Logitech's MX1000 Laser Mouse

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Logitech's MX1000 Laser Mouse
Software, Testing and Conclusion

Product: Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse
Price: $84.95CDN @ MemoryExpress

Introduction:

Around Christmas my wife and I went shopping for some extra gifts for people on our list, and I happened to spot some Logitech MX-1000 mice on sale.  I'd read a few reviews of this mouse and was somewhat skeptical on it's performance.  I decided to purchase it and return it if it had "laser lag" when lifting it off the pad.  I picked it up for under $70CDN, and boy am I glad I did.

Logitech deserves some sort of award for flashy packaging.  You cannot miss the box when browsing down an isle.

This mouse features the MX Laser Engine and is incredibly precise and tracks on almost any surface. . . I mean almost any surface.  I haven't found a surface in my shop on which this mouse does not track well.   Even using it on the screen of a CRT monitor running Windows XP, the mouse tracks flawless.  I'm impressed for sure.

As far as features, this mouse has a bunch.  It's cordless, works on MAC or PC, uses USB or PS/2.  It uses the MX Optical engine, and has an application switch button as well as Internet forward and back buttons.  It features cruise control, tilt wheel plus zoom functions, is right-handed only, and sports a lithium ion rechargeable built in battery.  Very loaded for a bloody mouse!  And to think, my sister just got her first "wheel" mouse - not optical, just a wheel mouse.

If you need more information on features and specs, head on over to the Logitech product page here:

Bundle:

As is to be expected, the bundle with a mouse is kinda lean.  There are no bundled games or complimentary peanuts.  This is all about a precision mouse and getting things done.  The MX-1000 does come with everything you need.  It has a software CD with Logitech's new SetPoint software (replaces mouseware), an installation guide, charging stand, USB to PS/2 adapter and the AC power adapter.

This mouse communicates with the charging stand/receiver by RF cordless technology.  The interesting thing is that it can use the same receiver as the Logitech MX700, or the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX.  This can be done only as a receiver.  To charge the MX1000, you must use the included charging cradle as the MX1000 requires 13.8 volts to the charge and the MX700 receiver only generates 5.8 volts.  I've used both of these units standalone and at the same time and have never experienced any glitches.  If you have the Cordless Desktop, the MX1000 shouldn't bugger you up.

MX1000 Up Close:

The MX1000 mouse features a whackload of programmable buttons.  In addition to right and left click, there is the mouse wheel button, as well as the up and down rocker.  The mouse wheel as tilts right and left for side-scrolling action as well as other programmable features.  On the side are additional buttons.  These include the web browser forward and back as well as the application switch button.  All of these are programmable.

The back view shows the LED battery level indicator.  The mouse arrived 66% charged, and it takes a couple of weeks to drain this battery down to where it needs to be recharged.  This is the beauty of Lithium Ion, as opposed to NiMH of the MX700.  That mouse needs be charged every 4-5 days under normal use.  You can also see in this picture that the mouse if very contured.  In fact the thumb groove is just a wee bit tight for my hand.  It fits in the groove fine, but it is a different feel for sure.

On the bottom of the mouse is where the magic happens.  There is a ring around the optical sensor and laser lense.  Also on the bottom of the mouse is an on/off switch, the charging contancts and a "connect" button.  Since I purchased logitech cordless devices, I've never had to use the "connect" button - they just plain work.

Now that we've taken a look at the mouse itself, let's head on over to the next page and take a quick look at the software, then head on into some testing.