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Logitech M325 5

Summary

Our Score

8/10

User Score

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Review Price £14.74

One unique Logitech mouse feature we are simply in love with is its micro-gear scrolling wheels, and the M325 is no exception. Though it doesn’t let you switch between Hyper-Gear and notched scrolling (for more on which, have a read of page two of our Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5500 review), it instead combines the two. Thus, careful movements will give stepped feedback with accompanying clicks, while a more enthusiastic flick will result in scrolling at hyper speeds with inertia.

It’s a beautiful system that adds a whole new level of ease and usability to trawling through long documents or lengthy web pages, and the advantage of combining them over dedicated modes is that it leaves the scroll wheel free to act as a button, rather than as a switch on the portable Logitech V550.Logitech M325 3

Logitech’s signature rubber finish on the wheel is the cherry on the icing. Likewise, it’s nearly a given that any Logitech rodent will have responsive buttons with a nice mix of travel and click, as is the case here for both its regular right/left buttons and its wheel. Our only complaint is that we could have done with one extra button, set for example below the scroll wheel, that would be programmable using Logitech’s excellent SetPoint software.

Overall then, usability is as good as you’re likely to find on a portable mouse, though the sensor’s limitations need to be kept in mind if you want a peripheral you can use on surfaces like marble, glass or carpet. Logitech M325 5

It will set you back anywhere from £22 to £35, depending on the design you’re after. At £25 (the cheapest for the limited edition models), we reckon it’s very decent value, even if you go for the plain variety. However, it’s not without stiff competition from Microsoft’s £27 Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000. Basically, if you want the snazzy designs, unifying receiver and/or sweet micro-gear scroll wheel, go for the M325. If on the other hand you need a mouse that can function on almost any surface, the 6000 is your rodent.

Verdict

Quite aside from the unique designs across its top, Logitech’s latest ambidextrous portable wireless mouse is comfortable to hold, features an evolutionary combined micro-gear scroll wheel, lasts up to 18 months on a single AA battery and uses a unifying Nano receiver. The M325’s only potential weakness is that it sports a ‘dated’ optical sensor, but for most folks that will still be more than adequate, especially given the affordable starting price.  

Scores In Detail

Build Quality
8/10
Design
8/10
Features
7/10
Performance
7/10
Value
9/10

Our Score

8/10

User Score

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