The side of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The two side buttons can be seen as well as the top center button, the clickable scroll wheel which can toggle left and right and the left and right click buttons.

Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse Review

The Logitech Wireless Mouse M560 is my current everyday use mouse. I use it (the mouse) on a Sager base custom built gaming laptop for both text editing, writing, academics and playing Elder Scrolls Online. My model is black but there is a silver option also produced. The color is flat black with a highly ergonomic grip design.

The back of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The mouse itself is a nice flat black color.
The back of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The mouse itself is a nice flat black color.

The mouse itself has two thumb buttons on the left side of the mouse next to a comfortable ergonomic indention. These two buttons are easy to push and require very little effort. They reflex (spring back up when released) very quickly allowing the user to quickly press the buttons again and again. The only problem I have with this mouse is with the rear thumb button (the one on the right in the photo below and closest to the user). Let me preface this, I have small hands (my 8 year old son’s hands are almost as big as mine) so this may be a problem related to my hand size. This button is easy to accidentally click and it is initially auto-programmed to minimize whatever window you are in and return you to your computers home screen. This was very frustrating…but I reprogrammed it to something that I don’t mind accidentally clicking in the middle of a boss fight or a heated PvP battle (my microphone) and it is no longer a problem (in fact it makes it super easy to communicate).

The side of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The two side buttons can be seen as well as the top center button, the clickable scroll wheel which can toggle left and right and the left and right click buttons.
The side of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The two side buttons can be seen as well as the top center button, the clickable scroll wheel which can toggle left and right and the left and right click buttons.

The front of the mouse has a left click and a right click button. In addition to a scrolling clickable mouse wheel. The scrolling mouse wheel (like many mice today) acts as a middle click button allowing similar function to other 3 button mice with the addition of the wheel function (which by default acts like the up and down arrows on a keyboard). In addition the mouse wheel has left and right tilt features (these by default work like left and right arrows on a key board). Finally there is a small square button behind the scroll wheel which (as I recall) opened it start menu by default (my memory might be off).

The front of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The left and right click are one solid piece reducing the number of entry points for dirt and dust. Also seen are the central button, and the scroll wheel with arrows to show that the scroll wheel can be pushed to either side.
The front of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The left and right click are one solid piece reducing the number of entry points for dirt and dust. Also seen are the central button, and the scroll wheel with arrows to show that the scroll wheel can be pushed to either side.

The mouse in total has eight click and two scroll input options that can be easily reprogrammed with the downloadable software from Logitech. It is a full size mouse that is comfortable to handle and has a good texture to the feel. In the photo below you can see how my smaller hands force my thumb slightly closer to that rear button and a slight shift in my thumb position depresses the button.

The side of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. Featuring my hand and the ergonomic thumb hold. It should be noted that with my fat fingers I have had to disable the side button furthest back in Elder Scrolls Online becasue I would accidentally click it and return to my desktop screen. Eventually I will rebind it to something (maybe as a push to talk button for Team Speak or Ventrilo).
The side of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. Featuring my hand and the ergonomic thumb hold. It should be noted that with my fat fingers I have had to disable the side button furthest back in Elder Scrolls Online becasue I would accidentally click it and return to my desktop screen. Eventually I will rebind it to something (maybe as a push to talk button for Team Speak or Ventrilo).

The bottom of the mouse has four large slider pads which provide a frictionless slide when moving it across various surfaces (cloth couch, mouse pad, bamboo lap pad with clear coat, paper and IKEA glossy finish side tables. It has a slide open compartment on the bottom which contains a battery (they advertise the battery should last for two years…but my wife’s Logitech M525 is supposed to be rated for three years and it died after about 4 months, she confessed that she neglected to switch the “Off” button on hers, maybe that explains her result?) and a storage slot for the wireless dongle. I didn’t take a photo of the dongle portion but its a standard Logitech dongle which minimally protrudes from the USB port and doesn’t get in the way for laptop users using a lap pad.

The bottom side of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The line on the bottom is where the battery compartment opens and the USB dongle can be stored.
The bottom side of my Logitech M560 Wireless Optical Mouse. The line on the bottom is where the battery compartment opens and the USB dongle can be stored.

Overall the Logitech Wireless Mouse M560 is a great well priced wireless optical mouse that functions well for both small tasks like web surfing and data entry and more intensive and responsive activities such as mmorpgs and other gaming activities. If I were buying a mouse for a friend this would be considered. If you have small hands you might prefer the Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse (a fullsize and similarly priced and functional mouse) or the Logitech Wireless Mouse M525 (a smaller mouse designed for mobility). I have reviewed the M510 previously and plan to review the M525 soon.