Logitech M325 Review

Pros

  • Unique visual design(s)
  • Ambidextrous, well-built
  • Micro-gear scrolling is a pleasure
  • Lasts up to 18months on a single AA
  • Tiny unifying Nano receiver

Cons

  • Uses ‘dated’ optical sensor
  • No direct access to receiver storage

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £21.84
  • Ambidextrous, 90grams
  • Micro-gear scroll wheel
  • RF 2.4GHz wireless
  • Unifying Nano receiver
  • Optical sensor


Much as we like some of the touchpads on laptops, like
those on the Samsung Series 9 or MacBook Air, as a navigation device even the best of them are usually still
inferior to a mouse, especially when using an interface like Windows. Of
course, if you’re on the move, the last thing you want is a large, clunky
mouse.

Thankfully, there are plenty of tiny, light choices out there. One of
these is Logitech’s new wireless, ambidextrous M325, which aside from its traditional
Logitech trademarks such as ergonomic comfort, micro-gear scroll wheel and ridiculously
long battery life, offers a number of unique, snazzy designs. We find out if it’s
all style and no substance.Logitech M325 4




First, let’s talk visual impact. Though it’s also
available in plain blue-grey and stealth black, the M325 is part of Logitech’s
limited Colour Collection range for a reason. The top cover, i.e. the part that’s
covered by your hand, can be bought with various designs (though it is not, as
far as we’re aware, user interchangeable – a bit of a missed trick though it
probably means better build quality).




The first is stylised red-and-black flowers on a white
background (called FingerPrint Flowers); the second – our review sample – is an
abstract gold organic floral pattern on a background of black and subtle
gold-sparkling-grey stripes (Victorian Wallpaper); then there’s a blue
background with dark-blue nature patterns and white handwritten text (Indigo
Scroll); and finally, a simple purple model with crazy paving outlines in white
(Purple Boulder).

Apart from the latter, these patterns are interesting and
original enough to make them worth considering. The closest we remember seeing
to them is the interchangeable ‘art’ lids Dell offers on some of its laptops,
like the XPS 15 with its customizable or pre-selectable Design Studio lid ‘tattoos’.




Logitech M325 1The rest of the M325 mouse consists of a glossy black cover
surround that’s remarkably hand-grease resistant, a soft black rubberized grip
that runs from right to left, and a hard-wearing matt base. Build quality is superb, and the little rodent
survived a few trips in our bag – thrown in with some cables and plugs – without
marks or scratches. And at 90 grams with receiver, you’ll barely notice it’s
there.




As far as comfort goes, the M325 is probably about as
good in the hand as an ambidextrous/symmetrical model this small (less than
10cm) can be. The curved rubber sides provide a good grip for your thumb on one
side, and the ring and little fingers on the other. Surprisingly, we didn’t
find it hugely more comfortable than the simpler Logitech V550, though that’s just a testament to how nicely that mouse lay in
the hand to begin with. For stints on the train, plane or bus it’s more than
usable, though for long-term desktop use we found it doesn’t provide quite
enough palm support.

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