Logitech M325 - Scrolling, Buttons, Value and Verdict

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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.

(B)Verdict(/B)

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.  

Score in detail

  • Performance 7
  • Value 9
  • Features 7
  • Build Quality 8
  • Design 8
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