Posts Tagged ‘mouse’

Corsair Vengeance M90 Performance MMO Gaming Mouse

March 21st, 2012 No comments

5 Stars
Corsair M90 Gaming Mouse

There’s a new player in gaming peripherals. Corsair, the maker of enthusiast memory, enclosures, and other PC components, has two new sets of gaming mice and keyboards for the hard-core gamer. The M90 is Corsair’s corded, MMO and RTS-geared mouse. In general, I’m not a big fan of corded mice and haven’t had one since the Logitech G9, but after spending a couple of weeks with the M90, it’s become my primary mouse.
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Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX

December 7th, 2010 No comments

5 Stars- techdad

Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX

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.

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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000

December 5th, 2010 No comments

The Microsoft Mobile Mouse 6000 is my third mobile mouse in two years and I’ve had a mostly positive experience thus far. I used to have the Logitech VX Nano and more recently, the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000. I loved having a Bluetooth mouse to save a USB slot and not worry about transceivers but I found that when awaking from sleep, there was usually a few second lag to reconnect. I decided to try the MMM 6000 in hopes it would it would be just as good as the MNB 5000, but without the reconnection lag.


  • BlueTrack tracking as advertised
  • Ambidextrous design
  • 5 total buttons
  • Great battery life RATING
  • Attractive appearance
  • Strong wireless connectivity
  • Tiny nano transceiver
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 & MacOS X 10.2 compatible
  • Great Microsoft hardware support


  • No auto-off feature
  • Real-life battery life significantly less than rating
  • Glossy plastic hard to keep clean and hard to grip
  • No carry case

The blister pack was actually easy to open and did not require any tools. I inserted the included AA battery, turned the mouse on, then plugged the transceiver into a free USB port on my laptop. Within 15 seconds or so, Windows 7 recognized it and installed the appropriate working driver for the MMM 6000 and I was off and running.

The first thing I noticed about the MMM 6000 was that it was a tad bigger than my MNM5000, which I quite appreciate. I actually do not travel with my laptop that often so I could probably get away with using a normal-sized mouse. As it is, the MMM 6000 is large enough for daily use and small enough for travel as well. I use my laptop probably 3-4 hours/day on a small desk so the size is perfect for me. It’s not contoured for righties specifically so lefties can use it just as comfortably. The thumb button is located almost near the very front of the mouse so it feels unnatural clicking it. I have to actually use the tip of my thumb rather than the base, near the joint. The scroll wheel is free rolling without ratcheting and feels rather good to use. It does not spin the same way as the advanced Logitech scroll wheel does however.

The 2.4GHz wireless performance is perfect without interfering with my other devices. My Droid mobile phone occasionally would cause my Bluetooth mouse to hang for a couple of seconds whenever I received a new e-mail, text, or IM. I notice zero lag and it connects to Windows 7 instantly, even when waking up from sleep mode! The transceiver is so small that it only sticks out a quarter of an inch from the USB port. This is ideal so that I never have to remove it even when placing my laptop into my case.

I have to admit that the tracking technology was the least of my worries. On the other hand, when I took my VX Nano on my travels, it would not track on the glass tabletop in the hotel room and I had to use a USA Today newspaper as a mousepad. I’m happy that I won’t have to do that on my next trip 🙂 It does track significantly better on my textured desk than laser mice so I can attest to BlueTrack’s effectiveness.

The included Alkaline battery only lasted me just over a month. I use the mouse about 4 hours a day. That is significantly less than the 10 month rating, but I probably use it a lot more than expected. An auto-off feature would’ve probably added at least a couple more weeks of use. At least I get to use my rechargeable AA batteries, which are more plentiful than AAA’s. There is also low battery indicator just below the scroll wheel than blinks red when your battery is low.

I’m surprised that Microsoft did not include a carry case, like they did with the MNB 5000. The VX Nano also came with a nice case. The package came with Microsoft Intellipoint 6.3 but I did not install it.

The 6000 is a good overall mobile mouse. The BlueTrack technology and nano transceiver make this an admirable mobile mouse for non-travelers and travelers alike.

* Review sample provided by Microsoft

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