Performance MX Mouse Battery Life

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  1. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

    MacMini2009

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    The new Performance MX Mouse from Logitech looks really nice and I'm thinking of purchasing one. The only thing holding me from purchasing it is the rechargeable battery. How long will the battery last until I have to constantly keep recharging it? How many hours in a day does it last? I really want the mouse, but if the battery doesn't last long, I may just get the Anywhere MX mouse.
     
  2. illibball087 macrumors regular

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    dont worry about the battery if it gets bad its simple to replace it with another battery via the hatch on the bottom of the mouse
     
  3. MacMini2009 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do you think Logitech will supply these for free?
     
  4. illibball087 macrumors regular

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    idk but they are simply nikel rechargeable batteries that you could pick up anywhere for like 10 bucks tops...im sure if the battery life got bad enough and you didnt feel like going to the store that logitech will supply you with a new battery bc of the 3 year warranty
     
  5. MacMini2009 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh I see, thanks! So how long have you gone without charging the mouse?
     
  6. sukibabee macrumors newbie

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    I got the Performance MX for a Mac Pro, had it for a few weeks now. Regarding battery life, I have been disappointed. I think I've charged it three times already. I think it needs a charge more than once a week. I do use it 10 hrs a day and never turn it off. Perhaps the battery that shipped with my mouse isn't the best? Or maybe it's working harder on my black mouse pad (yeah, I dont need one but I like the traction feel of the fabric pad). I guess I'll need to experiment more. I don't see others complaining about the battery life. My original logitech MouseMan lasted months on one set of batteries (2) - so the difference is huge.

    The good news is the battery is a (single) standard AA NiMH, so replacing it is dead easy. It can be charged via the included USB cable while using it, so that makes it simple too. My only complaint here is that Logitech decided to use a rare female connector on the mouse. The connector is very similar to what you see on most digital cameras, but a bit smaller. It they had used the same connector, I would just use the same USB cable for my camera and save on the clutter.

    My only other complaint is the scroll-wheel. It detects sideward presses, which sounds cool. But it comes at a cost of making the scroll-wheel clicks flaky. You click the scroll-wheel and nothing happens, because you didn't press *exactly* straight down .. it is really picky about that. Even if you get the click, if you were leaning the button one way nothing happens! It's annoying. I had to configure the scroll-wheel click and the right press both to dashboard and I've learned to just press to the right. Now it works about 80% of the time. (I have the left sideway press to show/hide the dock, which is nifty). The free-wheeling scroll-wheel I think is useless. I would rather have another button up there than the button that lets you enable/disable the ratchet.

    Everything else rocks about this mouse. The usb receiver is tiny and fits nicely on the new mac keyboard that ships with the mac pro. The logitech drivers work really well on Snow Leopard. I was surprised. You can setup the 9 (yes - 9) buttons to do whatever the hell you want, including different settings for different apps.

    A tip from me -- if you want to bring up expose/spaces/dashboard using the mouse ... do it this way... let's say you want the thumb button to bring up expose. You can set this function in the Logitech Control Center directly, but I don't do it that way. The reason is that the button won't be able to do any other useful things .... like holding down command and thumb-click to do something else (like application windows expose). So what you do is set the Thumb button with the action to "Advanced click" .. and in that, the Click Type to "Click" and Button number whatever you like (say 7). Now the thumb button is "mouse button 7" to the rest of software on your mac. So you go over to Expose settings and set up shortcuts to use mouse button 7, and command-mouse-button-7 for applications-only-expose... etc. I also set my zoom button to Go Back in the browsers - via Keystroke of Command-[. And I set it to other things in other apps. Pretty darn sweet.
     
  7. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    The middle click button (scroll wheel) is bad on some. I had to go return 2 of them @ best buy, until I got one that works good. Great mouse, nice and big.
     
  8. krisfields macrumors newbie

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    The battery seems to drain significantly quicker when the mouse is working on glass (needs charging after 5 days of use rather than 3 weeks).
     
  9. slicktor macrumors member

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    I've had the performance MX for a few months now and its a pretty nice mouse. The battery life is a bit week though, but charging it really isn't a problem because it comes with the cables to do so.

    I find the scroll wheel to be a bit finicky though. I cant seem to get the sensitivity right when i am using it in applications. It is always either too sensitive or not enough.

    Has anyone here used both the MX and the Magic Mouse? How do they compare?
     
  10. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

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    ive had the performance mx mouse on two different machines and it is a great mouse. Battery life is absolutely terrible though. Was thinking about trying the razer mamba...has anyone used it?
     
  11. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I have both and the PMX works great on Windows 7, Magic Mouse works good on OSX.
     
  12. CHSeifert macrumors 6502

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    Press the little button infront of the wheel and you go from stepless scroll to step by step scrolling ;)
     

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