For those of you who prefer a corded mouse, the Logitech M500 may be just the mouse for you. The M500 is affordable ($39.99 USD), yet includes all of the features you’ve come to expect from Logitech, including hyper-fast scrolling and laser precision. And because it’s corded, the mouse requires no batteries.
Hyper-fast scrolling allows you to scan long documents and Web pages with a flick of the scroll wheel, so you can get to the information you need in a fraction of the time it would take with a traditional scroll wheel. The M500 mouse’s laser tracking provides smooth cursor control on a number of surfaces, while its contoured design makes it comfortable for long computer sessions. Back/Forward buttons and plug-and-play installation add to the mouse’s convenience.
The M500 is available now for purchase in most regions.
I own an MX revolution and love the fly wheel but dislike the occasional signal issue and having to recharge it. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
So this has a MicroGear?
Yes, this has the MicroGear scroll wheel, but does not include SmartShift technology.
Is two side buttons programmable ? So i can doing hotkey or open application with that forward/backward button.
The scroll has a microgear isn’t?
If you install our SetPoint (for PC) or Logitech Control Center (for Mac) software, you can program the side buttons.
Hi- can the scrollwheel be “clicked”, or is it a toggle for the hyper-scrollwheel?
Yes, the scroll wheel can be clicked (and assigned a function). The toggle button is located below the scroll wheel (toward the heel of your hand).
Can you please tell me if the side buttons come pre-assigned to page forward and back and if they work with Firefox since the nice programmers @ logitech don’t make the setpoint software compatible with Windows Server 2003 (and probably 2008 too).
Of course once the mouse is set the software can be removed from the system (at least this works with the MX1000) but still I would need to reinstall XP to do so and it’s a pain.
When SetPoint is not installed, the side buttons on all our mice default to the Back/Forward commands in Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome and Safari under Windows. Thus you will not need to install SetPoint to take advantage of this functionality.
Regarding Windows Server, it is true that SetPoint will not install on Windows Server 2003, but it will install on Windows Server 2008.
Finally, for the Mac users out there, the behavior is different when our LCC software is not installed. Button 4 (the Back button) does Expose, and Button 5 (the Forward button) does nothing (Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later).
Alfio, if you install setpoint and set the back and forward buttons as “generic button” then they work perfectly, same with the middle mouse button for opening links in new tabs and closing tabs 🙂
Hi, i was wondering if anyone who has this mouse could answer a couple of questions for me, firstly, does the scroll wheel have the same sort of click you get each time you scroll down one, like in a game when choosing a weapon would you feel the wheel “click” as you go through the weapons?
Secondly, what is the default action of the button below the scroll wheel.
Just curious as i am perfectly happy with my mx400 which appears to be essentially the same mouse, are there any other pros of this over the mx400?
Thanks Erik for the explanation I will get one of those for backup.
I also need to replace my MX1000 and I need to get a rechargeable mouse because using it so much regular alkalines will cost too much. So I have 2 more questions:
1. Since in my MX1000 the thumb buttons had to be set manually I wonder if the “Performance Mouse MX” will do the same for all the thumbs buttons and also will it force me to have the software installed to work or the settings will be “remembered” as in the MX1000?
2. The rechargeable batteries in the “Performance Mouse MX” last as long as the one in the MX1000 or are they short lived as the MX600 (did not last a full day)?
I cannot get the M500 middle click to work even with Set-point installed. It will not function for Firefox as in opening a link in a new tab. It does scroll when turned and It will hyperscroll when held down and dragged, just no functionality when clicked. I have a G11 and a couple of Logitech wireless mice and all of those function on the same computer with no problem.
Is it just this particular model that is doesn’t work on? I have replaced it once but the same thing happens.
Solved issue. Set middle click to generic in Set Point and have to press really hard for middle click to work. I have to say I don’t care for having to click so hard to use this function. Other than that, Its a nice mouse.