The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 was announced back in February 2012 and I have been looking forward to play with it. It is finally available in Singapore and is retailing for S$89.
Here are the key features from the press release:
- Responsive Touch Surface: The touch surface responds directly to your fingers – whether you’re surfing the Web or reading your emails and it doesn’t matter which hand you use to mouse. Left-handers can easily reassign the right- and left-click buttons with Logitech SetPoint software.
- Scroll and Swipe Where You Like: The touch surface makes scrolling direct, continuous and free-flowing. And you can scroll and swipe immediately – wherever your fingertips rest on the mouse. Logitech Flow Scroll software gives you scrolling that is fluid -vmuch like scrolling on your favorite touchscreen smartphone.
- Comfortable, Stylish Design: With a modern design, smooth edges and an attractive profile, your mouse feels good in your hand and looks good too.
When I first got hold of the M600, I was impressed by the packaging, it looks nice and prestige, at least something you would expect from a S$89 mouse.
The packaging comes with:
- Touch Mouse M600
- Logitech Unifying Receiver
- 2x AA Batteries
- Carrying Pouch
- User Documentation
The surface of the mouse is extremely glossy but it is not a fingerprint magnet, I am guessing it has some sort of oleophobic coating over it. With it’s curvy pebble shape and lack of sharp edges, the M600 as what Samsung would call it, is designed for humans (DUH).
Since the whole mouse is a button by itself, there are no much gaps around the mouse for dirt to slip it which makes cleaning easy!
Similar to Apple Magic Mouse, it has a short coming, you can’t use it for long hours because the mouse is flat and I tried using it for 12 hours straight in a row and I did feel some strain on my wrist.
When I opened the packaging, I was searching high and low for the slot to keep the receiver. Normally it is outside the mouse, but for the M600, it is inside the battery compartment. If you look closely on the above picture, you will notice that the receiver compartment is on the right side of the battery. I kinda like this design as you can almost be certain that the receiver will not drop out while in transit when placed in your bag.
Despite the battery compartment is for 2 AA batteries, the mouse is capable of running on a single AA battery which will last you for 3 months. Which of course makes the mouse lighter. Two AA batteries will give you 6 months of battery time according to the website. If you like, you can use your own rechargeable batteries. Check out Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries if you need recommendations =)
The M600 tracking is powered by Logitech Advanced Optical Technology which essentially is a laser-grade precision tracking that works on most surfaces. I tested it on my white table and it works, however it doesn’t work on my Ikea’s glass table.
I didn’t know anything about the Logitech Unifying Receiver till I got the M600. The Logitech Unifying Receiver allows you to connect up to six compatible mice or keyboards to it and hence you just need to sacrifice one USB port for it. If you notice the orange symbol, it has 6 blank lines pointing out.
The wireless range of the mouse is up to 10m (33 feet).
I have no complains on the touch sensitivity of the mouse, it works very well (Left/Right Click, Scrolling Up/Down/left/Right) with my MacBook Air despite the mouse “being designed” for Windows. I think the only difference is that on Windows there is a Logitech Flow Scroll software which basically makes scrolling smoother.
The Logitech Flow Scroll is a software plugin that provides a smooth scrolling experience using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 6 and up, and Chrome 13 and up while browsing through web pages via the internet. It is Windows 7 only
The “clicking feeling” feels a bit weird for me and I have no idea how to describe it in words properly. The click sound is a little muffled and when you click, it seems that the mouse has an opposing pressure that soften the click which doesn’t give you a sense of satisfaction when you click. Maybe it is just me, but I like mouse that gives you a very good clicking feedback like what Razer does to its’ mice.
- Nice packaging
- Touch Sensitivity is good
- Smooth edges & well designed curves
- Not suitable for long hours usage (> 12 hours a day) as the mouse is a little flat. May cause strain on your wrist.
If you need a good touch mouse, I would totally recommend the Logitech Touch Mouse M600.