The new ambidextrous Cordless Optical Mouse from
Logitech runs on Mac 8.6/9.x operating systems, but the company hasn’t mentioned Mac OS X drivers.
The new mouse, due this month for US$49.95, follows on the heels of the company’s Cordless MouseMan Optical, which was released in March. The new mouse provides 800 dots-per-inch resolution for twice the accuracy of previous sensors, as well as enhanced power saving features, according to Chris Bull, Logitech’s director of product marketing for pointing device. It’s painted in an attractive silver metallic finish with a translucent blue cover.
The Cordless MouseMan Optical sports a three-button design that should work fine for both right and left-handed users. A scroll wheel functions as the third button. All of the buttons are programmable.
Using Logitech’s patented 27 MHz Palomar digital radio technology, the Cordless MouseMan Optical requires no line of sight and functions anywhere within a six-foot radius of the receiver. It uses a proprietary optical positioning sensor developed by Logitech and Agilent Technologies. The sensor tracks its relative location by “taking a picture” of the surface the mouse is operating on. Each captured image is then sequentially analyzed by a powerful digital signal processor, which detects the speed and direction of even the slightest movement and translates it into smooth cursor movements on the computer screen, according to Bull.