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The latest issue of Macworld gave the Logitech MX Revolution a full five stars, which makes me wonder if they really tried the so-called “ultimate mouse” at all. I recently got the VX Revolution (notebook mouse version) on sale using Google Checkout and after installing it on our Macs, it became pretty evident that there was a lot left to be desired. While the mouse’s design is impressive, less so can be said about the Logitech Control Center (i.e. Mac driver) which makes it work.
While it sounds promising that the Logitech Control Center (LCC) supports both Power PC and Intel based Macs, and the Revolution mice with MicroGear Precision Scrolling and One-Touch Search features, any form of scrolling (vertical / tilt) with this mouse is a complete joke.
Just look at these Logitech forum postings:
As Mac users, the The “Scroll Increment” control accelerates the up direction twice as much as the down direction. Setting the “Acceleration” to “None” causes large scroll increments with no acceleration. A slightly higher value causes tiny scroll increments with some acceleration. Setting the “Acceleration” to “Max” is the same as setting it to “None”. The sideways wheel doesn’t do crap. The options are “Switch Application,” “Zoom,” and “Nothing.” Why’d you even bother putting the wheel there if it can’t do anything useful?
I agree. I’m using LCC 2.1.1 with OS 10.4.2- I am unable to scroll horizontally while shift-scrolling, the tilt-wheel useless for horizontal scrolling (the maximum setting is snail-slow). It would be real nice to have the thumb wheel do some more. It seems like the “setpoint” app for windows fixes many of these problems. No such thing for OSX that I’ve seen…. Am I the only one who can’t shift scroll to scroll horizontally?
I’ve used Logitech’s mice, keyboard, controllers to good effect before, but this has just let me down. The company itself isn’t responsive enough to give any resolution to this problem, so my advice to you is to stay clear of these “ultimate mice” until they get their Mac drivers fixed.