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Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse

Not cheap, but a joy to behold By Charlie White

If youve been holding out on buying a wireless mouse and have $80 to spare, Logitech offers its MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse for Mac and PC, which could prove itself a prime candidate for freeing you from cords forever. Sure, its expensive, but if you want the best technology, its usually not going to be cheap. Packed with features and near-perfect ergonomic design, this new input device sets a new standard, leading the departure of the best mice from infrared to laser technology. Lets hop on board the laser train and see what this little rodent can do.

As soon as I opened the package from Logitech, it became immediately apparent I was looking at a high-end product. The packaging for the MX1000 is festooned with holographic images, undulating plastic curved surfaces and state-of-the-art graphic design. Best of all, its easy to open. I dont know about you, but Im getting sick and tired of packages that are impossible to open unless you have a stick of dynamite handy. Bravo, Logitech, for the most beautiful and user-friendly packaging yet devised. And wait, it gets better. Holding this new mouse in my hand was as if I had squeezed a lump of molding clay and then they made a mouse that fit my hand perfectly from its cast. My only complaint is the right mouse button doesnt extend all the way to the bottom edge of the unit?Ive gotten in the habit of right-clicking in a certain area where there is no mouse button on the MX1000. In my opinion, this is a common design flaw with Logitech mouse products. But hey, thats just me. Its a small complaint for an exceptional piece of industrial design.

Just above and below the mouse wheel, Logitech offers you cruise control, letting you move quickly up and down a document with little effort. Note the apparent absence of right-click and left-click buttons.

The mouse is replete with innovative buttons and lights. Of course, on top there is the customary mouse wheel which not only scrolls up and down but from side-to-side, a new idea pioneered by Microsoft which I think has limited usefulness. On the other hand, Logitech has devised a new kind of mouse button thats on the top and bottom of the scroll wheel, allowing you to, as Logitech puts it, ?cruise (see graphic above). For example, if youre scrolling down a Web page and you find yourself turning the wheel one too many times, just move your finger down a bit and push the Cruise button, and suddenly youre zipping down the page at a pleasingly rapid pace. Meanwhile, the side of the mouse has a forward and back rocker switch as weve seen before, but then between that is a little button that performs the same function as Alt/Tab (see graphic below), allowing you to switch between applications with a slight flick of the thumb. Of course, if any of these mouse functions are not to your liking you can change them to whatever you want.

In the middle of the Forward and Back rocker switch is a little button that lets you switch between open applications.

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