Logitech Air Mouse: My first impressions

December 8, 2009

I’ve been in the market of replacing my desktop mouse, a Logitech VX Revolution. Now, here’s the kicker. The VX is a laptop mouse. I use it on my desktop because it fits my hand almost perfectly. I love it to death and would easily go out and buy another one, but I was looking at other prospects. One of them has been the Logitech Air Mouse, an awesome mouse that can be used on a desk or in the air! Andrew actually has one that he wasn’t using at the moment, so I asked to borrow it for a few days to see what it was like. Here’s my email I sent to him about my first reactions to it.

When I first pulled out the mouse, first thing I thought was “woah”. This thing is sleek. As I dug into the box, out came the USB receiver, the dock and the power cord. Now, this is the first mouse I’ve personally used on my computer that has a dock, so it’s a new experience for me. I’ve always been a battery kind of person.

Anyway, not heeding your warning that the batteries needed charging, I flicked on the power for the mouse. It was alive! It still had a charge, surprisingly. And the glows came to life. AWESOME. I saw in the pics what it looked like, but never thought it’d be this cool. I held it in my hand like a remote and waved it around a bit. Very light and felt great in the hand. Alright, enough random waving, time to plug it into my computer.

Now, since I already use Logitech Keyboards and Mice (My beloved VX Revolution), I already had the SetPoint software installed. I just plugged in the receiver for the Air mouse and BAM, it was instantly recognized! After tweaking some sensitivity settings a bit, I had it where I liked it. Before you handed me the mouse, I had told you how I was afraid of scratching the base of the mouse by using it on the desk since I had assumed this was more of a “hold in the air” kind of mouse. But, like you assured me, it had the usual teflon feet mice do, four feet, to be exact. In fact, it was very smooth, especially since you barely used it yourself. The next test was to actually pick it up and wave it around. AMAZING.

The mouse is almost literally and point-and-use mouse. You aim the front of the mouse and gyroscopes in the mouse are able to pick up the movement. Definitely a big step up from accelerometers found in phones which can only identify angle and tilt. It’s almost like using a remote. The extra functions on the mouse are nice to use, too.

The biggest change for me is that there’s not scroll wheel. Instead, you get a big touch scroll pad which has two clicks. The touch scroll pad is definitely reminds me of the Apple Magic Mouse doing away with a scroll input on their mouse, too. It’s awkward to use at first, but you get used to it. I changed the bottom click of the scroll pad to a regular middle click with the software, that click is essential to my web-surfing because I use it to open and close tabs constantly.

The only bad thing I can say about the mouse so far, after just a few hours (maybe 5) of use, is that the mouse may be a bit too sleek. It’s kinda long, so you’ll notice a definite divide from the regular mouse user at the top and the pick-me-up buttons at the bottom. This makes using the middle scroll pad difficult because it’s really long. Maybe I’ll used to it after a little more use.

The mouse is cool, no doubt. The sleekest thing I’ve seen in mice for a long time, only rivaled by Apple’s own Magic Mouse.


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