A mouse that buzzed all the darn time would just be annoying, anyway, if you ask me. Not many games, to be honest. Here, now, are a couple of force-feedback mouses. If you’re shopping for a mouse for yourself, though, you can get cheaper Logitech models that do the exact same thing, without the weird force feedback frills. It gets an appropriate voltage from the mouse at whatever frequency the computer’s requested, it yanks on the nylon link, the mouse-top shakes.

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With separate “Texture”, “Pop” and “Impulse” settings for everything, and what I can only describe as By default, Immersion Desktop just gives you basic clicks and logitrch, but it can do a lot more than that.

Logitech iFeel MouseMan review – Engadget

What you really feel is more like moving a mouse with a toothpick sticking out of the bottom of it over a texture. The best known such mouses are Microsoft’s current optical models, but various manufacturers have them and they’re all actually based on Hewlett-Packard technology. It’s got the see-through base, as well, with its fourth button close to the bottom edge on the thumb side for right-handers – left-handed users need not apply.

Maybe they’ve made some other pointing device that really does have proper force feedback, but this ain’t it.

Review: Logitech iFeel mouses

They’re also both optical mouses, of the new-fangled variety that works on pretty much logitfch surface, using a startlingly powerful on-board digital signal processor to interpret the movement of the image delivered logitec a tiny downward-facing camera. If you’ve got one of those games, you can get buzzes and clicks when you pick things up, select and fire weapons, land after jumping, and so on.


It’ll give you a lot more certainty about when the pointer’s on some small screen feature, and when it isn’t. It’s even less symmetrical than the Intellimouse Explorer.

Logitech iFeel MouseMan

So I checked out the plain ofeel Mouse, which is your normal two-buttons-and-a-wheel whatsit but happens to have a high-fidelity yada yada yada in it, and the iFeel MouseMan, which is the four button asymmetric fancy-version styled to compete with Microsoft’s Intellimouse Explorer. Overall If you can see perfectly well, I can think muoseman no rational reason for you to buy one of these things. But Immersion allege that a tactile feedback mouse is “sixty million times better” than an ordinary one.

They’re perfectly good mouses, of course; if someone gives you one as a present, you can just disable the iFeel stuff and use it normally. So much for the look. Aus PC Market don’t sell these products any more click here to see their current mouse-related productsbut you can still try a price search at DealTime!

OK, maybe it kind of helps people, especially new users, if they get definite feedback when they’ve moved logihech pointer onto something they can click. Marketing gibberish aside, I was interested to see what use a buzzing mouse could lgitech.

And if my mousfman had wheels, she’d be a wagon. If you can see perfectly well, I can think of no rational reason for you to buy one of these things.

I really don’t think ordinary computer users need any of this, though. Force-feedback gadgets are cool. You can have bonks and dongs and twangs when you do things; you can make each of the three gadgets in the top right of every window play a different musical note; you can make things knobbly when the cursor’s moved over them.


The Inertial Harmonic Flux Capacitor, or whatever the heck it’s called, is perfectly capable of playing quite high-pitched notes.

They don’t “just vibrate”. The mouses don’t do anything special in games that take advantage of the logitfch TouchSense gadgets. According to them, you can “drag the corner of a window to make it larger, and feel the window pull back like a rubber band”. They also work in games.

Using them The software that makes the iFeel mouses do something when you’re doing normal Windows tasks is called Immersion Desktop. Well, unless you’re left-handed and llogitech the MouseMan, in which case you can swing it around on its cable and threaten the gift-giver with it until they give you something better.

Fortunately, the iFeel mouses do stuff in things other than plain Windows applications. What about the feel?

Similarly, Immersion say you can really feel the texture of on-screen surfaces in software that’s iFeel-enabled. At maximum power, it’s ridiculous. But if you’ve got no trouble seeing stuff on the screen, I’m at a loss as to what real use the Immersion Desktop is.

It’s a fabulous piece of fritterware.