A few weeks ago, I ordered a Logitech Performance MX mouse from Amazon. I’ve struggled with hand pains for as long as I’ve been in high school, so about three years now. This mouse caught my eye a few months ago, but the price tag was too high back then. I bought it for a nice $79.99 and as a bonus, it came with a $15 rebate whittling it down to only $59.99.
The first few days of using the mouse, my hands hurt. I would loosely hold my old mouse, my wrist would rest on the mouse pad and I would propel the mouse with my fingers. The thumb and pinky would cradle the mouse on the sides, and my pointer and middle fingers would rest on the left and right buttons. That’s how it used to be. It’s essentially the same now, but instead of resting my wrist completely on the mouse pad, it’s half on and half off. The pain is more or less gone now, after two weeks of using it every day. So that’s about it for the paid points.
I’ve fallen in love with the fast scrolling feature. The button the top of the mouse changes the way the scroll works. The default way of course is the granular clicked based scrolling. Each amount of course will only allow the will to move so many clicks, scrolling only so much. When the button on the top is pressed though, it goes into superfast scrolling move. Basically, the clicks go away – there is no resistance. This allows me to scroll to pages so fast. It’s hard to describe what you’re missing when you don’t know about it. For instance, if you’re on my blog’s homepage, you could scroll through it incredibly quickly despite it being so long. In long emails, I use the fast scrolling to quickly go down and up too, it’s so easy.
The darkfield laser is a nice selling point, but that’s about it. I’ve never taken it away from my desktop, but that may change when I start going to school again. Even then, I doubt I’d ever actually run it over a glass table. Seriously, my desktop (my literal desk) is made of glass. The mouse works flawlessly on the glass, but I don’t think it’s anything to be drooling over. I must say, Dark Field is absolutely amazing as a name, it sounds very much like The Force.
The four left side buttons don’t get much use but that’s my fault. First, the back and forward buttons are something I always forget. I tend to just click the back button if I want to go back. Why do you go forward anyway? Moving along to the zoom function: it is weak. Zoom might be really great with Linux or OSX when the entire screen scales up accordingly. The way the Logitech zoom works is that it scales up the text in whatever browser window you’re using. I don’t like that, I want full screen zooming. I think this is more of a Windows deficiency than a mouse problem, but until Windows can actually zoom sensibly, it won’t be useful.
I was kind of excited for the expose-like feature. It isn’t anything like OSX’s expose. Nothing like it at all. it’s slower, but not sluggish. Since it’s not native, it’s of course going to be slower. It dims the screen, it moves the windows based on their size and some other algorithm. I use dual screens and I have to admit they didn’t account for this, because window previews will bleed over. Again, like zoom, this feature has to be implemented at an OS level before the mouse can safely do it justice.
You can click on the image to see it larger. You can see that the arrangement wastes loads of space and it makes things harder to see. As I’ve said before, native OS is the way to go.
Battery life is decent. My old mouse was a cordless double-A optical mouse and it would last a few weeks to a month or two. This new mouse lasts about three days before it tells me to recharge it. Of course, this sounds annoying but because Logitech gave me the AC-USB adapter, I have it plugged into a power strip and looped around one of the legs of my desk. I can plug in the mouse easily when I go to bed at night – it’s akin to turning off the monitor. The charging cord is a bit funny though, it’s ergonomically formed. The USB port on the mouse is also at an angle, which makes it kind of tricky to plug the mouse in without turning the mouse port to face you so you can actually see what’s going on.
There isn’t much to say about the universal receiver. It’s plugged in the front of my tower, where you would normally quickly insert flash drives. It’s close to the mouse, so the reception is undoubtedly good, and it would probably remain so even if further away. I love that it’s small, so if I did take it with me and attach to it a laptop, it wouldn’t get damaged.
I think that about covers it. The mouse is fantastic, it’s reduced hand and arm pain, the scroll wheel is incredible. For the new price of $79-$59, it’s a great deal if you need a nice new ergonomic mouse. I give it a 5 out 5.