With the increasing popularity of lightweight laptops many of us have taken to the couch or even bed for much of our computing. However if like me, you prefer a mouse to a touchpad you have had to do without a mouse..until now. Enter the Logitech Couch Mouse M515.
Setup of the couch mouse is simple..just plug in the unifying receiver..or pair it with an existing one..turn on the bottom power switch..and you are ready to go. The couch mouse is comfortable in the hand…but it is not ergonomic..so it is good for lefties as well as right-handed people. The size is somewhere between a standard mouse and a laptop mouse and I found it quite comfortable.
This mouse is powered by two AA batteries..there is also a slot between the batteries to store the nano receiver when it is not in use. Logitech claims a two year life for the batteries because of hand detection technology which puts the mouse to sleep when you are not touching it. The key to the couch part of the mouse is its sealed bottom..designed to keep out lint and other nasties.
Now let’s put it to work..I started out using the arm of my favourite chair as a mouse pad..it worked great..the mouse slid smoothly..I tried it on the carpet…on the floor and even in bed. It worked everywhere. It is however designed to work best on fabric so when using the mouse on a hard surface or a mousepad it did not slide as smoothly and was considerably noisier than a standard mouse.
When working on the couch you don’t give up anything in performance..the Couch Mouse even features Logitech “hyperfast” capability that I love on my MX Revolution mouse. The Couch Mouse gives you a choice of that free-spinning hyperfast mode that works like a flywheel, letting you zip through long web pages in seconds, or press down on the mouse wheel and it goes into conventional click wheel mode.
The Logitech Couch Mouse M515 is available everywhere mice are sold and I find the $39.99 price reasonable for a wireless mouse this versatile.