updated 08:25 am EDT, Wed September 1, 2004
Logitech laser mouse
, which it says is the world's first mouse to use laser illumination and tracking. Utilizing Fast RF wireless technology and a new "invisible" laser that replaces the traditional red light on optical mice, the new cordless mouse offers ability to track with much higher accuracy and on a larger variety of surfaces with more responsiveness. "The laser beam emanates through a polished silver ring on the base, illuminates the surface beneath the mouse, and then reflects back up through the same ring where the surface detail is captured by the sensor. The sensor has the ability to capture 5.8 megapixels of detail each second." It is expected to ship later this month for $80.
It also features Logitech's new Tilt Wheel Plus Zoom, enabling the ability to scroll in three dimensions: up and down, left and right, and in and out, allowing users to zoom in/out when working with documents as well as horizontally scroll through documents. The MX 1000 also incorporates Logitech's proprietary Cruise Control speed scrolling system, providing rapid scrolling through large Web pages and long documents when the user holds down the buttons above and below the scroll wheel. Also, a small chrome assembly atop the thumb rest includes Internet Forward and Back buttons and the Application Switch button, which allows one-click switching between open windows.
Logitech's new mouse also features a four-level integrated battery indicator, allowing for more precise monitoring of the battery level. The rechargeable mouse includes a docking cradle that is both a wireless receiver and recharger. The company says a complete charge for the mouse takes 3-4 hours, which typically lasts 21 days and a 10-minute rapid recharge offers a full day's worth of use.