Logitech ends scrolling bane with dynamic duo

Logitech has launched what it claims are two revolutionary laser mice, aimed at users who regularly scroll through lengthy documents and spreadsheets.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  August 28, 2006

Logitech has launched what it claims are two revolutionary laser mice, aimed at users who regularly scroll through lengthy documents and spreadsheets. The firm’s MX Revolution is designed for desktop use, whereas the smaller VX Revolution is aimed at notebook users. Both devices feature ‘hyper-fast scrolling’ via a new MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel, which the firm claims can spin freely for up to seven seconds, spanning hundreds of pages with a ‘single flick of the finger’. Logitech claims the MX Revolution can scroll through 10,000 lines of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in seven seconds, as opposed to seven minutes, which is the time it takes an average user to spin a mouse wheel manually. Logitech also claims the new wheel offers an improved click-to-click scrolling option that results in familiar tactile feedback for each small unit of distance scrolled, thus allowing people to precisely navigate lists, slides and images. The MX and VX are configured to automatically switch between motorised and manual mode, based on the application being used. In Excel for example, the mouse will go into ‘free spin’ if the wheel is spun rapidly. Users can also toggle manually between modes by simply clicking the wheel. “By giving people the option of using a free-spinning scroll wheel, Logitech has addressed a source of pain for computer users, who previously had to continuously move their index finger to scroll through long documents”, stated Ashish Arora, Logitech’s vice president of product marketing for retail pointing devices. “Every application lends itself to different kinds of navigation - and with its sophisticated construction, the wheel can elegantly switch between the free-spin and click-to-click scrolling modes. People who try the new wheel say that they can’t go back.” Logitech has also added a new ‘One-Touch Search’ button to both mice, which allows a user to select a word or phrase on a web page or in a document and, with a single click, view web search results on that particular subject. The MX and VX revolution will be available in stores next month priced at US $108 and $87 respectively. Both devices ship with a three-year limited warranty.

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