While the MX Revolution is still one of the best mice I’ve ever had the pleasure to use, I was ecstatic to review the second generation of this amazing mouse, which is the Performance Mouse MX. Logitech finally sent over a review unit and it’s time to see how this mouse compares to its predecessor.
*Above: Side-by-side comparison of the Performance Mouse MX on the left and the MX Revolution on the right.
Right away, I was surprised how much the design changed from the original MX Revolution. Unfortunately, some of these changes worked against the mouse’s overall appeal. What made the MX Revolution such a new and unique mouse was its extreme styles, curves and incredible ergonomics all mixed together with awesome technology and versatility. These curves gave the mouse a feeling of it being huge without it actually being very much larger or heavier than most wireless mice on the market. However, the Performance Mouse MX seems to have scaled back and slapped on fewer buttons that are smaller and tighter-grouped. What you get as a result is just a couple extra buttons and a much tighter grouping of the thumb buttons, which makes their use in heated gaming almost unrealistic, since the chances of you hitting the right button quickly are low.
Staying with this topic, we move onto the mouse’s scroll wheel. The scrolling action of the wheel is great and allows you to easily change between regular scrolling and Logitech’s frictionless scrolling modes. However, it’s the middle button and side-scrolling (pressing left and right on the wheel) buttons that are painfully unresponsive and mushy. Even when not gaming, it can be hard to reliably issue a command with these buttons, which can lead to a lot of frustration no matter what task you’re performing.
While the MX Revolution’s 800DPI never had me wanting more, the Performance Mouse MX received a bump to 1500DPI, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. You also get Logitech’s Darkfield technology that allows you to use the mouse on just about any surface, including my glass desk, which it performed flawlessly on. There’s also Logitech’s Unifying receiver that allows you to use multiple Logitech products simultaneously with just one tiny wireless USB receiver. As a result of these updates, you get shortened battery life when compared to the original MX Revolution. While it’ll still last a few days of standard use before it starts begging for more juice, it’s a far cry from the 7+ days that you’d get out of a single MX Revolution charge, but this is counter-weighted by the new, on-the-fly charging setup for the Performance Mouse MX, which comes in the form of a USB charging cable (which also comes with an adapter to charge in a standard wall socket) that allows you to charge the mouse while continuing to use it.
As one has come to expect of Logitech’s premium mice, the Performance Mouse MX’s build quality and use of high quality materials give it a fantastic feeling in your hand. Add that to the ergonomics and you’ve got what is possibly the most comfortable and reliable mouse on the market right now.
Priced at $99.99 (direct from Logitech) it is hard to seriously consider this mouse over the gaming equivalent that you could get for around the same price. However, considering the reliability of the Logitech brand, you’re paying for quality and longevity. And, if you have the patience to wait for a nice discount, you should have no trouble getting the mouse for much less than sticker price.
Other than just plugging it in, you can install the optional Logitech software. That’s it.
Ease of Use: 10
While not mandatory to the mouse’s function, Logitech’s software suite offers you tons of settings ranging from simple button rebinds to advanced gaming profiles and program-specific button layouts. The best part of all this? It’s impressively simple to work with. The software is very well laid out and has a very fresh and clean user interface.
Despite the lower-than-others DPI count, you have to remember that the Performance Mouse MX isn’t designed exclusively for gaming. And with Logitech’s fantastic wireless, Unifying, and Darkfield technologies, this mouse is packed with high-performing features, not just good looks. However, due to the poor placement of its thumb buttons, it becomes difficult to use them without accidentally pressing others which can become a little frustrating.
While the removal of a charging dock is a disappointment, this new setup allows you to keep using the mouse even while it’s charging, so no time is lost waiting on the mouse’s battery to return from the dead. All the cables and adapters even come in a nice carrying pouch that keeps the mouse mobile.
Overall: 8 Olives