Considering how much abuse my laptop mouse suffers day in and day out, it’s no surprise that a mouse usually only lasts me a couple of years. When it came time to replace my dead Logitech V450, I didn’t bother with Kensington, Microsoft or other brands: I went straight to Logitech to see what replaced old model. The answer? a Logitech M525 Wireless Mouse, which is almost the same as my old budy.
Basic specs for a Logitech M525:
- Uses two AA batteries (included).
- Plug-n-play under Windows XP through 8 (both 32- or 64-bit) and Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
- Requires a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port for the receiver.
- Footprint of about 4” x 2½” x 1½”
- Ergonomically shaped with a rubber grip notched on either side for the thumb (can be used right- or left-handed)
- “Laseroptical,” with more precision and greater resolution than “ordinary” optical mice2.4GHz wireless signal
- Tiny “unifying receiver” allows you to run up to six Logitech USB devices on a single receiver.
The M525 is a two-button mouse with a programmable scroll wheel that can act as a third button. You need to download the company’s SetPoint program and required drivers, which enable exended features, but it operates quite well with the Windows default mouse driver. If you intend to use the unifying receiver for multiple devices, you must install Logitech’s unifying software (I haven’t tried it).
The Logitech Nano receiver is tiny, about ½” x ¼” x ¼”, a chunk of plastic married to a male USB plug. It only projects about a quarter of an inch, small enough to leave plugged in when you stow the laptop for travel. If you do disconnect it, the receiver can tuck into a slot in the mouse’s battery compartment. This also turns power to the mouse off, or you can also turn the mouse off with a bottom-mounted switch. There’s a little green LED on the top that shows power’s on. The LED glows red to indicate a low battery, thought the mouse usually has another week or two of battery life then it shows up.
If you download the SetPoint software, the mouse has additional functions. By default, the wheel will scroll the active window right-left with a wheel “tilt.” Pressing and holding the wheel activates software zoom in the active window. You can assign other functions, like volume control, to the buttons if you want.
Using the M525
- Installation is plug-n-play. My laptop is running Windows 7 64-bit; the M525 worked immediately after installation.
- Logitech does not ship the software in the package; so you have to download it if you want it. The download software package is huge, one reason I never bothered with it
- The wireless range is at least ten feet from the receiver with fresh batteries.
- The optical mouse functions on wood, counters, newsprint, a rubber mousepad, or cloth without tracking problems. It needs help on a glass surface, though.
- It’s very small, but still rather heavy. I figure an extra ounce is well worth it for the reliability.
Overall, it’s a nice mouse with very few shortcomings. Logitech sells more somewhat nicer models, but they’re more expensive than the suggested $39 price. The Logitech M525 Wireless Mouse is best-suited to medium- heavy use, but probably not for truly cursor-intensive pastimes like CAD or gaming. It’s a very good bet for road warriors because ot its small size and the Nano Receiver.