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Logitech Touch Mouse M600 brings Magic Mouse alternative

updated 10:25 am EST, Wed February 8, 2012

Logitech M600 takes Magic Mouse cues

Logitech chose Wednesday to unveil its own alternative to the Magic Mouse. The Touch Mouse M600 uses the same concept of an all-touch surface as Apple but with the technology behind its Cube mobile mouse. Having the larger surface solves some of the issues of the Cube, letting users left- and right-click more naturally while opening the door to horizontal scrolling along with the vertical.

The teardrop shape is consciously designed as ambidextrous. It keeps using 2.4GHz RF for wireless and connects to a computer through its signature USB Unifying receiver. Although intended for Windows 7 users, the mouse should still technically support the Mac.

Stores should get the Touch Mouse M600 later this month for $70, although pre-orders are starting immediately.





By Electronista Staff
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  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002

    +3

    wanting a corded option...?

    ...for me batteries & wifi have been sources of fairly constant aggravation - and backlit wired regular & extended keyboards would also be most welcome from Apple!

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -7

    for me...

    I just want a mouse (or trackpad) that doesn't force me to rework the way I use my computer to fit the designer's idea of how it should work. I've tried the magic mouse several times, and can't stand trying to right-click with the stupid thing, since it could never seem to accept it unless I removed my index finger from the left side of it.

    Same with the stupid 'magic' trackpad (what makes it magical? Oh, I know, not knowing if you're clicking or right-clicking!). If you want to right-click with that, you need to make sure you're not touching the trackpad on the left side at all. Otherwise it confuses things. So bad I had to just turn it off all together and use the "two-fingers close together and click" functionality that makes less sense but at least works.

    It is amazing how Apple sees problems that don't exist, then 'fixes' them. Because it is so much better not to have that seam down the center of the mouse, or that extra moving part that might break (instead we get the extra sensors that might break).

    And I used to use a wireless Apple mouse, but the batteries on that just seemed to suck dry way too fast (where the batteries in my logitech devices last for months and months). Plus the stupid battery cover doesn't stay on anymore like it should (I know, that's what I get for using the thing, what was I thinking!).

  1. DrSkywalker

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2011

    0

    Trackpad Rules

    To each his own. I did not have a problem getting used to the Magic Mouse in the slightest and loved the scrolling as opposed to a mechanical wheel. But now since the trackpad I almost never use the mouse. The multiple gestures are easy and really quite powerful for basic, general computing.

    To be fair, there are application-specific situations (some specialized software and, of course, gaming) that I still use a clicky-type mouse for simply because the software design is not really set up for a trackpad. But there is no reason it couldn't be.

    I think the Trackpad with multi-gesture is a far better and more ergonomic application of a touch-based environment than MS's surface computing or touch screens for desktops will ever be. I can't imagine the RSI issues with throwing your hands and arms around like Tom Cruise in Minority Report did. Not a viable implementation IMHO.

  1. Scott_R

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

    0

    Bluetooth

    Why does Logitech keep insisting on using their USB receiver dongle rather than Bluetooth? Another USB port unnecessarily hogged.

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