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Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell


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Logitech MX Revolution Mouse


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Neat though both these features are, Logitech have developed one feature that’s far more significant. By now we’ve all become familiar with the now ubiquitous scroll wheel, and though very useful Logitech has decided, not before time, to move the concept forward a little. As such, the scroll wheel on the MX Revolution features two different scrolling modes; click-to-click, the normal operation we’re all used to, and a new mode Logitech are calling Free Spin.

This feature is designed for navigating large Word and Excel documents, and it works a treat. Whilst scrolling slowly the mouse will use click-to-click, giving you plenty of control, but when scrolling faster the wheel will switch automatically to the free spin mode where the wheel will spin without resistance resulting it super fast scrolling speeds.

The beauty of this addition is you can scroll through hundreds of pages in seconds, and the wheel is well weighted and easy to control thanks to the rubbery strip running down the middle.

Logitech’s Set Point software also enables you to set how fast you must scroll before Free Spin becomes active and you can also manually switch between modes by pressing down on the scroll wheel. Further options include choosing scrolling speed and acceleration, whilst you can also do the same for horizontal scrolling which is activated by pushing the wheel left or right.

The single criticism one can have with the scroll wheel is the result of having two levels of the depth, with the second reserved for the standard middle click operation. This mechanism is somewhat clunky, and it requires a good deal more force than is natural to operate. Whether this affects you is entirely up to how often you use the middle click, though I found it a little awkward since the middle click opens and closes tabs in Firefox.

Indeed, this is the only genuine criticism to be found with the Revolution MX and everything else about the mouse is exactly as you’d expect. Ergonomically, the styling is just right and the mouse sits perfectly in the hand. None of the buttons ever feel out of reach, and the build quality is up to Logitech’s typically high standards.

Although the weight can’t be adjusted this mouse feels very balanced, and it glides effortlessly across the majority of surfaces. Indeed, so lightly does it glide that you can move it around accurately with a single finger and, were it not for its stylish looks, I’d have been temped to use it as an air hockey puck – just for kicks.

On a full charge the mouse is good for three to four days of use, and the average user will get a good deal closer to a week or more. Wireless range is excellent too, and you’ll rarely find an occasion where the range isn’t sufficient unless you prefer to view your computer screen through binoculars from the office car park.


If you’re willing to spend a little extra, and anyone who spends a lot of time on the PC should do, then the Revolution MX is a serious contender for your cash. Great features, brilliant design and a quality finish make it a great investment and one that will keep paying you back for a long time.

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January 7, 2009, 5:16 pm

Did you have problems getting this mouse to work when you first installed it?

I couldn't get mine to move the cursor at all or to register in the logitech set point control panel at all despite it showing up in the hardware tab of windows control panel (in either XP or Vista64 (dual boot system)).

A reboot got it working for a few months (in XP only) but after my 3 year old niece unplugged the receiver on the weekend I cannot get it working again.

I've tried the re-register sequence I got from the logitech help page (run re-register program, hold left mouse button switch mouse off and back on again right click 5 times then let go of left mouse button) to no avail.

I think I'm going to try and do a re-install to see if a clean install will solve this.


January 25, 2009, 1:00 am

I had the same problem. Here's how to solve it :

When you first got your mouse it was 75% charged. This is the key to getting it to work with the Logitech Connect Utility. Simply charge your mouse to at least this level and re-connect using the 5 times click method (with the Connect Utility Software).

Bingo! One working mouse! (You might find it occassionally needs doing again, especially if you change O/S or motherboards etc...)

Trevor Wills

January 27, 2010, 7:43 pm

I purchased the MX Revolution almost a year ago, as an upgrade from the MX 1000 (which is still a great mouse) After just a couple of weeks it stopped working and it appeared it was the transceiver. Contacted Logitech and after much back and forth they replaced the mouse and transceiver. a few weeks later the transceiver went again. In Frustration I reverted to my MX 1000. Logitech have now agreed to send me a 3rd transceiver, but I am concerned that this is a common problem with this mouse. I am also considering the Logitech Di Novo keyboard which I believe uses the same transceiver.

do I need seperate transceivers for each piece of equipment, or can they both work on the same transceiver? Has anyone else experienced this problem, is it a know fault with Logitech Transceivers?Will my di novo keyboard suffer the same fate?


December 26, 2010, 10:39 pm

i have the m705 which is basically the same mouse as this but without the stand. replaced with2 AA batteries and of course the reciever. much less clutter. i havent had to change the batteries for over 8-9 months and i use it for at least 5 hours everyday (gaming). this is the selling point.

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