Optical wireless mice in the test: Anubis and Logitech in comparison
Logitech: In practice, the Cordless MouseMan Optical immediately drops the Movement of the mouse is unusually easy, which is why the mouse cannot be used completely at first. This is probably due to the fact that there is no rolling resistance of the ball and no cable is possibly hindering the movement. But you get used to this fact quickly. The keys are all very easy to press and the pressure point can be heard or felt well. The mouse wheel is rubberized and can be turned comfortably, even with slightly damp fingers you have good grip on the wheel. A disadvantage of the optical mice of the 1st generation was that they 'swallowed' some movements when moving very quickly, i.e. not perceiving them were. However, the Logitech mouse also detects very fast movements and displays them correctly as mouse pointer movements on the screen. One of the major disadvantages of the mouse is that the battery life of around 5 hours with daily use is only around 3-4, despite the power-saving function Weeks, especially since Logitech specifies a period of approximately 3 months. The power saving function saves the batteries, but still consumes electricity because the sensor and the LED are active at regular intervals. The solution from Anubis with the rechargeable batteries and charger is much better because the annoying battery changing and, above all, buying batteries are no longer necessary. Now the already mentioned disadvantage for players: If you assign a function to the 4th button using the software, then it can no longer be assigned in a game, you have toyou first exit the software. Or you go a tricky way: you put a key, e.g. F2, on the fourth mouse button and assign the function in the game with F2, and you have solved the problem. But you should make sure that F2 is not already used elsewhere.
The Optical RF Mouse is a bit heavier and has a slightly higher rolling resistance than the MouseMan, which is why you can use it for the first time. Here, too, the keys can be pressed well and the pressure point is noticeable. Only the middle mouse button is a bit difficult to press, although you need a lot of strength and turn the wheel. Since the sensor only scans at 400 dpi, it happens more often that the mouse simply swallows fast movements, e.g. in games, i.e. that the movements are anything but correct and the mouse pointer jumps back and forth on the screen. This is particularly annoying in fast games like Quake 3 or Unreal Tournament. The power supply is solved very well. Two AAA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries with 1.2 V and 700 mAh, which are already included in the package, are inserted into the mouse. These are charged via the charging and receiving station that is also included when the associated power pack is plugged into the socket. And now to a point that many people will certainly find annoying: the power-saving mode of the Optical RF Mouse. After 90 seconds the sensor including the LED switches itself off and the mouse becomes ready for use again just by clicking any key or by turning the mouse wheel. It takes some time to get used to it, but in view of the relatively weak batteries, this seems appropriate to me, since according to Anubis, even fully charged batteries should only last 5 hours with continuous use. With normal use, the batteries should keep the mouse operational for up to a week. But if you just have theAlways put the mouse in the charging station, the batteries should almost never cause problems. The operation of the Optical RF Mouse with games (including Unreal Tournament, Quake 3, Half Life, Serious Sam and Rune) is impeccable. Buttons one to five are recognized correctly and the mouse wheel works perfectly.
The Logitech mouse impresses above all with its good ergonomics and long operating time with one set of batteries. However, Logitech could have included two AA batteries including a charger, which would have reduced the cost of constantly buying new batteries. The best thing to do is to buy a pair of rechargeable batteries with a charger that you can charge when necessary. The software is very clearly arranged and its functionality is flawless. Only the somewhat high price of around 130.00 could put off potential buyers. Left-handers will probably have to do without the mouse entirely, as the curved shape of the mouse is very difficult to grasp with the left hand and the additional fourth button is almost or not at all accessible. Overall, Logitech has made a sensible step in the right direction with the Cordless MouseMan Optical and the mouse, apart from being unusable for left-handers, can be recommended without reservation.
- Successful shape
- good ergonomics
- good software
- long range
- Battery life
- No charging station
The ergonomics of the Anubis mouse are quite good, the mouse lies well in the hand and, unlike the Logitech mouse, is unrestricted for left and right handerssuitable. An attempt was made to solve the problem of the power supply in an original way, but unfortunately it was unsuccessful because the operating time is simply too short even with fully charged batteries. Here one should have preferred a power supply with AA batteries instead of AAA batteries. The software is also very well done and leaves almost nothing to be desired. The Optical RF Mouse is also a step in the right direction, but there is more that could be improved here than with the Cordless MouseMan Optical. The price of around 80, - DM is appropriate and is easy to get over if you only need the mouse to work on your home computer.
- Charging station available
- Suitable for left and right-handers
- good software
- Short operating time
- Relatively short range
- Automatic shutdown