Last year we really enjoyed what Logitech had to offer. The two main mice they offered had a lot going for them in terms of features. This year was no different. The new mouse from Logitech is dubbed the Logitech MouseMan Dual Optical brings some fairly radical concepts to the table.
Dual you say? Two mice? Nope. The new Logitech mouse has TWO optical sensors. The sensors work in conjunction with one another, with both sensors tracking movement; the resulting movement is far superior to what the older generation offered. The two sensors on the mouse are placed at 45-degree angles and track two different spots on the ground. This results in the mouse picking up two different pictures of the mousing surface. The sensors on the mouse are also tracking at 1,500 times per second, and sports a resolution of 800 DPI, double that of the Microsoft mice. End result being - better tracking on a large variety of surfaces and a better overall performance than older generations.
Top of the Dual
Logitech seems to get more and more off the wall with each generation of mice. The paws of yesteryear have led up to what we see now. Height-wise, the Dual has gotten lower than the MouseMan from last year. Many people seem to prefer smaller and lower mice, but the newer, larger, designs are getting more comfortable now. Although this is a subjective observation, to me the shape seems better accommodating than the previous MouseMan. The addition of a slight indentation on the pinky side of the mouse is one aspect of this better new shape. This little divot allows for easy picking up of the mouse. The old mouse had this design feature, but it wasn't as pronounced. The rubber grips on both sides also go along way in adding to the comfort of the mouse as a whole. The slope on the back of the mouse has also been reduced, which seems to help in terms of comfort. Mouse shapes are very subjective. Calbear loved the paw that Logitech made; I couldn't stand it. How your hand is shaped, and how big your hand is, makes a huge difference in what hits that sweet spot.
In terms of aesthetics we are really peeved that the blue LED is gone! That was such a cool little bonus; a little light goes so far in the "better than thou" race.