You might not have thought it, but Leonardo Da Vinci, Aristotle, Mahatmah Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Mozart and my good self have something in common. Yes, like those famous figures I am left handed and much like them, I’ve always been frustrated at the lack of a computer mouse designed specifically for our way of working. Leonardo, Albert and me have always had to look on with envy at the carefully sculpted, beautifully contoured mice that have always been available for right-handers, while us lefties have had to either put up with bland non-moulded mice or suffer contorted hands.
It’s taken a perversely long time, but Logitech has finally stepped up to remedy this. Possibly this is because the Logitech CEO is left handed himself so if he’s made it happen then my left hand goes up in salute to him.
The MX610 Left-Hand Laser Cordless was first announced at CeBIT in 2006, but it’s taken me this long to actually get hold of one from Logitech. The left hand mouse is an exact mirror image of the right hand version of the MX610, which was first released in early 2006, which we actually never got to see, so aside from its leftyness it’s worthwhile looking at here.
The mouse is a pretty good looking device with a silver, grey, and black finish and most excitingly for the left handed user, has lots of sexy curves, something that we’ve previously been starved of when it comes to mouse action. There are seven buttons on its surface, which all fall neatly under the reach of index finger and thumb.
At its heart, the MX610 features a laser rather than a LED optical sensor, which was first introduced by Logitech on the MX1000. This means that the mouse doesn’t have the red light that optical mice have on the base but more significantly the laser is much more sensitive than LEDs making it potentially able to work on more surfaces than optical mice. I used it primarily on my mouse mat, but it seemed perfectly happy on the wooden grain of my desk. The mouse has a dpi of 800, which is fine but not as good as the 2,000dpi offered by some dedicated gaming mice.
The mouse communicates with the small dongle using the crowded 2.4GHz frequency and some users have complained that as a result the mouse is prone to communication issues. I plugged the dongle directly into the USB port on my monitor so there was very little distance and indeed line of site between the two, so it’s hardly surprising that I experienced no such issues. If your USB ports are only at the back of the PC and you do experience problems then a USB extender cable could be the answer. There isn’t one included in the box but there is a PS/2 to USB converter so you can use the mouse without taking up a USB port if you don’t have one free.