One of the best computer gadget investments that I’ve made in the past week was to purchase a Logitech mini wireless mouse. The one I bought is the Logitech M305. The mouse only cost about $20 but is worth that and more.
If you use a laptop, you know how annoying the built-in mouse could be. For the life of me, I can’t get the horizontal and vertical scrollbars in that little mouse area to work properly. It seems to be more of a source of frustration than a source of help.
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
In the past, I purchased a wireless Microsoft quiet keyboard and mouse; well it was sort of wireless. The receiver hub that talked to the keyboard and the mouse connected to the USB port through a cord. It was a rather long cord at that. The keyboard worked just fine but the Microsoft mouse was huge and temperamental. The hub had to be placed just so in order for the mouse to work properly.
Logitech Mini Mouse/Receiver
Not only is the size of the Logitech M305 conveniently small but the USB receiver is a nano receiver. In other words, it small enough to leave permanently inserted into a laptop’s USB port (most laptops have several USB ports). Because of its small size, it doesn’t get in the way of any of the other devices. As a matter of fact, I’ve never removed it from my laptop USB port since installing it.
Another attractive feature to the Logitech M305 is that there is an On/Off button on the underside of the mouse. This way it preserves the AA battery within. With the Microsoft keyboard/mouse, the only way that I could preserve the battery was to remove it from the mouse. Inserting and removing the batteries each time got old real quick.
Logitech M305 Design
As is common with all mouse products nowadays, it’s ergonomically designed to fit the hand comfortably. The middle scroll wheel and the left/right mouse buttons are convenient and comfortable. All in all, it was 20 bucks well spent.
UPDATE 7/28/2011: After a few months of use, my right mouse button no longer works. That’s not good. Although I like the small USB receiver and the way the mouse fits my hand, but not having the ability to right mouse click is a deal breaker. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.