I absolutely love this CUBE of spunk So very easy to use,Plug it in and off you go. Love the idea of recharging through the usb! I would recommend this little spunk to all.!
I use a Mac xx
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Review 2 for Logitech Cube
from Melbourne, VIC
Expertise: Tech Savvy
The Logitech “Cube” Mouse
Date:6 August 2012
Well I have been waiting to get a try of one of these mice for some time. I mean, just looking at the picture it looked like an unusual high-tech device, and after using it I wasn’t disappointed.
Un-boxing is a real pleasure with this device. Logitech has gone to town on the quality of the packaging, it’s really outstanding. The Cube package itself though funnily enough arrived in an enormous big box, which housed a not quite enormous box, which contained the smaller box, which within it contained the Cube itself. That’s a lot of packaging for one very small mouse! Opening the Cube box is like unpacking an expensive watch by sliding the top box off to be presented with the Cube snugly packed within. Lifting out the Cube you can see the documentation, charge cable, and Logitech universal receiver are all stored neatly in the bottom of the box.
The first impression is of course that it’s really small; very, very, very small, and looks absolutely nothing like a mouse! It’s a Cube shape, and hence of course it’s very appropriately named. The mouse measures roughly 5cm long by 2cm wide by 1cm high. At the “tail end” of the mouse is a micro B-USB port to plug in for charging and a small on/off switch, and underneath is the mouse movement sensor, and that’s about it! Other than that it’s just a plain oblong shaped cube. It’s a very beautiful shiny little thing though, that when left on my desk at work attracts a lot of attention and corresponding “ooh’s and aah’s” when its purpose is explained, and they wonder how it works! The smarts though aren’t apparent on the surface and are all contained within.
The top surface of the mouse is touch-sensitive and works like the scroll wheel on a standard mouse. Sliding your index finger back and forth introduces the scrolling motion in the application (it would have been nice if side-to-side scrolling also worked, but I guess you can’t have everything in such a small package). Somewhere under the touch surface are two click points, one towards the “front” of the top surface, representing the left mouse button, and one towards the rear which represents the right mouse button, which completes the full complement of mouse controls.
Windows 7 installation is a snap. First the mouse has to be charged using the provided USB adaptor cable (or you can use your mobile phone charger if is uses micro B-USB) and it takes around 20 mins for a full charge. You then plug the USB Logitech Unifying receiver into a spare USB port, switch on the mouse, and you’re away! As a mouse it works fine and smooth on any solid surface and is responsive to all movements, and the clicker clicks away when the clicker is clicked. Using the mouse does take a little getting used to, primarily because of a) it’s really, really small; and b) the right button is at the back of the mouse, not to the right. Locating and clicking the back mouse button is particularly tricky in the beginning, but eventually you get used to it. After an hour or so of usage it’s easier, and after two it’s even better.
One of the neatest features of the mouse is its presentation features. When you pick the mouse up off the desk, it enters “presentation mode”. In this mode, if you have a PowerPoint display running, clicking the top button (aka the left mouse button) will advance the slide one forward. To go backwards, flip the mouse over and click the button again! Voila! The PowerPoint presentation goes one slide back, and will keep going back so long as the mouse is held upside-down! If you spend a lot of time on the road giving sales presentations the size of the mouse, and this feature alone, will make it a worthwhile purchase.
If however in your work you do a lot of clicking, cutting, pasting, dragging and highlighting, then this probably isn’t the mouse for you. Unless you have small hands (of which I don’t) you’ll find your hand starting to cramp up after a while, just because the mouse is so very small. I’ve used it for over a week now, and you really do get used to it, but you have to persist, and sometimes I still find my hand getting sore. A funny thing I have noticed though is that when you swap to use a “normal” sized mouse it suddenly feels absolutely enormous in your hands!
Advantages: - Very small, light and portable - Sleek, futuristic and “geek sexy” looking - Quick to charge (and the charge seems to last for a long time, well over a week of daily usage and it’s still going) - Unifying receiver so it works in with your other Logitech devices - Presentation mode is a winner for sales guys
Disadvantages: - Very small which can give you hand cramps after extended usage (unless perhaps you have very small hands) - No left / right scroll - Takes some getting used to
Overall I think this is a great mouse, very innovative, sleek and sexy, but obviously it’s not for everybody. If you travel a lot, do a lot of PowerPoint presentations, or even just like to attract a lot of “gadget” attention that will earn mega geek-points amongst your geek peers, then this one is for you. If however you use the mouse a lot, do lots of clicking, dragging and dropping etc.; or perhaps gaming; or have excessively large hands, then this isn’t the mouse for you.