Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse Boasts Darkfield Laser

25 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Even office mice now come with a narrative of craftsmanship and care.

Look at your mouse. NEWARK, Calif., Mar 24, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Today Logitech (six:LOGN) LOGI, +3.43% opened up a world of new possibilities with the introduction of the Logitech® MX Master Wireless Mouse.

The mouse’s shape is designed to support the user’s hand and wrist in a natural position, and it has a speed-adaptive scroll wheel that lets users auto-shift from click-to-click to hyper-fast scrolling, as well as a thumbwheel for side-to-side scrolling and page switching. 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.

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. Users will be able to alternate between devices simply by lifting up the mouse and tapping a button, so if you’d rather not buy multiple mice or have to compromise on your mouse because you’re using a different computer, this could be it. 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.

Granted there aren’t as many buttons compared to dedicated gaming mice which might have more, but for the regular user who just needs a few more buttons, we reckon 5 should do the trick. Those tech companies have been following the example set by watchmakers, who have emphasized the artisanal, handcrafted nature of their products for decades. Additionally, four minutes of charging gives users one day of usage and they can continue using the mouse while it charges. “At Logitech, it is very important for us to begin the product design process based on extensive research about user needs. 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. We brought it back based on requests from our customers.” In explaining how the shape of the mouse is hand-sculpted and designed to fit most hands, he noted that just a millimeter taller or wider can make all the difference in how easy it is to use the mouse. “We also included a rubber finish to make the mouse more comfortable to hold and the redesigned Options software makes it easy to customize the keys,” he said. 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. 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.

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