Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:03

Logitech MX Anywhere2 – review

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Reviewing a mouse is easy – up, down, back, forward, click – check. Well this mouse has – as they say – ‘Wait there is more!’

Back in March, iTWire reviewed the MX Master mouse and likened it to a cross between the Starship Enterprise and a Battlestar Galactica Colonia Viper. It was a great mouse if a little over-designed.

It is nice to see the MXAnywhere2 has toned down the design queues a little but retains all the great things that make a mouse, a mighty mouse.

First is the Micro-USB charging of a 500mAh Li-Po battery – mandatory in my opinion after years of using expensive alkaline batteries. Stated use is up to two months at six hours per day – plenty.

Second is that you can use it via Bluetooth LE Smart on any suitable device. To check if your PC/Mac supports it just look in the device manager at Bluetooth – it should say LE or low energy. If you do not have LE then you can use it via the USB Pico unifying dongle provided.

Third is that you can use it on up to three devices at the press of a button. It supports Windows or Mac and you can mix Bluetooth and PICO devices. I use it on a Surface Pro 3 (Bluetooth), an older HP Elite Book (PICO) and that leaves the third channel for experimentation.

Fourth is the amazing laser positioning system that works accurately on transparent or frosted glass, high gloss 2-pack, stained or painted timber, laminate, cloth, leather, skin, aircraft tray, – almost anywhere. I have not found a smooth surface yet that has defeated it. It uses a Darkfield Laser technology to track the smallest possible surface detail

Scrolling long documents is easy with a free-spinning mode – press the wheel and it ‘coasts’ smoothly. Press again and it goes back to a precise scroll.

If you download the Logitech software, it opens up a range of new functions. You can adjust scroll wheel and cursor speed, enable gesture button to reproduce either Windows or Mac OS X touch gestures, reassign the mouse buttons, and more.

Opinion

I have been using the mouse now for about a week – taking over from the Logitech M560 that has probably been to the moon and back in terms mouse miles and shows no signs of wear.

The mouse is slightly smaller and lighter at 106g, suitable for left or right-handed use and seems to glide a little more effortlessly than the heavier M560.

As a reviewer, I test many devices from curved, portable, washable, solar powered and gaming keyboards to mighty mice, trackballs and presenters. Invariably Logitech has the best of class.

I also use the excellent Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse for travel. I also use the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400r for HTPC media centre control in the lounge.

The MXAnywhere2 is A$129.95 which is not cheap for a mouse but good value if want a quality, rechargeable mouse that works anywhere using Bluetooth LE or Wireless on up to three devices. If you do not need that then Logitech have cordless mice from $19.95.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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