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Logitech Optical MouseMan Wheel Review - Introduction

By: Jonathan Martini - October 3, 2000

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Introduction

Some folks are still getting used to the idea that a mouse doesn't need to have a mouse ball anymore, which was introduced with Microsoft's IntelliMouse Explorer and IntelliMouse Optical. The advantages? No mouse pad, no mouse ball, no more mechanical parts and no more cleaning! After waiting over a year after Microsoft's launch of their optical mice, Logitech has released their version of this new breed of mouse.

I'll be reviewing the MouseMan Wheel, which is the one on the left.

Just look at the neat Box Art :

Just check out that flashing bulb. Some of you may wonder, how does it last for so long? Well, it's powered by 2 Duracell Ultras, and since this is a new product, I picked up two free long lasting batteries. :)

I don't know how often you guys buy a new mouse, but the last time I bought one was when my brother spilled juice in it (not sure how he pulled this stunt off and I have yet to figure it out). It was awkward navigating around Windows without this extension of my hand. Now it might seem odd, but I'm looking at the purchase of this mouse as an upgrade from my older 3 button mouse. I forwent the evolution of the wheel mouse, but everyone has to draw a line somewhere right? For me, it was the combination of the optical evolution, the wheel, the mysterious forth button, and a more comfortable mouse.

Logitech is an established computer peripheral company and has been making products for over 15 years. Logitech is the world's largest manufacturer of mice. This year, the company's 200 millionth mouse will roll off the production line.

What's Included and Features

What's Included:

  • Logitech MouseMan Wheel

  • MouseWare software on CD-ROM

  • USB to PS/2 Converter

  • User Guide

  • 5 Year Warranty

  • 2 Duracell Ultras :)

Features:

  • Optical Technology (tracks precise movements on an extremely large variety of surfaces)

  • USB Connection

  • PS/2 Converter (to allow use with Windows 95 and systems without USB connectors)

  • Scrolling Wheel a.k.a. Web Wheel

  • 4 Programmable buttons

  • MouseWare 9.1 software (Allows programmation of buttons as well as all mouse properties)

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Last Updated on October 3, 2000

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