Logitech’s current top-of-the-line notebook mouse replaces the very popular Logitech VX Nano mouse. The VX Nano, like it’s older brother, the MX Revolution, were very well regarded by experts and enthusiasts alike. Does the Anywhere Mouse MX still hold the torch for best notebook mouse?
- Great Darkfield tracking
- Very comfortable
- Easy to reach thumb buttons
- Good weight
- Uses 1 or 2 AA batteries
- Hyper-fast scroll wheel
- Unifying nano receiver
- Includes travel pouch
- Programmable buttons
- Ambidextrous, sort of
- Thumb buttons only for right-handed use
- Only alkaline batteries supported
- Battery compartment a bit flimsy
The Anywhere Mouse MX is one of only two Logitech mice that currently employs the Darkfield technology developed by Logitech to compete with Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology. They both work well and allow tracking on more surfaces, including the dreaded glass tabletops. If I had to choose between Microsoft’s top mobile mouse (Mobile Mouse 6000) and the Anywhere Mouse MX, I would definitely choose the Anywhere Mouse, even though I own both.
For use in a stationary location, like a desktop, Darkfield tracking isn’t quite as useful because chances are, you’re already using a mouse pad. But if you travel with your mouse, then the Darkfield tracking is extremely useful. Hotel rooms often have desks with glass tops, which the Anywhere Mouse has no problems with. You can even use it on most hotel carpets if you decide you want to sit on the floor.
Before the Anywhere Mouse, I thought that the VX Nano and Microsoft Mobile Mouse 6000 were equally comfortable. With the Anywhere Mouse, Logitech raised the height just a tad and it’s actually made it supremely comfortable. It’s almost comfortable enough to use as my primary desktop mouse. It is actually heavier than the VX Nano or MM6000 because it uses 2 AA batteries. The extra weight actually creates a good balance in my opinion. The thumb buttons on the Anywhere Mouse are easy to use and are in a much better location than the buttons that the VX Nano had on the top, left side. Though the symmetrical design of the mouse lends itself to being used by lefties as well as righties, the thumb buttons can only be effectively used by righties.
The Anywhere Mouse MX uses 2 AA batteries, as opposed to the single AAA battery of the VX Nano. It is rated at 15 months of life as long as the battery-saving features are active, though I seriously doubt it will last that long. There’s also an on/off switch on the bottom to help conserve the battery for extended down time. As a bonus, a single AA battery can be used either to make the mouse lighter, or should you only have a single battery available. On the bummer side, the Anywhere Mouse MX only supports the use of alkaline batteries. I was rather surprised since Logitech’s top desktop mouse, the Performance Mouse MX, supports and includes a AA rechargeable battery. I much prefer being able to use rechargeables as I’ve mostly gone away from buying alkaline batteries.
I can’t remember the last time I have had a problem with a 2.4GHz wireless peripheral. The Anywhere Mouse MX is no exception. I have zero problems using it with my laptop or my desktop. The unifying nano receiver is itty bitty and stores inside the battery compartment when not in use. You probably won’t need to store it away that often due to the small size of the nano receiver. Which is fortunate, because the battery door is a bit on the flimsy side. If you don’t know what a unifying receiver is, it’s Logitech proprietary technology that allows you to use a single receiver with up to 6 other Logitech unifying products. If you use more than one wireless Logitech product, this will help save USB ports.
The Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX is a premium notebook mouse, not just in price. For me, it is well worth the cost. It’s a definite improvement over the VX Nano. If you can’t stomach the cost, then I would highly recommend the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 as an alternative.
Available from Amazon.com.