Logitech’s MX Master wireless takes the old-fashioned scroll wheel to the next …

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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, -1.71% opened up a world of new possibilities with the introduction of the Logitech® MX Master Wireless Mouse.But with the sheer advancement of multitasking and faster performance, the handy peripheral now throws us the option to make the click with more than just two fingers.

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. So while today a lot of its competitors are looking to create ever more elaborate gamer-centric designs, Logitech has gone back to the well with its latest release. 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. But this is the one that brings in the robust functionalities you may have dealt with when using the modern track-pads, and the Master does offer even more.

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 design team (yes you need more than a mother and father mouse) was led by Arnaud Perret-Gentil, the product manager for computer peripherals at the Logitech Daniel Borel Innovation Centre in Switzerland. 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. How about something new there, for your thumb to scroll on? introduced along with the thumb buttons is a new scroll button, that will let you scroll pages horizontally, or make a switch between the tabs; and that’s purely your choice.

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. Scroll slowly, and it will tick by one point at a time with haptic and auditory feedback, but if you scroll quickly, the wheel will disengage and allow you to scroll quickly to the bottom of lengthy pages and documents. Meanwhile, a special dongle lets you swap the mouse between any three devices quickly — no more swapping dongles or fiddling with Bluetooth settings. One of the fancier features it has is the ability to wirelessly pair it with three different systems at once, using a little button on the side called the Easy-Switch to change which platform you’re inputting to at any one time.

For people who work across multiple screens, devices and operating systems, the new mouse is optimised for controlling this complex environment with precision. 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. The numerous navigation options and advanced features make it our best mouse ever.” This whitepaper highlights the key differences between performance management between physical and virtual servers, and maps out the five most common trouble spots when moving production databases to VMware Since you’ll be using this mouse all over the place, it’s no surprise that Logitech opted for its trademarked “Darkfield” laser sensor that will work on any surface – though it will be limited to a maximum sensitivity of 1,600 DPI.

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. With Bluetooth and Wireless connectivity for up to three devices, MX Master can switch between these connected devices with simple switches offered beneath these devices.

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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