Previously I reviewed Logitech’s MX300 mouse, which was an entry type mouse for the series. It had a nice feel and scrolled really smoothly across the screen. The big brother of the MX300 is up today and it’s one of the best mice I’ve used in a long time. It’s just too bad the Logitech software impedes what otherwise would be the mouse of choice in this reviewer’s eye.
The MX 500 optical mouse is one damn fine mouse. Featuring no less than eight programmable buttons, the MX 500 offers a great number of functionality on one hand. It’s got a cool design, cool look, and a great feel.
The MX line has all their mice in a black and gray color scheme, which I really like. It goes well with a lot of computers coming out nowadays in the black or dark gray colors. Physically, I think it’s an evolution from the Dual Optical that Logitech has. Like Microsoft’s refinements on the cordless Optical to their original Intellimouse design, the MX 500 has many refinements over the Dual Optical that makes it a very comfortable mouse to handle. The thumb recess has a nice shape and is deep enough for a comfortable thumb rest. Looking at the mouse from the top and you’ll wonder where the main mouse buttons are. Usually there are two buttons with a divider space between them to outline the buttons. The MX 500’s design features one long plastic piece that runs from the back of the mouse to the front where the wheel mouse and middle buttons separate the plastic in two. The main mouse buttons are almost “hidden” by the design of the top. Sure enough when you press the left and right areas of the plastic, the mouse clicks. It’s really cool and you have to see it to really appreciate the sleek design.
So what’s new in the MX engine of this line of mice? Well for starters the optical camera is capable of processing 4.7 megapixels per second. Logitech also claims their sensor is 80% larger than most sensors out there. The larger sensor helps with tracking on more difficult surfaces since it can take a picture of a bigger area and gives it more of a picture to compare movements with. The mouse has a resolution of 800DPI for a smoother, more accurate cursor control on screen. Also, the sensor is recessed farther into the mouse to allow it to capture more of the surface you are gliding over. All in all, these and other factors help produce a superior mouse movement.
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