Logitech’s MX Master and MX Anywhere 2 mice reviewed

The TR staff is composed of gamers and PC enthusiasts, so most of the mice we review are usually gaming-oriented devices festooned with RGB LEDs and programmable buttons. Gamers obviously aren’t the only people who use mice, though. Logitech’s top-of-the-line mice for regular folks, the MX series, make big waves whenever they’re updated. The MX Master and MX Anywhere 2 represent the most recent round of refinements to the formula. I’ve spent plenty of quality time with these mice over the last few weeks to see how they measure up.

One can tell at first glance that the MX Master and the Anywhere 2 are meant for two distinctly different habitats. The Master is a big mouse that could fit in a bag in a pinch, but it’ll probably be happiest living on a desk. The Anywhere 2’s smaller, flatter body is clearly meant to thrive in the wilds of Starbucks, airports, and laptop bags.

Both mice are wireless, and they each come with one of Logitech’s tiny Unifying USB wireless recievers. The dongle isn’t necessary for those with Bluetooth Smart-equipped PCs (better known as Bluetooth 4.0), though: each mouse can connect via Unifying and Bluetooth Smart.

What’s more, both mice have three onboard pairing profiles, each of which can be assigned to a Unifying reciever or a Bluetooth connection. That makes it easy to move the mice between PCs with Bluetooth Smart and others with Unifying dongles with nothing more than a button press.

Wireless mice run on batteries by necessity, and the power cells in the Master and Anywhere 2 are pretty fancy. Logitech uses non-removable lithium-polymer batteries in each mouse, good for up to 40 days of use in the Master and up to two months for the Anywhere 2. An included micro-USB cable plugs into the nose of each mouse to charge the battery, and it allows you to use the Master or Anywhere 2 as a wired mouse in the meantime—albeit on a short leash.

Logitech’s Options software handles the setup and customization of the Master and Anywhere 2. Unlike the gaming mice that we typically review, these clickers don’t offer on-the-fly DPI switching or multiple custom profiles. DPI can be adjusted in Options, and limited macro functionality is available through the program’s “keystroke assignment” custom function, but the lack of profile support is questionable. There’s a lot of potential value in setting up separate profiles for creative applications like Photoshop and Office apps like Excel, for example, and being able to trigger common keyboard shortcuts with a macro is really handy.

As matters stand, anyone who wants to customize these MX mice on a per-application basis has to go through Options and change each button function one at a time—and they’d have to maintain a list of settings somewhere for each app. That’s impractically clunky. At least profiles could be implemented in software, so Logitech might be able to add support for them in anupdate if it was so inclined. We’ll examine this utility a little more later in the review.

Here are each mouse’s specs in tabular form, for easy reference:

  MX Anywhere 2 MX Master
Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.9″ x 2.4″ x 1.4″

(100.3 x 61.6 x 34.4 mm)

5″ x 3.4″ x 2″

(126 x 85.7 x 48.4 mm)

Weight 3.7 oz (106 g) 5.1 oz (145 g)
Adjustable weight No No
DPI settings 400-1600 DPI (in 200-DPI increments) 400-1600 DPI (in 200-DPI increments)
Sensor type Laser (Logitech Darkfield) Laser (Logitech Darkfield)
Programmable buttons 5 5
Onboard profiles N/A N/A
DPI switching levels N/A N/A
Shape Ambidextrous (back/forward buttons RH only) Right-hand only
Wireless protocols Logitech Unifying, Bluetooth Smart Logitech Unifying, Bluetooth Smart
Pairing memories 3 3
Battery life Up to two months Up to 40 days
Price $79.99 $99.99

As the halo mice in Logitech’s productivity-mouse lineup, the MX Master and MX Anywhere 2 are priced accordingly. The MX Master is $100 on Newegg right now, while the MX Anywhere 2 will set you back $80. Let’s take a tour of each mouse and see what that money buys you.


Mastering the Master

Before we look at the MX Master and MX Anywhere 2, a couple of notes: everybody’s hands are different, and my impressions may not match your own. It’s probably a good idea to go get some hand time with these mice before buying, or to buy them from an online retailer with a solid return policy. Indeed, my impressions of these mice changed over time, and for the better.

The big, rounded shape of the Master invites a palm grip, though I also found that claw and fingertip-style grips work well. At least for my mitts, it wasn’t difficult to find a comfortable hand position with this mouse.

One unexpected discovery was a sharp, unfinished edge or corner between the rubberized palm grip and the gold plastic right behind the thumb buttons, which caught and abraded the webbing between my thumb and palm when I gripped the mouse. This might be a fit-and-finish issue with my particular Master, and the edge did seem to dull with time, but it wasn’t the kind of feeling that I was expecting from the Master’s generally rounded and inviting shape.

The Master has a lighter, less ratchety scroll wheel than I’m used to. The clicky mode feels more like a rattly continuous spin unless you use a light touch. Some might prefer this lighter feel, but I’d happily transplant the stiffer, more clicky wheel from my G502 into the Master given the option.

The much-touted automatic switching between free-spinning and clicky mode does work beautifully, though. Being able to switch between the clicky and free-spinning modes on demand starts to feel like some kind of telepathic wizard magic after a while, and I hope Logitech adds this feature to more mice in the future. If the automatic scrolling isn’t to your taste, you can switch between modes with the button behind the wheel at any time.

The thumb scroll wheel is another feature that I might not be able to live without. Its scrolling is click-free and mildly damped. It was amazingly useful to be able to scroll on both axes without moving my hand from the mouse or chasing scrollbars while I was editing photos for my Fractal Design Define S review, and I also found it handy when working with wide Excel sheets.

The Master’s back and forward buttons are well-integrated with the design of the rest of the mouse, but they’re somewhat strange-feeling and indistinct under the thumb. The thin edge of the buttons is all that comes into contact with the thumb, and it’s hard to tell them apart by feel due to their similar edges and cramped positioning. The forward button also feels a little too small. This button layout is one area where it seems like form may have triumphed over function in the design phase.

Under the thumb rest lies another button, which Logitech configures as a “gesture button” by default. In Windows, holding down this button while moving the mouse left or right triggers Aero Snap. Moving the mouse up maximizes or minimizes the current window, while moving it down shows the desktop. Clicking it mimics Alt+Tab window switching. Logitech includes a number of pre-built gesture profiles for tasks like window management and media playback. Sadly, only one fully customizable gesture profile is available in the Options software—it would be nice to have multiple custom profiles for different apps.

The gesture button is a nice idea in theory, but holding down the button and moving the mouse doesn’t always trigger the desired action. I sometimes brought up the Alt+Tab switcher when I meant to do something else, apparently because the mouse or software didn’t sense my movement. Maximizing and restoring windows by moving the mouse up was an especially hit-or-miss gesture for some reason. Mac gestures like desktop switching also didn’t work reliably. I’m not sure why this is, but it’s an idea that needs refinement.

Out and about with the MX Anywhere 2

As its name implies, the MX Anywhere 2 is a mobile mouse, and everything about its design supports that mission. Its small, flattish body can slip into a laptop or camera bag without issue. Aside from its Master-like styling, the Anywhere 2 has a pretty standard control layout: back and forward buttons, left- and right-click buttons, a  dual-mode scroll wheel with tilt buttons, and a single customizable button behind the wheel.

A mouse this tiny is really too small to be comfortable for my man hands. Since there’s so little mouse to grab, I usually ended up holding the Anywhere 2 in my fingertips. The texturized rubber sides do feel good under the fingers, as do the main mouse buttons. The scroll wheel is a little notchier than the one on the Master, although I would still prefer more notchiness yet.

My biggest complaint about the MX Anywhere 2 is the lack of a middle button under the scroll wheel. Pressing down on this mouse’s wheel switches between clicky scrolling and free-spinning modes. That may be fine for some, but I don’t switch scrolling modes nearly as often as I middle-click to scroll through web pages and open or close browser tabs. Middle-click can be mapped to the button behind the scroll wheel or either of the scroll wheel’s tilt buttons, but none of these options feel anywhere near as natural as regular middle-clicking.

That aside, the MX Anywhere 2 is a perfectly competent mouse—it’s just not as fancy as its bigger brother. I would happily pay $20 more for the Master just to have the dual scroll wheels and the auto-switching middle wheel, but others will want the Anywhere 2’s smaller body for on-the-go use.


You’ve got Options

Logitech’s Options software utility handles several critical features of these mice, including custom button programming, pairing with a Unifying reciver, and DPI settings (called “pointer speed” in Options lingo). Aside from the lack of profile support and its limited macro functionality, Options is quite polished and simple to use. It even handles pairing multiple Logitech wireless mice with aplomb, and it doesn’t complain about being installed alongside the company’s separate gaming utility.

Customization in Options is as simple as clicking the green dot over the desired button on the mouse and choosing from an extensive list of predefined functions. If the thing you want to do isn’t present in the predefined list, the “Keystroke assignment” custom function might help, so long as your desired task can be expressed in a keyboard shortcut.

Overall, Options is a well-polished and useful utility that could use a bit more functionality (profiles). Logitech did a good job of taking the potential complexity that comes with customization features and wrapping it up in an accessible package.

The setup experience

Since the MX Master and MX Anywhere 2 are wireless mice, getting them up and running isn’t quite as simple as plugging a cord into a USB port—but it’s close. To start the pairing process, you choose one of the three onboard profiles by pressing the rearmost button on the base of each mouse, at which point the connection LED begins blinking rapidly.

To use the included Unifying receiver, one first has to set up Options and plug in the dongle. After choosing an unused profile on the mouse, clicking the “add device” button in Options prompts you to turn the mouse off and on again, which completes the pairing process. I paired the mouse with Unifying recievers several times, and it worked without a hitch.

Connecting via Bluetooth is an equally smooth and simple process, at least on devices with Bluetooth Smart support like my MacBook Pro. After I selected an unused profile on the mice, each one showed up in the Bluetooth pane in OS X’s System Preferences. I then clicked “pair,” and I was done.

Computers running Windows 7 like my ancient Lenovo ThinkPad W500 can’t pair with either mouse using Bluetooth, since the operating system lacks support for the Bluetooth Smart standard. The Unifying reciever is the only way to pair either mouse with Windows 7 PCs. This isn’t a big deal, but it’s something to be aware of, especially on laptops where USB ports might be scarce.

After pairing, moving each mouse between my Mac with Bluetooth and the Unifying receiver on my PC was a seamless experience. Each computer picked up the mouse immediately at a touch of the profile button. To overwrite a pairing profile using either connection method, I only had to choose the profile I wanted to change and press the “Connect” button. Overall, I’m pleased with how easy it is to set up each mouse, and how simple it is to move them between computers. Logitech nailed this potentially complicated aspect of the ownership experience.


Getting some game on

With limited DPI adjustments, and no profile or macro support, the MX Master and MX Anywhere 2 don’t seem to have much gaming DNA at first glance. Even so, people will doubtless want to use these mice for play as well as work, so I fired up Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s weapons course and ran through its timed challenge a few dozen times to get a feel for these mice’s gaming prowess. I also brought in two dedicated gaming mice—Logitech’s own G502 Proteus Core and EVGA’s Torq X5—for comparison purposes. As with my EVGA Torq review, I turned off any software acceleration settings that I could find, so my results are as much a reflection of the mice’s hardware as I can possibly make it.

After using the MX mice back-to-back with dedicated gaming hardware, it’s evident that they have some kind of internal pointer acceleration curve or compensation going on. I often found myself trying to compensate for this acceleration during my weapons course runs: when I aimed at enemies, I would overshoot the target, which required some extra work to bring the aiming reticule back into position. This overshoot happened consistently, so I’m confident it’s not just my weekend-warrior aiming skills at work.

It’s probably a testament to human adaptability that I was able to adjust to this nonlinearity and turn in weapons course times similar to those I produced with dedicated gaming mice, but moving back to that gaming hardware required an adjustment period for me to unlearn that same muscle memory. Logitech’s own G502 and Torq X5 have no such internal acceleration—at least, not that I could notice. Those mice put the aiming reticle exactly where I expected it to appear based on my inputs.

I asked Logitech about this perceived acceleration to confirm whether my hunch was correct, and the company provided us with the following statement:

The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse and Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse aren’t optimized for gaming. These premium mice are intended for use across multiple screens, devices, operating systems. The sensors in these mice are actually specialized to track on anything for professionals who could be working from a coffee shop, airplane or even their sofa.

That’s not the yes-or-no answer I was hoping for. It’s not much of an answer at all, in fact, but it’s rather telling that Logitech considers these mice “not optimized for gaming.” We don’t think that categorization shields these mice from criticism.

Marketing aside, this degree of mouse acceleration is unusual in an age where many are demanding less adulterated tracking behavior from their mice—at least in enthusiast circles. The Darkfield laser sensor in these mice may be optimized for tracking on any surface, not for gaming, but we find it strange that this all-terrain performance comes at the expense of linearity in other applications. Mouse makers would probably prefer that we keep two mice around—one for “productivity,” one for gaming—but we imagine most people would simply prefer one mouse that can do it all.

As for non-gaming use with the MX Master and MX Anywhere 2, the kinds of jobs that these mice are supposedly more ideal for, I never had any issues with tracking or precision in apps like Photoshop, where I spend a great deal of time refining review photos and the like. I also didn’t notice any jumpiness or lag from the wireless connection, whether with Bluetooth or the Unifying reciever. 


Logitech’s MX Master and MX Anywhere 2 are a pair of stylish, comfortable productivity mice with eyes on the executive suite—and they have prices to match. Are they worth it?

As a PC enthusiast and gamer, I couldn’t possibly write a review of these mice without putting them through some gaming tests. Unfortunately, neither MX mouse is well-suited to the kind of pointer-precise gaming that I enjoy, due to their noticeable acceleration curves. It’s true that they can track well on a variety of surfaces, but the idea of a mouse that’s not “optimized for gaming” doesn’t sit well with the TR staff, given the high asking prices. Many of us with day jobs are gamers, too. We’re not sure it’s reasonable to expect people to keep separate mice for gaming and productivity when one used to do just fine.

Other downsides for some may include the lack of middle click support on the MX Anywhere 2, the oddly-shaped and indistinct back and forward thumb buttons on the MX Master, and the lack of profile and macro support in Logitech’s Options software. The gesture button on the MX Master could stand to work more reliably, and I would prefer clickier scroll wheels on both mice.

Those complaints aside, both of these mice were good performers for day-to-day work. The three onboard pairing profiles for Bluetooth and Logitech’s own Unifying recievers work seamlessly on both mice, and moving between computers with different wireless protocols and operating systems always went without a hitch.

The MX Master’s telepathic auto-switching scroll wheel is something I sorely miss on my G502 daily driver, and the thumb wheel is something I find myself pining for, as well. Though I didn’t have time to fully test either mouse’s battery life, that’s a compliment: owners shouldn’t have to charge either mouse’s battery often. Both mice worked perfectly on a variety of surfaces, and Logitech’s Options software is well-polished and easy to use, even with multiple mice linked to the same computer.

Judged separately, I think the MX Master is the more compelling mouse of this duo. Even for $100, its thumb wheel and magical main scroll wheel generally make work quicker and easier. The large, comfortable body is also a winner. If you can live with the always-on built-in acceleration, this is a fine mouse.

The MX Anywhere 2 is also a nice mouse, make no mistake, but it faces some stiff competition even from Logitech’s own product line-up. Unless you really need Bluetooth Smart and Logitech Unifying support, the multiple onboard pairing profiles, or the black-and-gold styling, $80 feels like a lot to ask for a mouse that’s pretty similar to many of Logitech’s other compact mice. Still, nothing else in Logitech’s lineup combines all of these features into one package, and if you can live with the lack of middle-click, there’s probably not a nicer mobile mouse on the market than the Anywhere 2.

Comments closed
    • BenBasson
    • 7 years ago

    I recently tried out the MX Master and my conclusion was that it’s actually worse than the Performance MX (which I use both at work and at home, including for gaming).

    In short: there’s one less thumb button, the back/forward buttons are harder to use, and the “magic” scrolling thing is no better than just always having the ratcheted scroll turned on.

    Maybe they’ll do better with their next iteration, but so far I think the Performance MX is Logitech’s best mouse by far.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 7 years ago

    Consider yourself lucky. I’m jelly. :3

    • Saribro
    • 7 years ago

    So you’re very lucky then :p.
    I’ve got 3 M500s:
    – With the one attached to my laptop, I have to switch to the touchpad if I want to drag anything because the mouse-button can no longer hold a click to save its life. It also regularly reads singles for doubles. So it isn’t uncommon that, while dragging a window between monitors, I’m suddenly looking at a maximised window about half way through the drag. (I know, I really should replace this one :p)
    – The one attached to my desktop is starting to see a sporadic occurrence of singles for doubles, but nothing too troublesome yet.
    – The last one is attached to an older desktop that died quite some time ago that I haven’t got round to fixing yet. I don’t recall the condition of that mouse at this time.

    I’m not angry about any of this or something. I’ve been working these devices pretty hard for years and it’s not that they’re expensive or anything. Stuff wears…

    • auxy
    • 7 years ago

    I generally avoid Logitech stuff anyway, but this just reinforces my opinion in that regard.

    A simple guiding philosophy for a successful company is “give your users what they want, not what you think they want or what you yourself want”, and Logitech clearly doesn’t follow that rule, so I won’t give them my money. Hmh!

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 7 years ago

    I love my MX Anywhere (original) mouse. I’m using it with my laptop at this very instant.

    • crabjokeman
    • 7 years ago

    If it was me, I would reply back and ask for a yes or no answer to the original question. I’d also ask that my mail be forwarded to an engineer and not to marketing or customer service…

    • crabjokeman
    • 7 years ago

    I’d rather have middle click.

    • reckless76
    • 7 years ago

    I bought the MX Master a couple months ago and love it. Though I found that adjusting the sensitivity for the automatic scroll wheel mode switching was essential. Once I got it exactly right, using it to scroll slowly through a page or flicking quickly to the bottom became very natural and easy. Also, acceleration can be greatly reduced by turning off ‘Enhance Pointer Precision’ in the Windows Control Panel mouse settings under Pointer Options.

    Don’t think I’d ever use this mouse for gaming though. I just leave it at work.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    I can also include the hundreds that I have used in corporate settings in the past. Ranging from the cheapo’s to the high range. The only failure I’ve seen on those are from a short developing in the PS/2 / USB connector from over straining it.

    • Ditiris
    • 7 years ago

    So can anyone recommend a smaller portable mouse suitable for gaming?

    • deruberhanyok
    • 7 years ago

    Ha, you know, I had the same thing happen to my trackball. It took me a while to figure out it was the device and not some weird linux bug.

    I haven’t had this problem with other Logitech devices, though, just trackballs.

    • mcnabney
    • 7 years ago

    Lucky you. I’ve replaced five Logitech mice for dead /doubleclicking buttons.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 7 years ago

    That’s really strange – I’ve used the Bluetooth on my MX Master with a Windows 7 system and haven’t had any issues, and I’d expect the MX Anywhere 2 to be using the same sort of BT.

    I did notice that some of our work machines have Dell wifi/BT cards and others are Intel, and it works fine with the Intel ones but not the Dell ones. Could it be something like that?

    • Qrash
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve gotten used to the diamond texture on the side of the MX Anywhere 2, but I preferred that part of the previous version. Also, the mouse is a bitt flatter now. This slight decrease in height has not affected my comfort level and it does make the mouse pack better into our ultrabook’s slim carrying case. so, some tradeoffs for the gain of having Bluetooth.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    That still has never happened to any of mine.

    • psuedonymous
    • 7 years ago

    It’s kind of sad to see a cut-down MX Revolution released as a ‘pinnacle’ device. Fewer buttons, less useful thumbwheel (a mere horizontal scroll rather than an assignable 3-way input), lack of tilting side-scroll on the main wheel, etc.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 7 years ago

    They generally don’t “fail”outright, you just have a “double click” problem. It’s happened to me twice and it’s pretty well documented around the internet. There are plenty of how-to videos for replacing the inferior sensor with a higher quality one.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 7 years ago

    Yeah, the anywhere 1 was basically perfect. I’m not sure why they felt the need to go crazy with the feel of the mouse. It’s ridiculous.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 7 years ago

    Yes you could. They generally work pretty well.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 7 years ago

    The cable that came with my performance mouse mx (the master’s predecessor) is enormous. I don’t know the exact length, but it’s the longest cable that I own.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 7 years ago

    Yeah, I’ve churned through a performance mouse mx and an anywhere mouse. Both are limping along with the infamous “double click” issues that are evident of microswitch failure.

    I love the hell out of Logitech’s high end mice (especially the free wheeling scroll wheel), but I can’t stand their longevity. I bought a coolermaster xornet as a $10 backup and it turned into my daily driver. It’s been the best mouse that I’ve ever bought. I only wish it was bigger to fit my ogre hands.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 years ago

    I need a new mouse. I bought a Corsair M45 and it’s way too small for my man-hands. I think SSK is the only one manly enough to offer an alternative. I hope it’s not a Nokia branded mouse.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve been using exclusively Logitech’s for years and have not had one switch fail on me ever.

    • Qrash
    • 7 years ago

    We had two of the MX Anywhere mice, but since one of our laptops is an ultrabook I’ve been looking for a comparable Bluetooth capable mouse. Until a couple of weeks ago I hadn’t found one. So when the MX Anywhere 2 came out I quickly snapped up a pair. It’s a very similar experience compared to the previous version, but I do have a couple of issues:

    1. No Bluetooth under Windows 7. What, really? This seems like a cop out on Logitech’s part. I did not recall seeing this on the packaging. Consequently, I have to use the now even smaller Pico sized USB receiver with my laptop.
    2. My wife hates touchpads, so waiting for her laptop’s Bluetooth driver to load in order to select her Windows user account with the mouse is a bit of a pain.
    3. The diamond shaped texture below the two side buttons feels a bit strange. The dimpled rubbery material on the previous version was more comfortable.

    • Forge
    • 7 years ago

    Aside from briefly meeting you at TR BBQ X, the last interaction we had was you making a review late by being born. I look forward to seeing your work.

    …. But I need to go feel really old now. I’ll be back later.

    • Ethyriel
    • 7 years ago

    I have to say, I like the middle button behind the wheel. I thought it was weird at first, but I’ve never had luck with middle clicking on tilt wheels being consistent.

    • Vaughn
    • 7 years ago

    I Picked up the MXM like a month ago and use it for a work mouse its been great.

    As you said idle battery life is awesome, took me a few days to adjust to it as primary mouse at home is a G500.

    I found the back buttons easy to adjust to if you hit them with the middle part of the thumb and not the top.

    • codinghorror
    • 7 years ago

    The SUPER weird back buttons on the larger model were 100% a deal breaker for me. They are so bad. I gave my review model away, I use back button all the time and this was just not going to work for me.

    The small mouse has OK back buttons, but yeah, what did they do with middle click? Easier to live with that tradeoff.

    Still, weird choices throughout.

    • Gyromancer
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve been editing the podcast audio and video for the past few months as well as making video game reviews on my own channel, but there’s something new coming soon.

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 7 years ago

    Gyromancer lives!

    • Gyromancer
    • 7 years ago

    If you’re looking for something from me, stay tuned…

    • spugm1r3
    • 7 years ago

    I had the MX Anywhere for about 6 months or so. It was a great traveler, and worked awesome for HTPC purposes. I didn’t have any issues until I got upgraded to a Surface Pro at work. There’s only one USB port and having to dedicate it to my mouse was getting old. I picked up the Anywhere 2 solely for the Bluetooth.

    If you use it for work, the Anywhere is perfect. If you have only one USB port, the two fits better. The only drawback I’ve been able to find is that Logitech’s new fancy batteries weigh a lot less than the AAAs in the first iteration. I wish I could pop it open and throw in a quarter or two to give it some more heft.

    • Khali
    • 7 years ago

    I use a M570 Track ball. I go through one every year or so due to the switches going bad and not working or they do double clicks with just one press of the button.

    Every one I have talked to, in the area, that repairs computers and such all say its the cheap switches Logitech uses.

    • Mystiq
    • 7 years ago

    You could, but the cord is a little short. Source: I have one.

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 7 years ago

    Ooh mice reviews! Wait, you’re not Jr. Damage…

    • Ninjitsu
    • 7 years ago

    Same, my MX518 was bought in April 2011, still works fine.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 7 years ago

    Is there a wired version of the MX Master? I didn’t see one. It looks great for a work mouse though. I just don’t want to be bothered with the wireless. Or could I use it with the USB cable and just ignore all wireless aspects to it?

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    yeah, the omron switches are the cheapest piece of [email protected] out there. luckily, logitech has good warranty. i now have two performance mx mice. the one that had a bad switch was bought open box from best buy’s ebay store. i ended up removing a good working switch from the right button of an old dell ball mouse (since that switch is barely used anyway) and soldered it in the new one. both of my performance mx have been working great for years so far.

    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    The switches on the 510 I use with my daily-driver PC haven’t failed after, uh, three years at least (can’t remember exactly when I bought it) though the rubber side panel beneath my thumb has worn completely away.

    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] An included micro-USB cable plugs into the nose of each mouse to charge the battery, and it allows you to use the Master or Anywhere 2 as a wired mouse in the meantime—albeit on a short leash.[/quote<]Presumably any of the bazillion micro-USB cables most people have lying around would work also, and might provide a longer leash? (I have some braided ones I picked up at Fry's that would work well in such a role, for example). That said, this was a good opportunity for Logitech to adopt USB-C connectors, wasted. (Also, personally I prefer a couple of AA or AAA cells to a proprietary battery, especially for a travel-oriented mouse. You can use rechargables if you want and can always find some regular alkalines in a pinch)

    • Khali
    • 7 years ago

    The fatal flaw is going to be in the micro switches. Logitech has been using the cheapest micro switches it can find for years. Six months to a year of heavy use and your going to find you need to lean on the buttons right above the location of the switches to get them to work. Since these mice are not aimed at gaming you might get more mileage out of the switches but its going to happen sooner or later.

    • Sabresiberian
    • 7 years ago

    Some – most – companies seem to have no clue how badly it reflects on them when they don’t give a specific answer that provides the information the customer asked for. As long it isn’t some secret manufacturing technique, just tell it straight.

    Nice job on the reviews Jeff, thanks!

    • deruberhanyok
    • 7 years ago

    Great writeup on these guys, Jeff!

    I’ve got an MX Master I’ve been taking between home, home office and office use and found it works quite well – those pairing profiles are very handy for that.

    I wrote up some impressions after a few weeks of use:

    [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=115467[/url<] I can say that the idle battery life is extremely impressive on the MX Master. I'd left it at one of our offices in June sometime and wasn't able to get back to that office for several weeks, and when I got there and started using it it just woke right back up - this was with it being left on at all times. I don't know if that's a Bluetooth 4.0 low energy thing or what, but I was very impressed. Regular use battery life is pretty good, too, and conveniently I keep a USB->microUSB cable hanging off of one of the charging-capable ports on my monitor's USB hub (for my phone or tablet if I need it), so whenever the battery gets low, I just plug it in to the cable and keep going. Several months on I'm still happy with the purchase.

    • tsk
    • 7 years ago

    Logitech sure knows their mice!

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