As we were in the middle of preparing for our upcoming P965 motherboard extravaganza (due out in the near future), something interesting happened: we lost the use of our trustworthy and long term test mouse. After a frantic search around the lab revealed that we did not have an extra mouse, we decided to make a run to the nearest CompUSA. As we were leaving Fed-Ex pulled up and instead of motioning to the driver (who is like family to us now) to drop the packages at the front door, we decided to take a chance and see if our expected items had arrived. No, we were not waiting on mice but instead looking for a couple of very interesting P965 motherboards for the roundup. Well, the motherboards did arrive but we also received a few other packages.

One package turned out to be full of new product releases from Logitech and included the MX Revolution we are reviewing today along with its notebook counterpart the VX Revolution that will be reviewed in the near future. Seeing this delivery as a sign of good luck and not wanting to mess with karma, we decided to review the Logitech MX Revolution while we finish testing our bevy of P965 motherboards. This gave us the perfect opportunity to work with the mouse in both general applications and gaming. Logitech touts the new features on the mouse as being perfect for the advanced business and home office user but it is not intended as a gaming mouse. While this may be true, we wanted to see if it could replace our dearly departed Logitech MX-510 for both gaming and application usage on our primary test bed.

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As we looked over the impressive product packaging that certainly befits the $99.99 price tag, there was one item that stood out to us. Logitech claims this is the "World's Most Advanced Mouse" so we set out to see if this is true. We have always enjoyed Logitech mice and can count on them providing an interesting product refresh every couple of years. Their last major product refresh in the wireless product sector consisted of the MX1000 as a general purpose mouse and the G7 that was targeted to the gaming community. Both mice have enjoyed a successful lifespan with excellent design ergonomics, software support, and desktop performance in the rodent arena. Their corded cousins, the G5 and MX518, have also been very successful in the gaming community where the superb RAZER series of mice have been their chief competition.

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The MX Revolution pictured on the left is meant as the direct replacement for the MX1000 pictured on the right. The overall design of the new MX Revolution is more evolutionary in nature but it is the feature set of the new mouse that Logitech considers to be revolutionary. We prefer to believe it is the opposite as the design is clearly aggressive and seems to be sculptured perfectly for those of us who are right handed. While the Revolution shares the same laser engine specifications with an 800-dots-per-inch (dpi) optical sensor as the 1000 series, it has been refined and in testing tracked more accurately in Photoshop and other applications.

One of the new "Revolutionary" features that Logitech hails as making it the "World's Most Advanced Mouse" is the significant upgrade to the scroll wheel that now has two modes of operation, line-by-line scrolling and free-spin scrolling. Free-spin scrolling turns the scroll wheel into a flywheel capable of traversing the largest of spreadsheets, web pages, or word documents with a single spin. The other new features include the document quick-flip side wheel, one-button web search capability, and a unique zoom slider that is available on the VX version only. Let's take a closer look at the features of the new MX Revolution and see how it performs.

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  • JonnyDuke - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Did you mean http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tactical">tactical or http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tactile">tactile??

    As for the mouse I am still of the mind that mice and keyboards should not require software to function. My own personal experience with Logitech's drivers has been spotty at best and I would rather not have to install them to use the mouse or keyboard primary functions.
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  • Gary Key - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

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    Did you mean tactical or tactile??
    Changed to tactile as it should have been in the first place. Sometimes DNS is not exactly perfect and we obviously missed it on the edit. Thanks to both of you for pointing it out. :)

    I am not a big fan of the mouse/keyboard software packages either. However, it almost seems they are required now to use of the new features.
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  • slashbinslashbash - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    The word is "tactile", not "tactical." On Page 2:

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    This entire area is molded with a rubber grip that has a nice tactical feel to it.


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    The tactical feedback when clicking the right and left buttons were almost perfect in our opinion.


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  • fanbanlo - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Unlike MS's Intellipoint, it CANNOT detect which app is in focus and switch the customizable keys to another mapped key/function. This definately SUCKS big time, and I couldn't imagine that it is STILL not in SetPoint the mouse driver! Reply
  • Zoomer - Saturday, September 30, 2006 - link

    You could try logigamer and see if that works for you.

    Gary, could you see if logigamer will work with this mouse? That will give it per app mouse button setting. :) http://www.logigamer.com/">http://www.logigamer.com/
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  • Gary Key - Monday, October 02, 2006 - link

    I will have an answer today. Reply
  • AnnihilatorX - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    It does detect games though
    I could drop the quick scroll button functions in my MX1000 and assign them functions in BF2
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  • ninjit - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Your experience with the new scrollwheel is exactly what I've been looking for.

    When the Apple mighty-mouse first came out this is the kinda of functionality i was expecting - being able to flick the ball in any direction, but unfortunately it's not really free spinning (not enough weight in the ball), and apple's mice really suck ergonomically for extended use for anything.

    Now if only they'd drop the price, otherwise I expect this feature to take a while to trickle down to cheaper models.

    Also must agree with the other comments about the review, nice change to see something more along the lines of (HCI) Human Computer Interaction.

    And you did a great job describing your experience with something that essentially still boils down to personal preference rather than performance numbers.
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  • kristof007 - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    I have been on Anandtech for about 3 years now and I haven't seen many mouse reviews. Great change of pace! I loved the review. I saw this at the store and it was rather nice although I cannot ditch my MX518. This mouse is just awesome. Period. Reply
  • Rollomite - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    I agree. I have yet to use a mouse that made me want to replace my MX518. I actually prefer the way that "the on the fly" DPI buttons on the MX518 are set up. I will admit, the adjustable weights on the newer models is nice, and tempting, but I think I'll wait til the MX craps out. I digress.... Reply

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