Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse Review


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5
On March 30, 2016
Last modified:May 13, 2016

Summary:

One of the best mice I've ever used. Pros include bluetooth and USB connectivity, lithium batteries and ergonomic design. Cons involve poorly designed tertiary buttons and questionable styling. Overall, a fantastic wireless mouse.

Logitech MX

The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse is my go to.  Full stop.  This is the best mouse that I’ve ever used.  It is the perfect weight.  It tracks well.  It fits my hand perfectly.  It works over bluetooth or through a “unifying” wireless dongle.  It is ergonomically designed.  It uses lithium polymer batteries that last forever.  In short, this mouse is perfect for me.

However, that doesn’t mean that it will be perfect for you.  There are a few things that Logitech didn’t quite get perfect.  Even I will admit there are a few things I would change.  First off, the scroll wheel just doesn’t feel very precise.  It has two settings, one of which provides the traditional ratchet feel and the other which is most useful for gaming and does not have a ratchet at all.  When the ratchet is engaged, however, it still feels “loose” to me in comparison to other mice I’ve used.  As a result, it is sometimes difficult to use for precise scrolling, particularly when reading webpages or other long documents.

I also am not a huge fan of the tertiary button placement.  There is a particularly strange button hidden on the bottom side of the thumb pad that can be mapped to features similar to hot corners (display desktop, stack etc.).  That would be great, except using the button is more trouble than it is worth in many cases.  It requires a fair amount of pressure in order to depress with an awkward part of the thumb, which doesn’t seem very ergonomically minded to me.  The thumb/horizontal scroll wheel feels heavy to me as well, particularly in comparison to the vertical scroll wheel.

Perhaps the biggest downside for the budget minded is the price.  The MX Master Wireless Mouse is a high-end mouse designed with power users in mind, and the price reflects its design.  That said, having tried out the gamut of wireless mouse, this one takes the cake, and I don’t intend to switch any time soon.

Pros of the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse:

  • Precise Tracking – With the Logitech Dark Field laser, the MX Master tracks precisely on nearly any surface, including high gloss surfaces like glass.
  • Bluetooth OR USB connectivity – Take your pick.  If you are using a Macbook, Macbook Pro, or another modern laptop, the bluetooth connectivity is fantastic.  Just connect and go.  If you are using an older device, or prefer usb dongles, you can connect that way as well.  Not only that, but the USB dongle is a Logitech “unifying” dongle, meaning that you can connect other Logitech devices through the same dongle.
  • Easy Connections to Multiple Computers – The MX Master has a switch on the bottom that allows you to quickly switch between multiple computers at once.  You no longer need to disconnect and reconnect between computers!
  • Lithium Polymer Batteries – No need to fuss with external battery charges.  The MX Master charges via USB and the batteries last for days if not weeks.  In addition, the battery is lightweight, thereby helping the mouse glide easily.
  • Ergonomic Design – The mouse size is perfect for an average adult’s hand and the buttons are all reasonably placed, even for folks with smaller hands.  The mouse itself is made out of a rubberized plastic, which makes it feel, well… good!

Cons of the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse:

  • Imprecise Scroll Wheel – At least on my device, the scroll wheel felt somewhat hard to control in comparison to other mice that I’ve used.
  • Strange tertiary button feel – The thumb button is strange and difficult to press.
  • Horizontal/Thumb scroll wheel feels “hard” in comparison to vertical scroll wheel.
  • Styling – Styling is in the eye of the beholder, but I wouldn’t say it is as sleek as other high end mice.
  • Price – The MX Master is priced at the high end.

Final Conclusion

Considering all the pros and cons of the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse, is it worth purchasing?

I would say that it is a resounding BUY.  The MX Master has all the features that I was looking for in a mouse, from bluetooth, to lithium batteries, to an ergonomic design that fit my hand.  It just plain feels good and works well.

checkpriceThe MX Master isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty darn close.  The tertiary buttons leave some things to be desired and the price might be a bit on the high end.  However, the pros significantly outweigh the cons as far as I’m concerned. For a Windows or Mac user, this might be the best wireless ergonomic mouse you can buy.

Final Verdict: Great

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