I’ve been using computer mice since I got my first campus job back in 1988 (hope you’re doing well, Monty). They had one button back then, a ball that was constantly getting dirty, and a complete and total lack of ergonomic understanding. Since then, I’ve run the gamut—Apple’s hockey puck mouse, their Magic Mouse, roller bars, roller balls, a vertical mice, gaming mice…it’s a wonder my fingers haven’t fallen off. Each mouse has had its positives and negatives (yes, even the hockey puck mouse was not without its merits), but none of them so quickly became indispensable as the Logitech MX Master wireless mouse I’m using right now.
Logitech is known for quality products, after all. And if memory serves, they were among the first third-party Apple accessories I started to frequent. But the Logitech MX Master stands out for numerous reasons.
To begin with, it’s exceptionally comfortable to use. This will vary with different users, of course, as size is just as important as shape. But the lines and curves of the MX Master are a perfect fit for my somewhat large hands, and the button placement is spot on. It stars with a ridge that slides out under the thumb to keep it comfortable and to supply added grip. Push down with your thumb, and you’ve got a programmable button. Even better, there’s a left/right scroll wheel just above that’s easy to access and use. Those afraid they’ll miss the left/right swipe of Apple’s Magic Mouse can rest assured this wheel means they won’t lose that functionality. Behind this wheel are two more buttons, but I found them somewhat awkward to use and didn’t bother to program them.
Up top, you’ve got your standard left and right buttons, both of which are responsive without being too sensitive. With many mice, I find I’ll occasionally accidentally click a button if relaxing my hand too much. That wasn’t the case here.
Between them sits a speed-adaptive scroll wheel. This is interesting, because I first thought their “speed-adaptive” technology was a manufacturing error. When scrolling slowly, it has click-to-click feedback. As you start scrolling quickly, however, it switches to a smooth roll. I’m not entirely sold on this, as the sudden shift feels unnatural to me. I also don’t understand the point, as I never need to scroll so quickly that it seemed the clicks were slowing me down. Perhaps my usage of the scroll wheel just isn’t advanced enough.
I’m also impressed with the MX Master’s design, which features a matte black finish that doesn’t attract fingerprints, accented by bronze details. The overall appearance is very professional looking, although it’s not the best match for your standard Mac equipment.
It’s these final three elements, however, that make the Logitech MX Master such a joy to use. First, it has three somewhat large gliding pads that do a great job of providing consistently smooth movement no matter your desktop or mousepad of choice. And speaking of that, the Darkfield laser sensor allows for optical tracking even on glass and high-gloss surfaces. You can learn more about Darkfield tracking at Logitech’s website. This combination of comfort and precision no matter the service has made the MX Master an excellent mouse for both gaming and precise pixel work in Photoshop.
Second, you can connect the MX Master to your Mac or PC via Bluetooth Smart wireless technology or the included Logitech Unifying USB receiver. Once that’s done, you can pair the mouse with up to three separate devices and switch between them with the push of a button on the bottom of the mouse.
And finally, the MX Master contains a rechargeable Li-Po (500 mAh) battery that provides up to 40 days of use on a single charge (at about six hours of daily office use), meaning you’re not constantly shuffling through AA batteries like most other wireless mice. When it’s time to recharge, simply plug in the included micro-USB cable and let it run. You can continue to use the mouse while it’s charging, but a battery power indicator in the downloadable Logitech Options software can provide warnings when you’re getting low so it’s unlikely you’ll have to.
Recapping all of this, you get tremendous comfort, excellent precision no matter your surface, a slick design, wireless connectivity with up to three devices, multiple programmable buttons, and excellent battery life that won’t force you to swap out AAs. If computer mouse technology were to cease advancement right here, I think I’d be okay with that.
Provides: Wireless mouse input for up to three devices
Minimum Requirements: USB port (with Windows 7, Windows 8 or later, or OS X v10.8 or later) or Bluetooth compatibility (Windows 8 or later, or OS X v10.8 or later)