Logitech announces its own Touch Mouse

In 2010, Microsoft launched the first of its Touch Mouse PC mice products. The lineup of products, which have included the Arc Touch Mouse and the Explorer Touch Mouse, that has proven to been a big hit among PC users. Now Logitech has announced plans to offer up a similar hardware product with today's reveal of the Logitech Touch Mouse M600.

The touch surface of the M600 is designed for people who are used to using touch screens on smartphones and tablets. It will allow users to scroll through documents on a PC desktop or notebook with just their fingers. The company claims that the mouse uses its own propriety software, Flow Scroll, that will give its users a fluid scrolling experience.

The wireless mouse can use one AA battery for up to three months of use or users can stick in an additional AA battery to double the length of use. However, the product specifications indicate that the Touch Mouse M600 is only for Windows 7 users; older Windows operating systems are apparently not supported.

It will be interesting to see if Logitech's new product will be able to take away some of Microsoft's Touch Mouse users. The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 will go on sale later in February for $69.99.

Image via Logitech

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The funniest thing here is that Logitech was the first actual touch mouse before Microsoft and apple came out with their own. I had a Logitech MX Air for like two or three years now, way more advanced with a gyroscope and touch enabled gestures.

trashoner said,
I had a Logitech MX Air for like two or three years now, way more advanced with a gyroscope and touch enabled gestures.

Looks like a mouse with a touch strip, not a multitouch mouse…
From what I've found these "gestures" aren't really that great…

trashoner said,
The funniest thing here is that Logitech was the first actual touch mouse before Microsoft and apple came out with their own. I had a Logitech MX Air for like two or three years now, way more advanced with a gyroscope and touch enabled gestures.

I bought an MX Air to use as my HTPC mouse when it came out years ago. For $170, I don't think you're getting that great of a mouse. I must say, however, that I am surprised the battery in it still charges reliably and the thing still works after being dropped on hard wood flooring countless times over the years. The quality of the build seems to be pretty good. The quality of the accompanying software, however, is the pits. SetPoint will often crash, rendering your mouse clicks useless until you grab the keyboard and kill setpoint.exe.

Logitech's custom smooth scroll app is pretty good. Does give a very slick scrolling experience in browsers. I'm assuming this Flow Scroll is the same thing as software you can get for most Logitech mice.

MFH said,
the MS Touch Mouse is definitely better…

Oh, you've used this unreleased product and compared the two, have you?

Wakers said,

Oh, you've used this unreleased product and compared the two, have you?


The Touch Mouse has more gestures, has been in development for years (Mouse 2.0), whereas the Logitech one is a bad copy of the Magic/Touch Mouse…

MFH said,

The Touch Mouse has more gestures, has been in development for years (Mouse 2.0), whereas the Logitech one is a bad copy of the Magic/Touch Mouse…

Again..The touch mouse has a lot of issues for people (again, you can google that if you want, I don't think you will) not limited to scrolling, the lack of a native middle click (!!) and unresponsive cursor movement / gestures.

How can you say this is a bad copy of something when you haven't USED it?

You make yourself sound foolish.

I used the MS Touch for about 2 weeks before I took it back - it's just not a good product compared to other mouses in the same price bracket, even the more traditional options in the MS range, and it's certainly nowhere near as usable as a Performance MX, for example.

I don't know whether the issue is with the design of the hardware or if it's just got poor drivers at the moment, but the fact that you have to download a third party mod by a university student just to get middle click is really, really poor.

Wakers said,

Again..The touch mouse has a lot of issues for people (again, you can google that if you want, I don't think you will) not limited to scrolling, the lack of a native middle click (!!) and unresponsive cursor movement / gestures.

I'm using it since it was released in Europe and never had a problem…

Wakers said,

How can you say this is a bad copy of something when you haven't USED it?

Less features, same price => bad

Wakers said,
I used the MS Touch for about 2 weeks before I took it back

Using it since it was released in Europe - no problem. Used the "Speedlink Cue" before - also a touch mouse - and after you figure out you have to lift a finger, there is no issue with any of these mice…

Wakers said,

I don't know whether the issue is with the design of the hardware or if it's just got poor drivers at the moment, but the fact that you have to download a third party mod by a university student just to get middle click is really, really poor.

Link? Not that I'm using the middle click too often as CTRL+CLICK is supported in about 99% I care about… Actually the existance of this tool is already a pro for the Touch Mouse again, as no one apart from MS has released an official SDK to read the Touch Sensors of any of his touch mice…

MFH said,

I'm using it since it was released in Europe and never had a problem…


Less features, same price => bad


Using it since it was released in Europe - no problem. Used the "Speedlink Cue" before - also a touch mouse - and after you figure out you have to lift a finger, there is no issue with any of these mice…


Link? Not that I'm using the middle click too often as CTRL+CLICK is supported in about 99% I care about… Actually the existance of this tool is already a pro for the Touch Mouse again, as no one apart from MS has released an official SDK to read the Touch Sensors of any of his touch mice…

Great, I'm glad you've never had a problem, but a lot of people do have that problem.

And no, it's nothing to do with your theory about already having a finger on the sensor. It does it regardless.

And the absence of a middle click is a big deal for a LOT of people, but I'm happy it isn't for you.

Finally, how can the lack of basic functions be a good thing? You love your mouse too much. I'm glad it works for you but I've used a lot of peripherals over the last ten years and it's easily one of the worst I've come across, particularly for a fairly hefty price tag.

http://www.blogtecnologico.it/...k-on-microsoft-touch-mouse/ (that's the link for the program that lets you use middle click).

Wakers said,

Great, I'm glad you've never had a problem, but a lot of people do have that problem.

One would have to know the amount of people that bough the mouse before you can judge how many have problems with it. It's a fact that people that are happy with their stuff don't as often talk about them on the internet as people that have problems with them. Want an example: Creative X-Fi, you will mostly find negative comments on it, yet only a fraction of the users that actually bought them ever complained about these cards…

Wakers said,

And the absence of a middle click is a big deal for a LOT of people, but I'm happy it isn't for you.

It was at the beginning, but as I said most programs always supported CTRL+CLICK anyways…

Wakers said,

Finally, how can the lack of basic functions be a good thing? You love your mouse too much.

As I said it's no problem for me, why should I care? It's a no-issue for about 99% of the population anyway as hardly any "normal" person uses more than 2 buttons anyway - FACT! Nice strategy, someone who likes his stuff and has no problems, loves his stuff too much, I can live with that

Wakers said,

I'm glad it works for you but I've used a lot of peripherals over the last ten years and it's easily one of the worst I've come across, particularly for a fairly hefty price tag.

Ever used a magic mouse, the "Apple USB" aka Hockey Puck Mouse,…?

Wakers said,

http://www.blogtecnologico.it/...k-on-microsoft-touch-mouse/ (that's the link for the program that lets you use middle click).

As I expected a program that hooks into the official SDK - big advantage compared to any other device. I actually played with the SDK myself before (wanted to add a few 4-finger gestures…)
EDIT: kinda irritating as it sends click-events just for touching the mouse…

Nice mouse but not sure it would be best time to upgrade my mouse to this new touch mouse, not yet.. I have Performance MX. I love it.

I've been scrolling with just my finger for a long time. Aside from being able to move the cursor when you can't physically move the mouse (if such touchpad behavior is even supported) I don't see the benefit to using touch capability in a mouse. A mouse is more accurate than a touchpad, tactile feedback and the ability to rest your fingers on the mouse are rather important.

I have the Microsoft touch mouse. God it's poor. So, so poor. I don't know whether it's software or hardware related but 50% of the time it can't tell the difference between right and left click.

Wakers said,
I have the Microsoft touch mouse. God it's poor. So, so poor. I don't know whether it's software or hardware related but 50% of the time it can't tell the difference between right and left click.

You're using it wrong, mine is working flawlessly…

MFH said,

You're using it wrong, mine is working flawlessly…

No, it's just a crap mouse. It's a widespread issue (google it).

Of course, it's terribly easy to mistake which side of the mouse you are clicking on..I must try and more accurately click! Oh wait..that's daft.

Edited by Wakers, Feb 8 2012, 9:09pm :

Wakers said,

No, it's just a crap mouse. It's a widespread issue (google it).

Of course, it's terribly easy to mistake which side of the mouse you are clicking on..I must try and more accurately click! Oh wait..that's daft.


Do you lift your left finger if you try to do a right click? It's by far the most common mistake to leave the finger on the mouse! Any Touch Mouse I've used so far has the same limitation: they use 1 switch and determine based on the fingers that are registered by the sensor which one of the "buttons" was pressed. Personally after 1-3 days I figured it out and there is never a wrong click registered…

MFH said,

Do you lift your left finger if you try to do a right click? It's by far the most common mistake to leave the finger on the mouse! Any Touch Mouse I've used so far has the same limitation: they use 1 switch and determine based on the fingers that are registered by the sensor which one of the "buttons" was pressed. Personally after 1-3 days I figured it out and there is never a wrong click registered…

Are you seriously implying people lifting the index finger off the mouse before clicking the right mouse button is correct behaviour, disregarding that almost all other mice minus the Arc Touch works as intended with both fingers on the mouse?

Denis W said,

Are you seriously implying people lifting the index finger off the mouse before clicking the right mouse button is correct behaviour, disregarding that almost all other mice minus the Arc Touch works as intended with both fingers on the mouse?


This is how these touch mice work…
The Arc Touch is no touch mouse…

MFH said,

This is how these touch mice work…
The Arc Touch is no touch mouse…

Whoops, meant the Microsoft Touch mouse. My point still stands though - expecting default finger-positioning behaviour for one mouse out of hundreds and thousand others is flawed.

If that were the case for all touch mice then sure, you have a point. From what I see this isn't the case.

Denis W said,
If that were the case for all touch mice then sure, you have a point. From what I see this isn't the case.

May you point me to the source that claims that other multi touch mice support right clicks in hardware? I honestly have yet to come across such a device - the Magic Mouse, the Touch Mouse, the Cue, none of them does as they all only have one switch and determine which button was pressed in hardware…

BTW: I don't expect users to do so, it's the hardware manufacturers, but judging from how any of these multi touch mice is build I understand why they only use one hardware button.
What I really wanted to know is if he's aware that one has to lift his index finger - as it stands that's the "limitation" of any of these mice. I may add that after about a week it's already part of the muscle memory and not really that much of an issue…

briangw said,
Do any of these touch made have the side back/forward buttons? I can't live without those.

The Microsoft Touch Mouse supports a gesture on the thumb to navigate back and forward through web pages.

I'm still attached to the scroll wheel, it's the touch surface cool, i mean i think they are great for web and documents, but what about gaming?

Probably another ultra DPI mouse that goes from left to right in 0.0001 seconds.
Still have my wired microsoft ps2 mouse and god, I would never change this thing.

boumboqc said,
Probably another ultra DPI mouse that goes from left to right in 0.0001 seconds.
Still have my wired microsoft ps2 mouse and god, I would never change this thing.

With most mice you can change the DPI in the driver software that comes with, if not you still have windows pointer speed setting.

that is not a very good looking device however, i can say that i have used a touch mouse in the past and i did not find it to be anywhere as intuitive as i could have hoped.

littleneutrino said,
that is not a very good looking device however, i can say that i have used a touch mouse in the past and i did not find it to be anywhere as intuitive as i could have hoped.

Magic Mouse is the opposite. As a mouse it's a bit iffy but its touch component is pretty natural