The VX Revolution Mouse

The VX Revolution is part of a new future-oriented family of mice created by Logitech. It shares the same futuristic/ergonomic design, laser resolution, revolutionary scrollwheel and web search button with its desktop cousin, the MX Revolution Mouse. The laptop model we tested operates on a single AA battery, while the MX uses a charging cradle.

Figure 2: VX Revolution upside view.

Bellow the scrollwheel there’s a small button that activates a web search engine (it defaults to Yahoo! Search but you can change to Google through the installation software). Just pass the cursor over a word or phrase in a text or website and click to do an instant search. The scrollwheel itself is far from normal: it’s a new design from Logitech that allows for a smooth and quick scrolling through pages and pages of text. With a flick of a finger the wheel keeps spinning – and a 150 page PDF file flies by easily. It takes a few moments to get used to it because sometimes the wheel scrolls ahead the page where you want it to stop on. But it’s difficult to get back to a regular desktop mouse after using the VX Revolution for a while.

Figure 3: Side buttons.

There’s a thumb rest on the right side of the mouse and four nearby buttons (the device is not adequate for left-handed users). The first one is a sliding zoom button for applications like Photoshop and Acrobat Reader. Above the thumb rest there are buttons designed for web browsing with features like “back” and “forward”. A battery meter indicates how much juice the AA battery still has.

Below the VX Revolution there’s a slot for the AA battery, the on/off button and the USB micro-receiver ejection control. The tiny wireless device is stored inside the mouse itself – and that turns the VX Revolution off preventing it from turning on when it’s being carried in a bag. It’s a great energy saving feature.

Figure 4: The VX Revolution inferior side and the micro-receiver.

A self-assumed gadget-freak and an avid gamer, André Gordirro has written about pop culture, Internet and technology for the past ten years. He works for SET Magazine, Brazil's biggest movie magazine, and usually contributes to its technology section writing about consumer products. His body lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – although his mind is said to inhabit cyberspace.