Product Type: Logitech mice & trackballs
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Logitech Wireless Mouse M305
Member Name: nykied
Logitech Wireless Mouse M305
Advantages: You don't need to unplug the dongle and the mouse is beautiful!
Disadvantages: Short battery life, slippery underside
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.
Summary: Despite the two drawbacks, I'd buy this mouse again
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