Pros It is an excellent mouse, ease of use and good quality precision
Cons Not a great media remote however one can live with it since it is not too bad either.
Summary I have been using this mouse for the past 5 months and am feeling great about it. All functionality has been great - cursor precision, battery life saving feature and of course its wireless !! I feel great to use this wireless mouse and the corded USB adapter that comes along with it makes it a great product to watch movies and control dvd from quite a distance say 10 ft. Thats a great feature Logitech has incorporated in the mouse. It is backlight with blue light which adds to its aesthetics apart from its ergonomic desgin and looks. I love it and strongly recommend this mouse !!
Pros 3m wireless range, tons of buttons all programmible, invisible tracking light, fancy looks
Cons Big power drain, really picky on tracking surface, cursor skips, crapy driver, not durable
Summary Bought the mouse just little over six months ago after carefull and thorough comparison with other similar products.
Main reason I choose MediaPlay was because it claims to have a receiving range upto 3 meters. At the time I was looking to hook up my PC to my TV and to sit comfortablely on my couch watching divx movies, so I needed something that gives me control to my PC while I'm sitting some distance away from the TV. Did a fair amount of research, and narrow my selections down to four.
- The gyration mouse. Pros: Control with the movement of your hand, don't even need a surface, 10m range; Cons: Expensive, not durable (lots of bad reviews!), always sell as mouse & keyboard combo, which I don't need.
- Bluetooth mouse from Microsoft/Logitech: 10m range, but very expensive.
- Logitech V500: Pros: Aluminum exterior, touch pad middle wheel, all terrain, receiver pouch, 10m range, same price as MediaPlay; Cons: No middle wheel click, no additional function or buttons.
-Logitech MediaPlay: Blue backlight, tons of buttons, all programmable, use regualr AA batteries, 3m range, invisible tracking LED, affordable price, also claims to be high precision.
So I decided to go with MediaPlay, and was quite happy with when I first bought it 'cause the 3m range checked out to be real. No false advertisment there. I'll give it credit for that. But it wasn't until later I started to see the cons. Major battery drain - two AA Duracells only last you 3 months. Other no name brands can't even last half the time. Precision & sensitivity drop exponentially to the battery power. Really picky on tracking surface, skips like crazy even with the slightest glossyness. Clumzy and unstable driver, and the Set Point software hangs all the time.
Then came the worst. Yesterday when I boot up my PC, I moved the mouse but the cursor just sat still at the center of the screen, didn't even tremble a little. Put in new batteries, reset the mouse, reinsert the USB receiver, reinstalled the dirver & software. Didn't help. It just died. The damn thing's backlight still lit up when I push a button, but the cursor was just not moving at all. Dig up the original retail box looking for warranty information. There was none. Checked Logitech's website, found the warranty period for MediaPlay is listed as "3". "3" what??? Days, Weeks, Years??? Sent a complaint to Logitech and still waiting for them to reply.
Bty, for you Canadian customers, FutureShop & BestBuy have the red version on sale now for $19.95 CN.
Pros Ergonomic fit, volume control, no need to reset every time you shut down your computer, battery lasts fairly long
Cons It would be cool if the blue lights stayed lit up, but that would take away from the battery life.
Pros Great Looking on my coffee table.
Cons Strains the wrist unless perhaps you have very long fingers. Difficult to click.
Summary Really researched this buy and the in-store experience seemed great. Then i took her for a ride around the block and... ouch! This is a wrist killer - stay away! Tracks well and had no conflicts with my sony laptop.
Pros If you need a mouse that works, this one is it. I've used mine since late 2004, and it's still as efficient as ever.
Cons For what I do, none.