Pros: Very precise control; excellent scroll wheel; tracking settings for creative work.
Cons: May be too big and heavy for some users. No battery charger.
When a company puts out a highly acclaimed mouse like the MX Revolution Mouse, the bar gets set pretty high. Logitech’s new MX 1100 Cordless Laser Mouse isn’t as feature-filled, but it certainly measures up.
The MX 1100 is a beast of a mouse; users with smaller hands might find it unwieldy. It weighs just over 140g, which doesn’t sound like much, but compared with Apple’s Wireless Mighty Mouse, the MX 1100 is a boat anchor. For us, the weight isn’t a bad thing; it gives the mouse a solid feel, and we were still able to move it effortlessly.
In addition to the two main buttons, the MX 1100 has a scroll wheel button, a ‘Stealth thumb button’, and two more thumb buttons on the edge of the mouse. All the buttons are programmable using Logitech’s Control Center software, which appears as a System Preference pane. During testing, we had no problems using the software on a MacBook Pro.
The scroll wheel is a treat to use. A button below the scroll wheel lets you switch between ratcheted movement for precise scrolling, or a free-moving wheel that scrolls faster or slower, depending on how you flick it. We appreciated the sturdy feel of the wheel, and didn’t have the problem of inadvertently scrolling when pressing down on it.
Two buttons on the upper left of the mouse let you switch between two tracking settings. The settings for each button are located in the Control Center software. It’s a handy feature to have, especially if you perform work that requires pixel precision such as image editing in Photoshop. You can switch to the slower track while in Photoshop, and then toggle to the faster track when you’re done.
Unfortunately, the MX 1100 doesn’t come with a rechargeable battery or a charger. It uses a pair of AA batteries, or you can use rechargeable AA batteries, but you must use a separate charger and get an extra pair of batteries for swapping.
The MX 1100 operates on the 2.4GHz wireless spectrum, which means you must use a USB transmitter on your Mac.
The more we used the MX 1100, the more we appreciated its design and features. It’s big and beefy, and some may not find the ergonomic design comfortable. However, in terms of control and general feel, the MX 1100 is one of the best input devices we’ve used.