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Logitech Performance Mouse MX review: My favorite mouse

This mouse is very comfortable, feels sturdy, and all of its buttons (except the thumb button) are in the right places.

Pros

  • Can use mouse while it is recharging
  • Scroll wheel can toggle between freewheel and ratcheted modes
  • Excellent tracking

Cons

  • Not designed for lefties
  • Some button quirkiness
  • Power hungry
  • Too big and heavy for some users
  • Tracking not fast enough for gamers

Our Verdict

If you’re like me and you like your mice big, beefy, and feature-filled, then there’s a chance you’ll like Logitech’s Performance Mouse MX. It’s very much like another Logitech mouse, the MX 1100 Cordless Laser Mouse, but the Performance Mouse MX has a unique feature that is ideal if you wish to use a Logitech keyboard.

The Performance Mouse MX is designed for right-handers (sorry, lefties). There’s a groove along the left side of the mouse for your thumb, and the mouse fits my hand nicely. The mouse is a little on the heavy side, weighing 5.8 ounces, but I didn’t experience any fatigue using the mouse on a daily basis. The mouse is also a bit long, measuring about 5 inches in length (it’s 3.25 inches wide and 1.75 inches tall). If you have smaller hands, you’ll have to reach for the two main mouse buttons.

Speaking of buttons, the Performance Mouse MX has seven buttons: left, right, a scroll wheel button, a Back button, a Forward button, a Zoom button, and a thumb button. All of the buttons were easy to access and click, though I found it awkward to use the thumb button, which is on the Performance Mouse MX’s groove; I had to press harder on it than on the other buttons. The Scroll Wheel can switch between notched and freewheel scrolling. I prefer the freewheel, and on extremely long documents, it’s fun (and useful) to spin the scroll wheel quickly and watch the pages of your document flicker on screen.

Logitech says on its Web site that the Darkfield Laser Tracking used in the Performance Mouse MX can work on “all sorts of work surfaces,” including glass. The mouse worked on every surface I tested it on, including a clear glass window. Logitech says that the tracking won’t work on glass if it’s completely spotless and as clean as it can get; the Logitech Web site recommends a “swipe [of] your hand across the surface” to give the tracking some “context.” I found the tracking to be excellent for everyday use, but it’s not fast enough for hard-core gamers.

The Performance Mouse MX comes with Logitech’s Unifying receiver, a RF device that plugs into your USB port. It works with the mouse, as well as six other compatible input devices, which are listed on Logitech’s Web site. For example, if you decide to use Logitech’s Wireless Keyboard K340 or Wireless Keyboard K350, you can you one Unifying receiver for both devices. At the time of this review, Logitech had only six devices that were compatible with the Unifying receiver, but expect more in the near future.

Logitech includes a rechargeable AA battery. During the two months I used the mouse at work during the business week, I drained the battery three times. That seems like a lot, but fortunately, you can still use the mouse while the battery inside is charging. The Performance Mouse MX has a small USB plug at its front, and you can connect the bundled USB cable to the mouse on one end, with the cable on the other end connected to a USB port or to the included power adapter. In a way, the mouse becomes a wired mouse, but it’s still using a wireless connection with your Mac.

The one annoyance I have with the mouse occurs once or twice during a day of work. After clicking a menu open, I’ll find myself unable to click on a menu item. I’m forced to press the ESC key on my keyboard, which closes the menu.

Bottom line

I found the Performance Mouse MX a pleasure to use, and it’s one of my favorites. It’s very comfortable for me to use, it feels sturdy, and all of its buttons (except the thumb button) are in the right places for my hand. The bundled battery drains quickly, and the tracking isn’t fast enough for serious gamers, but for everyday use, it’s currently my mouse of choice.

Introduction: Logitech Performance Mouse MX Wired Mod

In this instructable, I’ll show you how I modded a Logitech Performance Mouse MX into a wired mouse, eliminating the annoying battery and charging with the rigid cable.

I got rid of the battery compartment and the USB connector, cut an USB extension cord I had lying around to connect both the unifying receiver inside the mouse and power for the mouse itself, added a voltage regulator for clean 1.5V for the battery connection and stuffed it all back in.

Step 1: Disassembly

First of all, remove the gliders on the bottom, the screws are hidden under them. Take care to tear off all of the glider because they tend to rip apart into the gliding part and the sticky part, rendering them useless.

Then, open the case and take care not to pull too hard on the cable connecting the upper shell with the board. Unplug the upper shell and put it aside, we don’t mod anything there. Unscrew the battery compartment and remove it from the board. Unplug the sensor board (the flex cable). To do so, pull the dark lid up to unlock and the flex cable goes out without any force.

Pull out the small plastic bolt holding the mouse wheel down (it’s near the button locking the endles scrolling function) and remove the wheel. Then, unscrew all screws and lift the main board up. Finally, unscrew the USB port board and remove it, too.

Unsolder the USB connector board, no need for that anymore. In the pictures, I unsoldered the thermal sensor of the battery compartment, too. Not a good idea as the mouse logic relies on this sensor giving valid data, so don’t unsolder it, just take it off the battery compartment. I re-soldered it later once I noticed the error.

Step 2: Wiring

Now cut the USB extension cord just like in the photo and re-solder it. Doesn’t sound very Smart but we need access to the power wires (red and black) for the mouse. The female USB connector is for the unifying receiver and must stay intact. Solder a red and a black wire to the USB red and black wires and insulate all wires against each other (wrap electrical tape around each individual solder joint and finally around everything). I also soldered the shielding together to make sure everything was connected as before I cut the cable.

I first tried directly sourcing 5V to the board where the USB connector used to do that but ignored the small SMD parts on the USB connector board. Seems like they do have a purpose, the mouse blinked red and refused to work. In the next step, we’ll connect a voltage regulator to get clean 1.5V battery voltage for the battery connector. That works much better.

Step 3: Voltage Regulation

To get 1.5V battery voltage from a 4.5 to 5.0V supply (i.e. the USB port), I used the good old LM317 linear voltage regulator. It is not super-efficient but it does its job. And it needs virtually no external parts being soldered to it (except from two resistors to adjust voltage).

Each LM317 has three pins: Adjust, In, Out. I added one 200 Ohm resistor from Adjust to Ground (the black wire of the USB cable) and one 1 kOhm resistor from Adjust to Out. This sets the output voltage to 1.5V with an input voltage of everything above about 3V. Then, I soldered the battery connector (cut off from the battery compartment) with the black wire directly to Ground (the black wire of the USB cable) and with the red wire directly to the LM317’s Out pin. And I connected the USB cable’s red wire directly to the LM317’s In pin. A quick check with the multimeter verified clean 1.5V coming out of the battery connector.

Add a little electrical tape again and we can begin with the stuffing.

Step 4: Assembly Result

Put all pieces back in places in reverse order and screw them tight. The unifying receiver and the USB connector it’s plugged into nicely fit where the battery compartment used to be. As the battery compartment now is missing, the three screws that held it and also held the board are now obsolete. But the remaining screws hold the board good enough.

For the cable, I led it under the board on the right-hand side of the mouse (in the pictures: on the bottom). Near the front, there are a few plastic poles I could use to clamp the cable in between before leading it out through the hole where the USB connector used to be. So there is no tension on the cable on the inside if someone pulls on it outside the mouse.

To connect the upper shell, you pull the USB connector with the unifying receiver down through the battery replacement door at the bottom. Then you can easily put the shell back on and screw it closed. Finally, tilt and push the USB connector back in. It’s tight but it does fit. At least in my case it did fit.

Voila, now you have a wired Performance Mouse MX with no need to recharge a battery ever again! And it’s a little lighter, too.

Logitech Performance Mouse MX

I wasn’t going to make any more computer-related purchases this year, but my trusted Logitech MX500 mouse decided to die (got like eight years usage out of it) and send me for upgrade.

After some deliberating and checking actual availability I went for current top of the line (among general-purpose Logitech mice) Performance MX – large, wireless, 6-buttons (not counting wheel) mouse.

Looks

Performance doesn’t stray far from discontinued Revolution MX. It has less in-your-face gloss, bu almost same proportions and control elements.

Additional control elements are:

  • button near wheel that toggles it between clicky and free spin modes;
  • forward, back and zoom thumb buttons;
  • application switch button, doesn’t look like button at all – just section of thumb rest that can be pressed.

Wireless

Receiver is one of those tiny things, barely sticking out of port and supports Unifying, meaning you can use multiple Logitech devices with single receiver.

Mouse is powered by single rechargeable AA battery. It has no docking station and is charged through standard micro-USB jack that is positioned so it kinda turns it into regular wired mouse. You can keep using it while charging. Just how many years it took to make wireless mouse this usable? As far as I can tell cable isn’t used for data transfer (feature seen on gaming top of the line rival Logitech G700.

Battery position makes mouse very unbalanced. It is fine on surface, but very awkward and uncomfortable to lift.

My only gripe with cable is that it could me mini-USB instead, enough space on mouse and I use that one for my e-book reader.

Wheel

Hyper-speed scrolling wheel is no longer novelty, but clearly feature Logitech sees as important and worth implementing in all top mice.

I actually have mixed feelings about this one. Scrolling itself works just fine. I don’t have constant need for fast scroll, but you can switch modes instantly with button without moving the hand.

Problem is – such wheel obviously have much more complex mechanics inside. As result wheel click is very very stubborn. Some people online just regard it as defect of model. It works most of the time, but sometimes you don’t press hard enough or get angle wrong and it fails.

Left/right scroll is weak as well. It’s hard to use and is flaky in some applications like Total Commander (I am not entirely sure is it because of hardware or software).

Software

Since MX500 used as ancient MouseWare and Logitech didn’t bother to include support for old models in SetPoint software it is new for me. It does all usual things like batter charge monitoring and button assignments, but there are some interesting extras as well.

  • one of two possible task switcher functions is done in Mac/Expose style. It is far from that polished, but still interesting spin away from generic task switching in XP.
  • you can create custom profiles for software so buttons have different contextual functions in different applications. For example I have back button set to Page Down in general, but in FeedDemon it acts as CtrlJ shortcut, that jumps to next feed.

Sadly one of my all-time favorite functions application recall (switch between two Windows last used) seems to be gone. Non-expose switch works in similar way, but requires extra click for same result.

Overall

Very comfortable mouse and well-implemented wireless aspect. My only gripe is with wheel, I feel that Logitech had slightly compromised usability for Hyper-speed scroll marketing.

Klemen 2010-09-28 #

OMG I didn’t know they discontinued MX Revolution :O I hope I can still find some supplies and buy two or three backups since this is the best mouse ever =)

Rarst 2010-09-28 #

@Klemen From feedback on Performance, some people aren’t too happy about it after using Revolution. Especially if your Revolution fails while on warranty now. you are likely getting no-choice Performance as replacement. Well, since I hadn’t had Revolution not much of an issue for me. 🙂 I could have gone for G700, killer buttons on that one. But doesn’t seem to be sold around here yet.

Klemen 2010-09-29 #

I can mail you G700 if you want one 🙂 Anyways, I’ve had two Revolutions now, and the left button failed with the first one, this seems like a common issue, I’ve heard about people having this problem. Nonetheless, I’ve bought the same model, used. And I’ve checked today, there’s plenty of them still available for a decent price of 70 euros, so I’ll probably get one of those as a backup.

Rarst 2010-09-29 #

@Klemen Nah, too many toys this year already. 🙂 Getting used to Performance and tweaking buttons. Wheel aside it is really comfortable mouse to use.

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