Just this last week, I came upon a deal for a Logitech mouse, a model M705, which appeared to be just the kind of thing I was looking for – Logitech quality, replaceable battery (one reason I am not using the last mouse I had purchased for the machine I was doing the replacement), reasonable range, and 5 or more buttons. Oh, and it needs to be reasonably priced. Otherwise, I would simply buy another Logitech Performance MX.

The add was at Staples, and the price was a reasonable $29.99, which was a sale price. The add said that the price had been reduced from $49.99, but that is wrong, as the MSRP on the Logitech site is $39.99. Either way, $30 for a Logitech quality mouse that’s wireless is not bad.

I sauntered into the local Staples, which has very courteous, but totally clueless, people, and asked about the mouse. The counterperson told me that he was part of the “copy team”, whatever that was and said he had no idea where the mouse might be located.

I found them rather quickly, located right near (next to) the routers, which of course, makes perfect sense, because when I think Logitech M705 mouse, my mind immediately goes to routers. Peas and carrots! (I’m not as crazy I you might think, because no other computer equipment was located in with the hubs, switches and routers, and the other mice in the store were located next to the keyboards, where you might expect they would be.)

What a disappointment it was.

First, the mouse is made for people with hands much smaller than mine, and was packaged using a method where I could not possibly ascertain if the display model had been trashed by some overzealous customer, doing his first torture testing for Consumer Reports, or was not of the build quality I have associated with all of the other mice I have purchased with the Logitech logo on them. It has been not 4 months since I purchased an M510, which has wonderful feel, terrific build quality, and is a decent size for my hand.

What puzzles me is that the relative sizing is not shown on the Logitech website, for if it was, I could have avoided the trip altogether, as the M705 was too small for my hand, in any case. [It did however, have an extra button, and though I don’t usually feel that I need more than 5 buttons, this sixth one seemed to be placed in a way that would be useful.] The page where the M510 and M705 are shown makes it look as though the M705 is larger than the M510. It is not so. As a matter of fact, I somehow upon my return to the house got surfing and ended up on an Australian Logitech web page which made it quite clear that the M705 is a notebook mouse. Unfortunately, I can’t return to that page.

The trip was not a total waste, however. I did find a deal on a Bamboo Touch trackpad device, that allows for touch usage with any recent version of Windows. I am currently evaluating the unit, as I am certain I need a bit of time to get completely familiar with the process – just as when I first used a mouse, it was a bit odd (strangely enough, that first mouse was a Logitech 3 button C-9 mouse, which I immediately took to, as the Microsoft and Mouse Systems mice that were available at that time had only two buttons).

The Bamboo Touch is less than a satisfactory experience on my Windows XP laptop, and is very satisfying (but still a bit odd) on my current home computer, which has Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate. The difference is much more due to the speed difference than that of the operating system. Motions which seem slow and cumbersome on the laptop are snappy, easy, and not nearly as exaggerated on the home machine.

Same unit, same software package. The Touch may go back, but not just to refund. If it goes back, it will be to get the big brother device, which allows the use of a pen to give greater freedom with the same basic pad device.

The ability to use gestures on a screen always appeared odd on any reasonable screen size (though I’m certain I’d love it on a Microsoft Surface system), but this little touch pad just may be the bridge for many until the price, and placement of the actual touch screens (position relative to the user, angle of the screen, etc.) get them into many users hands.

One thing I know now, there is no way I’d ever think a less than 17” display would work as a touch device for me. This Bamboo works well, and may obviate the need for that mouse I am currently still searching for – along with the hand shrinking device.