New Logitech MX1000 uses Laser technology

So, now my MX700 is obsolete? :(

When I bought Logitech MX700 I thought I had the coolest mouse ever. But then found out, it already had a bigger cousin in the form of a Bluetooth edition. Not so bad. But now Logitech shattered the pride in owning MX700 by releasing a brand new mouse named MX1000 which uses a technology which reportedly makes optical technology obsolete as well.

The advantages?
The laser light used in the MX 1000 relies on a short wavelength; the MX 1000 mouse is approximately 20 times more sensitive to surface details than conventional optical mice, according to the company. The result is that the mouse works even on surfaces like ceramic tile, lacquered furniture, metal, photo paper or opaque glass unlike normal optical mouse.

Logitech says the $79 MX 1000 is the first commercial mouse to come with a laser. The company will introduce a new line of keyboards later in the month, company spokesman Nathan Papadopulos said.

The MX 1000 features 10 control buttons, including a button in the thumb holster that enables users to switch applications. Horizontal navigation is also possible by nudging the scroll wheel, a feature in Microsoft mice.

The mouse charges in about three to four hours, and a charge lasts about 21 days. This is a major improvement over the earlier generation optical mouse with charge lasting for less than a week. My personal experiences have been worse. Never did it last more than 2 days for me with the company fitted batteries. Worse the keyboard version started eating a new set of batteries every 3rd day. The keyboard is now lying with the Logitech people for repairs.

Logitech is also reportedly planning to launch a Laser Technology powered keyboards in the coming days. On the same line, even Microsoft is planning a new series of hardware devices and one can be sure that they would be releasing products using the same technology.

From News.com about the Agilent Technologies laser:

The laser light emanating from the mouse can’t be seen by the naked eye and is harmless, the company said. The laser beams through a polished silver ring at the bottom of the MX1000. The light bounces off the surface that the mouse is traveling across and beams the information back to a sensor, which then relays it to the computer. The sensor can capture 5.8 mega pixels of details per second.

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