A few quick comparisons before I wrap up to point out a couple things. First, as this is a Logitech mouse and I've been comparing it to, my MX500. I thought you might like to see how they look next to each other.
As you can see, they are pretty similar in size and only vary slightly in shape. The MediaPlay is a little skinnier in the middle so that it works well as a remote, and I can tell you first hand it feels very comfortable being held that way. With the batteries in the MediaPlay it does weigh a few grams more but not much. Both work great in games and apps such as Photoshop, where precision is key.
The other comparison I have for you is with the Belkin Ergo optical mouse (our review of that here). This mouse was Belkin's attempt at making an extremely comfortable and ergonomically sound mouse.
Both are wireless and both use RF signals but the Logitech blows the Belkin away in the reception department. Belkin's Ergo-mouse wins out in the weight trials, but not by much. The Logitech uses less battery power, requiring only 1.5v compared to the Belkin's 3v (meaning less money you'll be spending on batteries down the road). Something not pictured here are the two receivers, and where the Logitech is small and inconspicuous, the Belkin looks a bit like a space-age doughnut that lights up every time you use the mouse. Lastly, the Belkin lacks what I said earlier most wireless mice lack, and that's an off switch. So unless you feel like flipping the batteries to keep them from draining, this will spell an even quicker demise for them.
The MediaPlay mouse is poised among the foliage ready to attack the unsuspecting receiver. As you can see, the receiver is barely noticeable on an entertainment center (even more so on a black one I'd wager), and the mouse, with it's sexy-sleek design, is hardly an eyesore itself. This mouse was spectacular in almost every respect: great looks, great feel, great accuracy, insane reception distance. The only real problems I had with it were the lack of rechargeable batteries, which I mentioned wasn't all bad anyway, and the lack of DVD support on the bundled media software, which isn't really a negative for the mouse itself.
Media design is sexy and works well.
Rubberized pinstripe and ergo design offer comfortable mousing and remoting.
No lag or jumpiness due to wireless connection.
Unbelievably good RF range (like 60ft through walls...crazy!).
Included software works well overall.
Compatible with most media apps.
Great battery life.
Small, unobtrusive receiver.
No rechargeable batteries.
Software's lack of DVD support (not really the mouse's fault).
For such an outstanding product I'm more than happy to give the Logitech MediaPlay mouse the DevHardware Recommended award.
That about does it for our look at the Logitech MediaPlay. You can check out our home page for more hardware news and reviews, or stop in our forums and chew the fat about whatever's on your mind.
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