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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How to clean and disinfect your keyboard and mouse

August 18th, 2011 No comments

Clean & disinfect your keyboard and mouse

Dirty keyboard and mouse?  Learn how to clean it the right way.

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

4 Stars- techdad

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Microsoft’s Arc Touch Mouse is a variation of their original Arc Mouse. Though they are similar in name, they are quite different. The original Arc Mouse was reasonably popular so following that up with such a different mouse was risky. I’m not so sure that it will become as well-liked as the original Arc Mouse did but it is sure to find some fans.


  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Tiny nano wireless transceiver
  • BlueTrack Technology tracks very well
  • Very stylish
  • Touch scroll works well
  • Battery rated for 6 months


  • Awkward ergonomics
  • Finding sweet spot for left/right buttons takes practice

When I received the Arc Touch Mouse, I was pretty surprised at how small and thin the box was. When I opened the box, I was further surprised at how thin the mouse was. It was nothing like I’d ever seen or used before. I have several desktop mice and a few mobile mice but the Arc Touch Mouse is definitely the most unique and stylish of them all. But did all that glam translate into a functional, usable mouse?

It took me about an hour to get used to the form of the Arc Touch. As you can see from the photos, the approximately 5″ long flat mouse bends to create a curved surface to support your palm. The part of the mouse that curves is covered in a soft neoprene-like material. I think the reason why it took me so long to get comfortable with this arc form was because I was used to having my ring and pinkie fingers resting on the side of most mice. In the Arc Touch however, I had to find some place else to put those fingers because of the open space. Placing those fingers underneath the mouse helped with the grip so that is where I ended up putting them most of the time. While I did eventually get used to it, I didn’t find it nearly as comfortable as regular-shaped mice. I could see myself using it for a couple of hours a day, but a full work day wouldn’t be very comfortable.

Arc Touch Mouse - curve

Microsoft’s BlueTrack Technology works very well on a variety of surfaces, including those that have historically proved challenging for optical and laser mice. The Arc Touch has two gliding feet at the surface contact points and glide very easily. I’ve read that the sensor’s DPI is 1000, which if true, is quite good for a mobile mouse.

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Config

The Arc Touch, at first glance, appears to have no physical buttons at all. The left/right button areas are flat, as is the space between them where the scroll wheel is usually found. It turns out that the only surface that has a touch sensitive interface is that gray rectangular strip in between the left/right buttons. And yes, there are physical left/right buttons. The touch surface is primarily a scroll wheel replacement. It does not support gestures but works very well as a scroll wheel replacement. Slide your fingers up and down in order to scroll the page. Additionally, you can tap the very top or the very bottom of the touch surface to scroll more lines at a time. With the Intellipoint software, which you have to download because it’s not included in the box, you can also program the center tap to perform other functions, like Back. I chose to program it for Back because unfortunately, the Arc Touch does not have a physical Back button. I personally cannot stand mice without a back button but in this case, the programmable tap worked pretty well. The two buttons that the Arc Touch does have, left/right click, worked well when you could find the sweet spot. Unfortunately, the actual button doesn’t run up far enough so you have to readjust your grip to move your fingers further down the mouse to find the sweet spot.

Ooh, I almost forgot. You can also turn on the touch “flick” feature which allows you to flick the touch surface to scroll faster. This is functionally similar to how Logitech implemented “free-spin” in their well-designed hyper-scroll wheels. Microsoft’s version of it on the Arc Touch works awesome. I was able to scroll through an entire 72 page PDF document in 4 “flicks.” You can also adjust the vibration feedback from the touch surface to give more or less feedback. I chose to decrease it by a lot from the default setting. I like the touch scroll wheel surface so much, that I am hopeful that Microsoft includes in more products. I would love to have it available on a full-sized desktop mouse.

The Arc Touch uses a nano transceiver, which is ideal for use with laptops and netbooks. It’s so small that you can leave it plugged in without fear of it breaking. When not in use, the transceiver can be stored magnetically underneath the mouse. I had no problems with the 2.4GHz wireless mode, even though I used it near my wireless router. Range was good as well. I walked 10 feet away from my computer and it worked flawlessly.

The Arc Touch takes 2 AAA batteries, which are included. Microsoft rates battery life at up to 6 months. My past experiences with Microsoft mice make me believe it’ll fall well short of that. I would guess probably closer to 4 months but it obviously will depend on usage. Straightening the mouse automatically turns it off, which will help extend the battery life.

Arc Touch Mouse ON/OFF

The Arc Touch looks much more stylish than the original Arc mainly because it’s sleeker. This design choice obviously required sacrifices. The original Arc was bigger and felt more comfortable. Additionally, the original Arc had a physical back button. The Arc Touch also does not come with a carrying case, even though the original Arc did. Lastly, the Arc Touch is backed by a 3 year warranty.

The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is an interesting mouse. The touch strip replacement of the scroll wheel is implemented very well but the overall ergonomics isn’t ideal for long mousing sessions. Fortunately, the unique form factor is useful for travel. I don’t think that the Arc Touch will appeal to a large group of people but it might be a very good solution for frequent travelers who value space over all else. If that’s you, then have at it.

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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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Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX

December 7th, 2010 No comments
5 Stars- techdad
Logitech’s MX Revolution was Logitech’s top of the line mouse and was truly revolutionary with the introduction of the hyper-fast scroll wheel, rechargeable battery, and great performance.  In competing with Microsoft’s BlueTrack laser technology, Logitech developed their own Darkfield laser technology.  Both technologies provide better tracking on more surfaces, including the dreaded glass table top.  Logitech’s new top dog mouse, the Performance Mouse MX, while not as revolutionary as the MX Revolution, definitely deserves its top billing.

  • Amazing Darkfield tracking (100 – 1500dpi)
  • Comfortable
  • Switchable DPI
  • Unifying nano receiver
  • Flexible charging options
  • Great battery life
  • Sleek appearance
  • Switchable hyper-fast scroll wheel
  • Includes leatherette accessory case
  • Great 3 year warranty
  • Bigger than the MX Revolution
  • Thumb buttons placed too high
  • No charging dock like MX Revolution
  • Scroll wheel less configurable than MX Revolution
Like a lot of people, I used to have the MX Revolution.  It was my favorite mouse of all time and nothing else even came close.  The Performance MX has done an admirable job in following up the Revolution.  It’s as close to a perfect mouse as I’ve ever used.

The Darkfield tracking works.  Whether that will be a selling point is debatable since many people still rely on mouse pads, including myself, and don’t need the added tracking abilities.  However, I have to say that it glides smoother than any mouse I have ever used.  I’m not sure if it’s the gliding feet or the Darkfield laser but it glides effortlessly on my cheap Belkin mouse pad.  Out of the box, there are no dpi switching buttons but I configured the Forward button on mine for dpi switching using the SetPoint software.  You can even configure which two dpi settings you want to switch to.  This would be useful if you decide to use the Performance MX as your gaming mouse too so you can set it for the max 1500 dpi and when done, switch it back to a more normal 800-1000 dpi.  It took me a few days to find the right combination of dpi and cursor speed for my use.

I find the Performance MX to be very comfortable, but not as comfortable as the Revolution.  The Revolution was smaller and allowed my fingers to rest more easily on the front edge of the left/right mouse buttons.  I’m not sure why, but ever since the MX1100 by Logitech, they have been making humongous mice.  Fortunately, Logitech did shrink the Performance MX down a little bit.  The MX1100 was unusable for me so I’m very grateful that Logitech made the Performance MX smaller.  However, I am not as grateful that they raised the thumb buttons to a location that is far more difficult to reach than the Revolution.  With SetPoint though, I easily reassigned the useless Zoom button to be the Back button and that worked out for me.  I will also mention that the hyper-fast scroll wheel works well and can be switched to ratcheting and back by using a mechanical switch just under the scroll wheel.  Logitech has received a lot of flack for removing the scroll wheel feature within SetPoint that auto-shifted to free-spin.  Though I did configure my Revolution to auto-shift, I’m not nearly as upset about it’s exclusion as some have voiced.

Battery life on the Performance MX is very good.  My MX Revolution lasted just under a week when fully charged.  The Performance MX though, lasts over a week and half, but YMMV depending on your usage.  The battery is user replaceable since it’s a 2000mAh Sanyo Eneloop AA battery.  I love how Logitech is starting to include the Eneloop batteries in their rechargeable mice instead of using proprietary batteries.  Logitech does not recommend you use regular alkaline AA batteries though.  This is probably a safety precaution so that you don’t accidentally try to charge an alkaline battery.  Who knows what would happen if that occurred.  Logitech includes a micro USB cable for charging, that you can use straight from your computer or with the included AC adapter.  I personally preferred the charging dock on the Revolution but using the micro USB cable is fine and adds flexibility for travel.  In fact, you never have worry about your mouse being unusable due to a dead battery since you can continue to use the Performance MX while charging.  I used to have a Logitech wired G9 gaming mouse plugged in at all times to serve as not only my gaming mouse but also a backup mouse in case my Revolution’s batteries were low.  Now, there’s no need.

The unifying nano receiver works very well in my environment, even plugged directly into the back of my computer, which sits on the floor under my desk.  I have a cordless phone and a single-band wireless N router on my desk and there is no noticeable interference among those devices.  Interestingly though, there is no place to store the nano receiver in the mouse itself, so be sure to store it in the accessory pouch should you decide to take it with you on the road.

Without a doubt, I consider the Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX to be the best non-gaming mouse ever.  It did fall slightly below the MX Revolution in comfort, but made up for it with flexibility and solid performance.  If you’re looking for a new high-end mouse, the Performance MX should make the vast majority of users happy.  MX Revolution users should keep their expectations modest, but I personally have fallen in love with the Performance MX.

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Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700

December 7th, 2010 No comments

4 Stars- techdad

Does Logitech ever sleep? They seem to churn out new and improved peripherals at an unsustainable pace. Yet, here we are. The long-time peripheral maker is at it again and has unleashed the Kraken upon the PC gaming world. The new Logitech wireless G700 gaming mouse is most definitely a monster. In a good way.


  • Highly accurate tracking (5700dpi max)
  • User replaceable AA rechargeable Eneloop battery
  • 13 programmable buttons for each of 5 profiles
  • Matte finish easy to grip
  • Reasonably comfortable
  • Hybrid mouse (corded mousing ability)
  • Includes USB extension cable for wireless receiver


  • Charge only via powered USB port
  • On the heavy side
  • Slightly elevated slope might be uncomfortable to some
  • Does not include a unifying receiver

Sometimes the packaging tells you everything about the product. I have owned countless Logitech mice and I’m very familiar with the packaging. A nice touch on the G700 is a tab that allows you to slide everything out of the box more easily without trashing the box. The G700 for me, is a replacement for my wired Logitech G9 Mouse, which replaced my older wireless Logitech G7 Mouse. I had used the G9 in conjunction with a Logitech MX Revolution wireless mouse, but I can safely say I no longer need 2 different mice for gaming and for general use.

The G700 is nearly as comfortable as the MX Revolution, to me. The G700 however, is higher at the peak of it’s slope, with a higher backside than the MX Revolution. My fingers do not rest as comfortably down on the left/right buttons because my palm is more elevated than on the MX Revolution. It is more substantial than the G9 but more comfortable in my opinion. The one thing I wish were still possible in the G700 is the adjustable weight system that the G9 used. It’s a bit on the heavy side and I would have preferred being able to set my own weight.

If you’re a spec geek, you’ll be happy to know that the tracking resolution on the G700 is a bountiful 5700 dpi. The G7 was rated at 2000 dpi and the G9 at 3200 dpi. I’m not sure why they couldn’t use their Darkfield Laser technology on the G700. Perhaps it was a required compromise to keep the cost down from the already hefty price tag or perhaps it’s not even possible. The Logitech Performance Mouse MX’s resolution is still good at 1500 dpi, but not quite up to par with most gaming mice. Regardless, I had no problems tracking with the G700 and on-the-fly dpi changes were quick and easy.

There have been some chatter online about the G700 having problems with small, precise movements that are key to FPS games. I can say confidently that I don’t have these problems. The SetPoint software I downloaded from Logitech did apply an update to the mouse though, so perhaps it was a firmware update to address this issue. I’m currently on firmware version 22.35.

I have to say that the individually sculpted buttons on the G700 have been done as tasteful as you could want for a mouse with THIRTEEN buttons. There are 4 by the thumb, 3 by the forefinger, 3 for the scroll wheel, 1 under the scroll wheel, and of course, the left and right buttons. The scroll wheel is the highly vaunted hyper-fast scroll wheel that can scroll freely. The button directly under the wheel allows you to easily switch to the ratcheting style scroll and back. All the buttons are placed in easy to reach positions and all are customizable with the SetPoint software.

The G700-specific SetPoint options are separated from the keyboard so you won’t see a tab for it if you happen to use a Logitech keyboard as well. The options in SetPoint are laid out well and easy to configure. From what I can tell, once you have written the configurations to the mouse’s memory, you can use them on any computer without SetPoint. Great for LAN parties if you don’t travel with your own rig. By default, the G700 comes with 3 profiles in which you can set different functions for each button. You can even add 2 more profiles, giving you a total of 5 profiles of 13 functions. That equates to a possible 65 different functions for your mouse. A mouse! You can keep track of which profile you are using with the LED indicators on the side.

It’s been a long time since I have had a wireless Logitech mouse give me problems with lag or stuttering and the G700 is no exception. I placed the nano receiver into the back of my desktop computer, which is located on the floor, under my desk. Logitech includes an extension cradle for receiver use, but I didn’t need to use it. I have a cordless phone on the same desk as well as a single-band wireless N router.

Logitech gets bonus points from me for their innovation in the battery department here. First, the rechargeable battery is not only removable, but it’s a standard AA NiMH battery that you can pick up for a buck or two anywhere. But wait, there’s more! I flipped open the battery compartment to replace the rechargeable with my own Sanyo Eneloop low self-discharge battery and what did I see? A Sanyo Eneloop low self-discharge battery already IN the mouse! Now that is what I’m talkin’ `bout Willis! It was low out of the box however so I needed to charge it right away. The battery in the old G7 mouse was actually quite a pain. It was a proprietary battery that you would swap out of the charging receiver, daily. Not only that, but replacements were impossible to find from Logitech. I’m not finished; the innovation doesn’t stop there! Logitech included a micro-USB charging cable that inserts quickly and easily into the front of the G700 so that you can use it as a wired mouse while the battery is charging! Though Logitech marketing elected not to call it a hybrid mouse, that’s exactly what the G700 is. Apparently the more expensive Razer Mamba has this hybrid ability as well. As should be expected, battery life doesn’t come close to matching the old MX Revolution. However, the added flexibility of user replaceable batteries along with the charging/data cord option makes up for the shorter life, in my opinion.

I like the rough matte finish on the G700 as a matter of personal taste. It doesn’t look as classy as my MX Revolution, but it also doesn’t smudge like the MX Revolution. My one hope is that the finish doesn’t peel like the precision grip on the G9 often did.

The other thing I noticed is that the nano receiver is not a unifying receiver. The unifying receiver is something Logitech has been touting heavily for the past year or two. This would have been nice in case you were using a Logitech wireless keyboard too, since the G700 already takes up 2 USB ports. I figure that Logitech wanted to avoid any complaints about performance due to sharing the bandwidth of a single USB port so they elected to leave out the unifying feature for their gaming hardware.

The Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 is a fantastic wireless gaming mouse, especially for MMORPG games. It works well enough to also be a great everyday mouse. If you’re really happy with your current mouse, I’m not sure it’s worth forking down the Benjamin for the G700. But, if you don’t like your curent mouse for some reason or it’s on it’s last legs, I say go for it. Sure, it could be lighter and more comfortable and have better battery life, but you’re also gaining so much more. I personally have packed up my G9 and MX Revolution. In fact, I’d been holding off on getting Starcraft II for a while now and it looks like I have a great reason to finally go get it.

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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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