Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse Review


Tired with your corded mouse? Tired with it always getting caught under your table? Tired of the cord being too short for where you want to use it? Well it should be about time when you think about upgrading. Time to enter the future of mouse’s. Mouse’s that are optical, that is wireless and cord-free. Will this mouse be enough for you to feel free into the 21st century of computer components? Well let’s see shall we?

About Logitech

Logitech is an international market leader in personal interface products that enable people to work, play and communicate more effectively in the digital world. The Company's products combine essential core technologies, proven reliability, continuing innovation, award-winning industrial design and excellent price performance. They have been around in the business for about 21 years and they know what they are doing.

The Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse came packaged in a Logitech sample box. I opened it and was greeted with a box that was nicely designed displaying the mouse in the center and information surrounding it elsewhere on the box. I noticed that this product was opened before…

It's been opened...

The Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse comes packaged with the following:

  • MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse
  • Receiver/Charging base
  • 2 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • CD with MouseWare software and user guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB to PS/2 adaptor
  • AC Adaptor

What was really surprising to me is the addition of the included rechargeable 1700 mAh NiMH batteries.  More on this later.

The Logitech MX700 has a black and grayish color scheme going. I really like the style of the mouse. It looks down to business and really comfortable. There are a total of eight buttons throughout the mouse. The construction of the mouse is strong and not flimsy in any way. The mouse also weighs a bit more than your standard mouse. This is due to the wireless features housed in the mouse.

Looks sleek

The bottom of the mouse has the area where you insert your two rechargeable 1700mAh Nickel Metal Hydride battery. You then have the two gold plate connectors that will fit into the receiver/charger base module where they will recharge the batteries until they are full. You also have your connect button for the first time you get the mouse running. There are five plastic feet at the bottom the mouse so they can glide on a flat surface.


  • New benchmark in optical systems combines high resolution and high frame rate to achieve superior performance.
  • Ground-breaking new engine captures more data every second, measuring even the smallest movement.
  • 800-dpi sensor ensures unparalleled accuracy.
  • Advanced digital radio technology provides the performance of a corded USB device within a six-foot range.
  • Rapid charge base station combines both receiver and charger in one to ensure that your mouse is always ready for work (or play).
  • Cruise Control™ system combines two buttons with scroll wheel to ease scrolling through long documents or web sites.
  • Quick Switch Program Selector moves you between active documents and programs.
  • Two thumb buttons let you move forward or backward between pages.
  • Sleek contoured shape fits snugly into your right hand.
  • Five-year warranty

The mouse is charging.  The green LED blinks.

MX™ Optical Engine Maximum Performance Specifications

  • Image Processing: 4.7 megapixels/sec
  • Resolution: 800 dpi
  • Acceleration: 10g
  • Speed: 40 inches/sec

System Requirements for PC

  • IBM®-compatible PC
  • Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows® NT, Windows® 2000, Windows® Me, Windows® XP
  • Available USB or PS/2 port
  • Windows® 98 or later for USB
  • CD-ROM drive

System Requirements for Macintosh

  • Macintosh® OS 8.6 or later
  • USB port
  • CD-ROM drive

The Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse uses Radio Frequency signals to maintain fast resolution times of 800dpi and a image processing unit that is capable of tracking 4.7 megapixels/sec of data. What does this all mean? This means the Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse is one big bad mouse that has the performance of a regular corded mouse but all done without any wires. The radio frequency signals are so good that there is virtually no lag what so ever.

Logitech provides you with MouseWare 9.7. It is a program utility for tweaking the MX700 mouse for your pleasure. You can check if the batteries are low, and you can change button configurations. Logitech also bundles MusicMatch (a audio player) and a WildTangent game manager where you can play demos and even buy some games such as Blasterball.

The MouseWare Utility


BlasterBall Demo is fun.

Setting it up

To install the mouse you will have to do the following:

1. Plug in the AC adaptor in your household plug outlet.
2. Connect the receiver base in your USB or PS/2 port and connect the AC adaptor end to the USB port wire.

3. Install the set of rechargeable batteries in the wireless mouse.
4. Place the mouse on the receiver for the first time to recharge the batteries. When finished, press the “Connect” button on the receiver and wait 5-10 seconds for it to sync in with the mouse. You may now use the mouse and there is no need at anytime to do this ever again.

Using it

I have used this mouse for a long time now and it has been superb. There is virtually no lag when playing games such as Quake 3, and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and that is a good thing. The mouse is heavier than usual but that is not a problem as you get used to the mouse. I felt very comfortable with this mouse. My hands fit into it perfectly and the rubber helps give you a grip when you are using it for a long time. The scroll wheel is a little bit loud though and the thumb buttons allow you to go back or forth in Internet Explorer. I found this to be really useful instead of scrolling for the back button. It actually made me feel lazy.

For the range of this mouse, it’s far. As the box says about 6 feet, they were right. The RF signals work well as I used the mouse behind my room's door. I just asked my sibling to tell me if it still was moving when I hid behind the door. This would be great for a HTPC.

Charging is quick and easy. A full charge will take me at least an hour or so the recharge the batteries and that’s quick. Depending on how long you use the mouse it should last about a days work of regular use. If you game then expect it to be drained quicker than usual.

The only small problem I found, maybe only in my unit was that I suggest plugging in the AC adaptor into a wall outlet buy itself and not in a full circuit. Every time I plugged it in my 6-plug outlet which five other things like my computer cable, the mouse would from time to time just have problems moving. It would be hard to move and would not respond until you shake it a bit. When I plugged it in to a wall outlet by itself, all the problems never happened again.

One more thing, and that is choose your mouse pad wisely. Some mouse pads don’t work well with this mouse and it is because of the surface. The Steelpad mouse pad wouldn’t work at all, but the PCXmods X-Trac did. It was great on the PCXmods X-Trac mouse pad except it probably does not like the patterns that much. When you move your mouse on a straight vertical or horizontal line, the mouse would wiggle slightly around it. You can notice it too.

The Logitech MX700 Cordless Mouse likes the PCXmods X-Trac Zoom better than any other mouse pad we have looked at.


I really like the Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse. The tracking is fast, accurate and the mouse if comfortable. The features in this mouse make it a very attractive mouse to buy. However, there are always downfalls and there were two small ones we discovered in our unit.

I rate the Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse a…


Pros and Cons

+ Tracking
+ Receiver and charger base in one
+ Construction and design
+ Buttons
- Choose your mouse pad wisely
- Plug Adaptor to wall outlet by itself

I would like to thank Logitech for making this review possible. Visit Logitech for more great products and view more information.

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