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Roughly the same width at its widest point as an iPhone (2.25 inches) but only two-thirds the length (3.25 inches), Logitech’s Ultrathin Touch Mouse for Mac is light as a feather at less than 2.5 ounces. The pearl-white surface gently slopes downward from back to front, allowing ample space for finger gestures, yet it’s responsive enough to detect the slightest movement.
Even for folks with beefy hands, the Touch Mouse is easy to use, although our fingers did receive a workout after a full day of mousing across a 27-inch Thunderbolt Display. The device features a satisfying click noise that confirms this is a quality, well-built mouse that’s a pocket-friendly companion for MacBook owners. It can be charged using the included USB cable; Logitech claims a one-minute charge keeps the Touch Mouse working for an hour, and we managed three straight days of testing on a 30-percent charge.
Touch Mouse connects via Bluetooth, but a free software download is necessary for full control, including seven available gestures. Logitech Preference Manager mirrors Apple’s own gestures pane—mouse over an option and a brief video shows how it works. However, there aren’t enough tap and button commands to enable all of the available options at the same time.
Logitech also added the ability to pair with two different computers just by flipping a switch on the base of the device. “Easy-Switch” makes it possible to use on both laptop and desktop without having to pair each time—perfect for those who take advantage of slipping the device into their pocket between home and work.
Although we rank Logitech’s Touch Mouse exceptionally high as wireless mice go, there’s one thing standing in the way of a higher score: Magic Trackpad. We’ve been spoiled by Apple’s silver platter and its expanded set of gesture options, but it’s too awkward for travel, so Touch Mouse is a laptop bag must-have for our next trip.
The bottom line. The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse makes a perfect travel companion, although its more limited gesture options keep it from being a replacement for our Magic Trackpad.
OS X 10.6.8 or later, USB port (for recharging), Internet connection (for Logitech Preference Manager software download)
Stylish, pocketable mouse nicely complements MacBook. Can be paired with two different computers. Long battery life. Recharges quickly via USB.
Limited gesture options. Small size may cause finger fatigue with larger monitors. Preference Manager software requires restart.