Any video editor will tell you that their work is only as good as the performance of their three-button mouse. Traditional three-button input devices are contemptibly clumsy to use and require a bit of practice to master, but the added flexibility of that extra button can mean a big difference in time management and creativity.
Logitech hopes to bridge the gap between two and three-button mice with the $40 Zone Touch Mouse T400, a companion to Windows 8 devices that features a Zone Strip between the main left and right buttons to navigate movement using simple touch gestures.
Design and features
Logitech offers the mouse in red, blue, purple, black, and patterned colorways to match your Windows 8 device, most notably the Microsoft Surface 2. The front of the Zone Touch Mouse T400 uses the same downward sloping shape you'd expect from a standard input device, though the low profile design will likely be uncomfortable for larger hands to grasp.
Additionally, the curvature of the button placement forces your hands into a hunched-over position which can be difficult to maintain for longer mousing periods. In this case, I very much preferred the smooth contours and ergonomics of the mouse packaged inside the
A thin layer of contoured rubber grips all four sides of the T400 so your hands have a comfortable place to rest while you're using it, and left-handed users will be happy to hear that the mouse is perfectly symmetrical and easy to use with either hand. Of course, this means that you won't see any buttons on the side of the mouse to scroll back and forth through a Web browsing session, but more on that later.
On the underside of the device, you'll find tracking strips on all four corners that add a smoothness to your scroll, as well as a power button toward the top to save battery life and a removable plate for the battery compartment, which holds two AA batteries. Logitech says that you shouldn't have to replace batteries for 18 months, so check back in May 2015 for an update.
The battery compartment also includes a convenient slot for you to store the USB micro receiver while you're not using it, handy for travelers sick of hunting through their laptop bags for that elusive dongle.