In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Logitech's Trackman Marble, Logitech released four new cordless mice today, two of which are from its second generation laser line. All of them have battery light indicators and on/off switches, which allows for better power management.
The Logitech MX610 is getting hyped as the "world's first smart mouse" and here's why: not only is it a laser mouse with 2.4 Ghz digital cordless technology, it also has an on-board microprocessor that makes it capable of two-way communication with the computer. This means it will turn itself on or off with the PC, thus saving power. The big thing though, is that it actually notifies you of incoming email or IMs via lights on the mouse. You can then click on buttons on the mouse to launch the email or IM application of your choice. It can also sense wireless interference and change channels on-the-fly for a more seamless connectivity.
The next laser mouse is the V400, a notebook PC mouse designed to be carried on-the-go with its durable shock-resistant exoskeleton. It has dual-laser tracking, which allows for usage on any surface, and 2.4 Ghz digital cordless technology with a range of up to 30 feet. The USB micro-receiver even tucks away inside the mouse's storage slot to allow for maximum portability.
Finally, Logitech also released the V270 and the LX7. The V270 is Logitech's
first Bluetooth mouse, and the LX7 is a neat-looking ambidextrous mouse. The V270 doesn't require a wireless receiver obviously (as long as you have a Bluetooth-enabled computer), while the LX7 has a tiny space-saving mini-receiver.
The Logitech MX610, V400, V270, and LX are $59.99, $49.99, $49.99, and $39.99 respectively. The MX610 will be available in US and Europe in October, and the V270 will be available in November. Both the V400 and the LX will be available this month.
Update: Thanks to everyone who wrote to correct us that the MX900 was Logitech's first Bluetooth compatible mouse. The V270 is the company's first Bluetooth mouse that, according to Logitech's own press release, "doesn't need its own receiver." Maybe we should have called it Logitech's first true Bluetooth mouse.