Playing CAD and Mouse

30 Nov, 2013 By: Heather Livingston,Robert Green

Cadalyst Labs Report: Cadalyst Labs navigates the maze of input device options for users of 2D and 3D computer-aided design.

Logitech Performance Mouse MX
Wireless programmable laser mouse
Overall Grade: A+

Pros: Great ergonomic feel; rechargeable; cordless; tracks well even on glass.

Cons: Right-hand-only design.

Price: $99.99 retail ($73.60)

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Highly RecommendedAre you searching for a full-size wireless mouse with great ergonomics that'll track crisply, even on a glass desktop? The Logitech Performance Mouse MX covers all these bases.

Using a wireless USB-mounted nanoreceiver, the MX installed perfectly on both test machines. With its tactile footpads, it had a slightly slower feel than the Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 when sliding across tables and desks. Thanks to Logitech Darkfield laser tracking, it even tracked on a glass conference table — the greatest challenge to surface performance. Another bonus: The MX is rechargeable via a mini-USB cable.

The MX has CAD and general office programs covered with all the standard buttons, switchable ratchet/free-spinning clickable scrolling wheel, and left and right pan buttons integrated into the wheel so that the index finger alone can navigate 2D and 3D CAD space very intuitively. Four customizable thumb buttons let you turn your most-used multistep CAD processes into single-click actions. Throw in the backward and forward buttons for browser controls, and you've got a mouse that works very well in virtually any program you need to use.

The Performance Mouse MX from Logitech offers excellent CAD functionality.
The Performance Mouse MX from Logitech offers excellent CAD functionality.

The 3.28" x 5" x 1.85" unit accommodates even large hands, and all the buttons fall right under your fingers and thumb in resting position. But there's no mistaking that this mouse is designed for right-handed users — I can't fathom how a left-hander could use this device.

The MX comes with a three-year limited hardware warranty. Logitech does not publish a return policy; a representative told Cadalyst that returns are handled case by case.

Everything about the feel, function, and build of this unit is high quality, and using it felt like slipping on a pair of broken-in shoes. Of all the mouse options reviewed, the Logitech Performance Mouse MX is the one I'd use most, all day, every day for all my programs, not just CAD. Even at its high price point, I consider this unit a bargain. Highly Recommended.

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