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.
Comfort & Style:
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.
Addict Score: 10/10
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.
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.
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
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
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?
Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse
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.
Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse Review
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
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.
Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse
Date : 09.11.2002A 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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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