Optical wireless mice in the test: Anubis and Logitech in comparison
Logitech: With the Logitech mouse, the installation is quite simple: After plugging in the receiver, the message 'New hardware detected' appears immediately under Windows and you are prompted to insert the driver. It gets a little trickier if you want to synchronize the mouse with the receiving station. To do this, press the Connect button on the receiving station and mouse at the same time. Ideally, you have 3 arms for this, because the connect button under the mouse can only be operated with a ballpoint pen or a similar pointed device, while holding the mouse and pressing the button on the receiver at the same time. Alternatively, you can put the mouse on your back and hope that it doesn't slip away when you press the ballpoint pen or something similar. But after the first synchronization this is usually no longer necessary, the mouse is immediately ready for use after every Windows start. Incidentally, the drivers are not absolutely necessary for operation, only the fourth key cannot be assigned a specific function.
Anubis: With the Anubis mouse, the installation is also okayjust in front of you. First plug the receiving station into a free USB port (power supply not absolutely necessary) and insert the driver diskette when prompted to do so. Here I came to something incomprehensible: The drivers supplied did not work. Despite the complete execution of the setup routine and subsequent reboot, the tray icon of the software did not appear in the start bar. There was also no entry under 'Programs' in the start menu that could have started the software; there was only an entry for deinstallation. But after downloading and installing the current drivers from the Anubis homepage, this problem was also solved. Still, it's always a minus point. Here, too, the use of the drivers is not necessary, but the following applies again: The keys cannot be programmed separately without a driver.
Logitech: After inserting the driver CD, an autostart menu appears, which asks you for the language for the software. Accordingly, the software is then available and installed in the respective language. After restarting Windows, a tray icon appears in the start bar, which enables direct access to the mouse properties. There buttons with functions can be programmed, the state of charge of the batteries, the current radio channel and a few other properties can be changed. The software also offers the option of programming not only buttons, but also special functions for the mouse buttons. For example thatWebWheel. If you open it with a mouse button, you can choose between different functions, e.g. the back command under browsers, stop command, reload command, open the favorites menu, or a selection with which you can call up links from Logitech. HyperJump is a similar function with which you can bring the last opened window to the foreground, close or minimize the current one, or just call up the start menu. The software's warning when the battery level reaches a critical level is particularly interesting. If you leave the batteries in the mouse anyway and they become increasingly empty, you have to reckon with occasional dropouts, which turn out to be extremely annoying during operation.
If you don't use the software, what players might do, you know At the latest with occasional interruptions, that you should change the batteries. But I will come back to the problem of the players under 'practical use'. However, the software still has one disadvantage: If you unplug the mouse from the USB port, the mouse settings in the software can no longer be set for another USB mouse, at least not with my Anubis Typhoon Optical RF Mouse.
Anubis: As already mentioned, the Windows drivers contained on the driver disk did not work Reason whatever. A download of the current driver from the Internet can help. However, much to the pain of those who do not have an Internet connection, they have to get the driver from acquaintances, friends, etc. But now back to the functions of the - working - software. The range of functions is good and is completely sufficient for operation. However, Anubis has also integrated some interesting functions. As with almost every current mouse, you can put different keys on each key, eg F2, Shift, Esc, etc. Here are some of the most interesting functions.
On the next page: Practical use