Review: Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX

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Published: January 3, 2012 2:54 PM
By Vincent Alzieu
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
The compact Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX has a Darkfield sensor which, unlike standard laser sensors, can be used on pretty much any surface—including glass! The Anywhere Mouse has two thumb buttons and an intelligent scroll wheel that can be set to scroll freely or to click round in notches—you switch between the two by pressing it down.

For a small mouse, the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX has very big shoes to fill if it hopes to improve on and effectively replace the well-liked Logitech VX Nano. The good news is that it doesn't disappoint!

Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX


For starters, the handy Forward/Back buttons for web browsing have been moved to a more classic, and ultimately preferable position on the side of the mouse. The buttons therefore fall perfectly under your right thumb.

The scroll wheel hasn't changed a bit, which is great news, since we can't get enough of Logitech's adjustable scroll wheels! The ratcheted mode is great for precision control in certain games, for example, as you can feel when your switching between certain modes and options. The free-wheeling mode is handy for sweeping scrolling when surfing the web. Again, we're pleased to see that the scroll wheel can still be moved from left to right, a feature that's unfortunately still very rarely seen in rival manufacturers' mice.

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The sensor is a little better than the one used in the VX Nano. The change in sensor technology only brings limited improvements, however, as laser and Darkfield sensors are closely related. In fact, the only real advantage (if you can call it that) is that you can now use the mouse on glass. The most important change in the sensor is its boosted sensitivity of 1000 dpi instead of 800 dpi in the VX Nano. That makes the Anywhere Mouse MX a little faster, and is a logical update with screen resolution constantly on the rise.

G500 logitech
Our only real regret is that Logitech hasn't equipped the mouse with any more of the excellent features seen in some of its other mice. The firm seems insistent on making either plain, subtle, attractive but quite basic mice for office computing and aggressive-looking, high-performance mice for gamers (like the G500). We, however, would love to see a product that brings us the best of both worlds. Ideally, we'd have liked to see a 3000 dpi sensor in the Anywhere Mouse rather than a standard 1000 dpi sensor, and with the ability to change the sensitivity to suit different activities. We would also have liked to see a polling rate of at least 500 Hz instead of 125 Hz, which would make the mouse more precise. Plus, rechargeable batteries and a removable charging cable would have been more practical than the two standard alkaline AAAs supplied with the Anywhere Mouse MX. In the end, it's all about trade-offs though, as the mouse of our dreams certainly wouldn't come with the same attractive price tag as the Anywhere Mouse MX!

While we're waiting for Logitech to develop this hypothetically perfect mouse, the Anywhere Mouse MX is a good option that does its job perfectly well. It's compact, comfortable to use, nicely designed and has a good-quality build and finish. The travel pouch supplied is a nice touch too (see top picture).

Orochi razer
In the current market, this is one of the best compact mice of its kind. We have to admit that we do still have a soft spot for the Razer Orochi, though, which has a better-quality laser sensor (more suitable for gaming) and one of our beloved removable charging cables but no Bluetooth adapter (Razer assumes your computer will already have Bluetooth).
4/5 Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX DigitalVersus 2012-01-03 15:54:00

Pros

  • Design, finish
  • Darkfield sensor, 1000 dpi, works on glass
  • Good for notebooks and users with small hands
  • Ratcheted or smooth scroll wheel
  • Travel pouch supplied

Cons

  • Could be a bit small for users with larger hands
  • Can't adjust the dpi
  • Two batteries supplied - a rechargeable solution would have been better

Conclusion

The Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX is a great little computer mouse that's compact and practical. It's an intelligent update of the VX Nano, with a new sensor, repositioned buttons and a handy travel pouch. All in all, it's a very nice product!

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