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Overall this mouse is a great mouse, if you need a high quality mouse with five programmable buttons. It actually has more but like in most such mice not all buttons are convenient to use. Compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.4.x or later.
Height:42 mm or 1.65 inches
Width:71 mm or 2.80 inches
Depth:109 mm or 4.29 inches
Uses Logitech Setpoint. Can't use LUA. Only G-series mice can
It is really great choice if you looking to get away from a wired mouse without the fear of having a short battery life. Great tracking (same as in twice more expensive Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX) and comfort. Which make it a good choice for sysadmins both for home use and for the office.
Like several other Logitech products it works with the "Unifying" receiver. This innovation allows up to six different devices to be managed by a single USB dongle. More importantly, though, is the miniature size of the dongle. The entire device is about the size of a thumbnail and, when inserted into a USB slot, becomes nearly flush, almost invisible on the side of my laptop. No more need to unplug the dongle for storage, no tangled wires, no fear of snapping off the dongle. And, when not in use, the receiver can be placed in a special socket behind the battery cover so it won't get lost!
Essentailly you can view it as a modification of Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX but with much better battery life. It has a lockable scroll wheel and the same unique "left wing bottom" button.
|The most distinct feature of this mouse is the presence of an assignable button on the bottom of the thumb rest, in a very convenient location. So this mouse belongs to a rare category of mice with two vertical buttons.
The size of the mouse is just right. Comfortable for Fingertip style. Position of buttons is designed for right handed users.
The scroll wheel also has a handy button next to it. Usual wheel response is your standard 'notched' feeling (click-click-click as you scroll). There's a small button out-of-the-way behind the scroll wheel that will switch between 'click' mode and smooth mode. In smooth mode the wheel will spin freely. And it's very free - it'll spin for a good 15-20 seconds on the new mouse. if I have a huge browser window to scroll through, smooth-mode is great! I don't know how I would live without it.
The mouse uses two AA batteries. They supposedly last up to three years. There is an on/off switch on the bottom that you probably should use for replacing batteries, or if you use one battery instead of two. Otherwise battery life is so long that you don't need to use it. I also own the Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX and with that mouse I always have to make sure I turn it off.
This is a cheaper and pretty adequate replacement of Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX which which used to sells at double price but is in several respects inferior to this one.
Innovative "bottom" button.
Much better battery life with two batteries.
The ability to change weight and the center of gravity by using one battery
Unified receiver can be hidden within the mouse for transportation.
The ergonomics of this mouse is better than ergonomics of the Performance MX
You can buy additional receivers and migrate from one computer to another with the same mouse.
All-in-all this is a good wireless mouse. But please be aware about a major defect in Logitech software which are present in all Logitech mice: software behaves strangely and incorrectly on the last line of the screen in some (but not all) applications. for example in Frontpage you can't even select anything with the mouse on the last line but can on the line before last and any other line. May be this is a Windows 7 defect I do not know, but I did not observe it with Microsoft mice.
|software behaves strangely and incorrectly on the last line of the screen in some (but not all) applications. for example in Frontpage you can't even select anything with the mouse on the last line but can on the line before last and any other line. May be this is a Windows 7 defect I do not know, but I did not observe it with Microsoft mice.
If wireless operation is not essential for you you probably should consider Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse
Duane CurtisStyle Name:Boxed Package|Amazon Verified PurchaseAmozarte says:
I really like this mouse, the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705. It has an assignable button on the bottom of the thumb rest, in a very convenient location (see picture I uploaded). This button has many programmable features.
To try it out I assigned a "W" to it. Loaded up Dragons Age and was able to move forward. Running as long as I held the button down. The button is a bit hard to keep constantly down. But maybe it will loosen up as time goes on. Using it as a momentary on/off was easy and should be very handy.
The size of the mouse is just right for me. Its a little shorter and a little wider than the mouse it replaces (MX600). Its also bigger than the Anywhere Mouse MX.
Logitech claims the M705 has a 3 year battery life. That will be great if that's true. The M705 has an on/off switch on the bottom. So I'm guessing to get the full 3 years I'll need to turn it off overnight or when not using for long periods of time.
One of the main reasons for buying this mouse is I no longer have to settle for whats in the keyboard/ mouse combo packs any longer... yay! As the Unified Dongle allows me to mix and match with other Unified Dongle products.
To sum it up:
Assignable thumb button.
Nice size for my hand size (On the smallish side).
Unified dongle for up to 6 "Unified" devices.
3 year battery life.
$50.00 is a bargain.
To early to tell.
The scroll wheel is fantastic! It so easy to scroll up and down pages.
I just added the Logitech K350 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard. The manual for it says all I need to do is put in batteries and its ready to go. Thats not exactly true. I already have this mouse installed with its unifying receiver. So I needed to "unify" the keyboard to the mouse receiver.
Thats very easy to do in the SetPoint software. The Star Icon at the bottom left on the "My Mouse" Tab. Just follow a short procedure and the you're ready to go.
@Jacob- I have both the MX Revolution and the Marathon M705. Two things:
1) The Marathon M705 looks and feels like a "Lite" version of the MX Revolution. The scroll wheels are almost identical, the only difference being that with the MX Revolution you can set the middle click to shift between standard and auto-scroll whereas the Marathon M705 can only make that shift using a dedicated hardware button.
2) I've never encountered the issue you observed with the MX Revolution (or the Marathon M705). The MX Revolution has been, without a doubt, the most precise and reliable mouse I've ever owned, and I've owned a lot! The down, left, and right click options of the scroll wheel feel very discrete and I've never noticed any ambiguity in using them. I'm betting that there may have been an issue with the unit you tested.
J.G. on November 1, 2010
A couple of features you might overlook if you don't read the whole manual
This is a great mouse for reasons all stated in other reviews. However, some complaints I've seen about this mouse in other websites come from people who have not read the manual and missed some features this mouse offers that address their complaints.
You don't know what to do with the receiver when transporting your laptop?
First, the mouse does have a compartment for the receiver. The receiver is tiny already, so most people will just leave it inserted in their laptops during transport. However if you wish to store it with the mouse, you can do so. It does not require you to take out the batteries themselves to store the receiver, but you do have to take the battery cover off to access the compartment.
The mouse is too heavy for you?
The most awesome and rarely mentioned feature about the mouse is the ability to modify its weight and center of gravity by only using one AA battery instead of two. The reason this is so cool is because it gives you an option to lower the weight of the mouse if you think it is too heavy with 2 batteries (I thought so). You can also to change the way the weight feels in your hand by placing the battery in the slot closest to the center of the mouse or closer to the back of the mouse. Some people prefer the weight of the mouse to be on the back while others prefer it to be more centered. I left mine in the center.
How does it work with just one battery?
If you notice, the two batteries in its compartment are used in parallel (both installed looking the same way), instead of 'in series' like most electronics do (going the opposite way). The mouse works on 1.5 volts instead of 3.0 volts like the usual 2 AA battery equipment would. This is what permits the 3 year battery time. Of course, using one battery means it will probably only last about half the time as using two. I'm not an electrical engineer so I don't have much knowledge regarding the efficiency of using two instead of one battery.
How does this compare to other logitech mice in size and weight?
I use a wired Logitech G9 Laser Mouse for my desktop pc, which weights 122 grams with no additional optional weights inside. I just add 4 grams of weight for my preferences. In comparison the Marathon M705 weighs 88 grams without batteries. With one battery it weighs 112 grams and 136 grams with two. The batteries it comes with weigh 24 grams each (other brands of batteries might have a different weight). So, with two batteries this mouse is heavier than a G9 even though it is slightly shorter lengthwise and slightly thinner as well. The M705 is about 4.5 inches long, 2.8 inches wide, and 1.5 inches tall.
As a G9 user, this was the closest feel I could find in a wireless mouse. All other ones either felt too big forcing you to place your entire palm on them and disallow an optional claw grip or felt not wide enough for my hands. I enjoy the width of the G9, and even though the M705 is not as wide and connecting with as much of my palm as I would want it, it does not make my hand cramp up as most other narrower portable mice and I can use it for games without feeling like I'm using a non-full-featured mouse. It is the perfect blend of portable and full sized featured mouse.
My only gripes:
The DPI on the mouse cannot be modified. This is understandable as it is not a gaming mouse. When compared to the G9, it seems that is it is permanently set at 1000 dpi. Another problem is that it has negative acceleration. This means that when you move it fast from side to side, it registers less movement the faster you move it. This only occurs at high speed movements, such as doing a quick turn on a first person shooter game. Again, I don't detract from the rating of the mouse, because it is not meant for gaming, but I thought I would include this in the review as some people might want this information.
Edit: I'm adding an image of the M705 vs G9 to the product page so you can judge the size difference. I looked for this online but it seems not too many G9 owners have yet bought this mouse since it hasn't been out for very long.
Re: M705 Scripting
05-15-2014 07:23 AM
I don't know if the M705 is a scripting-capable mouse. in general, "Scripting" in this forum is taken to mean "Lua scripting within the Logitech Gaming Software application, which is used to configure various Logitech G-series gaming mice, keyboards (including the G13) and headsets".
I don't know what your options would be for scripting with an M705 on a Mac, I'm mostly a PC person. LGS is available for both the PC and the Mac (the Mac version being slightly older) but as far as I know the M705 is not a mouse that LGS supports.
I do not work for Logitech. I'm just a user. .
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05-17-2014 01:54 PM - edited 05-17-2014 01:55 PM
If I can compile my script with lua outside the LGS, could I open it using the Logitech Device Manager, or would it require a special method of complilation inside the LGS in order to run properly?
I have lua installed, and I'm just wondering if there's a long way around that the LGS is a shortcut for. The M705 can open files, so I thought it might be able to run a compiled lua script.
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Re: M705 Scripting
05-17-2014 02:22 PM
Which software does your mouse run off of, LGS or Setpoint? If it is Setpoint, you cannot use lua scripting. If it is LGS, it can. You don't compile scripts, they will run from the script editor within LGS, if LGS works with that mouse.
Forget the hassle, expense, and waste of frequent battery changes. You'll have up to three years of power.
You pop the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver in your notebook and leave it there. You can even add more devices. Plug it. Forget it. Add to it. Learn more about the Logitech Unifying receiver.
01-20-2013 08:44 PM - edited 01-20-2013 11:05 PM
I've had this weird issue with my brand new M705. As with many others the smooth scrolling options has cause many issues but I have it disabled. My issue centers around the responsiveness of the scroll wheel when using it with Google Chrome. I have it in ratchet mode and when I scroll down one click, nothing happens. I keep turning the wheel a couple more clicks, one click at a time, and nothing. The screen will start to scroll on the 5th or 6th click. If I am trying to go down several lines, it is not as noticeable because I am scrolling faster but it is very annoying when I am scrolling slowly. This is an issue with Google Chrome ONLY. If I scroll 1 click in Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, Word, IE, Windows Explorer, the window will go down 1 line just as expected. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
Edit: I am using SetPoint 6.51.8. If I quit SetPoint, the scrolling works fine in Chrome, so this must be a software issue with SetPoint.
A: M705 Scroll Wheel Issues
01-23-2013 08:37 AM
You can try disabling the extension 'Logitech Setpoint' in Google Chrome:
1.Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
4. On the Extensions page, click Disable for the extension you'd like to temporarily remove. Regards,
Re: M705 Scroll Wheel Issues
01-23-2013 07:19 PM
That did the trick! Thanks Vanessa!
12-29-2012 07:54 AM
I see that you are interested in buying a Marathon Mouse M705, but you want to know if there is any difference between the M705 mice advertised.
We only have one model of this mouse, its complete name is Logitech Marathon Mouse M705. There's a chance that the price might be different from one shopping website to another. But you can rest assured that no matter which one you pick, it is going to be the only Marathon M705 mouse that we manufacture.
I hope you find this information useful a3aan92, and that you get to enjoy the M705 very soon.
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Using the USB stand with your M705 - Logitech Support Article
The optional USB stand for your M705 mouse serves the following purposes:
◾Makes your computer's USB ports more easily accessible ◾Varies the position and orientation of the USB receiver, thus reducing the possibility of interference.
To connect your USB stand, do the following:
Plug the male end into a USB port on your computer. Plug your M705 receiver into the female end of the USB stand. See the following diagram for details.
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