A good mouse could mean the difference between life and death. Who was that snotty email for – your boss or the company that gave you poor service? Chances are, a bad mouse will result in a missclick, sending it off to your boss, which will inevitably lead to the loss of your job. This is all hypothetical of course, but it could happen! With this in mind, I took the Logitech M280 for a spin. Are its clicks accurate enough to keep you your job?
One thing I really dislike about a compact mouse in general is that companies try to make them ridiculously small for travel purposes. For somebody with large hands (like me), it makes holding the damn thing for long periods of time stupidly uncomfortable. Thankfully, the M280 is not a mouse for ants. To me, it sits somewhere between the size of a compact and traditional mouse – small enough to travel with, yet big enough to be used comfortably too.
It’s nice and light, even with the battery plugged in. It also comes with one of those tiny USB transmitters. You can plug it in and forget about it as long as you don’t plan on moving the mouse back and forth between different computing devices.
The left side of the mouse is curved and covered with a rubber that accommodates the thumb nicely. Unfortunately, this means that lefties are excluded. That being said, I tried the mouse with my left hand and I think it still felt somewhat decent and was perfectly usable.
I am honestly disappointed with the lack of a thumb button. This may be due to the fact that I as a gamer (with accompanying gaming mouse) have become so used to always having one. Still, it’s something I feel each mouse should come with anyways, at least in this day and age where “productivity” is such a buzz word.
The best part of the mouse for me believe it or not, was the scroll wheel. Scrolling is near silent, and it feels great thanks to the little rubberised wheel. I wish I could use some sort of sorcery to swap it onto my current Logitech gaming mouse. It’s THAT awesome..
Looks mean nothing if there is no real performance. For the purpose of this review, I swapped my fancy schmancy gaming mouse with the M280 for a few days. It took some getting used to, but its performance was quite decent. After some tweaking with the downloaded Logitech software, my clicks were 100% accurate.
The mouse makes use of an invisible optic, taking away the fun of blinding people with a red light. It works on near damn every surface except glass. No really, I tested the mouse on my table, the floor, my bed, Lupin’s scratch post, the wall, my printer, marble, wood, and even my hair. It worked on every single one.
The range is quite something too, meaning this mouse is viable for those of you who have a media centre in your lounge. On paper, it says the range is 25m. I walked to the other side of the house to put this to the test, squinting across to my room to see whether the mouse was still moving on the screen or not. It was, without any sort of delay whatsoever.
Being a gamer, I spent some time shooting and clicking on enemies across several titles. This is by no means a gaming mouse. It certainly works though, and will be perfect for anybody who travels a lot and wants to play something to pass the time.
The M280 doesn’t necessarily have to be an accessory that is restricted to travel. If you’re an ordinary desktop user, it will work just fine too. Apparently the battery will last up to 18 months. Due to my lack of a time machine though, I was unable to test this. Even if it is less, the M280 only takes a single AA battery, so having a pack of those lying around will ensure you never have a dead mouse.
Dimensions and Specifications
- Mouse(height x width x depth): 105.4 x 67.9 x 38.4 mm
- Mouse weight (Including battery): 91.0 g
- Nano receiver (height x width x depth): 14.4 x 18.7 x 6.1 mm
- Nano receiver weight: 1.8 g
- Sensor technology: Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking
- Resolution: 1000 dpi
- Battery life: 18 months (depending on user and computing conditions)
- Battery: 1-AA
- Number of buttons: 3
- Scroll Wheel: Yes
- Tilt function: No
- Unifying-ready mouse: Yes
- Unifying-ready receiver: No
- Wireless operating distance: 25m (around 80 ft) maximum
- Wireless system: Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity
- Connection Interface: USB receiver
- Compatible OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Mac OS 10.+, Chrome OS, Linux Kernel 2.6+
- RRP: R499 (an estimate based on international pricing)
Last Updated: November 20, 2014