There are a lot of companies that specialize in computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, speakers, etc…). Some of them make products for the budget-conscious consumers. Others cater to those who value style above all else. Then there are a few who are true innovators. They push the boundary of features, ergonomics, and quality for users who appreciates both form and function. Logitech, which has been around since 1981, has shown itself to be such an innovator.
Logitech’s first product was a mouse called the P4. Thirty years later, they have shipped over a billion mice. We have owned our share of them. They have since branched out to other peripherals (speakers, webcams, etc…), but they still lead the field when it comes to the core products: keyboards and mice.
When the interns went searching for a wireless keyboard at the beginning of the year, they came back with the Logitech K800 illuminated keyboard. We loved it so much that we wanted to pair it with an equally awesome pointing device. Enter the Logitech Performance MX mouse.
We had considered getting a Bluetooth-only setup but decided against it only because, while most of our new gear have Bluetooth built-in, some of our older computers did not. We decided on the Performance MX mouse because, after a little bit of research, it was clear that it had all of the features we were looking for, the quality we wanted, and it did not require yet another USB receiver. Logitech’s tiny wireless receiver will enable the both the keyboard and mouse to work with everything we have with the least amount of setup hassles.
The package contains:
- Logitech® Performance Mouse MX
- USB receiver
- AC power supply + cables
- Pouch for charging system
- Software CD (Mac OSX, Windows)
- Quick-start guide, Tips guide
Logitech really focused on the ergonomics when they engineered this mouse. Lefties may balk at the right-handedness of the design, but the sculpted shape is such a huge improvement in user comfort that we think it’s worth it for lefties to switch 😉 Nonetheless, users will find a host of features not available in an ordinary mouse.
- Laser tracking: super accurate, works on any surface…even glass.
- Logitech Unifiying Receiver: one receiver needed for a host of wireless peripherals
- Hyperfast scroll wheel: 10,000 lines in 7 seconds! The wheel tilts for left-right scrolling.
- Multiple thumb buttons: programmable for exactly what we want
- Rechargeable batteries: the mouse can still be used while being fueled up.
We have had this mouse for less than a day and it is clear that this may be the one by which all others will be judged. The FirstUse of both the Logitech K800 and this Performance MX mouse will be in an upcoming iPad issue of RainyDaySOHO. Look for it in the Apple AppStore soon.