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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Performing Mouse! But practical?, June 6, 2004
This review is from: Logitech MX900 Bluetooth Cordless Optical Mouse (Personal Computers)
I use this mouse with my Powerbook with built in bluetooth.
Pros:
- Control- I have used this mouse for first person shooter video games, which requires that a mouse be very accurate and fast, this mouse is both. Supposedly there is a theoretical bottleneck in the refresh rate with bluetooth mice vs. USB mice and Logitech's own RF mouse (mx700), but I did not notice it in my use, so its doubtful that in ordinary, everyday use that anyone can tell the difference between this mouse and other quality corded mice.
- Ease of use- The mouse took less than 10 seconds for bluetooth to recognize the mouse and configure it. The mouse is literally plug and play, without the plug. Of course I am using my built in bluetooth, the mouse also comes with a hub that will require some installation of software that comes with package if you don't have built in bluetooth.
- Comfort- like the other reviews say, this is definitely a right handed mouse and its probably the most comfortable mouse I have owned. Beware if you are left handed though. The mouse is also heavy due to the batteries, but less than an hour later my hand adapted and I use this mouse as naturally as any other mouse.
Cons:
- Battery Life- really battery life is not an issue if you remember to always put your mouse in the cradle when you are not using it. It does become an issue, however, if you plan on using the mouse for extended time periods without charging or if you forget to charge your mouse. Nothing is worse than rushing to finish a document and suddenly have your mouse run out of batteries. Does it defeat the purpose of a cordless mouse if you have to keep a normal mouse close by as a backup? But as I said, if you use this mouse for a few hours at a time and always remember to place back in the hub, you'll be all right.
- Bluetooth hub- For me personally, I wish they would sell this mouse without the Bluetooth hub, because I don't need it. But maybe you don't need it either. What is the use of buying a "cordless mouse" when you need a hub that is connected to a cord anyways? If you are buying this mouse as a way to save room on your desk, keep in mind that you will need to connect the hub to your computer if you don't have bulit in bluetooth. This not only adds a cable going from your computer to the hub, but also adds a cable going to the electric outlet so you can use the hub to charge the mouse. So by buying a 'cordless" mouse, you've actually added an extra cord and a hub that takes up space. The hub is nice, however, if you already have some other bluetooth enable devices such as a phone or PDA that you have not been able to take advantage of because you don't have Bluetooth on your computer.
- Laptop practicality- see above if you don't have bluetooth built in. Its even worse for a laptop to lug around a hub. But if you do have laptop with built in bluetooth and you want to use this mouse for portability purposes there are also some things you must be aware of. First off the mouse does lessen your battery life a bit by way of the bluetooth connection. Secondly there is no OFF button on the mouse (it instead turns off by sensing inactivity), so to be able to travel with it, you must take the batteries out and then put them back in when you take it out of your bag.
- Price- This is by far the most money I've ever spent on a mouse. If you MUST have a cordless mouse and you don't care about bluetooth for your other peripherals, then consider the MX700 for almost half the price. The MX700 also comes with a hub, but it isn't bluetooth (and therefore has less range and much less connectivity options that bluetooth offers). If you can live with the decreased battery life and taking the batteries in and out, this mouse does become worth the price for a travel mouse. It is also great for Powerpoint presentations, hook up the laptop to a projector and you can sit anywhere in the room and still use your mouse to point and control the presentation, unless the room is huge like an auditorium and you are on the other side.
Conclusion- This mouse leaves nothing to be desired as far as performance and comfort go. Ease of installation is another plus to this great product. However, before you purchase this product, ask yourself is this mouse practical for you? Do you really need a bluetooth hub? Is it really worth the price to you for the bluetooth wireless mouse vs the rf wireless mouse or even a corded mouse? If your answer is yes to these questions, then I highly recommend the MX900 mouse to you.
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