Logitech MX Revolution Over the weekend I decided to buy myself a Logitech MX Revolution mouse which was just recently released. Those of you who have heard of the mouse before have no doubt seen the steep price tag that goes along with it. Yep, this mouse retails for $100 but you can find it at most places, like NewEgg, for around $90.

I was strongly discouraged by the price as well but when I was rummaging around our local Best Buy electronics store I noticed they had one on display. I played around with it and was remarkably amazed at how well it fit my hand. Best Buy was offering a $10 gift card with the $100 mouse so I coughed out the money to make the purchase.

When I brought it home I was very impatient to give it a try but I did what every good person should do and let it fully charge. While waiting I thought I would get the needed software installed so that after the charging was complete it would be ready to go. I was infuriated to find out that the SetPoint program said it was not Vista compatible! The box and website both say that it is compatible with Windows Vista and I guess it is but you can’t use the software…which makes many of the cool features useless.

As everyone knows I am very much a software tester and love to try things that say they don’t work, so I went ahead and installed the software anyway. Turns out the software completely works with Windows Vista despite them saying that it doesn’t. The features are the most amazing that I have seen on any mouse.

First-off, there are 7-buttons which are all completely customizable using the software that they provide. There are the standard back and forward buttons that are located on the side of the mouse but you’ll also notice the secondary scroll wheel located right below those. By default that is set to utilize the application switching program that is included with the SetPoint software. It lets you switch between open windows faster than anything I have ever used before by displaying a popup window located underneath the mouse cursor:

Document Flip

The top/main scroll button is also extraordinary in a different way. It doesn’t have the standard middle-click option set by default which is something that I never used anyway. Instead, if you push in on this scroll wheel it will switch modes between click-to-click and free-spin. The click-to-click is exactly what you’ll find on most mice where it partially rotates and then “clicks” into position. There is also the free-spin mode which lets you rotate the scroll wheel with nearly no friction (a.k.a. no clicking).

SetPoint Scroll wheel

The click-to-click is actually my favorite because it can be configured to automatically switch between the two modes. If I am just scrolling slowly it will use the click-to-click but if I start to go a little faster it will shift to the free-spin. Since I can manually switch between the modes it will also remember which mode I am in for each application. That way I can use free-spin in Microsoft Word but have the mouse set to click-to-click when using PowerPoint.

The button located below the top scroll wheel is used for searching by default. Just highlight a word in any application and press that button and it will perform a Yahoo (can also be configured to Google) search in your browser. This is one of those buttons that you don’t think you would use until you actually have it! If you end up not using it then just configure the button to do almost anything you would like:

SetPoint Button Configuration

As you can see in the screenshot above there is also the option to configure the buttons on an individual basis for programs. This comes in handy because in several of the applications I use the forward and back buttons are typically useless, such as in Mozilla Thunderbird. For that program I set the Forward button to create a new email and the back button to delete the currently selected email, which are both done using keystroke assignments.

The mouse is also rechargeable so you don’t have to worry about going through the batteries like water. Judging by the power meter I should receive 4 days of use on a single charge…which is good in my book.

I’m not sure how this will stack up for the gamers out there because I don’t really play games. There are several settings in the options though that are related only to game configurations:

SetPoint Games

I understand that you might be skeptical about purchasing a mouse that costs $100 because I was too, but it is one of the best investments that I have made when it comes to computer add-ons. The charging station is separate from the USB receiver which is actually really nice because the wireless receiver is half the size of a typical flash drive…making it portable enough for me to use with my laptop as well as my desktop. So if you have enough money laying around I would highly recommend picking up this mouse.

Note: The Logitech MX Revolution is also compatible with Mac OS X but I only have Windows machines so I was unable to test the mouse with it.