On average, computer users spin their mouse’s scroll wheel eight metres a day. Fact. That’s a lot of work for your poor forefinger, so Logitech’s come up with what it’s calling a ‘revolutionary’ scroll wheel, as showcased by these two laser mice.
The wireless MX Revolution Mouse (on the left) and its laptop-friendly VX sibling (right) have a new alloy wheel that, unlike most clicking wheels, can spin freely for up to seven seconds. It can still act like a standard scroller, but put it in ‘free’ mode and it’ll cover 500 spins-worth of pages in a few seconds.
The excitement doesn’t end there. A ‘One-Touch Search’ feature lets you highlight any word or phrase on a web page and, with one click, view internet search results on that subject. Nice.
As you can see above, the MX has gone even more scroll-crazy by including – make sure you’re sitting down – a second wheel by the thumb. We thought this might be navigation overkill, but it handily lets you zoom into pages without resorting to keyboard shortcuts.
The VX, meanwhile, provides the same feature via a slider button, and offers all the same free-spin action as its big brother in a more compact form. Stay tuned for a hands-on with both soon.