You never really notice your mouse until it gives you problems. After my old optical mouse quit on me, I decided it was time to upgrade to something better. But when I first thought about purchasing the Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse, I didn’t think it could be much better than a standard optical mouse. It’s not like moving from a roller mouse to an optical, after all. From the moment I plugged it in, though, I could tell the difference. The movement was clean, wonderfully crisp and fast, and the wireless capacity was nothing short of astounding. To date, the laser mouse is the most fun I’ve had with computer periphery, and despite the higher price, it pays dividends in convenience and ease of use.
The good. The Logitech MX1000 is the BMW of the mouse world. It’s good-looking, fast, and does more than just get you from A to B.
The improved optics in the MX1000 are quite impressive. Logitech’s use of laser technology allows the mouse to track images significantly better than regular LEDs, producing a more accurate image for the mouse and more precise cursor control for the user. The cordless capabilities of the mouse are also wonderfully strong (I could control the computer from a little more than a room away). This clear, consistent transmission combined with the precision of the mouse make for a cursor that has not once delayed or jumped on my monitor.
Besides its precision and stability, the MX1000’s buttons are also impressive. Along with the standard right and left clickers, it also comes with three programmable buttons above the thumb and three on top, including a clickable scroll wheel. The shape of the mouse, with a deep thumb groove and special grips for the fingers, finish the design of the MX1000 with style and comfort.
The battery life on the MX1000 is substantial, as well. The mouse can go for days on end without recharging, and when it finally does need power, the receiver base doubles as the charger, a convenient convergence. Lights on the mouse provide updates of how much juice it has left, so you always know when its time to power up.
The not-so-good. When you buy a BMW, you’re going to pay the price for it. The MX1000 is no different, with many retailers shelving the mouse and dock for around $80. There are a few deals to be found, but most sellers won’t fluctuate more than about $15.
Beyond the price, there’s also the standard problem with optical mice: they won’t run consistently on every surface. The laser mouse does wonders to eliminate the problem, and the MX1000 can perform well on most surfaces, but it can get stingy when you start off-roading with it.
Another problem is that the MX1000 does not cater well to the left handed crowd. While the ergonomics on the mouse are great for righties, its thumb groove makes it less than accessible to southpaws.
Finally, and this is a minor point, the unit is bulky due to its battery. In fact, it is bigger than any mouse I’ve used previously. I’ve found, however, that I enjoy the more substantial feel the bulk provides; beyond that, the incredible battery life makes the heft worthwhile.
The bottom line. Even at a cost that is near the top of its category, the MX1000 is well-worth it. The crisp motion, expansive and consistent wireless capability, multi-function buttons and long battery life promise to pay you back from the day you bring it home.
The MX1000 is hands down the best mouse I’ve ever pointed and clicked, and I intend to use mine until brainwave readers become commercially viable as input devices.