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Logisys Ergonomic Cool Fan Mouse & M-Coupe Optical Mouse

Michael Larabel

Published on 19 May 2005
Written by Michael Larabel
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Performance:

As these mice aren't designed for gaming as much as general usage, we decided to test both mice under some fairly normal conditions along with a fair share of gaming. On our two Linux (2.6.11) testbeds we used, no problems were encountered with detecting either of these USB mice. Some of the programs we ran for testing were AbiWord, The GIMP, TuxRacer, Mozilla Firefox, and Unreal Tournament 2004. For the mousing surfaces, we used a Belkin mouse pad and an Xtrac Hybrid. We first tested out the Logisys Optical Fan Mouse. Right from the start, we were quite shocked at how well the mouse was really performing. During the entire duration of testing, we found no downfalls with this mouse. The optical mouse was of relatively proper size for our hands and the fan made the mouse very comfortable to grip, especially when it came to alleviating the usual build up of sweat we experience after hours of constant gaming. This mouse was in no way the best performing mice we've experienced but did well considering its design and features. Unfortunately, the M-Coupe didn't share the same advantages. The mouse we found to be simply too small, in its overall size and the size of the buttons. If our hands were to be smaller, such as that of children, we might have experienced less problematic results.


Conclusion:

Both of these new mice presented at CeBit 2005 were unique in their own ways. While the Logisys Cool Fan Mouse is improved over previous attempts at optical mice equipped with cooling fans, it still lacks the performance expected by serious gamers. However, the appearance, scroll wheel, and cooling performance all performed up to our expectations. As for the M-Coupe, its overall rating fell short of what we had expected. The overall size was small, and the miniscule buttons didn't help out either, we often found ourselves clicking two-buttons at once. However, with its innovative appearance and size, the Logisys M-Coupe mouse could possibly pose as a viable alternative if you have youngsters running around your household. For our Phoronix May Giveaway, one of the items we're giving away is the Logisys Cool Fan Mouse, so if you haven't registered yet, sign up now!

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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