Logitech M510 Review: Wireless Mouse with Laser-grade Tracking

I had always wanted an ergonomic wireless mouse, including a Logitech wireless ergonomic mouse, so when my brother gave me a shopping card for my birthday, I knew what to spend it on. So I went to my local mall and started browsing the relatively large collection of ergonomic mice. I’m pretty finicky with computer mice, so I was happy to see that they had several models on display and that I could actually test each of them and see how they looked to me. I finally left with the ergonomic Logitech M510 Wireless mouse.

First impressions

Logitech M510 was a mid-range ergonomic mouse – not as expensive as high-end gaming mice, but not as cheap as low-end mice. It was the first mouse I felt good in my hand – I have pretty big hands, so it’s pretty hard to find a mouse that isn’t too small. Unfortunately, most mice made for large hands appear uncomfortable, and often too large. The Logitech M510 was just fine.

As soon as I got home, I opened the packaging, expecting to fight off one of those indestructible plastic packagings that most electronics are sold in. Logitech fared better with this product: the packaging is easy to open with a perforated back cover.

An asset of the Logitech M510: Wireless

The mouse comes with a tiny nano receiver, and as soon as I plugged it in and turned on the mouse, it started working instantly. Nothing to install, no driver to download. The Logitech M510 Wireless uses an invisible laser in place of the red light found in some optical mice; in fact, the only indication that the mouse is on is a tiny battery indicator below the wheel.

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I needed to decrease the mouse speed a bit in my settings – the Logitech M510 Wireless was considerably more responsive than the old Microsoft wired mouse I had been using until then.

Button configuration

The Logitech M510 includes a number of interesting settings, including a pair of buttons on the left side; By default, these buttons are used to navigate forward and backward on your Internet browser, but you can download software from the Logitech site that will allow you to reconfigure these alternative functions. For my part, I configured them to copy and paste. Although the mouse has a fairly symmetrical design, left-handed users should find it a bit difficult to use these button extras.

The dial can be tilted left and right to provide horizontal scrolling capability.

Battery life

My mouse uses two AA batteries, a pair of which is included with the mouse. I haven’t owned the mouse long enough to be able to test battery life, but Logitech seems to say they can last up to two years on a single pair of batteries, and several other reviews I’ve found on Internet attest to this same fact. There is a small shutdown button on the side of the mouse that can help you conserve your battery life by putting it to sleep automatically. The battery compartment can even include a small storage port for the nano receiver.

If you have a Logitech wireless keyboard, you can actually use the same nano receiver using Logitech Unifying technology. I don’t own one of these keyboards, since I use a laptop, but I imagine that would be very useful, especially as USB ports always seem to be limiting on computers.

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Conclusion

In my opinion, if you’re looking for a durable, affordable ergonomic wireless mouse with just a few extra settings, you can’t go wrong with the Logitech M510 Wireless. Nothing very eccentric and perhaps not sufficient for those who suffer from pain in the hands, but to change your old white mouse by gaining a few points of comfort seems perfect to me.

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