We mainly focus on enthusiast products here at Legit Reviews, but we know that not everyone can afford high-end products or even has a need for them. It is for that reason that we try to mix some mainstream products into the mix as well. Today, we have the Logitech M305 Wireless Mouse up for review. Let’s face it with people hate cords on their desks and want a mouse to use with their laptop, so the need for an inexpensive $18 to $24 RF wireless mouse is fairly high.
The Logitech M305 is a five button optical mouse that uses 2.4 GHz RF wireless to connect to an included USB wireless receiver. Logitech has dozens of color choices for this mouse, but the color we are looking at today is called Silver Filament and has part number 910-002463. The retail package is your typical clam-shell and it looks like you’d need a butcher knife to open it up, but Logitech has a perforated section on the back that allows you to open the packaging without a knife or scissors. We don’t often see packaging like this, but we are big fans of easy to open packaging!
After easily opening the packaging we pulled out all the pieces that are included with this mouse and discovered a quick-start guide, generic AA batter, the Logitech nano wireless receiver and of course the Logitech m305 wireless mouse. The directions were nice and included pictures and annotations in several languages for those that might need help getting this working on their PC. To be honest all you really need to do is put battery in, plug the receiver into an open USB port on your PC and then turn the mouse on. Our Windows 7 desktops and laptop PCs instantly recognized the Logitech m305 mouse and it began working without a restart. If you need to download drivers or the Logitech Setpoint software you can grab the latest versions over at the Logitech website and that this will allow for configuration of the scroll wheel and other advanced features.
The Logitech m305 is a rather small mouse and does not entirely fit into your palm like some full sized mice. Some people prefer a full sized mouse and if you are one of those people then you should stop reading right now. The sides of the mouse have non-slip rubber side panels that provide extra grip and comfort. The mouse has a uniform shape and no side buttons, so both left handed and right handed people can easily use it. The mouse appears to only have three buttons, but the scroll wheel tilts to the left and the right. This means that the Logitech m305 is a five button mouse.
Flipping the Logitech m305 wireless mouse over you can see where the magic happens. This is where the optical sensor, on/off switch and the battery cover release switch are all located. The optical sensor is offset to one side of the mouse, but that shouldn’t matter. Logitech has placed four Teflon pads on the corners of the mouse to help aid smooth mouse glide over the surface of your choice.
After pushing the battery cover slider on the bottom of the mouse you’ll pop open the cover on top of the mouse and it can be easily removed. This is how you install the battery and also where you store the Nano Receiver if you are using this as a traveling laptop mouse.
In the image above you can see the battery properly installed and the Logitech Nano Receiver stored inside the m305 mouse. Logitech says that the single AA alkaline battery can last up to four months in ideal situations, which is pretty good for an inexpensive mouse. Logitech suggests avoiding dark or transparent surfaces as they use more power and will drain the battery quicker.
With the battery properly installed and the cover back on top you can power up the Logitech m305 wireless mouse and when you do so you’ll notice that it has an LED light on top. This indicator light just means that the mouse is powered on and that everything is okay. If you installed the Logitech SetPoint software it will also alert you if the battery is running low
The optical sensor on the Logitech m305 is rated at 1000 DPI. This means that we don’t have the foundation for a good gaming mouse, but more than enough for everyday casual use by mainstream PC users. Once you have the mouse powered up you can plug the Nano Receiver into any open USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port on your desktop or laptop and the mouse should begin working. The Logitech m305 is totally plug-in-play and no drivers are needed unless you want advanced controls on the mouse. After Windows 7 got done installing the mouse we we thought that the tilt-wheel functionality wasn’t working, but later found out that the tilt wheel comes setup for left and right scroll. Who uses left and right scroll these days?