Logitech Inc. Informative - Cordless mouse - Logitech Revolution
Purchased this mouse due to having to replace a Microsoft wired laser mouse whose microswitches under the buttons became intermittent one after another. As they failed, I would open up the unit and swap the bad one for a good one until there were no good ones left. Shareholders demand high profit margins and high profit margins are partly about cheap components. :(
Purchased: Nov '08
The installation may or may not go smoothly. :(
Mouse is right-handed design. Oh well, it's a right-handed world. Cope with it.
Wireless range is out of the room...and wirelessness is sweet. :)
Main scrollwheel can be depressed (it feels like a spring-loaded switch) to toggle between click-to-click (incremental) scrolling style and free-spinning scrolling style. :) Under certain circumstances it switches automatically. Or you can pick one and disable switching.
Unfortunately, the switch tends to slip out of the free-spin position by itself. :( automatically?
In either scrolling mode, you can flick the wheel forward or backward to scroll up or down an application or webpage.
The main scrollwheel toggles left or right to scroll horizontally (very addictive for those user-unfriendly webpages that are wider than your monitor. There is a special level of Hell for website designers who pump out such webpages. This function does not work very well.
The thumb-operated sidewheel when pushed brings up a list of your open tasks which you can then scroll through and push again on the task you want to switch to ir you can highlight & click one with the mouse cursor, or push it once and then again to toggle between the current and previous task.
The two thumb-side buttons are pressed for moving backward and forward between Web pages.
There is another small button on top aft of the main scrollwheel which can be programed to launch your favorite search engine in your default browser.
When the mouse cursor is over the Toolbar Logitech icon near the right end of the Taskbar, the battery level is indicated. Mine reads "MX Revolution battery: fair" right now. If you click on that icon, the SetPoint utility opens and if you then click on the battery icon, a battery-level is displayed. Mine reads "Remaining battery power: 8 Day(s)". Sounds fair to me.
Battery is not user-replaceable. :(
On-Off switch on bottom helps save on battery life. :)
11/16 low bat warning 1day remaining = 10 24hr days or 2 days at the rate I'm using it...don't know which.
Full charge was achieved after only a couple of hours on the charger as indicated on the mouse by the scrolling green lights going solid. :)
Re the SetPoint calibration utility, the speed and acceleration adjustments seem to have no affect. :(
Regarding imagined or perceived DPI issues, I can't help you...too technical for me but, if you understand these things, you can check your current mouse's USB polling rate via a utility like the Direct Input mouse rate .
When you close an unsaved app, the mouse cursor automatically goes to the "Yes" box in the "Do you want to save changes?" pop-up dialogue box...pretty nifty.