Logitech Performance Mouse MX REVIEW

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  1. illibball087 macrumors regular

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    I just received this mouse today and can easily say its the best mouse i have ever used! i have used tons of mice including vx nano, vx revo, mx revo, mx air, microsoft explorer, razer orochi, etc. This mouse corrects all the flaws the MX revolution had such as battery issues. The PMX is rechargeable but the battery is easily accessible and can be changed to a double AA if you want. The mouse tracks on almost every surface including glass. The feel and fit of this mouse is as natural as it comes. Overall i will give it 9.5/10 with no downsides to note.

    Pro's
    -changeable batteries
    -glass tracking
    -improved ergonomics
    -nice charging system via usb

    Con's
    -maybe price ($100USD)
     
  2. Anuba macrumors 68040

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    I have nearly every mouse Logitech has manufactured for the last 7-8 years, and I'm definitely getting this one too. I'm even more interested in the Logitech Anywhere MX mouse, actually.

    It has the shape of everyone's portable favorite MX Nano, but with the back/forward button in the right place (thumb), plus it works on transparent glass surfaces. You can't go wrong with a mouse like that.

    Sometimes I wish Apple would just make a deal with Logitech and license and build their technology into Macs and Apple mice... their stuff is just unbeatable. I have two near identical mice called V550 and M555b, they're the same but one is Bluetooth and the other (V550) is Logitech's proprietary wireless. When the V550 was new it estimated a battery life of 400+ days(!) with 2 AA batteries, and so far it's been accurate... I've had it for about 150 days and it's still at 250 days / 60%+ battery left. I bought the Bluetooth model M555b five days ago, it showed 75 days initially and now it's down to 60. BT stinks, it eats batteries like it was candy, it's laggy and glitchy, it's sensitive to crosstalk...
     
  3. illibball087 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah man i forgot about the anywhere mouse ill probably purchase that too just to use on the go with my asus netbook
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    So you can actually take out the rechargeable battery and put in AA batteries anytime you want?
     
  5. illibball087 thread starter macrumors regular

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    no when you open the hatch on the bottom of the mouse theres a tag that says Ni-MH battery only, but the good news is that if the rechargeable battery in the mouse begins to lose life then you can easily replace it with a new rechargeable battery
     
  6. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for clarifying!
     
  7. McShizzel macrumors regular

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    I currently use a Logitech MX Revolution and would consider getting the Performance Mouse MX if it had the "Thumb Wheel" like on the MX Revolution (I really got used to the "Thumb Wheel").
     
  8. illibball087 thread starter macrumors regular

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    you'll like it a lot more without the wheel it feels better in the hand
     
  9. Wee Beastie macrumors regular

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    I just returned my MX Revolution due to an issue with the left click button. Every few single-click registered as a double-click and that got real annoying real fast. I used the mouse for work so it would really slow down my workflow and I'd just have to switch back to the ol mighty mouse for a break. Which is not enjoyable, to say the least. It is kind of a crippled little guy. Up until this point it was the best mouse I had ever used.

    So long story...long I guess. The story's already too damn long for any of that "long story short" business.

    Aaanyway I called Logitech and they offered to replace it, and gave me the option of getting the Performance MX instead! I bet you were wondering when I was going to get around to the subject of the thread ;) I am pretty excited to try it out and have a real mouse again. I don't want to hate on the mighty mouse, but I just kind of hate it. I'd rather use a standard issue Dell or Microsoft mouse to be honest. But it's nice to have around just in case.

    Thanks for the review BTW
     
  10. ungraphic macrumors 6502a

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    Does the mouse still work without a AA Battery even when its connected via mini usb plug? Apparently it charges the battery when its connected....but suppose theres no battery but its still connected?

    Thanks!
     
  11. ungraphic macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone? Anyone? </Ben Stein>
     
  12. illibball087 thread starter macrumors regular

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    this mouse doesnt even use AA's it uses a single rechargeable batter found under the hatch on the bottom of the mouse. you can use the mouse while its charging via the included usb charging cord
     
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  14. fernande-mac macrumors regular

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    Do all the buttons work under Mac OS X (10.4, 10.5, 10.6) out of the box? Or do you need additional software like ControllerMate?

    I read reviews of the Performance MX vs. MX Revolution and some people agreed that the left mouse button was noisier when clicking and was not as solid as in the Revolution.

    What's your experience?
     
  15. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah you need to install the logitech control center to use and customize all the buttons on the mouse.
     
  16. fernande-mac macrumors regular

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    I (and many other people) have had bad experience with the LCC software for other Mac -compatible mice, e.g., MX Revolution.

    Do you reckon the experience with the Performance Mouse MX and LCC is a nice one? No jittery cursor, smooth dragging, consistent scrolling, responsive button clicks, etc.?

    Thanks!
     
  17. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah the LCC seems to be working trouble free with mine. The Performance MX is a behemoth, sure takes time to get used to it coming from a mighty mouse.
     

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  18. illibball087 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i have no troubles whatsoever with tracking and cursor response also scrolling is nice
     
  19. fernande-mac macrumors regular

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    Well, well.

    This is a very nice surprise.

    I am using the MX Revolution right now. So, the size is not a problem. :)

    I may give it a test drive and compare the two. I have read reviews from MX Revolution users who did not like the click. Who knows. . .
     
  20. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Would buy if it was bluetooth. I will only use them as I hate the receivers and using them with laptops.

    Guess I will stick with my bluetooth MX revolution for now.
     
  21. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    The new receivers are really tiny stubs that you won't even notice it there, sometimes.
     
  22. occamsrazor macrumors 6502

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    True and really no prob for a desktop machine where it's not a big deal to add a USB hub. But on a MBP it takes one of your two measly USB slots, and using hubs on a portable is a pain.
     
  23. Takeo macrumors 6502a

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    I had the Revolution MX and it was a good mouse but I found it to be on the heavy side. And after a year the button started sending double clicks instead of single clicks. And that was actually the THIRD Logitech mouse I had that went wonky on me after about one year of use.

    I was getting tired of buying $100+ mice that would die within a year so I switched to the Microsoft Laser Mouse 7000. Love it. It's one third lighter than the MX (and PMX) feels much better in the hand and it only takes a single AAA NiMH battery. To me, it's the perfect mouse. It doesn't have the fancy "revolution" scrolling but after endless fighting with the CRAPPY Logitech drivers I gave up and installed SteerMouse. So I lost the "Revolution" scrolling anyway.

    So my 7000 just died too (after many years of daily use). The rubber on the scroll wheel has disintegrated and detached. Much to my dismay it has been discontinued. And the new PMX (which I might consider) still weights the same as the old MX (a whopping 150 grams). No thanks. But I've found that the 7000 is available on Amazon from many retailers for a drastically reduced price. I originally paid over $100 when it first came out but it can now be had for $30! That's an outstanding deal for what, not too long ago, was their top of the line model costing over $100!

    So I would recommend trying out the MS Laser 7000. At $30, I think I may stock up!
     
  24. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    After continuously paying Apple $69 every year or so for a new crap-tastic scroll wheeled mighty mouse I don't see that $100 as a con at all.

    I've picked up an Anywhere MX and I doubt I'll ever go back to an Apple mouse. Maybe the apple trackpad, but NEVER the mouse.
     
  25. Razorhog macrumors 65816

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    I was about to pull the trigger on the logitech performance MX, but I read on the logitech forums that the middle button behaves the same way as my current mouse, the MX1000. You have to hold your mouth just right and concentrate to get it to click, which makes it terrible for gaming. Sometimes I can't get it to click even when I'm really really trying.
     

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