Late last year we started prepping for our second kid. The result of this was having to transform our office into a toddlers room. The old ugly stationary computer was changed out with a 27" iMac 5K in our upstairs living room. I was very satisfied with the computer, but lets be honest, the Apple magic mouse is nowhere near magic. I decided to upgrade it to the Logitech MX Master. Here is a short writeup of my experience.
The Apple "cramp Hands" mouse is not a pointer device designed for using over a longer period. The MX Master however is something else.
The MX Master has evolved quite a bit since its older brothers. At first it will look familiar and design wise it is. Back are the horizontal scroll wheels on the side. The design has been updated with a triangular mosaic pattern and a shimmering metal look plastic frame. The touch , feel and look is very satisfying.
The mouse supports both Logitech unifying wireless standard (which is just rebranded BT) and also Bluetooth. The USB receiver is small and will not be in the way on a laptop on the move.
It will let you choose between 3 different profiles/connections. That means that you can take it with you and use it both on your computer and Android tablet when you are out and about. Switching between them is done via a connection button on the bottom.
Connections via the attached receiver or via bluetooth was straight forward. The Mouse will work fine without any Logitech software installed but functionality will be reduced. It is only when you install the Logitech Options software that the true potential is exposed, customization is simple but still advanced.
The mouse feels absolutely great in the hand, the buttons are all in natural positions. One thing which took some getting used to was the side "back & forward" buttons. They were not as accessible as the horisontal scroll wheel, this is more a getting used to issue rather than a permanent one. A feature i adore is the "freewheel" fast scrolling. The scroll wheel has a kind of gear. When using normal scrolls / Small scrolls it will do so slowly. But let´s say you are on a long web page and you want to get to the very bottom, and fast. Well if you scroll fast the scroll wheel detaches from the tactile click scrolling and freewheels down to the bottom.
The MX Mouse seems to hold up pretty well on the battery front. I have had to charge the unit approximately every month, which is not bad as it has been through some heavy use. But also through longer periods of standby it seems to hold the charge well.
All in all i am very satisfied. The only two things i want to point out is that the device is kind of pricey and is probably not something everyone would spend money on. Functions and design towards price is not necessarily in harmony. The other thing is that Logitech is promoting the great accuracy the mouse has on every surface and yes it is very accurate but on textile surfaces is seems to gather a significant amount of fabrics. It has not caused any faults other than the fact that it was noticeable when looking at it. By time though this dust could probably "clog" the sensor.
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