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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  • stromgald - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    $100 is alot for a mouse. I'll probably wait until the next iteration comes out and grab this one. Its always more economical to get a middle of the line mouse than the high end ones. I'm still using an MX510, but I think its awesome what Logitech is doing with mice. They're killing the competition, but I honestly hope Microsoft and other companies catch up. With only Logitech making high performance mice, they can jack up the prices. Reply
  • scott967 - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    You say that the Setpoint 3.10 supports Vista, but Logitech makes clear that Vista is not supported. I've found that Setpoint 3.01 does work in Vista, though it installs some upgrader process that loads at boot time and requires admin permission at every boot (Vista 5600 x86 -- haven't tried 3.10 or in build 5728 yet).

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  • Gary Key - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Logitech clearly states Vista support for this product currently - http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details...">MX Revolution Page - and it worked fine in build 5728 in our testing. However, as you have experienced, a Internet connection is required to update a couple of core driver files and then a reboot. Logitech is still developing their drivers for Vista and we are sure to see an updated SetPoint package in November with full support.
    Depending upon how Vista was intstalled you might be required to follow these instructions - In order for SetPoint to install properly you need to first change the compatibility settings for the installer program to run in Windows XP SP2 mode, click OK, and then right click the program icon and choose to run it as an administrator. The web-update section requires admin rights, the issue at this time is that you cannot disable it as a user or for a user with Admin rights. This has been reported to Logitech as a bug.
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  • XBoxLPU - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Fantasic review Gary Reply
  • Gary Key - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Thank you for the comments. Reply
  • Roy2001 - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Wow, I am 1st. Reply
  • tuteja1986 - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Is this better than my Logitech G7 :( i have been waiting for the next Logitech Wireless gaming mouse , if this is an Logitech MX1000 upgrade then i am not interested. Reply
  • Gary Key - Thursday, September 28, 2006 - link

    Still awake after reading it? LOL.... :) Reply

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