The Cube is a mouse that's super easy to write off. It looks like Logitech started at square one and stopped there: it's just a box, nothing doing. If you're in the market for a travel mouse, however, you'd be doing yourself a disservice, as the Cube makes a lot of sense once you see it.
This thing is small. Press photos don't give you an appropriate sense of scale, and it's a key part of the Cube's allure up front.
Rather than manipulate it with a hand as you would a full-sized mouse, you really only use your fingers with the Cube. Pressing down on the front of it (and yes, it does have one) counts as a click, press the middle and that's your right click, and you slide your finger along its top to scroll. It uses Logitech's Unifying receiver, a 2.4 GHz radio receiver that can manage the Cube and up to six other compatible devices off one USB port.
It's simple, small and light, and all of a sudden the idea of making it into a little box is rather genius, as it's such a convenient shape that flies in the face of ergonomics, but works so well at your fingertips as that's the point — it doesn't care that you have a whole hand.
The Cube drops later this month for $70. The one thing that's still up in the air is how long the Cube lasts on a charge (charged up via mini USB), as Logitech hasn't made that detail public.
Posted on location at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. All photos by Kevin Hall for DVICE.