Most hardware manufacturing companies often hold friendly rivalries with one another; vying to deliver the best products in any given season. This was very evident in 2009 when Microsoft and Logitech were both developing new technologies to one-up each other. The results were the Bluetrack sensor and Darkfield sensor technology, respectively. The Darkfield sensor technology boasted that, just like the Bluetrack, it could track flawlessly throughout its lifetime, with the added bonus of being usable on all surfaces, including on reflective materials such as glass tables, polished wood, and so on. The (justified) downside to this great piece of tech was its price.
One of the main products that was pitched by Logitech for its use of Darkfield was the Performance Mouse MX. This peripheral has a wide slew of features, coupled with a powerful sensor and wireless capabilities, all backed by the prestigious Logitech brand. Its unusual design might take some getting used to, especially for those who have a form-neutral mouse. But this shortcoming is quickly brushed aside after a few moments of use.
There are quite a few things to say about this mouse, but before we dive into our review of the Logitech Performance Mouse MX, let’s take a few minutes to establish the criteria upon which our judgment is based.
High-end mice, or peripherals that shy away from being generic office equipment, are expected to offer a certain amount of amenities to their users. Said amenities are aimed towards enhancing the product’s original usability and providing an overall improvement to the user’s quality of life. For general-purpose mice such as the Performance MX, it is expected that they excel in certain areas, such as additional buttons, a powerful sensor with adjustable sensitivity, a contoured form for improved ergonomics, and an aesthetically pleasing design.
These are the criteria that we use to review most of our products, although there are a few exceptions, such as gaming mice, where we have to factor in other stuff in order to provide a better article.
As we mentioned above, the MX Performance is equipped with Logitech’s proprietary Darkfield sensor technology, which allows it to track properly virtually any surface, from your standard mouse pad or desk to reflective surfaces such as glass tables or polished desks. This versatility makes this mouse the perfect option for people who are always on the go, and need a reliable peripheral to use anytime and anywhere. This mouse doesn’t have an onboard sensitivity switch, so in order to change cursor speed, you would have to use Logitech’s software, which is actually intuitive and self-explanatory. The maximum sensitivity this mouse can crank out is 1,600 CPI which, in our opinion, is more than enough for most tasks, from working, to gaming.
This is even further complemented by this product’s wireless capabilities; it offers hours of use on one charge. And even if you run out of batteries, the MX can be easily plugged into the laptop or desktop via USB so you can continue using it while the product recharges. In this sense, the MX can also be used as a wired version of itself, for those who want to use it at home and keep it charged for those moments where they have to run outside at a moment’s notice without worrying about whether the mouse has batteries or not.
Specifications aside, the very first thing that caught our attention about the MX is its shape. Manufacturers nowadays seldom try to emulate the blocky shapes of the mice of yore. This product, in particular, features a shape that is, for good or bad, reminiscent of the older generation of products. As a nod to ages past, this doesn’t actually seem too bad, although the design is somewhat awkward and requires some time to get used to.
It doesn’t help that the MX Performance’s buttons are also set in an awkward fashion. Case in point, this mouse has 2 thumb buttons, as most mouse usually do, which are mapped by default to the “back” and “forwards” functions of your browser. Below these 2, there is a smaller “Zoom” button that is inconveniently located very near to where your thumb usually rests. For people with bigger hands, this can be quite an issue, considering that misclicking is a very real possibility with the MX. On top of the mouse, there is another button just behind the scroll wheel that, when used, activates the MX’s hyper scroll wheel. This mode essentially deactivates the wheel’s clicking motion and allows you to scroll freely and unimpeded through those long documents or emails.
The Logitech MX Performance mouse is the working man’s peripheral. It has a number of features that improves the user’s quality of life at the workplace, while also harboring quite a few shortcoming. For its time (August 2009), it might have been a great contender to Microsoft’s Bluetrack technology. But nowadays, you could find better products at similar or lower prices.
Nevertheless, the MX provides solid wireless performance, with zero latency issues and long battery life. The possibility to keep using the mouse while charging it is a welcome addition to those that prefer to keep it connected via USB at home and only use it wireless when on the go.
Product images sourced from Amazon.com
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