I have been using Logitech mice forever and have always found them to be top of the line. The new M560 Wireless Mouse is no exception.
The M560 is a lightweight but solid well built mouse fits nicely in the hand for desktop use but is small enough to fit into your travel bag and take on the road. It uses Logitech’s Unifying Receiver , so you can easily add a compatible keyboard or any number of Logitech devices and have them all use the same receiver. It has a nice ergonomic shape so it is very comfortable to use for long periods of time.
This mouse is designed to overcome the main irritations of using Windows 8 on a computer that does not have a touch screen. Pressing the button behind the scroll wheel allows you to mimic a swipe. Pressing the button and moving the mouse to the right will bring up the Charms bar and moving to the left will bring up the Apps bar. The front thumb button toggles between the new Windows 8 Start menu and the traditional view. The other button clears the current windows away and shows the desktop. When the Windows 8 Start menu is shown, the scroll wheel shifts the menu left and right. In other words it brings actions familiar to the touch screen to the mouse.
It doesn’t stop there. All the buttons can be programmed in Logitech’s companion SetPoint app making this a very versatile mouse on any flavour of Windows. It also works well on a Mac but currently there is no way to change the programming of the buttons on a Mac. Logitech’s Control Center app does not recognize the M560…hopefully that will be fixed in the future.
The M560 is symmetric so it can be used easily in both hands…good news for lefties and I am told southpaws can operate the thumb buttons quite comfortably with the left index finger.
The Logitech M560 Wireless mouse is available everywhere Logitech products are sold for $40 in the US and $50 in Canada. It will make a great stocking stuffer.