Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630, hands on

Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630, hands on

Summary: Finally, a new Bluetooth mouse from Logitech, and this one is really special.

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Regular readers here will know that I am very partial to two things: Logitech products, because they generally make excellent devices, and Bluetooth peripherals because I love things that don't use up a USB port on my laptop. 

I've been waiting a long time for a new Bluetooth mouse from Logitech - it seems like ages since the V470 and M555b mice came out.  

While browsing in a local computer / home electronics store, I stumbled onto a Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse (T630). I had not seen one before, and the size and shape were what first caught my eye. I stopped to see if it was a Unifying Receiver device, thinking I might try it out, and when I saw that it was a Bluetooth mouse I was sold on it. 

The list price here in Switzerland is CHF 99, and I got it for 89.90, which seems to be the typical "discounted" price here. That should translate to £67/ €80/$110 list, but the Logitech web pages list it at £60/€70/$70. 

I'm not going to start on my rant about localised pricing; I know things are expensive here in Switzerland, but that list price in dollars... well, never mind.  It is what it is - let's move on.

From both the size and appearance, it seems obvious that this mouse was designed for use with Ultrabook and Chromebook systems: it is absolutely tiny, extremely light, and tapered from front to back.

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Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630

 It connects via Bluetooth, so there is no USB receiver (and of course no cord).  Even better, it has two Bluetooth channels, selectable via a switch on the bottom, so you can pair it to two different laptops, and change between them with the flip of a switch. 

For someone like me, who generally uses multiple laptops, this is a real treat. The way I am using it is probably a bit out of the ordinary, though; I have paired it to my primary laptop on channel one, and then leave that channel alone; I then use channel two for whatever other laptop I want to use or test it on, re-pairing as necessary but still able to go back to my primary laptop by just flipping the switch back to channel one: all very nice.

The T630 contains a rechargeable battery, but rather than having some sort of docking station or other external power connection, as was the case with some previous Logitech mice, this one comes with a very short USB cable (something like 10cm), so you charge it from your laptop.  The Logitech documentation says that one minute of charging time will get you one hour of use, but I haven't had occasion to test that yet.

Logitech says that you need their Set Point application software in order to use all of the "advanced features" of the T630 (things like gestures and smooth scrolling, I think), but of course Set Point is only for Windows, which doesn't interest me. 

I simply paired the mouse to a couple of my computers running Fedora 20, and confirmed that the basic functions I want work normally - that means, mouse movement, left/right click and vertical/horizontal scrolling.

In summary: the T630 is extremely small and light, so it is not only convenient to carry in my computer case or backpack, I can even just slip it into my pocket to move around at the office; it connects via Bluetooth, so there is no dongle to go with it and it doesn't use a USB port; it has a rechargeable battery, so I don't have to keep spare AA/AAA batteries on hard, and it recharges at least enough to use for another meeting or two very quickly; and it pairs and works just fine with my Linux systems.

As with essentially all Logitech products I have tried, I highly recommend this one.

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J.A. Watson

About J.A. Watson

I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.

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  • try the T650 touchpad

    it's pretty sweet, especially as a 2nd screen control to a TV as I use it.
    everss02
  • What Size Is It??

    Why are the dimensions always left off of mouse specs and reviews. Size is pointed out in the title but is never given. The only dimension in the article is the length of the cable and this is an estimate. Either he do know how to use a ruler or he does not have one. Probably both.

    Different people have different sizes of hands. I have large hands an the little mice give me cramps. When I buy mice the first thing I check is size. I am holding it 8 plus hours per day over a 10 plus hour day. Next comes shape, something with a more natural fit. Last comes buttons. You really only need 2 buttons but I like the side buttons for copy and paste. So many programs mess up the scroll that I avoid using it. Finally, I really hate touch pads.

    I want a Bluetooth mouse for my hybrid. I cannot find a large one. If I cannot find dimensions I order it anyway and return 2/3's of them. The best Bluetooth mouse I have ever found is an ancient Microsoft Explorer for Bluetooth. Batteries used to last a month in it but now only last about 3 days so it has been retired.
    MichaelInMA
    • Correction

      Either he does not know how to use a ruler or he does not have one.
      MichaelInMA
      • Editing Feature...

        ...needs to be put back.. Are you listening ZDNet?
        PreachJohn
    • From Logitech website

      They say it is 3" long and 2" wide but they don't mention height which is less than 0.5" at thr thickest end. It is so small that I don't even think a AAA battery would fit in it.

      If small mice is a problem for you stay away from this one.

      One thing I have problems with this mouse is right-clicking. For clicking the whole top part of the mouse moves down on either side, I always seem to have problem with the right side.
      lepoete73
    • experiences

      I have average size hands, and it took a bit of getting used to. It is uncomfortable over longer periods.

      I have a wedge as well, that is easier on my hands, but the wedge does not support middle wheel scrolling, which I need for CAD applications.

      The logitec supports this and I was already used to the problematic right click, because the wedge does the same.

      In order to get a good right click, you need to ensure your finger is over the right half of the mouse. This is how it determines right or left click.

      Since there is no real haptic que that your fingers are placed correctly, it takes some getting used to.

      However, all in all, I do like the logitech. Its does what I need, and I expected that it would be small in my hands.
      sproulx
    • ARE YOU BLIND ????

      It's 6 inches long by 3 inches wide :)
      Steve__Jobs
  • Microsoft Arc Touch mouse

    I would like to see a review of this mouse VS the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse Surface edition.
    calfee20
  • The real dope from three month user

    Here is the real dope on the T630:
    - Battery life is great. I use it everyday, and a charge lasts many weeks, even months.
    - Bluetooth to Win 8.0 sucks. Everytime I awake the laptop I have to turn Bluetooth on the laptop off, then back on, to get the mouse connection re-established.
    - It is elegant as hell. Small. Pairs with my high-end super-light VAIO perfectly.
    - So thin you hold it in your finger tips -- which is not as comfortable as full mouse. This is a serious drawback but the price of elegance.
    - The gestures on the top, the scrolling, all work well. Good mouse.
    - Now, for the reason I've crap-canned it and gone back to another mouse: Touch it wrong and it sends some command to Win 8.0 to go back a screen, though your just touching the mouse or moving it to go forward or do something else. I lost several graphs of brilliant writing last night because I touched the top wrong. This is a major-major flaw. Unacceptable.

    I love this mouse but I can't accept having my work constantly at risk because of some crazy over-sensitive command trigger from just touching the surface wrong.
    donlee@...
    • bt on windows

      I've had a bluetooth adapater for years, but never made the plunge for an input device because every review of a bluetooth device on Windows ends up with some issue. I mean, MS itself uses an RF standard for their mice and keyboards, so clearly there are problems there.

      Never had a Mac, but never had an issue with friends' bt stuff on Mac.
      solomonrex
    • Perhaps try without Set Point?

      I haven't had the issues that you describe, but I don't use Windows so that might explain it. First, I have never had any problem with it reconnecting after reboot or suspend/resume; it normally takes about one or two seconds after the computer is up for the mouse to connect. Second, and more important, perhaps it would avoid the largest of your problems to use the mouse without installing Set Point? If I understand what the documentation says, the "advanced features" which are enabled by Set Point could be the kind of thing that is causing the erratic behavior when you touch the mouse, so perhaps removing Set Point would get you back to a simpler move/click/scroll device, without the chance of it misinterpreting a touch?

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      jw
      j.a.watson@...
    • Win 8 bluetooth...

      Don't think that's an issue with Bluetooth and Windows 8. I owned a Surface RT and now a Dell Venue 11 Pro and the only think I have to do to get the machine to connect to my Microsoft wedge mouse is turn the mouse on, and maybe wiggle it a bit. Never had to turn bluetooth off and back on again to connect.
      dsf3g
    • Fix for Bluetooth mice on Win 8

      I had extensive problems with Win 8 with Bluetooth mice with them periodically disconnecting and then requiring a Bluetooth off then on to fix.

      The solution is to go to the properties of the Bluetooth module in device manager, Power management tab, Turn off (untick) "Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power".

      That fixed the problem - no more Bluetooth mice issues.
      inmarket
  • Buttons

    lots of buttons please. Run, shoot, throw a grenade, back, delete. copy. paste etc.
    trm1945
  • Mouse

    Too special for me to ever purchase....looks very uncomfortable!
    electric800
  • Microsoft Arc Touch is ALMOST perfect (for me)

    Extremely ergonomic, haptic scroll wheel (middle button), not too large or small (approx 5.5" long x 3.5" wide), folds into a compact flat shape (which also switches the power off), decent battery life, and looks really sexy.

    Cons: Uses AAA batteries, needs a micro-dongle that's easy to misplace (though a nice little design feature keeps it magnetically attached to the mouse when stowed).

    Great for CAD or audio/video editing applications.
    jaykayess
    • Dongle...

      There's a new Bluetooth Arc Mouse out. No more messing with dongles. No worries about losing it. I'm sorely tempted, but bought the Microsoft wedge mouse shortly before the bluetooth Arc Mouse was announced.
      dsf3g
  • Microsoft Arc (not Touch version) is also GREAT

    I've had the MS Arc for a few years and it's a great mouse for a Thinkpad on which I really don't like the redesigned touchpad (no buttons). And it's a good mouse for traveling. Same comments as JKS's above.
    Ira Seigel
  • Can you say, "Apple Magic Mouse"?...

    Not all that much different, and the Apple has scroll/swipe, and is easier to right-click.
    drskywalker
  • Why the US price is lower...

    It's not just competitive pressure in the market, though that is certainly a factor. it's also that the price in most other places has VAT included. In most of Europe that adds about 20% to the price.
    mark@...