Can this ratter with no ‘balls’ impress?
Box Contents: 2.4Ghz Mini Receiver, Setup CD with SetPoint software, Quick Installation guide, USB-PS/2 Adapter, 2xAA Batteries, 5 Year limited warranty
Supported Operating Systems: IBM or Compatible PC, Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista
Connectivity: USB or PS/2 port
Misc: CD-ROM drive
Lately with the completion of my main PC, and the additional completion of a second Media PC, which resides downstairs I have been in the market for a good cordless mouse and have always trusted Logitech in the peripherals arena as I have used them for years without hardly any regrets. Therefore, with this in mind I decided to continue the trend and search for a suitable Logitech wireless rodent.
Logitech released the MX610 Cordless Laser mouse back in September 2005, with a left-handed version appearing just recently in February 2007. Logitech have dubbed this mouse "The world’s first smart mouse", a bold claim indeed, but its features certainly almost live up to that claim.
The MX610 comes packed with features that would appear to make it a top grade wireless mouse:
- Email/MSN LED notifications as well as launch buttons for both those applications
- Volume up/down/mute buttons
- 2.4GHz micro receiver unit operating at 2.4GHz
- Forward/Back buttons for web browsers
- Mouse wheel with side tilt scrolling as well as zoom functionality
- Laser technology, which is employed by all Logitech mice for superb precision.
How does all of this translate for me though?
About 15 minutes into unwrapping the awful blister packaging, which seems to be the norm nowadays for packaging I was under way. Given that this is my first wireless mouse, I was quite surprised at the speed at which I was up and running.
The design of the mouse is sleek and smooth to the touch, even with my large hands it did feel very comfortable in use. With its ten programmable buttons I was hoping I could re-assign the Email/MSN buttons to launch various applications as my Media PC wouldn’t require Email let alone MSN usage. The mouse uses 2xAA batteries that are very kindly included in the package. These slotted into the battery compartment without being a tight fit.
The micro receiver surprised me, well its size anyway. I know its obvious but that thing is tiny! This little device operates at 2.4GHz and claims to give 5 times the range of normal 27MHz devices. Installation was very quick, upon plugging in the receiver unit, I switched on the mouse via the on/off switch on its belly and Windows Vista instantly recognised the mouse and I was up and running in under 10seconds.
What really impressed me however, was the fact that every button worked out of the box without the need to even install SetPoint – Logitech’s almost unified driver suite for its Mice & Keyboards. Forward/Back buttons worked in Firefox and IE7 without problems, and the wheel tilt feature worked fine in Excel upon nudging the wheel left or right. The Volume buttons were perfect and even the Mute button worked too! The mouse wheel however was set to zoom, so the user can zoom into web pages on a browser, quite pointless if you ask me. I had little choice but to obtain the latest version of SetPoint and change the functionality of the mouse wheel.