Logitech VX Nano Cordless

The Logitech VX Nano is one of our favourite portable mice and comes with an incredibly small USB dongle -- it's just way too expensive.


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Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. A new season, a new set of products. Logitech is set to release three new mice this season, with one to cater for every taste: the Air Mouse for media centre enthusiasts, the G9 for gamers, and now the ultra-portable VX Nano.

Design
The VX Nano is a travel mouse, so it's quite compact and lightweight. It features most of the buttons associated with modern mice including a scroll wheel for vertical and horizontal scrolling, Forward and Back Buttons and a dedicated Search button.

It's an ambidextrous mouse -- unlike the VX Revolution -- and fits comfortably in either hand. The scalloped edges feature the same rubberised material found on the VX and the desktop MX Revolution models.

Features
One of the best features of the VX Nano is the size of the receiver - it's tiny. No longer do you need to rely on the costly combination of a Bluetooth mouse and receiver/dongle. Just plug this little receiver in, and it juts out a miniscule 8mm. For added convenience the mouse comes with a long desktop adaptor, which you plug into your PC and leave on your desk. We thought this may mean that the mouse doesn't have much of a range, but we needn't have worried -- we were able to use the mouse easily at up to five metres from the receiver. This could also make it handy for users who want to switch between their laptop and a media centre PC -- which is traditionally a long way from the couch.

Like the VX Revolution, the Nano features the MicroGear Scroll Wheel which is switchable between a near-frictionless scroll -- for navigating large documents -- or notched scroll for more precise control. However, to switch between modes you need to click the wheel itself, which means you also lose a middle button. Middle buttons become increasingly handy in tabbed browsers like Firefox, where you can middle-click a link and open it in a new tab for perusal later. Using the Logitech SetPoint software, though, you can assign the "One Touch Search" button below the scroll wheel to act as a middle button, if you prefer.

For maximum portability, the Nano includes a slim carry case and a dock for the Nano receiver -- but this isn't as elegant as the VX Revolution's as you need to remove the battery cover to access it.

Performance
The Nano includes a high-sensitivity laser, which we found to be quite effective on most surfaces -- except for glass, of course. It is certainly more efficient at tracking than the Logitech V270 Bluetooth Notebook mouse, which we use in the office and is easily stymied by a white table.

It's comfortable to use under most conditions, though the sensor is mounted off-centre, which means it's difficult to use on your knee. The device is also configurable to your taste though the simple but powerful Setpoint drivers. The software even tells you how many days of charge are left on your mouse -- about 170+ with the alkaline batteries included in the package.

There is only one problem with the VX Nano -- its price. The Nano isn't quite as cool as the VX -- which is still our favourite portable mouse -- and with recent price drops it is available for less than AU$100. At a $30 premium, it's difficult to recommend paying extra for VX Nano.

With a whole month till the mouse is available, this pricing could yet be revised, as the VX Nano rightly costs less in the US than its larger counterpart. Still, it's very portable, and the cordless sensor is set-and-forget... but we'd wait t see if the pricing rights itself.

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DarrenK posted a review   
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The Good:Size, Shape, Scroll wheel, the tiny receiver

The Bad:The flip button needs to be in front of the wheel not behind it! Needs an auto turn off function

I don't know what you people mean about losing a middle button? I remapped mine to what Logitech used as a forward button and have never looked back!
Vs. what Ty says about the receiver being beneath a case, I think its a good thing as its so small it would be easy to lose and with a cover its an added security feature

 

Rickkarrdd posted a comment   

The Good:Best mouse ever used - very flexible

The Bad:Small usb reciever died and doesnt work

sure its a good mouse and all but after just 2 months (!!!) i was playing my imba (ownage) dota game and its suddenly stopped working. it was the mini reciever which stopped working. google it and u'll see the amount of people that have the same problem as me!! if ur not scared of this breaking, by all means, use ur $129 on this, otherwise, save ur money

 

daichiz posted a comment   

The Good:great quality

The Bad:receiver is already lost

Love this mouse, or at least did until i lost the tiny USB receiver. Does anyone know how I can get another? do they sell them?

Joppu
10
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Joppu posted a review   

The Good:tiny reciever
very portable

The Bad:middle button is hard to reach
price

Awesome mouse, I don't need a huge dongle coming out of my laptop

Jit
10
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Jit posted a review   

The Good:Good quality
Quick Scroll
Back Forward Button near the front are easy to use
Small Dongle... I never remove it... hardly noticeable

The Bad:Using the search button is a pain... It hurts as it is out of the way.

I have been using this mouse for a couple of months and it is good. The features in the mouse are pretty orsm. especially the free scroll.

Ryo
8
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Ryo posted a review   

The Good:Small compact size
Great install and forget nano reciever
powerful for such a small thing

The Bad:Fairly expensive
not as nice a design as the revolution
zoom function gone

Love it, though wish it was the Logitech Revolution with the Nano reciever

glied
3
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glied posted a review   

The Good:Good quality, small receiver

The Bad:no middle button

Not useful for any designer !

Andrew
9
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Andrew posted a review   

The Good:I love the frictionless scroll wheel and the extremely small receiver. Never have to bother taking it out or plugging it in.

The Bad:I agree about the middle button, but i got use to the button right below the scroll wheel(it acts as the middle click button).

I got it from dell's website and they had a good deal on it.

JerryCP
3
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JerryCP posted a review   

The Good:Good quality

The Bad:troubles with middle button use in some applications eg. AutoCad

No real middle button use!




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User Reviews / Comments  Logitech VX Nano Cordless

  • DarrenK

    DarrenK

    Rating9

    "I don't know what you people mean about losing a middle button? I remapped mine to what Logitech used as a forward button and have never looked back!
    Vs. what Ty says about the receiver bein..."

  • Rickkarrdd

    Rickkarrdd

    "sure its a good mouse and all but after just 2 months (!!!) i was playing my imba (ownage) dota game and its suddenly stopped working. it was the mini reciever which stopped working. google it and ..."

  • daichiz

    daichiz

    "Love this mouse, or at least did until i lost the tiny USB receiver. Does anyone know how I can get another? do they sell them?"

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