Of course, to get the most out of these fancy peripherals, you need to install the included SetPoint software. As you'll know if you're a regular reader, SetPoint has gone from being annoying bloatware to being rather good over the last few years. Setup couldn't be simpler, after which you can customise the heck out of any Logitech peripheral.
But let's find out what the Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution is actually like to use. ‘The speed you need. The control you crave', Logitech claims on the side of the box, making for some funky rhyme and alliteration. Thankfully, it's not just fun wordplay, but mostly true.
Starting with the least interesting bit, the dongle is fairly unremarkable, featuring a small ‘connect' button you will only need to use for troubleshooting. It will also act as a hub for any Bluetooth device.
The mouse, meanwhile, is probably responsible for the ‘Revolution' addition to the name, as it is virtually identical to the excellent Logitech MX Revolution Mouse, which, if you follow the link to our comprehensive review, you'll see we really liked. The only differences between that and our current model are a few minor cosmetic changes, and that it's now Bluetooth instead of RF.
In case you haven't read about it already or don't like links, here's a short overview. The Revolution MX is an 11-button, laser engine, dual-wheel rodent. For office purposes, it's probably the nicest mouse I've used, with the possible exception of the MX1000. It glides across the desk much more smoothly than the recently reviewed Microsoft Laser 6000 thanks to increased size and better distribution of the Teflon feet, though the 6000's shape allows for a slightly more relaxed hold.
Its main innovation, however, is ‘hyper-fast scrolling' using its MicroGear Precision wheel. What this basically allows you to do is scroll through lengthy documents at a flick of the wheel, which "free spins" until you stop it. Amazingly, with Logitech's software installed it switches intelligently between this and normal, notched scrolling depending on your application. The software also allows you to set a huge number of customizable shortcuts and key-bindings to the Revolution MX's 11 buttons, making programs like Photoshop much easier to use.
Unfortunately, however, the Desktop MX 5500 is not designed for gaming, and the mouse is where you are most likely to notice. Though its moulded contours (yes, it's right-handers only) are very comfortable for normal use, they don't lend themselves to fingertip game-play. There's also some lag when fragging, making the Revolution mouse for casual gamers only.