Logitech Mouse

A mouse is a ubiquitous and necessary device for any desktop PC user, but they are also so run of the mill that many people don’t give them much thought beyond smacking them when they refuse to work and cleaning out the trackball once in awhile. But mice are important, and as Swiss corporation Logitech has proven, can be very profitable little devices.

Logitech is headquartered in Romanel-su-Morges, Switzerland. Not only does the company make Logitech mice, they make other peripheral devices for computers, including keyboards, mice, game controllers and webcams. Since the 1980′s, they have made computer devices expressly for computer manufacturers Hewlett Packard (HP), Dell, Apple Inc. and others.

Interestingly enough, in light of the fact that they later went on to work for the computer giant, Logitech was founded in a town called Apples, in the Swiss canton of Vaud. The founders Daniel Borel and Pierluigi Zappacosta, had received master’s degrees at Stanford University before starting the company. Logitech catapulted to fame due to their improvements on the standard computer mouse.

The original computer mouse was invented by Douglas Englebart, an American inventor descended from German, Swiss and Norwegian ancestors. The original mouse was a wooden shell with two metal wheels, and he named it a “mouse” because the cord came out the end, replicating that particular rodent’s tail. Sadly, Engelbart never received any royalties for the mouse, though Apple later bought the license for a rumored $40,000 USD. Logitech came in later, and their Logitech mice became some of the first and most popular mass marketed mice.

The Logitech mouse was first introduced on the market in 1984. To celebrate the 40th anniversary or the mouse, Logitech released an interesting piece of marketing material that detailed the history of the computer mouse through Logitech’s products. The piece, thought meant for use in marketing, was truly informative and gave any long time computer use a path to trod down memory lane when considering all the computer mouse technology (Logitech mouse and otherwise) they have used in their lifetimes.

The original Logitech mouse was called the Nicoud, and it was an extremely rounded version of what we today know as a computer mouse. According to users, the first computer users to actually be able to use mice as a replacement for the keyboard, the first Logitech mice, like all mice at the time, were almost prohibitively jerky in their movements. As an interesting sidenote, it was about this same time in the early 1980’s that Logitech introduced the first cordless mouse.

Logitech later became known for their trackball mice, and they introduced the first of those models in 1985. The first Logitech mouse with a trackball was not what anyone would consider ergonomic. With its square design it resembled the controller for an old Atari computer more than any Logitech mouse we would recognize today.

By 1989, though, the company was introducing Logitech mice that were increasingly more recognizable as the computer mice we use today. The Logitech Pilot became the world’s bestselling three button mouse. Logitech then introduced the first radio frequency based cordless mouse in 1991, and an updated, and imminently more ergonomic versions of the trackball mouse in 1993.

More recent examples of a Logitech mouse include the VX Nano Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks, introduced in 2007, and its 2008 counterpart the V550 Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks. At about the same time the company also introduced a Logitech mouse called the MX Air, so named because it works on the desk or in the air.

With all the innovative products Logitech has offered through the years, it is no wonder that this Swiss company has managed to make a name for itself with the Logitech mouse.

This Logitech Mouse Review is Written/Updated on Sep 15th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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