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Logitech MediaPlay

One of the most important thing when it comes to HCI, Human Computer Interaction, is the mouse. I am very fussy with these and I have only been using Logitechs ever since I first owned a computer. They always feel solid with good designs. The weight is neither too heavy or too light and they always fit your hands perfectly, unlike some of the more innovative Microsoft products. The last mouse I had was a simple cordless one, with two buttons and a scroll wheel, which has been with me for the past three years. So I thought it's about time to change into something more modern.

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pictures courtesy of logitech.com

The MediaPlay caught my eye the other day while I was browsing. Why? Because it satisfy all my requirements and has all the attributes of what a modern mouse should have. 1, it looks v. good; 2, it has a 4 way scroll wheel that lets me go left and right as well; 3, it has additional "media" buttons that lets you play, pause, move to next track, change volume as well as a couple of very convinient back and forward buttons located at the thumb to navigate with browsers; 4, it does not use use a red "laser" to detect movements, so the claimed battery life is now up to 6 months.

I chose the blue variant since I love anything blue. The Blue side is actually made of rubber which provides a better grip for the hand. And the best thing about this mouse is that all the media buttons are lit when pressed! In my case, they glow blue!

Currently, Logitech does not support MediaPlay on the mac (all the extra buttons don't work). But installing a simple software called USB overdrive, you can unleash the MediaPlay in ways you can't imagine! Have fun mousing around! [Equipnote]
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3:24 AM

Why do you need to have so many buttons? i'm just waiting for a two button mouse with a scroll wheel and bluetooth... from Apple. i've posted on other mice before, but still want a Mac Mouse, haha.    



5:24 AM

one good thing about this mouse is the range. You can actually sit back several meters and it acts as a "remote" for your computer, so that the many buttons becomes very useful. True, the mac bluetooth mouse is more simplistic, I have one, and it looks great working together with my powerbook. But not having a right button and a scroll wheel makes things annoying when working on tight desktop space.    



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