Logitech Wireless Mouse M305Sep 23rd, 2010 | By Simon
The Logitech Wireless Mouse M305 is packaged in a simple clamshell. On the front you can see the mouse, available in seven different colors, the Nano receiver and a couple key features. The back of the package lists some more features, system requirements and package contents.
One feature I enjoyed about the packaging for the M305 is the Easy Open. The entire backside of the package is perforated and a pull on the Easy Open tab rips open a large window to let you pull the mouse out without having to use a knife or a pair of scissors. Once the package is open the Mouse, Nano Receiver, battery and instruction pamphlets all fall out.
The Wireless Mouse M305 is very compact but has all the key features anyone would want. The mouse features both right and left click as well as a scroll wheel that can tilt left and right for side scrolling or be pushed down for an extra function.
On the bottom side we can see the LED diode for tracking the movement of the mouse, an on/off switch and a release latch for the battery cover. The sensitivity of the optics are rated to 1000 dpi which is more than enough for desktop applications. To use the latch I found it best to hold the mouse upside down and let the battery cover fall into your hand versus trying to pry the cover up.
With the cover off, the most obvious slot is for the AA battery. The angular installation puts the weight off balance but I found with the end of the battery being situated where my thumb rests it is still easy to push the mouse around in any direction. Once the battery has been inserted the diode will light up. Never stare into the light as it may damage your eyesight!
In the rectangular slot beside the battery is where the Nano Receiver sits. This is great if you don’t plan on using your mouse for a while and want to keep all the accessories together.
With the battery inserted in the Wireless Mouse M305 and the Nano receiver plugged into your laptop or desktop, the M305 is ready for action. No drivers are necessary with Windows and once the auto-configuration is completed you can start using the mouse.
To unlock some of the Advanced Features available with the M305, Logitech recommends you install their Setpoint software. It allows you to change the task of each button, adjust the pointer and scroll speed, monitor the remaining battery life and adjust gaming modes. An indicator on your taskbar will also give you feedback on battery life left.
Unfortunately, the Nano receiver is not the Unifying model. This means this receiver can only communicate with one device, your mouse. If you had a Logitech keyboard you would need another receiver or a Unifying receiver.
The installation of the SetPoint software will only take a few minutes but only worth it if you want to tweak your mouse performance. If you’re happy with the way it works out of the box then you’re just wasting system resources running Setpoint. The Wireless Mouse M305 has a built in battery indicator to warn you when the battery is low. You’ll find the LED at the hinge point for the battery cover, when it flashes red it is time to get a new battery ready.