Using a laptop’s touchpad requires a lot of patience. You can’t help having a notebook mouse even though it’s one more piece of equipment to carry along. There are several choices available on the market, from tiny mice to bigger cordless options like the Logitech VX Revolution. It’s almost a desktop mouse due to its size and ergonomic contour. The VX Revolution features the most comfortable and precise scrollwheel that we’ve used so far. Even though it’s not that portable for a notebook mouse it more than makes up for the space it requires on your laptop bag.
Mouse Mouse Revolution is the 7th arc in Housepets! While Peanut is playing on his DS he is approached by a mouse rights activist named Karl-Lenin Faust. Faust speaks of injustices against mice, and gives his speech of 'Humans and Pets are idiots and you should bite them.' Peanut goes to get. Aug 24, 2006 Logitech went back to the drawing board on the MX Revolution and VX Revolution mice, and here's what they came up with: the MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel, which enables force feedback. Mouse Mouse Revolution is the 7th arc in Housepets! While Peanut is playing on his DS he is approached by a mouse rights activist named Karl-Lenin Faust. Faust speaks of injustices against mice, and gives his speech of 'Humans and Pets are idiots and you should bite them.' Peanut goes to get Grape for help just as the mice begin to revolt. Grape approaches Faust, stomps him and then eats him. Logitech’s right-handed wireless VX Revolution mouse gives you the comfort of a contoured, rubber grip body, and fast, precise tracking. Just plug the tiny 2.4 GHz receiver into your USB port, and forget about it; it’s small enough to stay plugged in, even when you put your laptop in its case!
Figure 1: Logitech VX Revolution mouse.
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The VX Revolution is part of a new future-oriented family of mice created by Logitech. It shares the same futuristic/ergonomic design, laser resolution, revolutionary scrollwheel and web search button with its desktop cousin, the MX Revolution Mouse. The laptop model we tested operates on a single AA battery, while the MX uses a charging cradle.
Figure 2: VX Revolution upside view.
Bellow the scrollwheel there’s a small button that activates a web search engine (it defaults to Yahoo! Search but you can change to Google through the installation software). Just pass the cursor over a word or phrase in a text or website and click to do an instant search. The scrollwheel itself is far from normal: it’s a new design from Logitech that allows for a smooth and quick scrolling through pages and pages of text. With a flick of a finger the wheel keeps spinning – and a 150 page PDF file flies by easily. It takes a few moments to get used to it because sometimes the wheel scrolls ahead the page where you want it to stop on. But it’s difficult to get back to a regular desktop mouse after using the VX Revolution for a while.
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Figure 3: Side buttons.
There’s a thumb rest on the right side of the mouse and four nearby buttons (the device is not adequate for left-handed users). The first one is a sliding zoom button for applications like Photoshop and Acrobat Reader. Above the thumb rest there are buttons designed for web browsing with features like “back” and “forward”. A battery meter indicates how much juice the AA battery still has.
Below the VX Revolution there’s a slot for the AA battery, the on/off button and the USB micro-receiver ejection control. The tiny wireless device is stored inside the mouse itself – and that turns the VX Revolution off preventing it from turning on when it’s being carried in a bag. It’s a great energy saving feature.
Figure 4: The VX Revolution inferior side and the micro-receiver.
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The VX Revolution doesn’t require an actual set up. Just insert the battery, eject the USB micro-receiver and plug it to an available port on your laptop. Windows instantly recognizes it and gives control over the cursor to the mouse. When you switch USB ports Windows repeats the recognition process again until all ports on your laptop are configured – it doesn’t matter which one you use afterwards. If you want to reprogram the buttons or change the default search engine just install Logitech’s proprietary software, Set Point.
The laser tracking precision is outstanding and works on many surfaces. We tested the mouse over a leather sofa, a wooden table and even a poker table felt; the device worked properly. The 2.4 Ghz wireless receiver functions at a 6-feet range, more than enough for a presentation. We left the laptop on the table and used the mouse over a leather couch nearby – again the VX Revolution proved trustworthy.
During our test we noticed two details that require attention. First: the micro-receiver ejection is quite strong. Be sure to have your hand ready to avoid letting it fall down (we let it slip a few times but it didn’t broke, phew!). The other detail concerns power usage. You don’t have to turn off the mouse if you just shut down the laptop; but if you are gonna let it on during the night, for instance, be sure to turn the mouse off to avoid spending the AA battery.
The VX Revolution is so good that we considered using it as our desktop mouse since it’s not as tiny as most laptop mice. Even though it’s a lot bigger than the competition its precise tracking system and fantastic scrollwheell more than justify its “super size”.
- Cordless laser mouse for notebooks
- Depth: 4 in (17.8 cm).
- Width: 2.5 in (6.35 cm).
- Weight: 4.2 ounces (120 g).
- Buttons: 7
- Power source: one AA battery
- 2.4 Ghz USB micro-receiver
- More information: http://www.logitech.com
- Average price in the USA*: USD 55
* Researched at http://www.shopping.com on the day we published this review.
- Precise laser tracking on many surfaces.
- Works at a long range.
- Fast and confortable scrollwheel.
- Ergonomic design.
- Great storage solution for the wireless device.
- Zoom and web search buttons are quite useful.
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- Somewhat big for a notebook mouse.
- Strong wireless device ejection requires attention.
- Quite expensive for a device of its kind.
Both mice feature hyper-fast scrolling with a revolutionary alloy wheel - the MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel - that spins freely for up to seven seconds, spanning hundreds of pages with a single flick of the finger and setting a new benchmark in scrolling efficiency. Computer navigation with these mice is also enhanced with an innovative One-Touch Search feature that allows people to select a word or phrase on a Web page or in a document and, with a single click, view Internet search results on that subject. And with their ergonomic designs, the new mice offer a level of comfort that is almost forgettable - they become a nearly imperceptible extension of the hand.
A recent Logitech study revealed that people, on average, have six applications open on their computer at any one time, and the active window switches or a new window opens every 50 seconds. To navigate the vast content at their disposal, people spin their mouse's scroll wheel approximately 26 feet in an eight-hour day.
The Wheel, Reinvented
The MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel helps ease this navigational challenge in two different ways. Its breakthrough free-spin mode takes people through long documents as quickly as they want. A single flick of the finger yields as many as 10,000 lines of a Microsoft Excel document in seven seconds - with a traditional scroll wheel, it would take 500 spins and seven minutes to cover the same territory. The new wheel also offers an improved click-to-click scrolling option that results in familiar tactile feedback for each small unit of distance scrolled, allowing people to precisely navigate lists, slides and individual images.
'By giving people the option of using a free-spinning scroll wheel, Logitech has addressed a source of pain for computer users, who previously had to continuously move their index finger to scroll through long documents,' said Ashish Arora, Logitech's vice president of product marketing for retail pointing devices. 'Every application lends itself to different kinds of navigation - and with its sophisticated technology, the wheel can elegantly switch between the free-spin and click-to-click scrolling modes. People who try the new wheel say that they can't go back.'
Marking another breakthrough in navigation, the One-Touch Search feature can be married to a user's search application, such as Yahoo! or Google . When a word or phrase is highlighted in a document or on a Web page, a click of the One-Touch Search button, located just beneath the scroll wheel, automatically begins a search of the Web or computer system.
Designed for Comfort
Ergonomics has become increasingly important as people continue to spend more time immersed in their digital content. Sculpted contours on Logitech's new mice create natural resting points for fingers, and rubber thumb grips make it easy to grab and move the mice without squeezing too hard. Both mice feature low-resistance polytetrafluoroethylene feet, enabling them to glide smoothly across a surface with minimal exertion on the part of the user. And the MicroGear wheel includes an inset rubber belt that makes it easier for the index finger to grab and flick the finely tuned wheel.
The Logitech MX Revolution Mouse
The world's most advanced mouse, the Logitech MX Revolution mouse includes an intelligent twist to the MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel: The motorized wheel automatically switches between free-spin mode and click-to-click mode, with Logitech's SmartShift technology, based on the best setting for the application being used. In some applications, such as Microsoft Excel, Logitech's technology also senses the speed at which people spin the wheel - if spun rapidly, the wheel goes into free-spin mode; if spun slowly, the wheel shifts into click-to-click mode. People can also toggle manually between modes - by pushing down and clicking the wheel. And settings for the wheel and for all of the mouse's seven buttons can be customized for individual preferences within the included Logitech SetPoint software or with Logitech Control Center software for Mac , available via download.
The MX Revolution also features a second wheel near the thumb that can either be used to zoom in and out of photos and documents, or to quickly switch between applications, furthering people's navigational efficiency.
The Logitech MX Revolution mouse has a suggested retail price of $99.99 in the U.S. It is now available in the U.S. and in Europe.
The Logitech VX Revolution Mouse
Designed for notebook PC users who want the very best in a mouse, the Logitech VX Revolution mouse balances portability and comfort. It's smaller in size than the MX Revolution mouse and includes a slot to store the 2.4 GHz micro-receiver, making it more portable. And its ergonomic design, rubber-lined thumb grip and slightly concave key plates make it highly comfortable to use.
The base of the mouse features a switch that can shift the MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel from free-spin mode to click-to-click mode. The mouse also includes a zoom slider that makes it easy to zoom in and out of open documents and photos. The Logitech VX Revolution mouse has a suggested retail price of $79.99 in the U.S. It is now available in the U.S. and in Europe.
More information about the MX Revolution and VX Revolution mice is available at www.logitech.com/revolution.