Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 03-17-2007
Provided by: Logitech
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Installation/Software

As mentioned earlier, the MX Revolution will work straight out of the box, but if you want to take advantage of all of its features (and why wouldn't you?) then you will need to install the included SetPoint software. Installation takes only a few mouse clicks and a system restart. Once back in Windows, you are ready to go. The SetPoint software installs an icon on your taskbar and all options can be accessed by simply double-clicking the icon.



Here we have the main configuration screen. From here you can customize each mouse button to perform a general function or even fine-tune it for specific programs. I immediately programmed the left and right scroll wheel clicks to previous / next track in Winamp. I also reprogrammed the One-Touch search button to server as the page refresh button in Firefox. By default, you can select your favorite search engine in the options menu. Then, you can select any block of text in a document, and click the One-Touch button to search for that term in your preferred search engine. If you don't want to search for a highlighted term, simply press the button to be taken to that search engine. I initially programmed mine for Google, but since I didn't use this function too often, I thought it would be better used as the refresh button and thus programmed it for that use.



The next menu allows you to adjust the pointer speed and pointer trails as well as pointer acceleration and "smart move". Everything here is pretty self-explanatory so we will move on.



This screen gives us the option to adjust game settings. You can set up the MX Revolution to perform differently if you are playing a game, or simply have it perform like any other mouse would during gaming.



The SetPoint software also gives you a detailed breakdown of the battery life of the MX Revolution. Here you can see that we have an estimate of 14 days of remaining battery power. This was taken after the mouse received a full charge overnight. You can view the battery life in days or percentage remaining.



The final configuration screen allows you to adjust the vertical and horizontal scroll speed and acceleration rates. This is also where you can make adjustments to the SmartShift Technology. So what exactly is SmartShift? Simply put, SmartShift 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 through 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 above diagram will give you an idea of just how complex this technology really is. What makes it even better is the different ways you can switch modes. You can press down on the scroll wheel at any time to switch between Click-to-Click and Free Spin mode. Even more interesting, the MX Revolution can detect the type of application that is currently active and adjust the scroll wheel according. Also, the wheel can automatically detect how "fast" you spin the wheel; if you spin it fast enough, it will automatically switch over to Free Spin mode then lock back into Click mode by itself! Of course, all of this can be fine-tuned in the SetPoint options seen above. After using this feature, I must say it is one of the coolest new mice features I have seen in a very long time.


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