- Page 1 Logitech MX1000 – Laser Cordless Mouse Review
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But my favourite feature has to be the new rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you don’t have to worry about running out of battery power at an inopportune moment. And as if this wasn’t enough, Logitech has added a battery charge level indicator on the mouse itself. This has four levels that are green when fully charged, then change to amber and then finally red as the battery is discharged.
You may think that the battery indicators are a bit of a gimmick, but it is a really simple way to see the charge level of the battery. Of course the mouse driver will still warn you when your battery level is getting low, in case you don’t keep an eye on the indicators.
The MX1000 also has an on/off switch located on the base, next to the sync button (which is labelled reset). This allows you to switch off the mouse if you’re away from your PC for a significant length of time, thus saving battery life. To be honest though, I’m keen to see an on/off switch on non-rechargeable mice, since mice like this Logitech are meant to be placed in their cradle overnight anyway.
Pick the mouse up and the laser switches off. This has been done to prevent anyone shining it in their own (or someone else’s) eye and doing some damage – very thoughtful of Logitech. Apart from the mouse you also get a rapid charging cradle in the box, which doubles as the receiver and PC interface. You can connect the cradle to your PC via USB or PS/2, although the latter requires a supplied converter. There is also a power brick that you have to connect to the mains to be able to charge the mouse, as USB doesn’t provide enough power. But then even if you could charge over USB, it wouldn’t make much sense since your PC will be off when the mouse needs charging, and when your PC is on the mouse won’t be in the cradle anyway.
Overall the MX1000 is an excellent mouse that is very comfortable to use and comes with a built in rechargeable battery. Also, let’s not forget that this is the first mouse to use laser technology. But as with everything we review there is almost always a downside and in the MX1000’s case it is the price tag. At £43.69 this is a fairly expensive mouse, but value should always be balanced with what you’re getting for your money. What you have here is cutting edge technology, and the best performing wireless mouse to date – if you want the best, you’re going to have to pay for it.
The Logitech MX1000 is the first mouse to use a laser instead of an LED to track movements. Add to this great ergonomics, an integrated rechargeable battery and solid build quality and you’ve got a truly excellent pointing device. The only downside is the fairly high asking price, but considering the quality and performance, it’s worth every penny.
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