Logitech MX 1000
The MX 1000, released in 2004, has been placed in this test to provide some context for the new generation of mice. When released it was hailed as the first wireless mouse that behaves as a wired mouse should. That, however, was then, and now most gamers are using or looking to use mice capable of 1600 DPI. Can the MX 1000 still live with these guys, and if so, is it still worth investing in?
The MX 1000 feel and design is very different from the other mice in this line-up. An alcove sits on the side of the mouse for your thumb to rest in whilst on the other side the mouse curves ergonomically so your digits slip into it. It feels solid and, due to it being wireless, is pretty heavy, something to certainly consider if you're in the mouse market.
The MX 1000 has 7 configurable buttons, as well as a mouse wheel that can tilt both left and right as well as be scrolled. With the Logitech software (the same software that is used for all Logitech mice) you can configure these to your hearts content. Excellent stuff!
The thing that strikes me about the MX 1000 though, is that I feel a little too comfortable and a little too in control whilst using it. It's comparable, say, to driving a Rolls Royce and driving a Lotus Elise. The MX 1000, like a Rolls Royce, is big, powerful and comfortable, leaving you feeling in complete control. The Lotus Elise, like many of the other gaming mice, is a bit more ragged, making you feel like at any moment you could spiral out of control. The best gaming mice should leave you feeling like you're on the edge of your seat.
The MX 1000 wasn't too happy on the cloth surface. It was a little too resistant for my liking and the mouse feet are nowhere near as slick as the modern equivalents. Looking at the old Logitech and the new Logitech models, I can see that they are now using a new technology, this does make quite a lot of difference.
RTS & FPS
The MX 1000 wireless mouse will suit you if you're someone who is after a more mature, slower paced gaming experience. It's dependable, solid and gets the job done, it simply lacks the punch you get from one of the more gamer orientated mice. I found that this mouse performed the best, by far, when using programmes like Photoshop. If you're a multi-tasker, a gamer and an artist perhaps, then this is the direction you should head with your mouse choice.
In terms of what types of game it plays best in I'd probably say RTS. It felt a little bulky for a fast paced FPS game like Quake 4, especially when compared with the others on the market. For a single player RTS or city building experience like Caesar IV this was ideal. I felt in control as I didn't need to rush any of my movements.
The MX 1000 has now been upgraded too, with Logitech unleashing the MX Revolution
in the last few months. The Revolution will cost you in the region of £60 whilst the MX 1000 will only cost you £37.24
. That still represents really good money for a solid performing wireless mouse that is a certified all rounder. If you're still in possession of an MX 1000 then you can be safe in the knowledge that, despite your mouse being a couple of years old, it's still one of the top performers out there.