Productivity is always important, and employers are often keen to help their staff by providing them with the technology to help them make their lives easier – dual monitors is a good example. Yet, despite the increasing use of two displays in the workplace, you’ll often still find people using the cheapest OEM mouse they can find. Why?
Not wanting to get into that conundrum any further, it suffices to say that there are significant benefits to investing in a good quality mouse for use at home or work – or working from home should that be what you do. Whether it’s through reducing the risk of RSI, or simply making work quicker and more efficient, and at around £50, Logitech’s MX Revolution is certainly worth serious consideration.
As a wireless mouse, the MX Revolution comes packaged with a charger stand, power adapter, a USB receiver and Logitech’s SetPoint software for configuring and customising button operations. Once you’ve peeled away the packaging, charged up the mouse and installed the software it’s hard not to be instantly impressed.
Designed for the right-hander only, the left side features a large thumb shaped groove with rubber gripping moulded into shiny black plastic. The main body is finished in a fetching dark grey matt plastic, whilst the right hand side is cut of one large piece of black rubber with small indents for the fingers. One hesitates to call a mouse sexy, but this is as close as you’re likely to get. Certainly, all the elements come together beautifully. Even the charging stand is neat and plugs into the mains so your mouse charges when you’re not using your PC.
The MX revolution is, however, far more than table top eye candy and features a number of important and useful innovations, the first of which is the thumb wheel. Located toward the left, the thumb wheel is designed primarily for flipping between documents. Pushing it backward or forward brings up the Document Flip window, where you can then use the wheel to select the program you want and select it by pushing inward.
You can also flip quickly between documents by pushing inward at the same time as pushing forward or back, and used either way it’s a great feature for those who have lots of programs open at the same time.
Indeed, if you use two screens it’s also a great way to move between programs on different screens with as little hassle as possible. Using the SetPoint software you can also set it to zoom in and out and this can be made to activate when a particular program, such as Photoshop, is in operation.
Just above the thumb wheel are forward and back buttons, which are handy for Internet browsing and up top are the usual assortment of left and right buttons, a scroll wheel and a One-Touch Search button.
The One-Touch Search button is another neat addition, enabling you to select a word or text and press the button to instantly search the Internet or your computer. The only complaint about this features is that, as of now, you can only choose between using Yahoo or Google for your searching needs.