Logitech's Masterful MX Master Mouse Will Spoil Your Geek Paws
Dongle included but not required - Logitech's MX Master Wireless Mouse
Not pictured here is an extra long USB cable for charging the MX Master
Find The Logitech MX Master Mouse On Amazon For $99 Or Less
Well Hello There Little Thumb Wheel -
The Thumb Wheel might take a bit of getting used to but if you do tend to require some of its functionality, it can come in rather handy - fitting for a mouse, go figure. The wheel offers side-to-side scrolling functionality with a stroke up or down of your thumb. There are a number of other options within Logitech's software to enable with the Thumb Wheel but its base functionality allows side to side scrolling in a browser and other apps that enable a horizontal axis. You can also turn pages, switch applications with this wheel and the two admittedly rather small and sometimes cumbersome buttons tightly tucked in behind it, will also let you flip forward and back through browsed web pages, for example.
Speed-Adaptive Scroll Wheel, Like A Power Trip For Your Index Finger -
Connectivity Options And A Walk On The Darkfield Side -
The new Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse has a plethora of connectivity options and includes both Logitech's "Unifying Receiver" technology with its included dongle or Bluetooth Smart connectivity sans dongle. In addition, you can pair up to three devices with this mouse simultaneously and switch between those machines at the press of a button on the belly of the mouse. I was able to switch between a notebook we had on hand (with Bluetooth) and a desktop system easily. Another win here for flexibility. Speaking of which, Logitech's "Darkfield Laser Tracking Technology" promises to be able to track virtually anywhere, even on glass, as long as the material is at least 4mm thick. We found this to be the case in practical use as well, and were able to use the device on multiple high gloss surfaces, even a glass table top. However, we would caution on the thickness caveat. There is a limit here. Mousing on some sort of glass cover matt may not be feasible. However, these use cases are rare and yes, the MX Master pretty much works on anything you put it down on, within reason.
Batteries? We Don't Need No Stinking Batteries -
Another thing to really appreciate about Logitech's new desktop-scurrying wonder is the fact that batteries are not required. The MX Master comes with a standard USB to micro USB cable that will plug into any port on your desktop, notebook or even a smartphone charger of course. Though we haven't been able to test this out fully yet, Logitech is promising 40 days up-time with the MX Master on a single, full charge, thanks to its on board Lithium-Polymer battery. In addition, if the mouse does conk out on you in the middle of something important, Logitech tells us it will store charge enough for an hour's work in only a minute. More good stuff.
Small Caveats And The Wrap -
There are a couple of downsides to the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse, depending on your perspective. This device is not perfect but pretty close, actually. For one is the price. The MX Master retails for an MSRP of $99 though you can find it on Amazon Prime for $97 currently. This may or may not seems steep to you, depending on what you're willing to pay for a mouse. Obviously you can find such devices for a lot less but you would be challenged for sure to find a mouse with this kind of build quality, style, functionality and features. In addition, the MX Master doesn't come in a lefty version. Logitech has tried their hand (no pun intended) at lefty-designed mice in the past and they didn't sell well. Lefties are many times ambidextrous, or at least more so than many right-handed folks, but that no excuse. Lefties, no joy. Sorry.
The other thing to consider is the fact that this is a wireless mouse and though it has a high 1600 DPI max laser/sensor specification, it's not targeted for gamers necessarily. Delay in response times, while not readily apparent in desktop applications, may or may not be suitable for gaming, depending on your personal criteria, especially if you're a fast twitch gamer type.
Other than those smaller considerations, it's safe to say we think Logitech's MX Master Wireless Mouse is pretty great. This is one of the best designed, most well-thought-out, feature packed mice we've ever used. Logitech's Speed-Adaptive Scroll Wheel is magnificent and once you've had a taste of hyper-scroll power, you'll be drunk with free-wheeling freedom. Yes, $99 for a mouse is definitely a tall order but life is short and if you've got the bank roll, this mouse is all quality and no cheese.