Installation of the MX610 was quick and simple. To get the mouse recognized you just need to turn the machine on, plug in 2.4Ghz USB receiver and put the batteries in the mouse. The installation was done on a Windows XP Pro machine, which picked up the USB receiver without needing any extra drivers.
The MX610 responded about five seconds later. To be able to program the buttons and other features of the MX610, the Setpoint software needed to be installed. Included in the package was a CD-Rom with the Setpoint v2.42 software. Logitech's site has the updated version available for download.
The included instruction sheet is really easy to follow with the large pictures and easy steps.
Just a comparison shot of the aging Microsoft Intellimouse next to the MX610.
Logitech was kind enough to supply two AA Duracell batteries in the package. The two batteries when installed gave an extra weight to the back of the mouse. I always preferred a heavier mouse over the lightweight mouse, so with the batteries in, it felt more 'secure' during use.
Here's the receiver installed in the rear of my Shuttle XPC.
The Setpoint software does the job well in customizing the MX610. You can program what each button can do, adjust movement and scroll speed, game settings, notification options, view battery levels and other tools.
Overall, the MX610 is a worthwhile upgrade for anyone still using a corded mouse or an older optical unit. The laser sensor was quick in response to just about anything I was throwing at it. The smart features that turn the mouse on and off in relation to your system status is great. It can save quite a bit of battery power in the long run. It would have been great if rechargeable batteries were included, but that would likely raise the pricetag.The range of the 2.4Ghz receiver was adequate without being affected by my wireless router, wireless phone and the microwave oven.
The only downfall to the MX610 is the software support. The supported email and instant messenger clients are too few for most people. Hopefully Logitech can incorporate AIM and Thunderbird and other clients into it's future Setpoint releases.
Thanks to Logitech for sending over this sample!