Logitech VX Nano Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks

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Overall rating: 7/10

The cordless USB VX Nano from Logitech is a decent mouse for notebook users, but it does have its flaws. Having used it for a few weeks, here’s a summery of my likes and dislikes for this little bugger…

Likes:

  • It is small, but not tiny, so it’s not particularly uncomfortable to use.
  • With the batteries installed it does have some weight and i like that. It feels solid and the weight helps to dampen little, unwanted twitches.
  • The battery life is very good. I don’t usually turn it off and, using rechargeable NIMH batteries, the batteries last several weeks at least. Logitech claims they can last “up to 6 months”.
  • The large mouse feet should last a long time.
  • The laser tracking seems to work very well, even on my flat black, hard plastic pad that caused some jitter with my Bluetooth mouse.
  • It’s nice to see a 5 button mouse in the notebook class.
  • Light that indicates connection status and charge status.
  • Power on/off button
  • Tiny, unobtrusive USB receiver which can be stored inside the battery compartment.
  • Driver installation is not necessary (nor recommended, as long as you’re happy with the default button assignments).
  • Virtually no response lag whatsoever when resuming from a sleep state.

Dislikes:

  • Instead of a traditional wheel button, Logitech chose to switch between ratcheted scrolling and silky smooth scrolling by pressing the mouse wheel down to toggle the state. I find the smooth scrolling all but useless and the new location for the traditional wheel down button, which is now located behind the wheel, is uncomfortable to get at.
  • There’s not quite enough tension in the ratcheted scrolling mode, but that’s a personal preference. The good news is that the wheel is quiet.
  • The 2 primary buttons have a very light touch which may cause hand/wrist fatigue from having to hold your fingers off of them. I find myself clicking unintentionally now and then. They are also quite loud when clicked, unlike the forward/back buttons which are silent.
  • I find the side scrolling feature useless, but this is a personal preference and your mileage may vary.
  • There is only one large mouse foot at the back of the mouse and it doesn’t cover enough of the width of the mouse on the right side. This is due to a space conflict with the battery door (poor design). The narrow rear foot can cause the mouse to tilt to the right if you rest your palm on it in a particular way. I also have a hunch the right side of this rear foot will be the first area to wear since it is very thin in width at that point.
  • At $69.00 U.S. at the time of this writing, it is quite expensive.

Overall it seems like a pretty good mouse and i’m happy with it. It’s certainly a 100% improvement over my Bluetooth mouse which had an annoying response lag when waking from a sleep state, which it entered after only a few seconds of being idle. Also the battery life is a dramatic improvement.

The buttons could’ve been laid out better, especially the middle mouse button, which has been relocated behind the wheel. The forward/back buttons have a nice rubbery feel and they are silent, but it may take a bit to get used to their location.

Logitech VX Nano Cordless Laser Mouse product page
Newegg product page

review by atomMan

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