A few weeks ago, we heard whispers of new meeces by Logitech— meeces that claimed to reinvent the scrollwheel. We got our hands on one early, and we present you with the first unboxing, impressions, and details of the Logitech MX Revolution.
But before we get to that, the wheel. The MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel clicks. Unless you don't want it to. Instead of a regular mechanical ratchet, the MicroGear employs an electronically controlled ratchet that can engage and disengage on the fly. When engaged, the wheel feels like any other clickwheel. When disengaged, the mouse goes into freespin mode, where the 14-gram metal wheel can rotate for up to seven seconds straight, the equivalent to hundreds of pages of text. The wheel can be set to switch modes between apps, or it can be set to click for a few rotations before kicking into a freespin when you flick it. the wheel is wrapped in rubber, like a tires hugging chromed out dubs. That part is cool, although the mouse does have a few flaws. Photos of the luscious mouse, and more impressions, after the jump.
There's a button below the wheel that can be used to run google queries on any text you highlight. Which seems like a waste. And there are thumb toggles, and a fake wheel that nudges forward and back, but does not turn. Misleading, but I guess it would have been impossible to fit another super wheel in there, and anyhow, to what purpose. The mouse is covered in black glossy plastic, grey matte plastic on top, with rubberized sides. Oh, it has a left and right click button.