I can get picky about my peripherals. I bought two $100 mechanical keyboards, one for home, one for office, just because I really like the way that they type. And when it comes to mice, I have to have a 5 button mouse. That’s just the way I am.
I had been using one of the original Microsoft 5 button optical mice forever, but I finally made the change to cordless with the Logitech M510. The M510 has been a really good mouse for me, and I still use it regularly both at home and at the office. But one day I ran across the Logitech M560, and I had to give it a shot.
The M510 is a great 5 button mouse. This is my daily driver. Like the keyboards I mentioned, I have two of them. One at the house, and one at work. For me, these mice do what I want right out of the box, just plug in Logitech’s standard tiny USB receiver and go. As a bonus, if you have other Logitech wireless devices, such as a keyboard, you can use Logitech’s unifying software and set all of your devices to use the same receiver.
The main three buttons are your standard fare. Right and left click with a middle click on the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel can be pushed left and right for left and right scrolling as well. And the two thumb buttons act as forward and back buttons for the web browser, and various other programs. If the standard fare is not your thing, Logitech has another optional piece of software called SetPoint that lets you customize what your different buttons do. A little more on SetPoint below.
Another quality that I find appealing with the M510 is the size and weight of the mouse. I find a lot of cordless mice annoying to use because they are so small and light, it feels like your using a toy. The size of this mouse is right up there with that Microsoft mouse that I used to have, which is nice for me as I have large hands. And although this mouse requires two AA batteries, which seems excessive compared to other mice, I personally like that as I think that the added weight from the second battery gives the mouse a nice solid heft. This is not a toy you are using.
I saw the M560 online one day, and was drawn to it because it reminded me of another Logitech mouse that I had years ago. That one was great, but it was only a 3 button mouse. It’s receiver suffered an untimely demise when I dropped my laptop one day, and it landed right on the receiver. And that was before I was aware that Logitech receivers could be paired using the unifying software.
When I got the M560 though, it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. The M560 is certainly attractive, but it’s thinner than the M510 and with only one battery, it is noticeably lighter. Also, out of the box the M560 is configured so the the thumb buttons are not what I’m used to. The forward button is configured to launch the start screen, the back button is configured to show the desktop, and the middle click button is configured to open the charms bar. The traditional forward and back functions are obtained by pushing the scroll well left and right. All of these however, can be customized with SetPoint.
And speaking of the middle click button, the tradition middle click is not there. There is a separate button located behind the scroll wheel that acts as a middle click. Depressing the scroll wheel toggles the physical wheel itself between being a free turning wheel, or having a ratcheting/clicking action that I think most mice traditionally have. This is actually kind of a nice feature, and being someone whose used to using the middle click, I was surprised at how little effort it took for me to get used to having the extra button behind the wheel.
While I don’t like the M560 quite as much as the M510, it’s still a good mouse overall. And if you prefer a slightly smaller and lighter mouse, it may be the perfect moust for you. I ended up dropping it in my laptop bag. It’s still larger than your normal wireless mouse, so it’s a great travel mouse for me.
For me, the M560 is where SetPoint became a necessity. Almost all of the buttons on these mice are highly customizable. The only buttons you can’t change are the left and right click, but you can swap those around if you are left handed. As for the rest of the buttons, there are many options. Cut and paste, minimize, volume controls, and keystrokes are just a few. You can even define custom layouts based on what application is running. I didn’t try this out, but it’s nice to know that it’s there.
Also, if you install SetPoint, it has the unifying software built into it so no need to install both.