Product Type: Logitech mice & trackballs
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Logitech Wireless Mouse M305
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Logitech Wireless Mouse M305
Advantages: Easy to Install. Wireless. Nice Design. Well Built and Very Responsive
Disadvantages: None for me!
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.
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