When you have a laptop that you move around a lot, and like using a mouse (instead of the built in Touchpad) it becomes a pain to have to plug the receiver in and out of the USB port. After a while, you can feel the USB port starting to feel like it’s getting loose.
Enter the Logitech V540 Nano cordless mouse shown below.
The mouse comes in Batman black and costs $34.99 at Best Buy online ($37.88 with tax). I noticed that the price has gone up to $49.99 for some reason. I guess I got lucky.
But I digress.
What’s cool about this mouse is what Logitech calls the “Plug-and-forget nano-receiver.”
The picture above shows the Logitech VX Revolution on the left, and the V450 nano on the right. The VX scrolls faster and uses only one AA battery, instead of 2 for the nano (see picture below).
The VX also has a bunch of other buttons that I never use. The manual for the Nano says that the 2 AA batteries will last 12 months. I haven’t used it that long yet but that’s a real plus if true. I hate having to replace batteries. There’s also a battery low LED indicator. That’s a nice touch.
The picture above shows how small the receiver is plugged into a USB port on my Toshiba laptop. As planned, I’ve left the receiver plugged in to my laptop with no problems. Plug-it-and-forget-it.
Logitech claims that the 2.4GHz cordless connection is very reliable signal and to put it to the test, I connected my Toshiba’s HDMI output to my HDTV and controlled the laptop with the Nano mouse from across the room. Everything worked as advertised.
I’ve only been using it for a few weeks but I love the plug-and-forget it reveiver. But this tiny revceiver has made me think why the laptops don’t just come with this built into the unit. They have the Wi-Fi built in. Why not this? I guess there’s no good standard. Standards are good for something. This would be one case of that.
For me, this is a no-brainer. Anybody with a laptop, using a wireless mouse, should get this mouse. There’s no downside, and it works great. I highly recommend it.