I’ve been trying to get a hold of a Logitech Performance Mouse MX for a long, long time, and the features that drew me to this mouse was the dark field laser tracking that’s designed to work on any surface (even glass), and also the tiny, unifying wireless receiver. It only takes up one USB socket for a mouse and a keyboard, so you can have two devices connected to this. It also works with both PC and Mac, so that’s what drew me to this particular device. Now let’s have a look at what you get inside the packaging.
You do get a Quick Start guide, you also get the driver disk and the set point software so you can program all the buttons. You also get this little pouch; now in here, you get a USB extension cable. I haven’t used this at all – in my tests I didn’t have the need to use this – but basically what you do is you plug this into your computer, this thing sits on a desk somewhere, and you can have this little unifying receiver plugged into it. Now, this is important because in some situations your computer might be hidden away in a cupboard or under a desk, and that might affect the signal that comes from this receiver, so sometimes you do have to extend it round onto a desk so you get good reception and reliability on the mouse.
Also in this pouch, you get another USB cable; now again, this one plugs into a USB socket on one end on your computer, and the little micro-USB actually plugs in to the top of the mouse here. This is for a good reason; it’s a wireless mouse and it does need recharging every now and again, so you can actually plug it in and use it while it’s charging. So, good design feature there, works very well. The last thing in this package is an adapter here, and it comes with a two-pin adapter on this particular one I was sent in to review, but if you plug this into a three-pin UK adapter then you can charge it from a wall socket with that USB connection. All in a nice little pouch, so nice and easy to transport around; well-done Logitech, very well thought-out, nice that they include that to organize all your bits in.
Now, the mouse is the important thing, but before I show you around the mouse I’m just going to show you this tiny receiver again. Now as I said, this is one of the things that drew me to this mouse; this tiny little receiver, it’s called a unifying receiver. If you’re using this on a laptop, the size of it is very important indeed, because it only protrudes about 4 or 5 millimeters from the side of your laptop, so you can leave this plugged in all the time. On a desktop it’s less important about the size, but this little device actually allows you to connect both a mouse and a keyboard at the same time, so you’re only taking up one USB socket.
So, moving on to the mouse – this is a really cool mouse. First of all, I’m going to show you the shape of it – very ergonomic shape and it’s extremely comfortable in the hand. I’ve got medium-sized hands, and in use, this mouse is extremely comfortable to use for long periods of time. The scroll wheel is nice too, it’s got two different modes, and if I just stop talking, you can hear a little ratchet mechanism, and that is so that you can make very precise controls. Let me just give you a closer look in on that scroll wheel. So it’s on ratchet at the moment, and when I push this button here, it turns it into a super-smooth, really fast scroll wheel. The reason that’s useful is if I’m, perhaps, looking through long websites, or a long list of information, this allows you to scroll through really fast. Excellent for browsing or for gazing at long lists, maybe you’re using a spreadsheet and you need to scroll down fast.
Now, the side buttons, pretty customizable; we’ve got back and forth buttons here, we’ve got a zoom button down here, and we’ve got an extra button down here which is great for, perhaps, setting up to switch between applications. All of these don’t get in the way; they’re nicely positioned, as you can see my hand there, these are really easy to access without repositioning my hand on the top. Back to the top, the left and right mouse buttons are extremely well-balanced, almost perfect in fact, and then I showed you that USB connection on the top there so you can charge the device if you need to. There’s also some little LEDs here, which show you both the charge left in the battery, and also the resolution setting of the mouse as well.
Underneath, you’ve got a battery compartment; let me just pop that open for you. There’s a single battery in there, you can use either alkaline batteries or rechargeable, and if you’re using rechargeable then obviously you can recharge it from that socket; there’s also an on/off switch here, which allows you to save on battery when it’s not in use, and then alongside that is that dark field laser sensor, and it really does work on glass. I’ve tried this on glass, white desk, black desk – it works absolutely perfectly.
Now, my dislikes first; the battery life is not great. It goes through a full charge in two or three weeks, and all I can say is thank goodness it’s rechargeable because I wouldn’t like to be putting new batteries in it every couple of weeks, but my likes far outweigh that one thing. Super-smooth tracking, very reliable, loving the scroll wheel, it’s absolutely awesome. I really like that fast-scrolling function for dealing with long lists. The comfort is top-notch too; this is one of the most comfortable mice I’ve used, probably since I’ve started reviewing. I was going to say for a long time, but since I started reviewing this is really one of the most comfortable ones I’ve used, and I use a computer mouse for probably 8 hours plus a day. It’s worth every penny of its sixty-pound asking price; if you’re in the US it’s going to be about eighty dollars. Really liking this. This is my review of the Logitech Performance Mouse MX; highly recommended, should be on the top of your list if you’re shopping for a cordless mouse.