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’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
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
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.
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
Score in detail
Build Quality 8
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