Hardware Review: Logitech Performance Mouse MX

Mice are pretty simple on the face of it. 2 buttons, a wheel, and some kind of digital tracking system. (May your deity of choice help you if you still use a ball mouse.) You can use this very basic, very solid mouse to play the most demanding of FPS games and then alt+tab over to Excel when the boss walks by. When this mouse dies, you chuck it in the trash and go down to a store to pick up another one for a ten-spot.

It’s becoming harder and harder to find a mouse that doesn’t have at least 2 additional LED lights, 2-6 extra buttons, and all manner of patent pending technology, complete with some snazzy 2 word name smashed together into one word and camel cased so that it sounds relatively badass. These mice carry a hefty price tag, and you almost want to have a funeral for it when it eventually clicks its last.

All this rambling leads me to the topic of this review: The Logitech Performance Mouse MX. This piece of kit falls deep within that second camp of mice, and leaves me wondering if the basic mouse isn’t dreadfully underrated.

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What I’m Doing for Fall 2010

The quality and quantity of releases this fall is simply staggering. We have triple-AAA after triple-AAA title from veteran developers Kojima, Nintendo, SCEA, Firaxis, Bungee, Criterion, Media Molecule, and more.

  • Halo Reach, Sept 14
  • Civilization 5, Sept 21
  • Dead Rising 2, Sept 30
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Oct 5
  • Medal of Honor, Oct 12
  • Super Scribblenauts, Oct 12
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Oct 17
  • Fallout: New Vegas, Oct 19
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Oct 26
  • Fable III, Oct 26
  • Gran Turismo 5, Nov 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops, Nov 9
  • LittleBigPlanet 2, Nov 16
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Nov 16
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Nov 16
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns, Nov 21

There’s at least one game every other week that demands my attention.