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Manufacturer: Logitech
Min OS X: Any Version    Requires: USB Port

Logitech MX500
March 14, 2003 | Lucian Fong

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The MX-series mice have been an overwhelming success for Logitech, especially their top-of-the-line model, the MX700. If you read our review or any of the gushing web reviews, you'll know why it's all that and a bag of chips. The MX700 does have a few shortcomings though, such as the wake from sleep issue and extra weight from the batteries. Fortunately, Logitech has an alternative for gamers who don't entirely trust wireless mice. The MX500 features the same ergonomic design and button placement as the MX700, but in corded form.

Appearance and Ergonomics
Logitech has refined the appearance of its mice since the MouseMan Dual Optical. A single piece of plastic, finished in a sparkling silver color, stretches from the front to the back of the MX500 to form the left and right mouse buttons. Wrapped around the sides of the mouse is a soft black material, molded for your thumb and pinky fingers to grip. The contoured elements and color scheme of the MX500 combine to give it an elegant and organic look.

Adjusting from the Dual Optical to the MX500's shape and button layout took about four days. As natural as the Dual Optical feels, the MX500's body is rounder and seems to fill my hand better. The mouse is still designed for right handers, but the overall shape is more symmetrical than its predecessor. It is also slightly lighter than the Dual Optical since the MX Optical Engine only needs one sensor to achieve maximum precision and accuracy. I only wish the side grips on the MX500 provided as much grip as the Dual Optical did. Sometimes, the MX500 would slip out of my hands if I didn't hold it firmly.

There are two internet navigation buttons placed directly above the thumb, with the forward button being slightly forward of the back button. The Cruise Control and Quick Switch buttons are placed in-line with the scroll wheel and lie directly under your middle finger. I found that the Quick Switch button was most easily depressed with the second joint on my middle finger. I used the tip of my finger to hit the Cruise Control button directly behind the scroll wheel. I completely ignored the other Cruise Control button because it was too far of a reach. It took me a few days to get used to the button configuration, but it's a small price to pay for the extra functionality.

The MX500s scroll wheel is just perfect. Each "step" of the wheel feels precise and has just the right amount of tension. Unlike some of the mice I have reviewed, rolling the wheel back and forth feels exactly the same.


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