The humble mouse has been subject to quite a few makeovers in recent years with the roll ball now a distant and unpleasant memory, the introduction of laser technology, Apple’s minimalist mighty mouse and now these reinventions from Logitech…
Called the MX (for desktops - above) and VX (for notebooks - below) Revolution and looking something akin to a science fiction hover car, these honourable wireless rodents’ claim to fame is a variation on the scroll wheel. As well as simply rolling up or down in notches the Revolutions’ can be set to spin freely with a single push lasting up to seven seconds.
The raison d’être is fast scrolling, alleviating the pain of RSI caused to users who regularly navigate long documents (or have a blog addiction?). It works because of an extremely low friction scroll wheel fixing and the wheel itself is made out of aluminium (the increased weight provides greater momentum). There is probably a case to be argued that shifting a dense scroll wheel less is just as likely to inflict RSI as moving a light scroll wheel more, but from what I gather early feedback has been extremely positive.
Elsewhere – as you’d expect on such cutting edge rodents – laser technology is at their core while a ‘One Touch Search Button’ is located just beneath the scroll wheel and when pressed initiates a web search with the user’s choice of programme. Furthermore force feedback is integrated into Windows so it is possible to receive gentle vibrations as the cursor moves over individual menus and icons.
With more technology than my first car neither model comes cheap with the MX costing a whopping £79.99 and the VX little better at £59.99. Both launch today though so if you like the feel of cool aluminium combined with a gentle vibration you know what to do. After you’ve scratched that curious itch, surf on over to Logitech.