I have recently picked up the Logitech MX Revolution Mouse. I know, it has been around for a while now, but there were two reasons why I didn’t consider it before:
- I couldn’t get my mind around laying down $100 on a mouse
- I couldn’t see that I had a need for all the options that it provided.
It is probably fair to say that it has been one of the best devices that I have used and on a day to day basis it is hard to imagine not using it!
Out of the box it looked and felt great – a real ‘hand in glove’ feeling. I would not be exaggerating if I said that it was by far the most comfortable mouse that I had used in over 20 years of computing. As this was my first optical mouse I was amazed at how quickly and lightly it moved around. A quick check back to the Mighty Mouse reinforced how heavy and sluggish the poor old MM felt!
As I wanted to use the MX with the Mac I had already researched the options and had got my hands on SteerMouse an excellent application that makes configuring the MX really easy, and enhances the user experience immeasurably. It costs $20 so takes the total cost associated with the MX up to $120, but I would still say that it is worth it, and that isn’t something I thought I would ever say about that much money on a mouse!
The MX in Use
On the basis that a ‘typical’ day for me involves 10 – 12 hours in front of the Mac, primarily writing, but also using Photoshop a lot, surfing the web, editing documents and a bit of light weight coding from time to time, the single largest benefit has been the comfort. Gone are the days of cramping in the fingers, or a sore palm from a poorly fitting mouse.
The second benefit has been the amount of useful functions that I have been able to program into the mouse thanks to SteerMouse. If you look at the picture above this is how I have my mouse configured:
- The side scroll wheel is programmed to copy (forward) paste (back) and cut (press in)
- The forward and back arrows are programmed to hide and quit applications respectively
- Pushing down on the scroll wheel opens up Dashboard
- The button on the top opens up Spotlight
Add to that the super fast (and smooth) scrolling and the side to side scrolling from the central scroll wheel and I have to say that this saves me an unbelievable amount of time each day, and it was remarkable how quickly I became used to having these features – I was like a fish out of water when I had to use the Mighty Mouse on Sands iMac. So much so that I got her a MX as well!
The rechargeable docking station is really the icing on the cake as far as I am concerned, both in terms of design and functionality.
Any down side?
One known error. It is likely, well actually inevitable, that the MX will lose its settings when the Mac reawakens. This is easily cured by removing and then reinserting the small and neat USB stick, with no loss of settings. Not perfect then, but hardly a major issue and in no way does this detract from the enjoyment and benefit of using what has to be one of the best accessories I have ever got my hands on – literally in this case!