An update on the logitech M325 mouse
It is almost two years since I reviewed the M325. Since then I have bought a second one, so I guess I must like it.
My first M325 was for my laptop. I’m using the second one on my main desktop.
I’ll start with what I don’t like. The scroll wheel is too sensitive. It takes too little force to move. So if my finger bumps against the scroll wheel, I’ll accidentally scroll the current window. I more-or-less have that under control, but I still occasionally scroll when I don’t intend to.
A bluetooth mouse that I bought a few years ago was even worse for this. So I guess people like that easy scroll behavior. However, I’m used to also using the scroll wheel for middle-click. So I had to learn to avoid accidentally scrolling while middle clicking.
The wireless signal strength seems to be weak. Overall this is probably a good thing, for it means that outsiders will have trouble picking it up.
I quickly noticed that it is weak when I started using the second mouse on my desktop. I plugged the wireless receiver into a USB connector at the back of the computer. And I found that the mouse was unreliable. It wasn’t always tracking properly. So I instead plugged it into a front USB connector. And there, it is working very well. Evidently the metal in computer tower is enough of a shield to interfere with communications when I plug in at the back.
I’ll note that this might be a problem if you need the front connectors for other purposes. I have two front connectors, and have rarely used more than one at a time for USB disks. And, fortunately, the back connectors are accessible the way that my desk is located. The front connectors are USB2, and 4 of the 6 rear connectors are USB3. I was already using the two rear USB2 connectors (for keyboard and UPC). So moving the mouse receiver to the front actually freed up a USB3 connector.
What I like
What I particularly like is the relatively small size of the M325. It comfortably fits in the hand with less stretching than the wired mouse that I had previously used. It seems to work well on most surfaces, so no need for a dedicated mouse pad. With my laptop, I can use the mouse on the laptop surface if the computer is on my lap.
The M325 uses a single AA cell. I am still using the original battery from almost two years ago, so battery life is good. To be fair, I am a light user of that laptop. Most of my computing is done on my desktop. So the laptop M325 was not worked very hard. So perhaps this is showing a long life under idle conditions. The mouse is normally switched on, so using a tiny amount of power even when the computer is not in use. The two year life (thus far) suggests that this idle usage is low.
I use my desktop quite heavily. And I did just replace the battery after around 6 months of heavy use. So that’s a better indication of battery life under constant use.
I had not previously noticed this with my laptop. But when I hold the mouse over the KDE battery monitor icon, it actually tells me the state of the mouse battery. At present, it is saying 70% for my desktop, and 90% for my laptop. The battery indicator is apparently not very accurate. It seems to be fixed at 70% on the desktop, and at 90% on the laptop.
Two weeks ago, when routinely checking the battery indicator on my desktop, it showed 5%. The mouse was still working well with that 5%. But that’s when I replaced it, and the indicator then jumped back to 70% for the new battery.
So the indicator percentage is probably inaccurate. Look for a sharp drop as an indication that the battery is approaching its end-of-life.