- Review Date: 12/21/2012
- Bottom line: Although the Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 is a good all-around mouse with a handsomely minimalist and ambidextrous design, its low profile and somewhat basic gesture control functionality keep it from being the quintessential Windows 8 mouse.
- Pros: Dongle can be stored in base of mouse. Supports Windows 8 gestures. Unifying receiver frees up USB ports. Soft grip is ergonomically sound. Ambidextrous.
- Cons: Low profile. Non-rechargeable. No Bluetooth connectivity.
Design and Features
The T400's low-key, two-toned color scheme borders on business-like. Its black matte-finish plastic chassis is surrounded by a grey textured soft grip that provides a comfortable grip while adding a nice design flair. Much like the plastic strip on the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse, there's a glass touch strip in lieu of a scrolling wheel you'd see on an ordinary mouse. The T400's underside, meanwhile, features four circular gliding strips on the outer perimeter as well as a power button, battery indicator, and battery compartment that also has storage for the included dongle. Although it's not nearly as sleek as the Targus Ultralife Wireless Mouse, the T400's low profile nevertheless forces the user to assume a claw-like hand posture, which becomes uncomfortable after periods of extended use.
The T400's symmetrical layout means left- and right-handed users alike can use it without any discomfort. Unlike the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse, however, it's not compatible with Mac operating systems, so users must limit themselves to Windows 8, Windows RT, or Windows 7. The T400 is covered by a three-year warranty.
The T400 utilizes a 2.4GHz wireless connection through the included USB receiver dongle. Although this dongle features Logitech's unifying receiver technology, which allows for up to six compatible devices to work off of a single USB port, it's still not as effective in freeing up USB ports as much as a Bluetooth-enabled mouse like the Sculpt Touch or the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse. Setting up the T400 is a cinch. Beyond plugging the dongle into an available USB port and waiting for the drivers to install, there's not much else that needs to be done. The included AA batteries last a purported eighteen months, and while we can't independently verify this claim, the power switch helps users get the most out of their batteries.
The T400 features standard three-button operation, while the touch strip can be clicked like a middle button so as to allow for hyper-scrolling through long documents or websites. As one can imagine, the touch strip is where the action lies. It allows for one-finger horizontal and vertical scrolling, so users can flick and slide their way through documents, websites, or the tiled Windows 8 Start screen. Moreover, swiping left and right on the touch strip allows users to move back and forward between pages while browsing the internet. Pressing the top two-thirds of the touch strip, meanwhile, allows the user to jump directly into the Start screen. The gestures take very little getting used to and facilitate navigating through Windows 8. While this is indicative of an intuitive design, it also highlights the fact that there's not much the T400 does by way of functionality. For users looking for pinch-zoom capability, as well as the ability to cycle through open Apps or quickly access the Charms Bar, the Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad remains the best option.
Users looking for a solid all-around mouse that facilitates the Windows 8 user experience will find plenty to like about the Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400. It's a good all-around mouse that sports a handsomely minimalist appearance that also happens to be ambidextrous. That said, its low profile and somewhat basic gesture control functionality hamper its full potential as the quintessential Windows 8 mouse. That distinction still belongs to the Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad, which ties together the best features of Microsoft's new operating system with comfort and style.
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