Logitech has kindly posted us an Anywhere Mouse MX, a wireless little number that boasts it can be used on pretty much any surface. Does it work, and is it any good? Let’s take a look:
It looks like a hand grenade straight out of Star Wars which is cool. It’s tiny and fits easily into your hand with all the buttons placed where they should be. The Anywhere MX is really light to hold too, making it useful for gaming. We trialled it with Left 4 Dead 2 and it proved helpful in swivelling around and chopping off a zombie’s face with relative ease.
There are six buttons in total on the mouse, your standard left and right buttons, two thumb ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons on the left hand side and a button to open your tabbed windows easily plonked right underneath the clickable scroll wheel. The wheel really lets the rest of the device down, feeling quite alien on the finger. If you’ve got big farmers hands like a certain TechEye reviewer, your fat finger bounces off the bottom of the scroll wheel every time you use it. It feels like being poked by a tiny pin each time.
The Anywhere MX runs on two standard AA batteries and promises to run for a while. When the mouse isn’t in use it goes to sleep, not to mention there’s a power slide on its underbelly to switch off when you’re not mousing around.
When installing your mouse you’ll see that the MX is shipped with Logitech’s unifying technology, which means you can use other wireless kit with the mouse should you want to – there’s space for up to 6.
The mouse’s main appeal, though, is that it works on most surfaces. Logitech has called the laser tracking tech onboard Darkfield, fitting nicely with the slightly sinister appearance of the device. We were skeptical before having a go, but it seems the claim is true to a point. While it struggled with sandpaper and simply refused to work at all at the bottom of a full sink, it managed glass surfaces which other mouses often find tricky. We even had a go on a bit of carpet and it worked fine.
Overall it’s a highly portable and stylish little thing, let down slightly by an uncomfortable scroll wheel. But that’s nitpicking. In the end, the technology is cool, it’s a nice mouse and it does work on all sorts – but it is hard to justify lightening your wallet by way of seventy quid.
Update: it’s retailing at the moment for up to £50.00 on Amazon.co.uk.