Logitech : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary
Logitech is primarily known as the world’s leading manufacturer of mice.
They make two very inexpensive models the M310 and the M325 which I find preferable
to much more expensive models. They also make headsets which are expensive,
uncomfortable and fragile. They also make keyboards with lots of gimmicky extra keys.
Logitech has the competition skunked when it comes to making mouse batteries last.
Their wireless system is more reliable. Because mice are mechanical devices, you
can’t expect a mouse to last more than about two years.
Logitech makes hundreds of models of mouse. The prices wildly fluctuate every day.
The prices often seem to have no relation to features. It drives you crazy trying to
pick the most appropriate one, given that no stores will let you test drive them. How
do you choose?
- Size. Do you want something small for a laptop or big for your bear paw
- How many extra buttons? You can program these for extra functions, but if you
don’t, you will just keep hitting them by mistake and mucking up your work.
Don’t buy extra buttons unless you seriously plan to use them.
- Colours and patterns. Many models come in a rainbow of colours and patterns. A
mouse is a bit like a decorative paperweight, so style is more important than for
- Light: red, blue, infrared, laser. Laser is much more expensive and is supposed
to give finer control, but I did not notice the difference. Blue (dark field) is
supposed to work better on many surfaces, but it seemed to be slightly worse on
troublesome surfaces. I use a 3M mouse pad which works spectacularly well with any
- Shape: the more asymmetrical the more expensive. I have not noticed any
- What I would like is some sort of measure of how easy it is to precisely pick
out a single pixel on screen. Logitech has stopped revealing statistics that would
help in that regard.
- What is available at your local retailer. Logitech has so many models, no
retailer comes remotely close to carrying them all.
Even after all that, there are dozens of mice that fit any set of criteria.
Logitech does not provide comparison grids to help you refine your pick. On the
website is a way to compare three mice at a time, but the information it gives
provides so clue why one mouse would cost twice as much as another.