A few weeks back, I tweeted about how my Logitech V450 cordless mice was acting up and had a mind of its own. By this time it was about 2 years since I bought it and usually, computer mice last longer than that. But then, my Logitech V450 have been played with and dropped several times by my 2 year old son. So I’m sure it has absorbed some damage all this time.
The issues started out with minor glitches and sometimes the cursor would jump or skip and fail to respond for a second and then come back again. Then after a few days, it started to get worse that it would suddenly stop working and wouldn’t respond for a few minutes. With that, I decided to go and look for a replacement. As my usual practice, I did some research and read some reviews and finally decided to get the Logitech LX8 Cordless Laser Mouse. I purchased it from Amazon.com for $35 and because I have an Amazon Prime account, I got free shipping and received it 3 days later.
The Logitech LX8 comes with a mini receiver, a USB extension stand, 2 AA batteries, software and an installation guide. The mini receiver is bigger compared to that of the V450 so I don’t consider it as a “mini” receiver. I like that it has a USB extension stand which can be pretty useful in some situations. I didn’t use the 2 AA batteries that came with it because I already have my rechargeable batteries that I use for my gadgets/devices. I also didn’t need the installation guide and software because Windows had the required drivers, but it did take a couple minutes to install. On my Ubuntu partition, it was plug-n-play because it was immediately recognized by the system.
So far I’m loving the Logitech LX8. It has just the right size for my hand. The V450 was a bit small for me and in prolonged use, my hand tend to strain and tire easily. But with the LX8, I don’t experience any of that even with prolonged use. With regards to its responsiveness and precision, its very responsive and accurate. Based on my observation, the LX8 works better than the V450. I’ve only had this for a few weeks so I can’t really tell if it lives up to its 8 month battery life claim.
The only thing that bothers me and causes some issues are the Forward/Backward buttons. They are awkwardly located on both sides of the mouse and can easily get in the way, causing accidental clicks. After a few days of usage, I was able to learn how to handle the mouse without accidentally touching or clicking those buttons. The battery enclosure is quite narrow and it makes it quite difficult to remove and replace the batteries. Something I didn’t have any problems with on the V450. Another thing that some users might have problems with is the LX8’s inability to hide the mini receiver within the mice, which the V450 can do. Other than that, I don’t have any problems with the LX8. I’m very happy with it and I don’t regret buying it.
How about you guys? Have you tried the Logitech LX8? What brand/model of computer mice are you currently using? Do you have any brand preferences?
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