October 18, 2011
- Simple design
- Dual-mode scroll wheel
- Long battery life
- Tracks well on fabric surfaces
- Heavier than most mobile mice
- SetPoint software is Windows only
The Logitech Couch Mouse M515 is exactly what its name suggests: a mouse to use while sitting on a couch, carpet or otherwise non-desk surface. It works well on most surface, especially fabric, and has very long battery life but it is a little heavier than we expected.
The design of the Logitech Couch Mouse M515 is pretty simple and straightforward. The top is made of a shiny, yet matte plastic while the bottom is glossy smooth. On either side there is a rubbery finish to make it comfortable to hold. The mouse is ambidextrous, so our fellow left-handers won't feel left out. Overall the size is about the same as other portable, travel mice on the market, but this one is heavier than most of them.
The M515 comes in two different colors: cobalt blue and gray. We tested out the blue model and really liked the color.
You'll find a simple set of buttons and a scroll wheel on this mouse and no other accessory buttons for things like customizable actions or paging forward/backward aside from one small shortcut button under the scroll wheel. There are just left and right mouse buttons and a scroll wheel that is both tiltable and clickable. The scroll wheel as two modes, friction and friction-less, and are activated by clicking in the scroll wheel. In friction mode, the wheel clicks when scrolled for more precision scrolling, but the frictionless mode makes it glide when scrolled for more fast scrolling.
The mouse uses two AA batteries as power and Logitech includes two disposable ones in the package. Logitech claims that on a single set of batteries, the mouse will last for two years before they need to be replaced. Obviously we can't test this claim, so we will take their word for it. The mouse uses a hand-detection feature to help save battery life by making it idle when your hand isn't holding it. The bottom snap-off compartment is where the batteries go in but also where you can store the small USB receiver when not in use. The receiver is very small and can usually just be kept plugged into your laptop while transporting it. The whole bottom of the mouse is sealed tight closed to prevent lint from entering the mouse.
One note about the receiver is that it can be used with Logitech's Unifying feature, which lets you use a whole set of Logitech peripherals with only one USB receiver plugged into your computer. This is setup by downloading and installing Logitech's SetPoint software from their Website. Unfortunately, this software is Windows only with no Mac version.
The Logitech Couch Mouse M515 does support both PC and Mac, however, without the software and was setup on both platforms by just plugging the receiver into an open USB port. Installation of the default drivers takes only a few seconds and you're ready to go.
Since this mouse is marketed as a "couch mouse", we thought it was apt to give it a test run on a few fabric surfaces. We tried a few couches, a bed and carpet with complete success. It actually surprised us quite a bit when it was able to work on all these surfaces that the majority of other mice wouldn't been unable to track movement. The M515 even worked flawlessly on carpet with a very rough-contoured surface.
We were unable to get stellar performance out of glossy surfaces, which is typical for optical mice, but desk surfaces and mousepads worked great too.