Logitech Launches MX Master Mouse with Darkfield Laser

26 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A Week with Logitech’s MX Master.

Look at your mouse. NEWARK, Calif., Mar 24, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Today Logitech (six:LOGN) LOGI, -1.03% opened up a world of new possibilities with the introduction of the Logitech® MX Master Wireless Mouse.

Encompassing the best of Logitech’s industry-leading mouse innovations into a hand-sculpted design, the MX Master is the new paradigm for precise, fast, comfortable computer navigation. Logitech said its new gadget supports the hand and wrist in a natural position, so your hand won’t cramp up as you switch between keyboard and mouse, or get tired halfway through the day. Maybe I open myself to ridicule by saying so, but I find it immeasurably satisfying to use an input device that punctuates every marquee selection, every drag and drop, and every navigational nudge with a bona fide mechanical click.

The Logitech Options software lets users customize the mouse buttons, and the Darkfield Laser hidden underneath allows for tracking on a variety of surfaces—even glass and high-gloss exteriors, Logitech said. The hand-sculpted pointer is designed for those who work across multiple screens, devices and operating systems with an emphasis on comfort, control and speed. Meanwhile, a speed-adaptive scroll wheel lets you move through long documents or Web pages faster, and a thumb wheel introduces side-to-side scrolling. Those tech companies have been following the example set by watchmakers, who have emphasized the artisanal, handcrafted nature of their products for decades. The black matte surface is accented by a very subtle brown-ish bronze bit of plastic that runs from left to right around the back and covers the bottom.

With a touch of the Logitech Easy-SwitchTM button, you can freely switch between each device, and it has a button that can be customized to replicate gesture controls on Mac® computers so you can accomplish more, faster. While this mouse could be used in games that don’t require ultra-fast response times, it’s primarily made for design and engineering professionals. Meanwhile, a special dongle lets you swap the mouse between any three devices quickly — no more swapping dongles or fiddling with Bluetooth settings.

Scroll slowly, and the little metal wheel goes “click-click-click” beneath your finger, giving you a nice bit of haptic feedback and a sense of precise control. While tooling around on the web and doing some basic cropping in Photoshop, we never felt that we were fighting with the mouse to get the cursor to be exactly where we wanted it to be. And yet, the devices that have received this kind of high-minded treatment so far have all related to a passion of some kind, whether it be music for Apple’s EarPods or gaming for Alienware’s Area-51. To quickly scroll all the way up or down a page, you just flick the wheel with your finger, at which point the click-to-click mechanism disengages, and the wheel spins freely. But give the wheel a good flick of the middle finger, and it free-spins until it slows down enough that the “clutch” catches the wheel and returns it to “line-by-line” mode.

For Logitech, this MX model is also unusual in using a standard Bluetooth connection and removing the need for the company’s Unifying USB dongle for wireless peripherals. You can still use the old method for wireless connectivity, but you probably won’t feel the need with Bluetooth now being more energy-efficient than ever.

Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). If you’re a Mac user, the buttons are set up by default to work with Exposé and Launch Pad, but Logitech provides a free download of its utility app that lets you set it up however you’d like.

Putting design ahead of engineering is still atypical for the PC industry, which is more comfortable with deliberately technological and masculine designs that make a show of how their form follows their function. To connect the new MX mouse, you can use Bluetooth, or you can use Logitech’s proprietary “unifying receiver”—a little USB dongle that comes in the box. It’s not unreasonable to expect to see more mice and keyboards advertised in the style of premium watches and cars — where precise engineering is celebrated as a means to an end rather than a purpose in and of itself. The peripherals maker is still selling gaming mice as if they were literally otherworldly objects made up of high specs and engineering, but it’s now taking on a few tips from the likes of Rolex and BMW. And if it ever goes dead, plugging it in for one minute will earn you an hour of mousing, so you’re never left stranded for longer than it takes you to visit the water cooler.

There is also a scroll wheel and two side buttons for your thumb to get more of a workout, though the two buttons default to browser forward and back functions. The laser is supposed to work on glass too, but we are working with a wood laminate desk, so we’ll just have to take Logitech’s word on that for now.

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