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bapenguin
01-19-2007, 07:31 AM
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Title: Logitech MX Revolution (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2135,CONTENTID=12134)
Platform: PC
MSRP: $99.99
Editor: Nicholas 'bapenguin' Puleo</div>
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Iíve done my fair share of reviews of gaming mice on Evil Avatar. Since that time there has been little to no advances in the mousing industry. Mousing industry? Is that a real thing. Hell if I know. Anyway, I recently started a new job, and with that new job came a new computer and with that new computer came aÖyou guessed it, a new mouse.

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The problem with my new mouse was it being a horrible Dell ball mouse that constantly ďstuckĒ. This simply would not do for my programming needs. So as I started to look around for a new mouse, and I went to the first place anyone goes for a mouse; Logitech. I skipped over the gaming Mice to locate a business class mouse. The fellas (or ladies) at Logitech have cooked up a brand new mouse called the MX Revolution. This $99 cordless laser mouse has a brand new scroll wheel that allows for hyper fast scrolling through documents.

To achieve this scrolling the scroll wheel actually detaches itself from the gears and basically becomes a free floating wheel. You know that clicky feel you get when scrolling? Yeah, itís gone when you scroll hyper-fast. Whatís amazing about the whole thing is you can easily stop on a dime when scrolling through huge documents simply by touching the wheel. I was able to scroll top to bottom in an Excel document with 50,000 rows in no time flat. The funny thing is, after using the wheel in just about every application including web browsing, and then going home and using a regular scroll wheel, I simply canít believe the difference. I now firmly believe that every mouse needs this kind of wheel.

Ok, enough about the wheel. What the hell else can justify a $99 mouse? For starters you have 7 buttons to work with, including a nifty thumb wheel which, by default, cycles through applications (no more alt-tabbing). There is also a search button located on the top of the mouse. The way this button works is you highlight a word anywhere, in any program and click the button and it will bring up your favorite internet browser with your favorite internet search engine and find it for you.

The mouse is built on laser technology, as opposed to optical, which apparently makes it more accurate. Why a business class mouse needs to be insanely accurate is beyond me, but hey..its got it. Battery life on the mouse is solid. On a full charge I used the mouse an entire work week, 8+ hours a day and still had juice left over for more. The mouse also supports application profiles, and you can adjust the buttons and scroll wheel to behave differently in different applications.

One more nice touch was the inclusion of an on/off button on the mouse. Coupled with a small USB receiver this mouse can easily be thrown in a laptop bag and taken along for the ride without worry of losing battery life.

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I wouldnít be a gamer if I didnít check the mouse out in gaming right? Honestly it didnít feel all that different from my Logitech G5 in games like Company of Heroes, Guild Wars or even Half-Life 2 Episode 1. While the mouse isnít being marketed as a gaming mouse, it performs pretty close to some of Logitechís other laser mice.

But lets get down to business here. Even though the mouse is available online for cheaper (http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLogitech-Revolution-Cordless-Laser-Mouse%2Fdp%2FB000HCT12O%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fqid%3D1169220491%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Delectronics&tag=happyapplefar-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325), how the heck do you convince your boss that you need a $99 wireless mouse to improve your productivity? I really donít think you can. And therein lies the problem with this mouse.


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Score:
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4 out of 5 Evil Eyes</div>

The Good:
+ Solid Construction
+ New Scroll Wheel Rocks!
+ Application profiles
+ Long battery life

The Bad:
- Piano finish tends to scratch

The Ugly:
- $99.99 Pricepoint

AntB
01-19-2007, 07:34 AM
It definately looks sexy!

Wouldn't work for me as I use just my fingers to shift the mouse around and don't move my hand at all except to make a sweeping movement.

Psykoboy2
01-19-2007, 07:47 AM
I got this back in November.

That damn gear shift thing on the wheel has already given me problems. I normally just leave it on the free wheel because there is no longer any significant "click" on the other mode of spin. Make sense?

Cupelix
01-19-2007, 07:47 AM
While this looks spiffy, and its cool that it comes with a recharging dock, there's no way I could convince my boss that the company should buy this for me. I also can't justify buying it for myself and bringing it in to use while at work.

My office mate is of a very different opinion - he's totally willing to buy computer things to use at work because he figures he spends so much time here, he may as well be as comfortable as possible. I can kind of see his point.

Kamalot
01-19-2007, 08:01 AM
While this looks spiffy, and its cool that it comes with a recharging dock, there's no way I could convince my boss that the company should buy this for me. I also can't justify buying it for myself and bringing it in to use while at work.

My office mate is of a very different opinion - he's totally willing to buy computer things to use at work because he figures he spends so much time here, he may as well be as comfortable as possible. I can kind of see his point.
I'm the same way. I pay for my own mice, keyboards, laptops and other such stuff.

Kyro
01-19-2007, 08:28 AM
Have you done any keyboard reviews Bap? I've been looking to get a new one (old crappy Dell keyboard just won't cut it anymore) and I do love your reviews.

bapenguin
01-19-2007, 08:31 AM
Have you done any keyboard reviews Bap? I've been looking to get a new one (old crappy Dell keyboard just won't cut it anymore) and I do love your reviews.

Yup. Both the Saitek Eclipse II (http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17416&highlight=saitek) and the Logitech G15 (http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16293).

Kamalot
01-19-2007, 08:39 AM
Yup. Both the Saitek Eclipse II (http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17416&highlight=saitek) and the Logitech G15 (http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16293).
Crap. I've got both of those too. I'm a sucker for input devices. :D

mikeohara
01-19-2007, 08:52 AM
I've been thinking of upgrading my PC in 2007 and have been eyeing this mouse as part of the upgrade. Thanks bap. :)

TrackZero
01-19-2007, 09:19 AM
Yeah, LiquidRain actually brought this mouse into the office a few months ago to show me how awesome it is. I gotta admit, that scroll wheel? Sexy.

Virac
01-19-2007, 09:23 AM
It is a sweet mouse cant wait to get one. and its only $79.99 at newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16826104015

CptTripps
01-19-2007, 09:32 AM
I'm still running the MX1000 from years ago. Still love it and the battery life is still just as fantastic. I do like the looks of that one, although they probably wouldn't allow it in prison, it looks too sharp. Cheers to Logitech for another great mouse.

AntB
01-19-2007, 09:35 AM
Crap. I've got both of those too. I'm a sucker for input devices. :D

I want that Saitek Eclipse II, damn thing looks sexy.

Slack3r78
01-19-2007, 09:56 AM
I'm still running the MX1000 from years ago. Still love it and the battery life is still just as fantastic. I do like the looks of that one, although they probably wouldn't allow it in prison, it looks too sharp. Cheers to Logitech for another great mouse.
I'm still of the opinion that, from an ergonomics standpoint, Logitech still hasn't topped the MX500. Best $40 I ever spent on a computer peripheral.

Wolvie
01-19-2007, 10:38 AM
Damn Bap, That mouse would be sweet for my at home inter-net browzing...now if only I could keep the lil ones away from it, so I don't end up finding it in the laundry 2 weeks later...

Hemalin
01-19-2007, 12:25 PM
Have you tried the secondary scroll in games? Do a lot of games recognize it/allow it to be mappable?

KingGorilla
01-19-2007, 06:06 PM
100 dollars? I felt guilty buying my Razer for 40.

Rhaze
01-19-2007, 06:08 PM
Uber overpriced mice make me a happy gamer.

shnastybiznastic
01-19-2007, 06:14 PM
My mx700 still works fine, but I"m sure this will make a great replacement when that thing dies. Any word on linux support of it's bizarre features? I was able to map all the buttons on my 700 to something, and it's detected fine by hotplug and whatnot.

ShankTheChicken
01-22-2007, 01:15 AM
I don't know if this is the nationwide price or not, but the Sam's Clubs in Kansas sell this mouse for $80. There's a pile of them on the shelf at my store.

LiquidRain
01-22-2007, 02:29 AM
As Track said, I bought it and brought it in to work to show everyone... in the hopes that somebody else would buy it. Couple reasons:

- For us Linux users (all the time at work, half-n-half at home) , you can't use the middle click *at all*, because without proper drivers the wheel click resorts to the gear-switching mechanism. (that toggles between "hyper fast" and "notched" scrolling) When in this gear-switch mode for the middle button, the actual middle button signal is not sent to the PC. Also, all the other features (side bumper, search) do not work at all.
- The middle click is EXTREMELY stiff. The most stiff click I've ever used. For anyone who uses their wheel/middle click often, stay away from this mouse. It's stiffer than even the MX1000's that I used to use. Your fingers will HURT after using the wheel as a button for a while.
- The search button is retarded. It's in an awkward place for anyone with larger-than-small hands and the button feels chintzy and tacked-on.
- The side "bumper" is also retarded. It's too awkward to use and would have been much more useful where it an actual wheel. (it's a digital forward/backward switch, not a wheel) The meagre 2 uses given for it by Logitech's drivers are useless. They cannot be custom-defined to anything else, so it's completely dumb.
- The side buttons were squishy. There was no tactile click, no "this button has been pushed" feeling. They just... squished. Not something I like.

Not mentioned in Bap's review is the weight and sliding of the mouse. The weight is fairly heavy, naturally, being a wireless mouse - if you've used an MX1000 it's about the same. The difference is it feels and slides around much better. The weight is not lopsided (it's centered) and the larger and smoother pads help the feel a lot.

Try the mouse out before buying. The shape is not for everyone. Some people find it extremely comfortable, some people can never figure out exactly how to grip it. I fell kind of in between - sometimes I had a solid grip without thinking, other times I would try all sorts of ways to be comfortable and never could.

Ultimately I sold it off for the re-release of the Intellimouse Explorer 3. The cons outweighed the pros. (I use my middle-click everywhere)

Kamalot
03-21-2007, 12:02 PM
I just found this mouse, with free shipping, for $59.99

http://www.gearxs.com/gearxs/product_info.php?products_id=8101

I have one at work and HIGHLY recommend it.

Tyrant
03-22-2007, 11:17 PM
For the Canadians out there, you can get the Revolution from NCIX (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=20627&promoid=1020) for $49CAD plus shipping(or free pickup if you're in the Lower Mainland) after a $30 manufacturer's rebate.