Most heavy computer users and gamers would agree that comfortable interaction with your PC is incredibly important, especially if you've ever suffered from RSI. Over the last few years, there have been an increasing number of ergonomic input devices appearing on the market - some are good, and some are not so good, but your choice of mouse is often down to personal preference.
Today, we have a look at Logitech's MX Revolution - another ergonomic mouse claiming to be "the world's most advanced". Let's find out if the £50 asking price makes the it a worthwhile purchase.
As a wireless mouse, the MX Revolution comes packaged with a charger stand, power adapter, a USB Bluetooth receiver and Logitech’s SetPoint software for configuring and customising button operations. Once you’ve peeled away the packaging, charged up the mouse and installed the software it’s hard not to be instantly impressed.
Designed for the right-hander only, the left side features a large thumb shaped groove with rubber gripping moulded into shiny black plastic. The main body is finished in a fetching dark grey matt plastic, whilst the right hand side is cut of one large piece of black rubber with small indents for the fingers. One hesitates to call a mouse sexy, but this is as close as you’re likely to get. Certainly, all the elements come together beautifully. Even the charging stand is neat and plugs into the mains so your mouse charges when you’re not using your PC.
Delving Deeper into the Revolution
The MX revolution is, however, far more than table top eye candy and features a number of important and useful innovations, the first of which is the thumb wheel. Located toward the left, the thumb wheel is designed primarily for flipping between documents. Pushing it backward or forward brings up the Document Flip window, where you can then use the wheel to select the program you want and select it by pushing inward.
You can also flip quickly between documents by pushing inward at the same time as pushing forward or back, and used either way it’s a great feature for those who have lots of programs open at the same time. Indeed, if you use two screens it’s also a great way to move between programs on different screens with as little hassle as possible. Using the SetPoint software you can also set it to zoom in and out and this can be made to activate when a particular program, such as Photoshop, is in operation.
Just above the thumb wheel are forward and back buttons, which are handy for Internet browsing and up top are the usual assortment of left and right buttons, a scroll wheel and a One-Touch Search button. The One-Touch Search button is another neat addition, enabling you to select a word or text and press the button to instantly search the Internet or your computer. The only complaint about this features is that, as of now, you can only choose between using Yahoo! or Google for your searching needs.