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Logitech Puts Windows-8 Button on a Wireless Mouse

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Logitech's new mouse features a special Windows 8 button.

Logitech has announced its new M560 wireless mouse that features a little something we haven't seen much before: a Windows 8 button.

The mouse features the renown Logitech Unifying receiver, and it is powered by a single AA battery. Like a lot of other mice from Logitech, it also features the 'Hyper-Fast' scroll wheel, which can have its clicks disabled and go into a 'free-spinning' mode. The mouse also features two extra thumb buttons for navigation, which can be customized in the SetPoint software.

The Windows 8 button featured on the mouse, which Logitech refers to as the 'Windows 8 edge menu button,' brings you straight to the App Bar and Charms Bar. It can also be used to bring up the Metro interface or return to the desktop. Of course, the mouse will also work in conjunction with Windows 7.

Logitech will be releasing the mouse in two colors, white and black, and it will feature an MSRP of $39.99.

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    ethanolson , October 18, 2013 4:04 PM
    Friggin' genius, Logitech... genius!
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    monsta , October 18, 2013 4:05 PM
    Not a bad idea
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    edogawa , October 18, 2013 4:11 PM
    This isn't a bad idea, but doesn't 8.1 make this pointless now that the start button is back.
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    sirskeetsalot2013 , October 18, 2013 5:44 PM
    All you had to do was press windows key one time on your keyboard to get to start screen before 8.1, and still works.

    Then the magical windows key + Q to search for all apps/files by typing the name. I found it way faster than looking on a start menu used it in all previous versions of windows too.
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    sirskeetsalot2013 , October 18, 2013 5:48 PM
    don't forget about the lovely windows key + x too for fast shutdown, sign out and other important features that used to be on control panel.
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    USAFRet , October 18, 2013 6:22 PM
    My several month old Logitech Performance MX does this already.
    In what is the thumbrest area of the pictured mouse, a slight click scrolls through whatever Metro apps are in the background.
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    sykozis , October 18, 2013 7:19 PM
    Logitech "will be releasing" this mouse? Logitech already released this mouse.... Amazon has been selling this mouse for at least 3 weeks now.... Seems a few review sites are late on this one....
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    Ceee9 , October 18, 2013 8:07 PM
    why not just assign ur mouse micro button for window button...
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    rantoc , October 19, 2013 4:41 AM
    Hope its below the mouse since ill never install win8 =O
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    rwinches , October 19, 2013 4:59 AM
    Great! So in the middle of a firefight you now have the opportunity to hit the Windows key on your mouse. Doh!
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    USAFRet , October 19, 2013 5:02 AM
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    Great! So in the middle of a firefight you now have the opportunity to hit the Windows key on your mouse. Doh!


    You can disable it, you know.
    And as amazing as it seems, not everyone is into that sort of game...:) 
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    rwinches , October 19, 2013 6:35 AM
    The scroll wheel is small and pressing down on it only switches between smooth and click feedback scrolling.
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    basroil , October 19, 2013 7:29 AM
    Any logitec mouse that uses their button mapping software has it. I have both charms and start on mine
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    3ogdy , October 19, 2013 8:19 AM
    Running Windows h8 with a triple screen set-up is a nightmare...especially given where the Charms bar is located - it was a pain in the ass to turn the computer off since the mouse cursor would go on the other screen instead of opening the actual menu.
    I hope other peripheral manufacturers follow suit, but that doesn't really matter that much to me since I'm a Logitech fan myself and I hope they use this feature on all their future mice. I'd love to have that functionality integrated.
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    stevejnb , October 19, 2013 10:16 AM
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    Great! So in the middle of a firefight you now have the opportunity to hit the Windows key on your mouse. Doh!


    Perhaps this mouse isn't for you then?

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    jimmysmitty , October 19, 2013 10:55 PM
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    Great! So in the middle of a firefight you now have the opportunity to hit the Windows key on your mouse. Doh!


    Most gamers wont use this wireless mouse but rather the G700s or a Razr wireless mouse.

    I also would assume it can be disabled, much like most gaming keyboards allow for the windows key to be disabled.
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    basroil , October 20, 2013 7:37 AM
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    Running Windows h8 with a triple screen set-up is a nightmare...especially given where the Charms bar is located - it was a pain in the ass to turn the computer off since the mouse cursor would go on the other screen instead of opening the actual menu.


    Windows+C, works every time
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    ohim , November 13, 2013 11:04 AM
    Have people learn ALT+F4 , ALT+TAB and nobody bats an eye, ask them to remember Windows+C and everybody looses their minds :D 
    I bet there are lots of guys who have no clue what Windows+D or Windows+E does...