The M185 is a cheap, small sized, wireless mouse ideal for use with laptops. Available in range of colours (which is represented as a coloured band around the mouse, the rest of the product being black) it can be found for anywhere between £10 and £15.
Like many mice of this type, it comes with a wireless USB transmitter – it’s small and uses Logitech’s “unifying reciever” standard, which means that just one is needed for any of their products which use this (for example, a wireless keyboard). When not in use, there is a section within the mouse’s battery compartment for this to go. The mouse takes one AA batteries, which is included.
The mouse has two buttons and a central scroll wheel, which serves as a third button. Both main buttons have a positive click but the middle one is a little loud. It measures just 3.8 x 9.9 x 6.1 cm, which is pretty small. Underneath is a power switch and an “invisible optic” – this basically means that the usual red light is replaced by an invisible one instead, which is nice. The one problem I did find is that the sliding power switch is a bit rattly and when you use the mouse on a soft, uneven surface (such as the arm of a sofa) then this catches and rattles quite loudly.
The plastic used on the mouse is pretty hard and harsh – it’s certainly not of a particularly high quality. However, being a Logitech product I suspect the mouse will be pretty rugged and last quite some time.
The packaging is a large plastic blister pack, containing a cardboard inlay with instructions printed on the back. A separate fold-out warranty leaflet is included along with a thicker section of brown cardboard to stiffen the package. It’s certain excessive – many other products are of cardboard construction with a smaller plastic section just to show off the product.
The Logitech M185 comes with a 3 year warranty.
Small, cheap and wireless, it’s the ideal companion for a laptop. With a tiny receiver that can be stored away when not in use, and Logitech’s reputation for quality this is well worth the money.
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