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During IFA 2016, Logitech announced their first ever quiet mice line designed to cut down on noise at the workplace. They’ve promised that it delivers the same precision, durability and “click” feeling as a regular mouse, but does it truly live up to its name?
In a covert operation, Logitech snuck their M330 Silent Plus mouse into the Feedbaac office using, what we can only assume, a ninja delivery person. I’ve spent a couple of weeks handling it and I think I’m ready to spill the beans on whether this truly is the silent savior of the office environment.
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The Logitech M330 Silent Plus seemed simple enough at first glance. The contoured rubberized grips comfortably hugged my comparatively massive hand. Its diminutive stature did little to hinder its ergonomic form factor, although left-handed people will have to quietly suffer the rejection of a right-hand grip. My thumb rests on soft rubber in the angled groove on the side and I had no complains whatsoever with regards to using the mouse for extended periods of time.
The scroll wheel shares in the design aesthetic Logitech was going for, with a rubber grip slapped on it as well. The mouse comes with a single AA battery, which was a little disappointing considering most wireless mice are made better with USB charging capabilities. However, Logitech promises a 24-month battery life which is enough to shut me up.
Now, let’s get down to the M330 Silent Plus’ main selling point. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting much when I first cracked open the case. But after the first 10 seconds of just standing there and clicking the mouse button over and over again, I pretty much knew how this review was going to go.
The M330 is silent as a whisper and that is no exaggeration. The mouse buttons are at least 90 percent quieter than regular mice and I still receive appropriate feedback from pressing down on them. Logitech did not embellish when they said that they still involved the traditional “click feel” of regular mice.
The Noise Abatement Society (something I did not know existed until this very moment) also stamped the Logitech mice with their Quiet Mark seal of approval. If their standard for workplace tranqulity is even half as impressive as their name, then we can take their word for it.
The M330 Silent Plus is able to stay connected with your computer up to a range of 33 feet. This is thanks to the tiny nano-receiver you can plug into your PC and then completely forget about. The mice work with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS or Linux systems without a hitch, so its suitable for pretty much any work environment.
Another taciturn feature of the mouse is its Advanced Optical Tracking, courtesy of Logitech. The mouse ran its paces without the use of any mousepad and it did remarkably well. For the most part, I could sense a good deal of precision and control while using the mouse, be it while editing images or targeting face in Hearthstone.
Despite my apprehension towards what a bashfully silent mouse truly had to offer, the M330 Silent Plus left me somewhat tongue-tied. The clickity-clack of mice in the office was never really something that bothered me much. As a gamer, I revel in the sounds of mechanical keyboards, finding solace in the arms of a deafening cherry MX switch.
But for those of you out there who find the random clicks coming from your colleague’s cubicle annoying, this is the perfect passive-aggressive Christmas present. I guess there’s also a niche market out there for kids playing clicker games under their sheets way past their bedtime.
The Logitech M330 Silent Plus will be available in stores for 129 AED and its ambidextrous sibling, the M220 Silent Mouse will be priced at 99 AED. You can find them at various UAE retailers including Carrefour, Sharaf DG, Jumbo Electronics, Virgin Megastores and Emax.