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A true mighty mouse!

  • Jan 16, 2009
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I've been using the Logitech Revolution mouse ever since it was available. I really like it, but it hasn't been updated in a couple of years now (though the price is now half of what it once was, which is quite nice!). I wasn't sure how this one would measure up against it, but now that I have it up and running, I think I've finally found a reason to switch.

The shape is very similar to the Revolution. So similar, that from the pictures it probably looks identical. It isn't, though. The MX-1100 is fatter around the middle, and when resting my hand on it, it feels perfectly shaped. I suspect they started the design with a lump of clay, and had several people try resting their hands on it. That's how perfect this feels.

The buttons are also in better, more reachable places (for the most part). On the Revolution, there were several buttons that I really couldn't reach very well (I have small hands) and required too much hand shifting to make them worthwhile. I eventually gave up trying to use them. On the new mouse, I can comfortably use all of them, with the exception of the page forward button (that's the one on the left front edge of the mouse). The page forward button is just a little too far past the curve, and my thumb can't reach it without moving my hand. Still, this is a massive improvement over the Revolution.

The sensitivity adjustment is nice for gamers, as it allows large movements on screen, with comparatively small movements of the mouse. With a quick press of the sensitivity switch, this can be reversed for high accuracy when aiming or doing other position-sensitive tasks. This is a feature lifted right from Logitech's high-end gaming mice, and it works very well. For non-gamers, the software allows full customization of the buttons. I currently have mine set to control my computer's volume, for example.

Switching over to alkalines (which are included) from the Revolution's rechargeable internal battery and recharging stand is a mixed blessing. Because there is no easy way of replacing the internal battery in the Revolution, it will eventually die and the entire mouse will be useless. It also means that it has to sit on its little docking stand when it isn't being used. The alkalines in this mouse, on the other hand, will have to be replaced every so often (nine months according to the packaging), but there isn't a stand to deal with either. Overall, I miss the recharging, but it isn't that big a deal.

The bigger change is with the scroll wheel, and I'm not as happy about that. It still does the hyper-fast spinning, but somehow doesn't feel as heavy and substantial as the older version. The machining marks are gone from it too, replaced by a bead-blasted finish that doesn't look as expensive as the Revolution's wheel.

More importantly, though, is the lack of the ability for the software to switch between smooth and click scrolling of the wheel. On the Revolution, this can be set to change based on the application, and also can be set to switch from clicking to smooth "freewheeling" when the wheel is turned quickly. That is a pretty cool ability, and on this one it is missing. It still retains the ability to manually switch it back and forth by clicking the small button just under the wheel, but I do miss the ability of the software to change it on the fly.

The dongle that comes with the mouse is very small, and looks just like the other Logitech dongles, if you have any of their other cordless mice and keyboards. They must tie each one to a particular model, however, as I now have both my Revolution and my MX-1100 up and running with both of their respective dongles along side an Edge wireless keyboard. There's no interference with any of these devices, which is surprising to me, but they all work fine together.

Overall I'd say if you already have a Revolution and are happy with it, you probably don't need this one. If you are deciding between the two, the nod goes to the MX-1100 due to the improved hand feel and better button placement. It isn't the perfect mouse, but it is very, very close.

Recommended.

Sean P. Logue, 2009

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January 16, 2009
Thanks for posting this! I've never been a fan of Logitech because I feel the Revolution felt weird in my hand. But I know they make great computer tools, so I may check one of these out pretty soon! Thanks!
 
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