Date: April 12, 2005
Author(s): Rob Williams
How do you make a mouse more precise than ever? Use a new technology of course! We review the Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse, which they promise to be 20 times as accurate as Optical. We put it to the tests, so check it out!
Just when we thought Optical was everything a mouse could ever be, Logitech comes out with a new technology, that is supposed to blow it away. Let’s jump right into the features.
Let’s first talk about what makes this mouse so special, the Laser. Logitech partnered up with Agilent Technologies to make this mouse possible. It’s no surprise that Logitech were the first ones to come out with, or maybe even come up with the Laser mouse idea. They were the first ones to ever come out with a Cordless mouse, back in the early 90’s.
If anyone ever wants to deny my snapshotting skills, look no further than the pictures above! The boxes are super shiny and that’s the best I could do! At any rate, the Laser proves to be 20 times more accurate than Optical mice, since it takes 6,000 ‘Fingerprints’ every second. The control is also made great, due to the fact that you can use the mouse on almost any surface, except clear glass and mirrors. Technically speaking, the Laser mouse works very similar to Optical mice. Laser is just much more precise.
To say that it’s more precise than Optical, is easy. But the shots above show very clearly just how much more accurate Laser can be. On the left, you can barely tell what the picture is, but on the right, the Laser has that much more information.
Before talking about the specifics, let’s talk about the installation, and the software. Installation is quite easy, as with any cordless mouse. Plug in the base into the wall, and also to an available USB port. Then turn on the mouse, and Windows should detect and install it right there, making it usable. Of course, if you want the most out of the mouse, you will need to install the SetPoint software.
In the first screen, you can configure what your buttons do. You can leave them at default if you like, but you may have different tastes. The second screen gives you a lot of choices, including cursor speed, acceleration and other basics. If you have one of Logitech’s gaming mice installed, you may get a fourth tab to the left, which gives you better options related to gaming.
The mouse is perfectly designed, and it shows that a lot of thought went into it. The hand fits so nicely into the mouse, it’s definitely a comfortable experience. The mouse has a little guard, you could call it, that your thumb sits on. Since your thumb won’t be touching your desk or mousepad, it makes the mouse work much smoother. The four feet on the bottom, are incredibly smooth as well, which also adds to it.
Now, I am not left handed, but I cannot see how using the mouse would be comfortable if you were. The mouse doesn’t conform to your hand half as well as it does otherwise, so if you are left handed, you may want to bare this in mind.
As you could see from the button configuration in the picture on the previous page, this mouse has a lot of functionality. Like most of the higher end mice, the Left and Right mouse buttons streamline into the shape of the mouse. Rather than the buttons be seperate pieces, they are one with the mouse. One thing that really impressed me, was how smooth using the mouse wheel was. I’ve never used a mouse with the wheel being this ‘loose’, it’s extremely smooth.
Another special feature of the wheel, is that you can also click it to the Left and Right to scroll. So, if you are viewing a webpage, or an Excel spreadsheet that stretches right off your page, you will find this feature quite useful. It’s the first mouse to my knowledge that allows this. Also surrounding the wheel, is another button to scroll up and down. Unlike the wheel though, you can click these to scroll up or down very quickly. If you set these to the fastest speed, you can get from the top of a site or page, to the bottom very quickly.
The functionality just begins there. To the left of the mouse, where your thumb rests, are a couple more buttons. You have a Back and Forward button, that just act as that. Browsing the web, you can click them to go back or forward a page. When going through your computers folders, they also have the same functionality. As with a few other recent Logitech mice, the Application Switcher app is found here as well.
There is no lack of buttons or other functionality. The buttons like Back/Forward/Scroll Up/Scroll Down in reality, replaces keyboard shortcuts, so now you can do these things more efficiently.
The primary way I tested the mouse, was to use a comparison sheet, drawing circles with the Laser mouse, and then draw them with an Optical mouse. The Optical mouse used for the tests was the MX518. Here are the results:
Ok, so I can’t draw circles. But anyway’s, as you can see, the Laser was more precise than the Optical. Drawing the circles with the MX1000 tended to make more ‘smooth’ ones, while the Optical seemed to be more Oval shaped. I didn’t actually expect to see a difference before I did the test, but I was impressed afterwards. So I guess they do live up to the ‘More Precise’ selling point.
Testing the MX1000 with the Mouse Rate Checker, was no surprise, as most cordless USB mice max out at 125Hz. Surprisingly, with the USB Mouse Rate Switcher, I was able to get a higher Hz readout. Even when the average was 190Hz, it was completely stable, as I’ve used it this way for the past few days.
The MX1000 is not meant to be a gaming mouse, so I didn’t do in-depth tests with it. However, I did test out Counter-Strike: Source for a few rounds. The mouse was silky smooth, but I found I didn’t have as much control as I did with the MX518. However, after playing more and more rounds, I got more and more used to it. Even after getting used to it, I would still recommend the MX518 or a similar mouse for pure gaming.
With the Laser mouse, I found that I was losing control more than I would with an Optical. There are many people out there who love gaming with this mouse, but I just couldn’t get used to it. For gaming, I highly recommend the MX518, which we reviewed last month, here.
I’ve used the MX1000 for the last few weeks, and I have to say, for doing your regular everyday things, this is the way to go. I do everything from Photoshop, using Excel spreadsheets, coding, surfing and everything else. Everything was more smooth than with the regular optical mouse. In photoshop for instance, I found that it was easier to select areas, or zoom in and target pixels. Obviously, it’s difficult to convey this in an image, so this is why I didn’t include any.
Overall, I have been very impressed with the MX1000. It’s the smoothest mouse I’ve ever used, and most comfortable as well. For offices and every day use, it’s the most perfect mouse out there right now. As I mentioned in the previous section though, if you are a hardcore gamer, and are looking for a new mouse for this reason, I recommend you check out the MX518. You can see a comparison view of them both below.
The battery life is also great, so even if you use it often, you will not have to recharge that often. I use the computer everyday, for far too many hours per day. It was 5 days before I was down to one bar remaining, and even then, it would have gone further. One plus that could be considered a negative, is that the battery is built-in, so you don’t need to replace batteries ever. However, if the battery does happen to die down the road, your only choice is to get a new mouse.
The mouse doesn’t come cheap, at $79.95US, it’s one of the most expensive on the market. However, if you want a top of the line mouse that is actually worth the price, then I highly recommend you check out the MX1000. It no doubt deserves a 10/10. Thanks to Kate from Logitech for allowing us to review the mouse!
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