The two things we use most on a computer are usually the keyboard and the mouse and has been said plenty of times over years, neither provides much leeway for excitement or innovation. Still, once every so often someone manages to come up with something new and unique, and that's exactly what Logitech has done once again with the V550 Nano Cordless Laser.
Logitech has always been an innovator: it was the first introduce laser mice into the mainstream, to introduce a weights system for PC mice and the first with interchangeable grips. It also introduced Hyper-Scroll technology, something we at TrustedReviews have a particular love for.
While I doubt there is anyone who prefers using a touchpad to a mouse, bringing one of these along does mean extra baggage. In the case of wireless rodents, that usually includes a dongle (unless they're using Bluetooth), which can be easily lost if small, and easily damaged if large. These issues have already been ingeniously addressed by the MoGo Bluetooth Mouse, but though it was surprisingly comfortable, it didn't quite have the same weight or feel as a 'real' mouse, and obviously lacked the convenience of a scroll-wheel.
The V550 Nano offers conventional mousing - including some of the bells and whistles of Logitech's desktop range - in a small chassis, and with a twist: the "Clip-and-Go" dock, which allows you to attach your mouse to your notebook. Issues aside, it sounds like an interesting idea, so let's see how it and the actual mouse perform in practice.
Opening the (evil) blister packaging reveals the diminutive rodent, a tiny dongle, two cleaning wipes, two AA batteries, a USB dock and small metal case akin to the one containing the weights with the Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse. Inside are two small 'nubs' in silver and black, and a plastic 'handle' - don't worry, all shall become clear.
Let's begin with the least interesting bit: the docking station. All this really is is a USB extension cable with a curved plastic bit at one end. Getting onto what makes the Nano unique, its Click-and-Go dock system, you'll probably want to have a look at Logitech's multilingual and well-illustrated Quick-start guide. You see, the company's solution to attaching your mouse to your notebook is disappointingly simple. Instead of the Nano mouse transforming into a flat sheet of mouldable high-tech material, you stick a little nub on your laptop, and then slot the mouse onto it.
To start with, choose where you want the nub - or grandly titled Click-and-Go dock - to permanently reside. Clean the area using one of the provided wipes, then attach the dock. There are two provided, one black and one silver, which will match most notebooks - though it's annoying that Logitech does not provide extra colours as a separate purchase.