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Logitech Wireless Mouse Designed For Your Living Room

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Logitech Wireless Mouse Designed For Your Living Room

Couch surfing means different things to different people. Some see it as a way of travelling the world without ever having to shell out money for a hotel room, while others see it as a way of checking their emails while never leaving the comfort of their leather recliner.

Logitech’s new wireless mouse, the M515, is squarely aimed at the latter, though we’re sure some of the former would enjoy this device should they find themselves in a house belonging to the latter. With the advent of smart TVs, for better or worse, the way we connect to them has become something of a hot topic. Logitech’s solution is to produce a mouse designed to work specifically on soft furnishings so you don’t need a mouse mat or hard surface for it to work properly.

The M515 features a sealed bottom case that makes gliding on fabric easy, and a hand-detection sensor so the mouse is only active when you want it to be. "Millions of people are connecting their computer to the TV, and the M515 mouse was built to address the unique needs of this experience," said Marcus Harvey, General Manager UK, Logitech.

The sealed bottom means nasty things like fabric fibres, crumbs or bellybutton fluff won’t get inside to scramble the innards. The hand-detection technology means the mouse will only become active when you need it to and stays asleep otherwise. This also helps battery life with Logitech claiming up to two years per battery change.

The M515 boasts "Hyper-fast Scrolling" and allows for easy plug-and-play with your laptop/TV/home theatre setup via the small Unifying receiver, to which other devices such as keyboards can be added. The wireless mouse is expected to be available in Europe in April for a suggested retail price of £49.99.

Armin

January 21, 2011, 9:40 pm

I am sure a few console gamers who keep complaining about not being able to kick back while PC gaming may take interest in this.

jingyeow

January 22, 2011, 3:28 am

When I'm watching a movie with my wireless mouse, if I forget to turn the mouse off, then during the film, whenever the mouse moves, the control menu pops up annoyingly. Logitech really have their eye on the ball when it comes to user experience.

Jim McSlim

January 22, 2011, 1:12 pm

I hope they have tested the strength/range of the radios at typical living room length. The older Logitech keyboard/mouse kit that I have plugged into my HTPC frequently drops keys at a distance of around 2-3m.

autosapien

January 22, 2011, 8:59 pm

The Logitech Darkfield Anywhere mouse is designed to work on any surface and I use it just fine on my fabric sofa, so don't see what this is offering that the Darkfield has already offered for a while.

Chocoa

January 23, 2011, 12:36 am

I have the earlier version sold for laptops when the same minuscule bluetooth(?)- usb adaptor came out.


The range is not brilliant and you can find yourself wishing the pointer would move. - As the link twixt mouse and dongle can be intermittent as 'Jim McSlim' says above.





Otherwise, mine works a treat on the sofa! Mine has programmable buttons/wheel which I find very handy

Xiphias

January 23, 2011, 1:17 am

At that sort of price you may as well get a proper trackball.

jingyeow

January 23, 2011, 4:31 am

@autosapien - Perhaps you should read the article, not just the headline.

Jay4d0

January 24, 2011, 11:06 pm

@autosapien: my £8.99 optical mouse also works perfectly fine on fabrics/sofas and just tried it on the carpet, therfore I fail to see what an expensive £60 darkfeild mouse offers that my £9 doesnt (and mine is a proper full size mouse to boot),


but that isn't the point of this mouse.

jingyeow

January 25, 2011, 3:32 pm

The highlight of this mouse for its intended use is:


"hand-detection sensor"





darkfield allows you to use the mouse on marble and glass surfaces. Two surfaces that your 8.99 mouse will NOT work on reliably.

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