Logitech MX 5500 Keyboard / Mouse Combo
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 05-23-2008
Provided by: Logitech
MX Revolution Mouse

The MX Revolution mouse has been around for over a year now, so it certainly isn't anything new. I am actually quite familiar with this mouse, as I have been using one with my work system since it was released.

The MX Revolution is a very ergonomic mouse, designed to fit your hand naturally. I have a small hand and am still able to use this mouse very comfortably. The Revolution has a scroll wheel that uses SmartShift, which gives you two scrolling options. The first, Click-to-Click, functions like any other scroll wheel. You move the wheel and get the "click" feel as your normally would as you scroll with it. The second function, Free Spin, disengages the scroll wheel from the "click" mode and allows it to spin freely, allowing you to scroll through documents, e-mail messages or playlists at "hyper" speed.

The scroll wheel also moves side to side and can even be pressed down for another button option. Behind the scroll wheel is another button, which is set to search as default. Fortunately, all of the buttons on the mouse can be reprogrammed to do any function you wish.

On the left side of the mouse are two thumb buttons, default for previous and next, as well as another clickable wheel. The mouse has a total of four different surface materials on it. The upper deck is coated with a hard, smooth plastic. The left side where your thumb rests is a textured rubber surface which will ensure a firm grip on the mouse. The far right side has a smooth, micro-suede like feel to it, while the rest of the mouse is trimmed in shiny plastic.

The bottom of the MX Revolution uses four Teflon-like feet to help slide the mouse across nearly any surface. There is an on/off switch under the mouse, as well as a red connect button, the same as on the keyboard. Two gold contacts are used when charging the mouse on the docking cradle. The tracking laser is offset to one side, where as it is usually found in the center of a mouse.

The included Bluetooth dongle is slightly larger than the one that came with my original MX Revolution, but this is due to the fact that it controls both the mouse and keyboard.

The docking cradle is simple and gets the job done. Simply place the mouse in the cradle, making sure both contacts are touching the charger, and wait for it to charge. The battery indicator light on the mouse will let you know it is charging.

That's pretty much it for the mouse. Next up, installation and software...

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