by Greg King on April 22, 2011 in Peripherals
When Logitech released its Revolution MX nearly five years ago, it delivered a mouse that impressed – and for good reason. It featured a great design that was both comfortable and attractive, and had a very effective hyper scroll wheel. With the Performance MX, a natural progression has been made, and an impressive one at that.
The SetPoint software has been covered ad nauseum over the course of our complete coverage of Logitech’s lineup of mice throughout the years. For a brief refresher, please check out Jamie’s great review of the Logitech M705 Marathon mouse. In there you will find everything that you need to know about the SetPoint software. Without wanting to be needlessly redundant, let’s move onto our impressions of the Performance MX.
I have been testing the Performance MX for the past 4 months. When the Revolution I was using at work finally gave up the ghost, I ordered the Performance MX. While there was a slight learning curve, this is to be expected when switching from any device to another. In short time I was up and running with the mouse and thought little of the older, now dead Revolution. I did however still use a Revo at the house. Going from home and work and mentally switching between the old and new designs was rough. After some thought, I passed the Revolution to my girlfriend and ordered a second Performance MX for myself.
Over my time with the mouse, I haven’t ran into any major show-stoppers. Like I mentioned earlier, there was a bit of a learning curve but once the buttons were programmed into muscle memory, there weren’t any problems with the day to day usage of the mouse. I still don’t care for the placement of the forward and back buttons but I have learned to accommodate for their placement by holding the mouse a little different than I would like. The back button is simple enough to get to but the forward button is where my issues lie. I have a larger-than-normal hands and this is an issue for me. I imagine I’m not the only one that doesn’t care for this placement. It’s certainly not a deal-breaker but something that others that use the mouse have commented on as well.
It should be noted that I use my mice like many gamers use theirs. I rest my wrist on the table and move it in all directions instead of moving my entire arm when using the mouse. Perhaps this is the reason I have an issue with the placement of the forward button. Regardless of what it is, I personally would like to have seen it about a quarter of an inch towards the rear. Given the length of the back button, I think this would have been possible without throwing off the placement of said button.
One thing I have noticed is that using the Performance MX and its RF adapter, I no longer have the stuttering that I had with the Revolution’s Bluetooth receiver. In its defense, I had it close to my wireless router but when dealing with a distance of less than 2 feet, it was irritating more than once. By moving to an RF adapter, I haven’t had a single issue with signal. In games and daily operations alike, my experience with the mouse has been exceptional and with a device that you use every day, it’s a nice to use something without having your attention drawn to it.
My experience with the Performance MX was in most ways a positive one. I don’t care for the placement of the forward button but in all reality, I rarely use it so it’s not an issue that I dwell on too much. In every other aspect, the mouse is a winner through and through. I know that there are many out there that miss the dynamic scrolling capabilities of the older Revolution but after some use, I prefer the scrolling of the Performance. I have absolute control over when and where it switches to quick scrolling and when I don’t need it, I simply switch it off.
Battery life of this mouse is incredible. Going almost 2 weeks on a daily use mouse is nothing short of extraordinary. I’m sure there are mice out there with better battery life but I know for a fact that there are far more with worse life than this one. The ability to use it while it charges is another positive in my book. With the Revolution you are forced to put the mouse in a docking station to charge. With the Performance MX, you simply plug in a micro-USB cable; the same kind used to charge MANY other types of devices.
I like the Performance MX. In fact, I am willing to state that it’s the best mouse I have ever used. This wasn’t simply a review; it was the story of the last 4 months of my computing life. Day in and day out I use the mouse and have yet to have an issue. From the battery life to the design, you cannot go wrong with the Logitech Performance MX. The mouse is simply made of win.
Logitech Performance Mouse MX
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