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Date: 10.02.2003

Introduction:
As with many computer enthusiasts, I’ve had my doubts about Wireless technology in general. Be it wireless networking, infrared, or radio frequencies I simply didn’t feel it secure, or fast enough for any of my needs. Over the past few months I debated about purchasing a wireless mouse, and finally one day that wire snagged one too many times and then all those thoughts were tossed out the window. Well what did those magic credit card numbers get me? It got me the Logitech MX700 Wireless Optical Mouse.

Logitech hit the market hard with one of the first manufacturers around to provide a rechargeable dock for their wireless mouse. It’s a great idea and removes the expenses of replacing batteries, for some of us it would be extremely expensive to do based on how much time you spend on your computer. Sure some smaller companies have done this, but not nearly as well, and clearly not to the same market.

Technology:
How does a wireless optical mouse work? Let’s start with the optical portion, as I see them as two completely separate features. Logitech Mice have three core components, first the mouse receives thousands of pictures via their Image Acquisition System (optical lens) which are then sent to the Digital Signal Processor, or most commonly known as a DSP. This analyzes the surface variation and movement to provide coordinates given to the Serial Peripheral Interface. In more common language, the mouse takes thousands of pictures, analyzes them, and tells the computer what direction and how fast the mouse is moving. Logitech’s Optical Engine has an image processing of 4.7 mega pixels/sec, a resolution of 800 dpi (dots per inch), 10g’s of Acceleration, and with speeds up to 40 inches/sec this mouse isn’t targeted to be used with Word, or Outlook but in Unreal Tournament 2003, and other action packed games. No wonder most computer enthusiasts like this mouse; it is everything a wired mouse has, without the wire burden!

The wireless aspect of the MX700 is similar to most mice out on the market as it utilizes a wireless networking using their own proprietary wireless communication called Palomar technology. This technology runs at 27 MHz which is plenty fast for mice these days. Essentially the mouse looks for the receiver on a channel, which is a set frequency range for each channel which can help avoid interference. After this communication is set, the Serial Peripheral Interface essentially sends what it normally would be given to your computer directly to the docking station, or essentially the middleman wirelessly.

Buttons:
So what does this mouse sport? Well first of all it has a total of 8 buttons! That’s plenty for any gamer, or web surfer. It has the mandatory forwards and backwards buttons, left and right buttons, scroll wheel, up and down buttons, and an application button. Of course these can all be modified easily via Logitech’s MouseWare. What we would have welcomed as a gamer is Macro settings for applications and games. Using one button to enter chat, and type your most common comment is priceless. Also when was the last time you did repetitive multi-stepped functions in your favorite applications? Obviously using the hot keys in your Macros can help a lot and cut down on excessive keyboard, or mouse usage.

Comfort & Style:
I don’t like to comment much on comfort level for the pure fact that its based on how your hands are shaped, and their size! How I perceive a mouse comfort level is far different than even my best friends view. If you really need to know for a fact you’ll have the comfort level you want I suggest you visit your local retailer who has this mouse for demonstration. I personally love this design, it fits my natural hand posture perfectly, and either that or I’ve changed my natural hand posture to fit my mouse. I really liked the fact that my thumb wasn’t resting on a button, on my old Microsoft IntelliMouse; I often would accidentally hit the ‘back’ button only to cause aggravation. This placement is much better as I can’t accidentally hit a mouse button as I grip my mouse in aggravation.

The most noticeable property of this mouse is its stylish design. Logitech surely got it right this time as it looks as amazing as it performs. It just screams to go on every enthusiast desktop! It isn’t just comfortable, it looks comfortable; it looks great, and will go with any case. The one added plus that the design brings is the full one piece top that also acts as your left and right click buttons. This should eliminate the possibility of dust or dirt entering the mouse. I especially like the looks of it next to my Lian-Li aluminum case.

Software:
Logitech bundled their MouseWare with this mouse, and I must say it does the job quite well. Not only did they include an easy to follow device setup, they also gave the consumer the option to customize the mouse to fit their needs. Logitech included the almost mandatory cursor selector, button mapping, motion settings, cordless settings, and finally device information.

First off the quick device setup was done quite well. There is little customization here, however it gets your mouse up and running quickly. The last thing anyone wants to do is go through mapping their mouse buttons during setup, changing cursors, and setting motion settings. We get the basic functionality of the mouse working first!
The cursor selection isn’t exactly the first thing an enthusiast jumps for, but it is an added touch. Most of the selections were taken from Windows XP, however Logitech had made a few of there own including ‘Black by Logitech,’ ‘Extra Large by Logitech,’ ‘Left by Logitech,’ and ‘Medium Black by Logitech.’
The button mapping section is quite simply. A simply diagram is also at readily availability to show where each button is designated on the mouse. For the most part we enjoyed the mouse button mapping but would like to see either a macro key mapping, or the ability to bind a button with more keys on the keyboard itself. Presently the only options we have now are Click/Select, Close Application, Context Menu/Alternate Select, Copy, Cruise Down & Up, Cut, Double-Click, DragLock, Explore my Computer, Find Computer, Find Document, Forward, Main Windows Help, Maximize, Middle Button, Minimize, Minimize All, Paste, Quick Switch, Recall Application, Resize Window, Run…, Start Menu, Unassigned, Undo, Undo Minimize All, Universal Scroll, Backspace, Control, Delete, Enter, Escape, F1-F12, Page Down, Page Up, and Shift. As you can see Logitech gave you many options here and should be satisfactory to everyone who purchases this mouse.
The motion settings allow you to change how fast your mouse should move, and how much it should accelerate. I choose to use the fastest speed, and no acceleration however it is simply what I am used to. Logitech also has included Smart Move, which snaps the cursor to the nearest dialog box. It’s nice for those who can’t use a mouse comfortably but for the Gamer, it’s not needed. Lastly, Cursor Trails is also an option here; this only reminds me of having a really bad LCD Monitor that is constantly ghosting.
Cordless settings are helpful as well. Logitech did a great job here and included both a channel selection, and also a battery level. I found the batter level to be extremely helpful but I would prefer to see a small bar in the System Tray for this. The channel selection is also a must have in any environment. Who wants to be working or playing games until your neighbor, or sibling picks up their phone only to cause interference. Now I have yet to experience any problems at all with this mouse, but this doesn’t mean you’re immune to interference!
Finally, device information isn’t all that important, but it does help. The only thing you can really do here is select which Mouse you’re modifying, which can be helpful if you do need two Mice due to batter consumption. This section also shows what version of Logitech’s MouseWare you are using. There was an update available on Logitech’s website so we decided to download it. The version number is 9.75 for the mouse driver, and 9.75.302 for the Control Center. We didn’t experience any problems before and after updating the MouseWare.

Games:
We wouldn’t just take Logitech’s word that this game does the job in games, we had to find out for ourselves. After playing for quite some time I do agree with Logitech here. I played Unreal Tournament 2003, Battlefield 1942, and Medal of Honor: Spearhead to name a few of the games. I experienced no problems at all and enjoyed not having that pesky cord to snag on nearly everything! I also truly enjoyed having all eight buttons, sure not all of them are in the best place while in games, but they do add the extra value to the mouse. With a resolution of 800dpi, 4.7 mega pixels/sec of image processing, and a speed of up to 40 inches/sec this mouse is meant for the gamer.

Conclusion:
After using the mouse, I can’t recommend any other product available on the market. Maybe after Bluetooth Mice become available, and receivers aren’t necessary, maybe. Until then however, we can’t recommend a better mouse than this! Its got a great functional and stylish design, fits well with most hand sizes, and works great. An eight button mouse also adds to the gaming element as well as general web surfing and the work environment. This mouse is the best for Home, Office, and LANing!

 

LAN Addict Score:   10/10


 


 

Logitech MX700


Date: 29.12.2002


Introduction:
Recently, Logitech has raised the bar of expectations by developing the best optical and wireless mouse, the MX700. The newest mouse technologies have been applied into the MX700. Some of the new features of the MX700 are the MX Optical Engine, Fast RF Cordless Technology, Cruise Control Scrolling System, Quick Switch Program button, and Internet Navigation buttons. Lets examine these new technologies and determine whether they are worth your hard earned cash!

Specifications:



Engineered for Advanced Precision and Control
• New benchmark in optical systems combines high resolution and high frame rate to achieve superior performance.
• Ground-breaking new engine captures more data every second, measuring even the smallest movement.
• 800-dpi sensor ensures unparalleled accuracy.
• Advanced digital radio technology provides the performance of a corded USB device within a six-foot range.
• Rapid charge base station combines both receiver and charger in one to ensure that your mouse is always ready for work (or play).
• Cruise Control™ system combines two buttons with scroll wheel to ease scrolling through long documents or web sites.
• Quick Switch Program Selector moves you between active documents and programs.
• Two thumb buttons let you move forward or backward between pages.
• Sleek contoured shape fits snugly into your right hand.
• Five-year warranty
MX™ Optical Engine Maximum Performance Specifications
• Image Processing: 4.7 mega pixels/sec
• Resolution: 800 dpi
• Acceleration: 10g
• Speed: 40 inches/sec
System Requirements for PC
• IBM®-compatible PC
• Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows® NT, Windows® 2000, Windows® Me, Windows® XP
• Available USB or PS/2 port
• Windows® 98 or later for USB
• CD-ROM drive
System Requirements for Macintosh
• Macintosh® OS 8.6 or later
• USB port
• CD-ROM drive

Company: Logitech
Product: MX700
Available: Now
Author: Roger S.
Price: $70
Date: 12/29/2002





Bundle:


Notice the simple, but professional design on the box.



The bundle includes MouseWare 9.7 Drivers, MX700 mouse, Cordless mouse receiver, USB to PS/2 green adapter, 5.8v AC transformer, a thick manual, and two rechargeable 1.2v, 1700mAh, High Power BYD AA Batteries.




The sleek MX700 placed in the Cordless Mouse Receiver.



This is the underside of the mouse.

Details:
With the newly designed MX™ optical engine, the MX700 instantly responds to your fastest movements. This mouse is optical and cordless, but still gives you fast response like corded mice. The charger does more than charge the batteries of the mouse; it also acts as a receiver for the mouse.




The two Cruise Control buttons allows smooth and continuous scrolling through long documents or websites.



The Quick Switch Program selector allows you to switch between active programs and documents with a simple click of a button.




The MX Optical Engine captures more than 60% more information per second than other leading mouse. To be precise, it captures 4.7 mega pixels of information per second. The sensor of the mouse needs to “see” small surface details to track motion. Thus, the more detail captured within each image, the more data will be available for calculating movement. The MX700 captures images that that are over 80% larger than other sensors on the market today. This contributes to the ultra smooth tracking on traditionally difficult surfaces such as wood desktops or surfaces with repetitive patterns.


Another factor that determines how well an optical mouse performs is the quality of the images it captures. Since the lens is just a fraction of an inch above the tracking surface, and the actual size of the images is very small, even slight variations in manufacturing tolerances can result in blurry images which seriously degrade tracking quality. Logitech designed new lens for the MX Optical Engine that improves the depth of field. The result is more details are captured in each image with greater clarity. Optical sensors must employ complex software to analyze the incoming images and determine motion.


The intelligence of the software affects performance greatly, especially when the mouse is used on difficult surfaces. The software used with the MX Optical Engine accumulates years of broad research and testing.











There is also a white button near the bottom on the underside of the mouse. The button allows you to change from channel 1 to channel 2. This is an excellent idea. Having two separate channels allows you to have two MX700’s in the same room and not cause interference with each other. I didn’t see any performance differences between the two channels. The mouse was able to operate perfectly 10 feet away from the receiver and a full 13 feet away from the receiver when the batteries were fully charged.







The unique shape of the MX700 makes my hand feel very relaxed while using the mouse. There is also a space designed specifically for your thumb. All the hard work contributes to the exceptional performance on surfaces that traditionally cause problems for other optical mice.

Conclusion:
I heard many people complaining about the scroll wheel, but it’s an easy fix. Just do as it says on the screen shot below:




Even though this is one of the highest priced mice on the market, I feel comfortable recommending it to you. It’s certainly worth it. You’re hand fits perfectly on it. It’s also great for presentations because you can control everything with this mouse from 10 feet away. The accuracy is unbelievable. It’s very easy to handle, especially programs that demand precision such as Photo Shop and the most system intense PC game you can find. One thing I would like to see on the MX700 is a button on the side where your thumb goes that allows you to “double-click” with a single click, like Logitech’s Dual Optical mouse. Nonetheless, a great and solid product!





 


Test av Logitech MX700

Dato: 26.12.2002

Tidligere i år slapp Logitech tre nye mus på markedet. Med sin overlegne optiske teknologi og tradisjon kunne man på forhånd forvente noen av markedets ypperste gnagere. Logitech MX700 er den trådløse versjonen av den tidligere testede MX500. Vi har blitt lovet et gjennombrudd i trådløs teknologi og en verdig konkurrent til tradisjonelle trådbaserte mus, men holder MX700 mål i gamingsammenheng?

Designmessig lik MX500
Designmessig er MX700 identisk med den trådbasert MX500. Ved første øyekast ser en at musen er musen er en hel del større enn MX300, som en følge av det er den også tyngre. Hvis vi ser bort ifra den optiske teknologien som er lik for hele MX-serien minner egentlig MX700 mer om Microsofts toppmodell IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0. Teknologien er også det som setter Logitech sine mus i førersettet nå om dagen. De kan skryte med hele 800 dpi og med dette er de helt der fremme på teknologifronten. Designmessig skiller også MX-serien seg fra det kjedelige og ordinære. Logitech har faktisk leid inn et nytt designbyrå til å formgi deres nye gnagere, og dette er lett å se. MX700 har ikke synlige høyre og venstre musknapp. Man har heller valgt å gjøre området der en forventer å finne musknappene til trykksensitive områder, eller usynlige musknapper om du vil. Dette er langt i fra så forvirrende som det kan høres ut som, og det fungerer godt i praksis. Musens overflate er lik den vi finner på MX300. Dette betyr at den er behandlet på et slikt vis at du får et ekstra godt grep rundt musen, og det er både en synlig og merkbar forskjell på overflaten av musen og sidene. Dette bidrar til at du lett får festet fingrene rundt den.

Etter hvert har det blitt vanlig med en horde knapper på de dyrere musene. Det har variert fra internettsnarvei-knapper til avanserte scrolle-egenskaper. Logitech MX700 kopierer MX500 med sine åtte knapper. Mange gamere vil nok synes det høres flott ut å kunne plassere sine mest brukte kommandoer på musen, men i praksis fungerer ikke dette like bra. Tre av knappene har blitt plassert rundt scrollehjulet noe som fører med seg at de blir ubrukelige i spillsammenheng. De to tommelknappene er også så små og tett plassert at det blir umulig å bruke de til noe meningsfylt. Ergonomisk sett er MX700 mer interessant enn faktisk nyttig. Ved første øyekast kan den se ut som om den passer like godt til både høyre- og venstrehendte, men så fort du prøver musen finner du ut at dette ikke stemmer. Det er et innhugg på den venstre siden av musen hvor det tydeligvis er ment at du skal plassere tommelen. Gjør du dette blir du liggende med hånden rundt hele musen og mister en del av finkontrollen. Forsøker du å ligge litt mer bakpå kjenner du at sidegropen gnager seg inn i tommelen din og bryter med hele poenget om å være ergonomisk utformet. Hvorfor man ikke har valgt en mer avrundet form er bortenfor min fatteevne. På grunn av gropa er det også vanskelig å naturlig gli over til tommelknappene, noe som bidrar til å minske nytten av de ytterligere. I praksis har du derfor ikke noen særlig mulighet for å benytte deg av de åtte knappene, og liker du å legge stemmekontroller og lignende på musen er IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 et mye bedre valg. Ergonomiproblemet er i mindre grad det samme vi opplevde med Logitech sin Dual Optical-mus, så er du mot formodning glad i denne formen vil du nok kunne leve med MX700. Alle andre bør nok styre unna. En må også huske at musen benytter batterier, og disse flytter på tyngdepunktet. Dette gjør at musen ikke blir like kontrollerbar som MX500 fordi du hele tiden må dra rundt på to batterier.

Kvalitetsmessig er likevel Logitech på topp slik vi har blitt vant med. MX700 er intet unntak fra dette. Knappene føles solide og motstanden er akkurat slik den bør være. Det blir sjelden registrert trykk du ikke ønsker. Hvis en bare ser på teknologien er musen helt i front sammen med de andre MX-musene fra Logitech. Scrollehjulet kjennes identisk med det vi finner på MX300, og følgelig er også dette av absolutt toppkvalitet. Som vanlig er også teflonføttene på musen glimrende. Du trenger nesten ikke Mouse Skatez med disse føttene.

Siden jeg tester mange forskjellige mus bytter jeg ofte gnagere flere ganger om dagen. Microsoft sine IntelliPoint-drivere pleier å spise det meste jeg forer den med, men MX700 spyttet den ut spontant. Alle knappene ble satt til venstre museknapps funksjon, noe som gjorde at alle spill gjengjente den som "Button 1". Å hoppe inn i en match og plutselig oppdage at musen din har blitt redusert til en eneste stor venstre museknapp er ikke koselig. Selvsagt er det meningen å bruke Logitechs egne Mouseware-drivere, men at musen ikke takler vanlige drivere og samtidig totalt ødelegger oppsettet for - i dette tilfellet - Microsoft sin IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 har jeg aldri vært borti før. Det gikk heller ikke an å gå inn i IntelliPoint-driverne og manuelt ordne de igjen, så hva MX700-musen har gjort fatter jeg ikke. Det eneste som virket var å plugge ut alle mus fra systemet for så å koble til Microsoft-musen igjen.

Det mest interessante med MX700 er selvsagt hvordan den trådløse løsningen funker. Med i pakken følger selve musen, en basestasjon og noen oppladbare batterier. For at dette skal virke må du plugge basestasjonen i maskinen samtidig som du kobler den til en strømkontakt. Deretter må musen laders opp ved å plassere den i basestasjonen. Når du er ferdig med dette er musen klar til bruk. Noe av det første du merker er at trådløse mus fortsatt har et stykke igjen til det tar igjen sine trådbasert konkurrenter. Selv om MX700 er den beste trådløse musen jeg noensinne har testet kan du fortsatt merke at du styrer en mus fremfor selve markøren på skjermen. Etter en stund blir det noe mindre merkbart, men sammenligner du direkte kan du lett føle at det er noen uregelmessigheter. Dette til tross for at Logitech lover deg en usynlig USB-kontakt, eller rettere sagt oppdateringer på 125hz.Viktig å merke seg er det også at MX700 krever oppladning etter bruk. For de som ikke sitter på datamaskinen i lang tid av gangen er dette sikkert akseptabelt, men kan du virkelig forestille deg å måtte avbryte en kamp fordi batteriet i musen din er flatt?

Konklusjon
På den ene siden er MX700 et stort steg fremover for trådløse mus, men samtidig viser den nok en gang at trådløse mus enda ikke er en seriøs konkurrent til de tradisjonelle, trådbaserte musene. I Logitech MX700 finner du en av markedets stiligste mus koblet med den beste optiske teknologien som er tilgjengelig i dag. Til tross for dette blir det umulig å anbefale musen til en gamer når en tar ulempene knyttet til trådløse mus med i betraktningen. Synes du MX700 ser interessant ut finnes det ingen grunn til å ikke heller kjøpe den trådbaserte MX500. Logitech MX700 har også nøyaktig de samme ergonomi-problemene som MX500. Er du på jakt etter en stor mus bør du heller gå for Microsofts IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.

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Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse

Date: 02.12.2002

Talk to any gamer--or for that matter--enthusiast about wireless optical mice and you'll often get a bad reaction. The fact of the matter is, while both optical and wireless technology has come a long way, gamers who have tried using wireless in the past have left with a bad taste in their mouth. Logitech's MX700 looks to destroy the performance barrier separating wireless and corded mice.

Quick Overview
Nearly identical to its corded brother the MX500, the wireless MX700 features a seven button plus wheel layout with a very nice silver/black scheme. The design is well-contoured and smooth; the seamless left/right mouse buttons add to the nice look as well. The extra function buttons include internet browser forward/back thumb buttons, a task-switch button at the top and two scroll buttons for scrolling up/down in documents. Most of the keys are fairly well placed and not too difficult to access; although users with large hands may find the task switch button a little annoying.

Provided in the package are the MX700 mouse, the receiver/recharge base, two NiMH rechargeable batteries and the typical CD/documentation. Installation is USB-simple (as always). Simply plug in, install the software, put the batteries in the mouse and connect the receiver & mouse via their 'connect' buttons.

This is Wireless?
One of the main highlights of the MX700 is the combination recharger/receiver base. This nifty little system allows users to recharge their mice easily and will typically help avoid the 'dead battery syndrome' associated with wireless optical mice using regular batteries. The only real drawback to the charger base is that the mouse doesn't sit very securely and tends to tilt and slide out quite easily, although this is a very minor complaint. Battery life is well over 4 days of solid use and if users remember to throw their mice on the charger when at school or sleeping, they'll never run out of juice.

Logitech claims up to 6 feet of reception on the MX700 and this claim is well substantiated. Reception is strong well beyond 6 feet and performance isn't affected whatsoever.

Speaking of performance, the MX700 leaves nothing to be desired. Not only is it virtually lag-less, precision is excellent and at the level of any corded optical on the market. The only time you can really notice a difference between the MX700 and a comparable corded optical is if you've used either for an extended amount of time and then switched over.

The Bottom Line
With a street price of less than $25, the Logitech MX300 presents users a great looking, great performing mouse with only a few annoying and minor irks. While only around $5 more than the Microsoft Optical Mouse Blue, the MX300's pros far outweigh the measly cost.

Pros:
Precise and responsive; great battery life; ingenious recharge/receiver base; plenty of useful function keys.
Cons: Mouse sits rather loosely in recharge base; tad high price.
Verdict: If you're looking for a wireless optical mouse capable of performing on par with its corded brethren, look no further than the Logitech MX700.

Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse Review


Talk to any gamer--or for that matter--enthusiast about wireless optical mice and you'll often get a bad reaction. The fact of the matter is, while both optical and wireless technology has come a long way, gamers who have tried using wireless in the past have left with a bad taste in their mouth. Logitech's MX700 looks to destroy the performance barrier separating wireless and corded mice.

9.5
Plugworthy


 

Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse Review
High Speed, High Style, High Price

Date: 10.10.2002

It's been obvious for a couple of years that smooth-gliding optical mice are superior to their dust- and crud-collecting rolling-ball cousins. But cordless mice remain a minority -- fast-twitch gamers find their response can lag behind that of conventionally tailed mice, while other users find the neatness of a cord-free desktop offset by the nuisance of replacing short-lived batteries.

Well, Logitech says it's solved both problems, albeit pushing past the $75 price of rival Microsoft's premier Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer: For $80, the MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse combines faster sensor technology, rechargeable battery technology, and a boatload of buttons -- eight, count 'em, eight -- in a sculpted silver-blue shape.

The MX700 is the top of Logitech's new MX "performance mice" trio, built around an Agilent Technologies optical sensor with 800 dpi resolution. The red LED eye's 5,250 digital pictures of your desk surface add up to 4.7 megapixels per second; that means it can keep up with as many as 10G's of acceleration or hand movements of 40 inches per second. Unless your name is Schilling or Clemens, you may have trouble moving your arm that fast, but you'll have no trouble with the MX700 skipping or freezing -- we couldn't cause a glitch even when whipping the Windows Paint pencil back and forth with all our might.

But a fast cordless mouse sensor can be let down by sluggish or sporadic radio signals. That's why Logitech says the MX700 hails its desktop receiver (using 27MHz, not the consumer-product-crowded 900MHz frequency) 125 times per second, just as fast as the USB 1.1 port the receiver plugs into would speak to a corded mouse. The maximum mouse-to-receiver range is six feet; an adapter plug is provided if you want to connect the receiver to an older, slower PS/2 port.

As for batteries, the Logitech comes with two AA rechargeable NiMH cells, and the pudgy, coffee-mug-sized USB receiver doubles as a charging stand. Its AC adapter plugs into the receiver's USB connector, not the base, so there's slightly less cable clutter around your PC, though you'll need to find another free AC outlet if your PC, monitor, printer, speakers, and other peripherals have filled a power strip.

 

With the mouse propped vertically in the stand, a full charge -- which Logitech claims should be good for about ten days' average use -- takes four to six hours; the company says you can get a day's worth in 15 minutes, and that the NiMH batteries should last for 300 to 500 charge cycles. An LED on the mouse's back blinks to warn you when power's low; we suffered no ill effects from forgetting to park the MX700 properly overnight once, but you'll want to be virtuous about remembering to leave it in its stand instead of merely on your desk or mouse pad.

Thanks to the batteries, the curvy MX700 is taller and heavier (6.2 ounces) than corded mice, as well as too big for small hands and too right-handed for lefties. But it moves smoothly enough so you can adjust to its weight fairly easily. And it's quite comfortable as a handrest, with a dent that cradles your right thumb, although its top is smooth, without the finger grooves of the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer.

Indeed, its top is so smooth as to be free of visible left and right (main) mouse buttons -- the latter are hidden beneath its one-piece, brushed aluminum roof, giving a slick and stylish appearance.

Buttons and Ballyhoo

But just because the main buttons are invisible doesn't mean the Logitech lacks buttons -- indeed, while we've seen plenty of three-button (two plus clickable scroll wheel) mice, and quite a few five-button units that add "back" and "forward" tabs for Web browsing, the MX700 is the first eight-button mouse we've tried.

Numbers one through three are the usual left and right buttons and clickable scroll wheel (the last activating an auto-scroll function for paging up or down through long documents). Four and five are small "forward" and slightly larger "back" buttons mounted on the side, just above the dent for your thumb; the former takes a little learning but the latter feels nicely intuitive, and both make Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer navigation noticeably quicker.

Buttons six and seven are tiny ones mounted above and below the scroll wheel, in what Logitech calls the Cruise Control system: You press and hold a button to scroll the current document up or down for as long as you like, without having to repeatedly spin the scroll wheel, which Logitech suggests you save for line-by-line precise movement (indeed, the wheel's default driver moves just one line at a time, though you can choose the usual three lines or six or a whole screen at a time).

Finally, button eight -- and the only one that doesn't work without Logitech's MouseWare driver installed -- is a "Quick Switch Program Selector," top and center on the mouse's back; pressing it pops up an on-screen menu which you can click to switch among active applications (like a mouse equivalent of Windows' keyboard Alt-Tab shortcut).

We give this slightly crowded mousetop a mixed review: The up and down "elevator" buttons are easy to like, more convenient than flicking or spinning the scroll wheel, but the motion is jerky instead of smooth, and the scroll wheel was actually our test unit's worst feature, occasionally ignoring or skipping single turns or ratchets (after installing MouseWare, we'd turn it once with no effect, then again and get two jumps).

We found the program-switch button a bit uncomfortable -- too far back, so you must basically take your hand off the mouse and tap its top, and the program menu, as mentioned, is nothing you can't get from Alt-Tab (except for an added, useless "No Title" entry, presumably the mouse software itself).

But it's easy to reprogram the button (any or all of the eight) for another function such as Undo, Cut, Paste, Maximize, Minimize, Close Application, or the Start menu using the MouseWare driver. The latter works well enough, but we continue to point out two things we've pointed out for a year or so: First, Microsoft's mouse driver has the nifty ability to assign a button different functions in different applications, which Logitech still hasn't matched. Second, though it's not shy about charging $80 for a mouse, Logitech continues to sign up tacky advertising partners, so its software setup utility offers to install not only the driver but eBay, MusicMatch, the WildTangent online game network, and a "resource center" chock-full of ad links.

 

 

Overall, we think the important things about the MX700 Cordless Optical -- its fast response, cordless convenience, and comfortable shape -- are spot on, so it's well worth a look. But a couple of minor gripes keep it from being the unchallenged new king of mice.

Pros:

  • Smooth, fast performance, with comfort and customizable buttons to spare
  • No cord to tangle nor batteries to replace -- if you remember to park it in the recharging base/receiver

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Scroll wheel and driver software not as slick as Microsoft's offerings
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MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse

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Logitech

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Price
$80
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Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse

Date : 09.11.2002

A mouse is just a mouse right?  Well, increasingly these days, the answer to that is a resounding no.  Our small rodents have come a long way since they where invented way back in the dark ages, and have changed their role more into lifestyle products, than simple point and click devices.  I'm sure that the majority of computers are still connected to an old style ball type mouse.  However in the last few years, computer enthusiasts (and increasingly normal users) have graduated over towards a new technology, the optical mouse.

There are two main runners at the forefront of optical mice, and they are Microsoft and Logitech.  I'm going to take a look at the latter companies premiere new product, the MX700.

Anyone who has tried to use the MS Wireless Optical Explorer will realise just how badly designed a product it is.  In an effort to conserve battery life, they effectively killed off the mouse's usability.  The main problem with it was that it had a very long wakeup time, which meant if the mouse was stationary for any period of time, it would take a second to wakeup and move the cursor.  This time lag was extremely annoying, and made the mouse virtually impossible to use for gaming, especially sniping.

So, can Logitech's offering do any better?  Well, they started well by giving the mouse a very stylish colour scheme, and great looks.  This is a sure fire way to get a product off to a good start.  This is the best looking mouse I've seen.

The next thing that becomes apparently is the cordless nature of the mouse.  This means that the mouse communicates with the computer via radio.  This is far more advanced than the previous method of infrared, which required line of sight to operate, which meant it was a real problem on cluttered desks.  The base station is connected to both the mains (via a transformer) and to your computer, via a USB cable.  A PS/2 to USB adapter was included in the box if you prefer to use PS/2.  According to the Logitech manual, you should attempt to keep the base station away from any other electrical equipment, to avoid interference.  This is a bit of a pain considering the amount of electrical equipment that results from using a computer.  However it was presumably unavoidable because of the interference given off.
Logitech has implemented a technology called FastRF on this mouse.  The idea behind this is to increase the speed at which the mouse can communicate with the computer.  Logitech have managed to bring this up to 125 reports per second.  This is the maximum rate for USB port, and the standard rate for a PS/2 port.  This is far faster than previous cordless technology, and should in theory help the mouse to keep up with its corded brethren.

The mouse is fitted with an optical sensor, a technology that has become very popular over the last 2 years.  The problem that has traditionally been associated with optical wireless mice has been battery life.  Powering an LED and the CMOS sensor uses a lot more power than a traditional ball based device.  As aforementioned, Microsoft tried to get around this by giving the mouse a sleep mode.  However they didn't implement it very well, resulting in a product that was difficult to use. 
I'm pleased to report that I have not experienced any problems with wakeup time on this mouse.  It is always ready to go, and responds just as fast as a corded alternative.
If the mouse does not move for more than a few seconds, then it gently polls the LED, gradually reducing the activity of the unit to conserve battery life.
The counterpart to the LED, the optical sensor or CMOS has also been upgraded.  It now can scan a wider area.  This prevents problems when the mouse is being used at high speed.

All this technology means the mouse draws increased power.  Being a wireless model, this means batteries.  The mouse uses AA batteries, and comes supplied with 2 Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.  You don't need a charger however, as the base station acts as a charger for the mouse.  You just have to slot the mouse in, and it will start charging. 
The charge time was surprisingly fast too.  It took about 2 hours for the mouse to charge fully, and according to Logitech this will last ten days of normal use.  You can charge the mouse for one days use in as little as 10 minutes.  This is ideal if you have forgotten to leave the mouse on charge.
As the unit is using Ni-MH type rechargeable batteries, you can easily replace them with alternatives with similar ratings.  You can also use standard alkaline AAs or Ni-CD Rechargeable AAs, however remember not to try and dock the mouse, as they may cause damage (i.e. blow up!).

To indicate the battery charge level, a small mouse is located on the very top surface of the mouse.  This is off when the batteries have sufficient charge.  When the batteries are running low, it starts to flash red.  If you place the mouse onto its docking station, the light will flash green when it is charging, and then change to solid green for five minutes when fully charged, after which it will turn off.
Because the mouse is wireless, the only way to turn the device off is to either take the batteries out, or place it in the docking station.

Installation of the mouse is simple.  You simply have to plug the base station into your computer via the attached USB lead, and then connect the power adapter through the USB plug (it operates as a pass through).  It would have been nice if Logitech could have made the lead abit longer, especially as the station needs to be kept away from electrical devices.

After attaching the mouse, you have to install the software.  This is painless, and most people should be able to manage it.  The test computer had no problem detecting the base station or the mouse.
Generally the software performed how it should.  However its one failing was quite a major one - the scroll wheel.  With the drivers installed it does not perform as it should.  For example, UT2003 will not detect it.  Also, the cruise control buttons do not function 100% correctly in Netscape 7 (although the work fine in IE6).

I found the best fix for this was not to install the drivers at all.  The only problem with this is that you loose some functionality, for example the forward and back buttons.  Whether you install the current software or not will depend on what other software or games you wish to use.
I do hear, however, that Logitech are going to be releasing a new version of the Mouse ware drivers soon, in which all the problems will be remedied.

I wasn't expecting this mouse to be as good as some of its wireless competition.  I couldn't have been more wrong.  From the moment I started using it, I realised just how excellent it is.  The mouse is absolutely stuffed full of technology to ensure that it performs as well as it possibly can.
The mouse has a much higher DPI than other optical rodents (800 compared to 400dpi).  This means that it is much more sensitive.  It also maps directly onto the resolution of your screen, so you can move from one side to the other in a far shorter physical distance.  Personally, I like this.  Some people may not.  If you don't, you can turn down the speed in software.
This increased DPI also results in increased accuracy.  The mouse has worked very well with small precise tasks.

Logitech have also put in place technologies to stop the mouse from stalling when moved at high speeds.  This happens with a lot of optical mice when they are moved too quickly.  The optical sensor works by comparing pictures and thus relative movement.  These pictures must overlap so that the mouse can work out what direction it is being moved in and at what speed.  If it is moved too fast, most optical mice will not be able to take pictures quick enough to overlap.  This means the mouse gets confused and the cursor does not move on the screen at all.
I'm very pleased to report that this is not a problem at all on this mouse.  It can cope with 10G acceleration and being moved at up to 1 metre a second.  I don't think it's physically possible (or desirable) to move a mouse at speed.  You are not likely to even approach this kind of speed.  I couldn't even confuse it by moving it as fast as physically could.  When compared to most optical wired mice, which I can easily confuse, it is amazing.


Of course a lot of you will be interested in how the mouse performs in games.  I tested it extensively in both UT2003 and Quake 3.  It performed exactly how it should, and was extremely accurate, as I've come to expect.  It didn't have any problems with lag, not even when sniping and leaving the mouse still for extended periods of time.  In fact, I left the mouse still for over 5 minutes in Q3A, and the mouse's wakeup time was instant.

I have thoroughly enjoyed testing this mouse.  It has completely exceeded my expectations, and eradicated the competition in one go.  Infact, I think this product is so good, I'm going to give it an editor's award.

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