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Logitech V450 cordless Mouse for Notebooks Review

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Logitech V450 cordless Mouse for Notebooks Review

Working on the road with a laptop often means cramped keyboards and having to use a touchpad that is neither as fast nor as accurate as a real mouse. Logitech has a great cordless mouse for notebook users called the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks. This mouse is a great item to pack into your laptop bag or brief case and makes working on the road more fun and more productive.

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As with most all mice designed to be used with a notebook computer, the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks is smaller than a typical desktop mouse to save space. The V450 is no different, I would say it’s about 1/3 the size of a standard desktop mouse.

The USB dongle is a full size unit that sticks out of your notebook quite a bit when connecter and uses 2.4GHz technology. The vast majority of users of this mouse will be using it right next to the notebook. However, if you use your notebook from across the room as a media center, the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks will work just fine from a distance as well.

The wireless receiver slips into a dock on the bottom of the mouse for storage and when you dock the receiver it turns the mouse off so no battery power is used. Power is provided by a pair of AA batteries with a claimed life span of up to one year.

The design of the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks is ambidextrous so anyone can use it. There are not as many buttons on the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks as you might be used to seeing on mice these days, in fact you only get the right and left buttons plus the clickable scroll wheel. The Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks is powered by what Logitech calls a precision laser engine for smooth cursor control on most any surface.

V450 in Use
I used the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks extensively when I was at E3 this month. I found that the mouse did indeed track well and had smooth cursor movement and was very accurate no matter the surface I used it on. I used the mouse on a glossy desktop, a faux wood table, a while cotton table cloth and my pant leg and all surfaces worked just fine with the mouse.

In the hand the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks feels nice with contoured sides allowing you to grip it quite easily. They size is a bit smaller than what I am used to with desktop mice, but it was comfortable to use.

I found that removing the wireless receiver from the bottom of the mouse was a bit difficult to do at times, it locks in quite well. This is also a good thing because it keeps the receiver from falling out accidentally and getting lost or running your mouse batteries down sooner than expected.

The scroll wheel offers the familiar feeling click as it moves through its travel. The one thing I really missed on the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks was side buttons for navigating online. I found myself tapping the side of the mouse trying to go back a page a few times during my use of the mouse.

The Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks uses Logitech SetPoint software which allows you to map the mouse buttons to other functions if you desire. You can also set the cursor speed here which makes it move faster across the screen. At higher cursor speeds accuracy is affected.

The Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP and Vista as well as Mac OSX 10.2.8 and up. Logitech even includes the pair of AA batteries needed and includes a 3-year warranty.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Lightweight and easy to carry on the road
  • Wireless receiver docks on the bottom of the mouse

Cons

  • Lacks side buttons for web navigation

Verdict
If you are looking for an accurate mouse without a lot of bells and whistles, the Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse for Notebooks is a good choice. If you make heavy use of thumb buttons for navigation or other tasks, they are noticeably missing from the V450 so another choice might be in order.

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