Logitech MX1000

Review

posted 9/1/2004 by John Yan
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Usually, I get a nice heads up from Logitech about what’s coming down the pipe. To my surprise, a new mouse showed up at my door a few days ago that I have never heard of. I was quite surprised to open up the box to find the new Logitech MX1000 in there. It’s the first laser mouse out right now instead of the traditional LED approach. Laser mouse you say? That’s right; it’s not the usual optical mouse. Rather it uses a laser to illuminate the surface. Is it better than optical? Well let’s check it out.



The design of the MX1000 is similar to the MX500+ range but with a bigger thumb area and slightly wider palm base. It’s not as long as the previous MX mice. The front of the MX1000 does sit higher though. A major difference is the thumb grove, which is a little deeper and having a larger base. I found the change to be pretty comfortable and do like it over the MX510’s design. I can rest my thumb on the bottom thereby alleviating a little of the strain that you would get holding the MX510. That’s not to say it takes a lot to hold the MX510 but the thumb groove on the MX1000 is a little more comfortable. Overall, I did enjoy the feel of the MX1000 over the MX510. I kept switching back and forth in the review and it always felt better going to the MX1000 than the other way around. Unfortunately, this mouse is gear towards right handed users so left handed users are once again left out in the cold.

The main mouse buttons are unchanged over the MX500+ mice with the one piece design that I really like. Users of the MX500+ mice will see that the quick switch and the scroll buttons have been altered or moved. For starters, scroll buttons are now integrated into a rocker like switch on the top. The change helps pressing these two buttons a little easier as there’s a lot more surface area to press on. The side buttons have also changed from being two separate buttons to a rocker switch. With the raised corners of the rocker, you can easily press the first or second side button. In the middle of the two side buttons is the quick switch button. The move from the top to the left side of the mouse does make it a lot easier to access. Originally, I had to use the lower part of my finger on the MX500+ mice to hit the quick switch button. Now, you can easily access it with the thumb. The quick switch button also has a different click and feel when pressed compared to the rocker thumb buttons. I can see it being accidentally pressed a few times if you’re playing fast paced action game and use the thumb buttons. I did hit it a few times trying to click on the back thumb button early on. Through some practice, I finally was able to quickly move my thumb to the correct position.

New to the line of Logitech mice is the tilt wheel function. If you’re a user of Microsoft’s latest mice, then this feature should be old news to you. Besides being about click and roll the mouse wheel, you can also tilt the wheel from side to side. For web pages or applications that have a horizontal scroll, the tilt wheel enables moving the page side to side without having to scroll down to the bottom and move the slider. I do like the sound and feel of the click once you tilt the wheel to either side. The wheel springs back to the neutral position pretty well once you let go. It’s pretty convenient and one change I am glad Logitech implemented in the mouse. Hopefully, this feature will become standard with all mice coming out now. The mouse wheel’s scrolling is pretty loose but has a soft click to it on each partial rotation. I do prefer a little more tension and a little stronger click on mouse wheels though.
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