Logitech New Mouse Range Goes Back to the Future

Something New In The Click Range

Logitech's "lifestyle" range is an improvement in terms of comfort and ergonomics. On the other hand, the optical technology remains the same. Logitech uses its standard 2,000-shots-a-second sensor. The mouse's resolution is 800 CPI. On the other hand, mice in the Click range display excellent accuracy, whatever the screen resolution. The reactivity is also satisfactory. It's only for the faster FPS games and for super-accurate image retouching that switching to an MX is really justified.

On the other hand, the scroll-wheel movement is a real improvement. Like Microsoft last year, Logitech has opted for a multidirectional wheel, which has been renamed Tilt for the occasion. The scroll-wheel not only scrolls vertically, but can tilt to right or left to scroll horizontally. These are only buttons and horizontal speed is thus fixed. We reproached Microsoft for allowing its scroll-wheel to lose notches in vertical mode. Logitech did not make the same mistake. The scroll-wheel is delightfully smooth in vertical scrolling. The notches are rather noticeable however, and will not make you change your habits. This means that in FPS games, the choice of weapons remains as fast and accurate as ever. It's easy to tilt sideways and you can clearly feel the pressure that interacts with the movement. The use of this feature remains restricted to a few applications, however. They are mainly useful for office work and especially with Excel. In fact, in a spreadsheet, horizontal scrolling is used all the time. Image-retouching software, with Photoshop as the brand leader, can also be used to better advantage. As soon as you enlarge the photo for more accurate retouching, horizontal scrolling becomes a permanent component.

Although the mouse driver is well designed and very ergonomic, unfortunately it does not affect the horizontal scrolling buttons and they remain on a separate axis. This is an omission that will prevent games from benefiting from the multidirectional capability, which ought to have been perfect for leaning to right and left in an FPS for example. You just have to console yourself with the click + zoom function that the scroll-wheel performs.