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[Review]Logitech V470 wireless mouse.

We have the pleasure of taking a look at the Logitech V470 Bluetooth Mouse. It is aimed at notebook users, as it is a bit smaller and is battery powered. Logitech gives you the choice of two colors. A dark blue variant and the white one we have on our test bench today. 

Features

Control

  • Laser precision: Outperforms optical mice. Laser technology delivers smoother cursor control on virtually any surface.
  • Side-to-Side Scrolling Plus Zoom: Perfect for viewing digital photos and spreadsheets. Instantly zoom in and out. Scroll horizontally or vertically.

Comfort & Convenience

  • Bluetooth wireless technology: Enjoy cable-free connection from up to 30 feet.
  • Protective pouch: Secures and protects your mouse during travel.
  • Light, durable design: More comfortable than a touch pad. Take it anywhere.
  • Battery life indicator: Eliminates surprises. And an on/off switch extends battery life.

Packaging & Contents

  
Logitech packs the V470 in a clear plastic mold. These tend to be a real pain to open up but the company has perforated the entire edge of the package so that you can rip it open with a bit of brute force. The front clearly shows the mouse and also mentions the fact that it will collaborate with a Macintosh. The rear lists the device features in multiple languages.

   
Inside the compact package you will find a manual and CD within a plastic sleeve. A pair of Duracell batteries are also included. The third item is a black pouch to hold your mouse during transportation.

A Closer Look

 
The first thing you may notice is the natural curve of the mouse and the two button which span across the entire cover and are not seperated. This is the same design you will find on many other Logitech mice like the high-end MX and VX series. The underside does not hold any real surprises at first sight. 

 
The two buttons surround the light grey wheel. There is a small blue LED to let you know if the mouse has established a connection. It will blink while searching and go solid once it is connected to the notebook.

  
Upon closer inspection, the mouse has three noteworthy areas. The laser unit is not located in the middle but somewhat to the side. While this is not something you may worry about for normal office work and surfing, this is something some gamers do not like. A small power button gives you the option to turn off the V470 when not needed, to conserve battery life. To the right you will find a small connect button, which you need to press to pair the mouse with your notebook.

Software

The installation of Logitech’s SetPoint software is identical across all their products. It does not require a restart and features a clean, uniform, step by step installation guide.

Setup Process
        

  
After the installation, the software establishes a connection with the mouse, which consists of three easy steps. It is very easy to set up even if you do this for the first time.

SetPoint Software
   
The software is parted into two areas by the use of tabs. The first is called “My Mouse”. This is where you can configure all the attributes of the V470. The pointing device does not really have a lot of programmable buttons. Due to the the symmetrical shape, even left handed users should be able to use it without any problems. Even though the V470 is not marketed as a gaming mouse, you may set a game mode, to activate certain settings when playing a game.

  
The last two menu item give you the possibility to select what device to connect to, while the other holds information about the status of the batteries. As you can see the status of the Duracell AAs is good in this picture. You may also select a different device to check its status.

  
The second part of the software is called “Tools”. It holds general information about the software version and also hides the functionality to update the software in the second tab with a Logitech symbol. The last tab, a bluetoothicon gives you the option to connect a further device with the use of the Windows Bluetooh connection wizard.

[page]Performance & Conclusion[/page]

Feel & Performance

Using the V470 feels very good right away. It is made of plastic, which does make the pointing device very light. The center of gravity is moved back quite a bit as soon as the batteries are placed into the mouse, which makes movement comfortable and precise. Logitech has placed the only two buttons within the general shape of the V470. 

Due to the wireless nature of the mouse, you will have to reconnect it everytime the notebook is turned off. This is done easily with the help of the software. Even though the V470 is not intended for gaming, it works perfecly fine, as it is not as small as some other notebook mice. Office work on the other hand is incredibly comfortable as well. 

This makes the V470 a very balanced pointing device, with a good compromise between size and portability.

Value & Conclusion

  • The Logitech V470 Bluetooth Mouse sells for 39.90€ in white or blue in Europe or 49.90 US Dollars in the United States.
  • Well balanced attributes
  • Easy setup
  • Generic Bluetooth for connection
  • Pouch and Duracell batteries included
  • Solid feel
  • Well balanced weight
  • Great design
  • Solid software
  • Good package which is easy to open
  • Just the minimum of buttons
  • Included batteries cannot be recharged
  • Plastic feels a bit flimsy
9.4 The Logitech V470 Bluetooth Mouse is a no frills wireless pointing device. The Bluetooth standard makes the setup very easy and you will not even require the Logitech software if you so wish. Within the package you will find all the accessories you will need – a pair of Duracell AA batteries and a pouch for transportation. When using the mouse, the theme of balance continues. The V470 is perfectly sized, not as big as normal desktop variants, but not as small as some of the other portable versions. These attributes make the Bluetooth mouse one of the most balanced notebook mice around.

My velkin KVM “F1DG102U”

 

Benefits:

  • Shares one monitor, keyboard, and mouse between computers
  • Shares one set of speakers between computers*
  • Connects instantly to notebook computers
  • Supports PC and Mac® notebook and desktop computers**
  • Features a 2-color LED that indicates which computer Flip is accessing
  • Includes 2 cables to connect computers
  • Installs in 3 easy steps with no software required
  • Also available with wireless remote
  • Comes with a Belkin 3-Year Warranty

Package Contents:

  • Remote
  • Base with cables
  • Optional fastener strip
  • User guide

*Available for models F1DG102P, F1DG102U, F1DG102W, and F1DG102D 
**Mac computers supported by F1DG102U, F1DG102W and F1DG102D

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