Logitech MX-1000 Laser Cordless

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Logitech MX-1000 Laser Cordless
Rating
Overall:

9.5/10

Price
Price: $159.95
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Specs
Eight button Logitech 'Fast RF' mouse; 800dpi; fourway scroll; base station; laser illumination; USB to PS2 adaptor; 5.8 megapixels.

Nathan Davis wants one thing - mice with frickin' laser beams on their heads.

The humble mouse has come a long way since Douglas Engelbart's first wooden 'X-Y position indicator'. No greater, recent feat has come about since LED-based optical blasted our jocks clean off. It just gets better.

Rather than a typical LED lighting the surface, this mouse is the first to instead use laser illumination, so no trippy glow, but this provides immensely more accurate surface tracking as laser offers a higher contrast image. The MX-1000 tracks 5.8 megapixels per second at 800dpi and in comparison, the now much slower MX-700 uses 4.7 megapixels per second at 800dpi.

We tried every surface we could think of and it had no problems, except, naturally, on mirrors or glass. In terms of performance, wireless couldn't get any closer to that of cabled - even in Windows, we noticed such a performance increase over the MX-700, that it took some time to get used to the amplified precision.

Aesthetically, the new shape hugs the hand better. It also has a 'thumb pouch' on the side, which can take a bit of getting used to if you usually use the thumb to grip the surface for better traction.

There's now also an on/off button underneath, as the battery is now a built-in Lithium-ion. Unfortunately there is no exact math as to how long it will last and only Logitech can replace it. Thankfully the base station has been improved, with the mouse now making an easier connection with the two charging contacts.

With exceedingly high performance and great design, we couldn't recommend it more, even for anal-retentive fans of wired mouses. Laser is obscenely good. The MX-1000 has well and truly proven this and smashed itself onto the market as a fine example of this new technology - and its RF. With deadly accuracy, this is the greatest mouse we've ever had the pleasure to lay our hands on. Kudos to Logitech for another shining achievement.

This Review appeared in the November, 2004 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

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