Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse Review
It’s time to improve it. And if you are not prepared to drop the equivalent of a Friday night tab bar on a Lexus mouse, the Logitech M510 is an affordable price option that has many of the same features for much lower cost.
I have been using the Logitech M510 (mine is red but also black and blue) for the past three weeks, and this has been the first thing I look for when I pack my bag, and this is the reason: it works. I don’t have to worry about a mouse pad or a clean surface to work because the laser can track everything from carpets, wood, and even clothing. The connection not stuck in the mirror surface like glass and marble – which might not be a problem for most people, but it should be noted that Logitech’s pricier models include “Darkfield” laser sensors that work on everything.
The M510 hourglass shape guides your hand to a natural, “straight forward” position (at least for users who use the right hand). The contour gives your wrist rest while the rubber handle on the side makes soft landing pads for the thumb & pinky.
The mouse has a total of seven, to turn your hand into a control center for shortcuts that you set using the Logitech SetPoint software. Two additional buttons for your thumb on the left side also make it very easy to move forward and backward in a web browser or media player. Notched scroll wheel clicked down and left and right for horizontal scrolling: “a must-have” for anyone who deals with daily spreadsheets.
Logitech’s tiny Unifying receiver is also a significant advantage in the shrinking world of this USB port. It’s a quarter the size of a USB flash drive & can pair up to six Logitech accessories at once, which means you can use one dongle for keyboards, mice, or other devices in the Unifying family on Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows PCs. There is even a place for it in the battery compartment, just in case you want to travel with it. (Prefer Bluetooth, for dongle-free compatibility? Go with Logitech’s MX Anywhere two or M535 instead.)
Speaking of batteries, Logitech told us that two AAs power the mouse for two years, but you will more juice out of it if you turn it off after it has done. Finally, here’s a pro-tip that applies to all Logitech mice: although there is room for two, it will work the same as one battery if you are attached.
The Bad > The directional buttons on the left side make this mouse to right-handed users only.
The Good > You can customize shortcut tasks for all seven buttons & the laser tracks smoothly across nearly any surface except glass. The battery lasts two years with daily use & Logitech’s micro-receiver frees up precious USB ports by connecting multiple Logitech accessories with a single dongle.
Conclusion > With more shortcut buttons than you’ll know what to do with, the Logitech M510 is the best budget mouse for anyone tired of dragging their fingers around a trackpad.
Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse Specification
|Connection Type||Cordless USB|
|Connect / Power Button||On/Off switch|
|FreeSpin / Ratchet Mode||N/A|
|Battery Size and Type||2 AA Alkaline (Not Rechargeable)|
|Battery Life||24 Months|
|Indicator Lights (LED)||Battery/Power|
- Chrome OS
- Linux Kernel 2.6+
- USB port
- Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64,
- Mac OS X 10.4.x to 10.6.x (LCC 3.3)
|Product component||Width||Depth/Length||Height||Weight (no batt)|
|Mouse||68 mm (2.7 inch)||121 mm (4.8 inch)||41 mm (1.6 inch)||87 g (3.1 ounce)|
|Receiver||14 mm (0.55 inch)||19 mm (0.75 inch)||6 mm (0.24 inch)||2 g (0.07 ounce)|
Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse Software & Drivers
Firmware Update Tool
Firmware Update Tool
Logitech Unifying Software
Logitech Unifying for Chrome