Logitech V500 Cordless Notebook Mouse

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INTRODUCTION

    As a regular traveler,
I’m constantly looking for new and innovative ways
to carry fewer items in my possession without leaving
the essentials at the office.  I’ve
never been too keen on so called laptop micro mice. 
They simply have been too small for my hand
and too uncomfortable over extended periods
of time.  Plus, their super short cords
are neither durable nor usable when back at
my real desktop.  Logitech, one of the
premiere mice innovators, recently took a stab
at the micro market with their V500 Cordless
Notebook Mouse. 
Not only is it cordless, but it’s designed
to be super portal by providing a storage chamber
for the wireless USB adapter and a carrying
case.  In addition, it
has one of the coolest scrolling “wheels” I’ve
ever seen.  Has iPod design met the mouse?
Read on!

WHAT’S HOT

    We’ve come to expect top-notch accuracy from Logitech products, but I’d have to say the
coolest part of this new product is in the packing.  Check
out the pictures below to learn what
I’m talking about.

SETUP

   
You’ll be hard pressed to find a mouse today that doesn’t auto-detect as a generic
Human Interface Device under Windows XP.  The V500 is no exception.  However,
to get some useful information about your mouse
not supported by the generic Mouse
control panel, you’ll need to install the mammoth SetPoint product from the included
installation CD-ROM.  When downloaded from the web, it’s a 19 MB download. 
Ouch!  Below you’ll find how you can tweak the basic settings
along with what the nearly 20 meg download gives you.

If
you have other SetPoint-compatible Logitech products, you’ll be able
to configure them here.  SetPoint
also works with their trackball line of mice.  Here
you can tweak the very basic left/right buttons (useful if you
need to switch from right handed to left handed mode
since the V500 supports all users).

Things
get a little more interesting on this screen.  You can vary the side
to side and up and down scroll speeds, as well as pointer speed
and pointer “acceleration”. 
Finally, you can enable Smart Move, which pretty much all mice support
these days. 
It will jump your cursor to a button or window you’re likely interested
in.  I
rarely leave this feature on.

On this page, you can
check out the battery strength of your V500.

Finally, the information
page gives you easy access to support, the V500 tour, and driver
versions.

PRODUCT FEATURES

   
Utilizing a standard 2.4 GHz RF micro-receiver, you can drift about 30 feet (10
meters) from your USB port and retain high accuracy.  Think the scroll wheel
on your IntelliMouse is cool?  How about a solid-state panel instead of a rubber
wheel?  No longer must you rub your finger up/down/around the mouse.  Just
gesture to the right, left, up, or down,
and your current page will scroll right,
left, up or down!  

The finger rests are sculpted and slightly
textured to prevent slippage, and the “fused aluminum skin” is really quite attractive.  Yes, it’s “only a mouse”,
but don’t let the Logitech engineers catch you saying that!  As
you would expect in a Logitech optical mouse,
the V500 uses the very latest scan lense
and handles pretty much any non-reflective
surface. 

IN THE BOX

    Logitech
didn’t leave anything out of the box. It
comes with:

  • The
    V500 Mouse 2.4 GHz USB micro-receiver
  • CD-ROM
    with SetPoint software
  • Two
    AAA batteries
  • A
    nifty carrying case for the batteries and mouse
  • Installation
    guide
  • Warranty
    card (3 years)
  • The
    V500 Mouse 2.4 GHz USB micro-receiver
  • CD-ROM
    with SetPoint software
  • Two
    AAA batteries
  • A
    nifty carrying case for the batteries and mouse
  • Installation
    guide
  • Warranty
    card (3 years)

MORE
TO LOVE

    Let’s
take a quick visual tour of the mouse. 

As
mentioned above, the V500 has a very classy and sleek aluminum-skinned
casing.

The
USB micro receiver is about as tiny as it gets!  Thankfully,
it is about as thick as the USB port itself, so if you have other
USB peripherals to share the “USB zone”, the V500 shouldn’t
get in the way.

Easily the coolest element of the V500’s industrial design
is its ability to fold up during travel times.  When expanded, insert
the USB micro-receiver into the little opening.  A spring accepts the
micro-receiver and provides really nice feedback.  Now, simply press the
small rocker button towards the base of the mouse, and the mouse collapses.  All
power is turned off and your mouse is ready to be put in the travel bag.  I
can’t tell you how annoying I think it is to take one of my Microsoft IntelliMouse’s
on the road and I have to invert the polarity of the batteries so by the time
I reach my destination, the batteries aren’t sense.  This mouse just makes
sense.



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Jared Miniman