer knowledge will be able to use this fantastic peice of equipment within seconds of getting it out of the packaging.
The mouse itself has 3 buttons. The standard left, right and central scroll which is no different to any other mouse. One downside is that it does not have any other side buttons like you find on many other mice, especially of Microsoft brand.
Overall it has lasted well and is a great choice to use to definately clear some of that unwanted mess from cables and wires.
A definate reccommended purchase.
The mouse I use whilst at work is a Logitech Wireless M305, and I have to say I do prefer it to the Hello Kitty mouse we have at home (my daughter's choice!)
It has been my favourite mouse I've used to date, for numerous reasons - one of which being I didn't have to pay for it, which is a good thing as they are currently selling for around 35-40 pounds. This to me is a lot to pay when there are budget mice available for around a fiver, but with this you do get what you pay for.
I love optical mice as over the years I got very sick of having to clean the rollerballs of standard, old fashioned mice - even when I used to use my old mice on clean surfaces, the rollerball underneath still ended up covered in muck after a few weeks, and needed regular, tricky cleaning with cotton buds or a pointy finger nail. This mouse does not have this problem, as I said it's optical, meaning it functions by a light underneath the mouse detecting movements. You can use it with or without a mousemat.
In terms of looks, it's a simple and stylish little mouse, made of brushed black plastic, and it fits snugly into the shape of my hands - it's curved on the sides so it's comfortable to use.
The mouse is also wireless, which I love. Although this means you have to change the batteries in the mouse as it doesn't power itself from the computer, we use rechargables at work anyway, so this doesn't bother me. I'd rather have the freedom of not having a wire trailing out of the front or back of the mouse leading to the PC or laptop.
The Logitech M305 features left and right buttons as standard, and a smooth easy to use scrollwheel located in the middle of these two. I find scrollwheels very useful, and it's so much better than having to manually move down a page.
This mouse is symmetrical, which is excellent for left-handed people. I'm ambidextrous and I write left-handed, although I use the mouse with my right - over the years though, I've found so many products not suitable for lefties though that it's nice to find a product that can work equally well for left and right-handers, like this mouse can.
I have had this mouse at work for around a year, and it's great. I've never had any problems with it, and I find it to be very reliable. It's even easy to set up, you just plug the little USB connector into your PC/laptop, and this picks up the signals from the mouse remotely. I find it very easy to use, and despite it's higher cost when compared to some mice, I find it's worth the money.
Wireless mouses were introduced to make using then so much simpler than having a wire plugged into the mouse all the time. Some work differently to others for example with soe you just flick a switch on the back of the mouse were as like this one you insert a usb into the port ad install it. I have found that wireless mouses are extremelly handy compared to ones which have a big long wire which gets really frustrating.
The price of the mouse isn't what I would call cheap at £34.99 but that is the price you pay for a good quality mouse which has no wires. Obviously don't think all wireless mouses are this price because they aren't some are alot cheaper than this. I thought I would pay this though because I had a go at it and it had good range and was also extremelly accurate and never went somewhere on the screen I didn't want it to.
A stated earlier to use this mouse you will first have to install it via the disk which will come with it. This process will take a maximum of 5minutes and is very easy to follow. The laptop will recognise it straight away then it will pop up. You also get two AA batteries with this mouse which you use to control it. The packaging says that the batteries will last upto a year I think it is but that is ridiculous. When I was using them I found that they lasted around 3-4weeks which is pretty reasonable. You will notice when they start to go as the mouse will start to go slow and also may not move.
As a wireless mouse I rate this highly, one thing I was annoyed at was how they stated the batteries would last a year. I never believed this to begin with but I am sure people could believe this is true. The speed is good and it really does do everything you want it to do and when you want it to be done. As a mouse it does work very well and I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about purchasing a wireless mouse.