Logitech Mouse with Spin Wheel

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Logitech came up with mouse wheel that spins freely.

how fast can it spin! Logitech G502 Proteus Mouse
Logitech mouse spin wheel.

Its wheel has 2 modes. Notched vs Free-spin. There's a button below the wheel that lets you toggle the mode.

In spin mode, it will keep spinning. (if you push it hard, it can maintain spinning for 28 seconds!) This is very useful for scrolling long pages.

logitech mx master wireless mouse 83738
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse. This has auto-switch feature. If you scroll slowly, it's clicky, if you give it a push, it spins. [see Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse]

Why Spin-wheel is Good?

Spinning is extremely useful when you don't have accelerated scroll.

If you have accelerated scroll, you can scroll a long page by just a few fast flicks. And you can comfortably control the rate to stop at any position of the page.

If you don't have accelerated scroll. You have to push the wheel some 30 times, or move hand to keyboard and use Page Up Page Down keys. Using page keys jump by screenful, then you have to use arrow keys to position it, or back to scroll wheel.

(long pages are common. Most social network sites, g+, Facebook, twitter, by default has long pages, and when you hit bottom it expands, aka infinite scroll.)

Which OS Have System-Wide Accelerated Scroll?

So, if you are on Linux, then the free-spin wheel becomes very useful.

Linux: No Accelerated Scroll and No Autoscroll!

On Linux, there's no system-wide mouse wheel acceleration. It's app-dependent, and very few apps implements that.

Worse, in Firefox or Google Chrome, there's no “autoscroll” feature. Without accelerated scroll, you can work around with autoscroll. That is, press middle button, then move mouse to pan-scroll. The rate is dependent on your mouse position. You can turn this on in Firefox, but not in Google Chrome.

See: Firefox: Set Mouse Wheel Scroll Speed

List of Logitech Spin-wheel Mouse

Here's a selection of logitech's mouse with fly-wheel:


Logitech G502 Proteus

Logitech G900

Logitech MX Master

for latest, see

Logitech Mouse with Spin Wheel

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