Logitech MX Master 3S: two-minute review
The new Logitech MX Master 3S Wireless Mouse is a great example of how to fix something that wasn’t broken to begin with. Considering its predecessor, the Logitech MX Master 3, currently sits comfortably at the top of TechRadar’s list of best computer micethere was no real need to falsify a winning formula anyway.
Launched alongside the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini Wireless Keyboard, the Logitech MX Master 3S is available to buy now in the US and UK, as well as various countries around the world. It’s worth noting, however, that at the time of this writing, the device doesn’t appear to have reached stores in Australia or New Zealand.
The Logitech MX Master 3S joins Logitech’s growing list of wireless mice aimed at office workers. While others like Logitech Elevator and the Logitech MX Anywhere are more minimalistic and feature entirely different designs, the MX Master 3S can certainly be considered the more complete (and expensive) option.
With seven quiet touch button inputs that can be customized through Logitech’s own software, the MX Master 3S can be a great tool for office workers looking to streamline their productivity. Its 70-day battery life is also a strong selling point, as is the inclusion of a USB Type-C charging port on the front of the device.
The mouse can pair with up to three Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth. Devices without Bluetooth connectivity can still connect to the Logitech MX Master 3S through the included Logi Bolt USB Type-A 2.4 GHz receiver.
One of the biggest improvements introduced in the updated mouse is its 8,000 DPI optical sensor, which allows users working on high-resolution displays to take advantage of the increased precision tracking. However, most users probably won’t benefit from this feature.
However, the elaborate design of the Logitech MX Master 3S has some drawbacks. Due to the ergonomic design of the device, it is not suitable for left-handed users and it is not particularly comfortable to use for people with small hands. People who are used to holding their mouse with something other than a standard palm grip will likely need more time to get used to the MX Master 3S.
Logitech MX Master 3S: price and availability
- How much does it cost? $99.99 / £119.99 / AU$169.95
- Where is it available? You can buy it in the US, UK and worldwide
The Logitech MX Master 3S is available in the US, UK and worldwide for $99 / £119. However, it is expected to hit the Australian and New Zealand markets in the near future for an expected price of AU$169.95.
The mouse is available in two colors, Graphite and Pale Grey.
Logitech MX Master 3S: Design
- Ergonomic design and silent click
- Customizable application-specific inputs
- May be uncomfortable for some users with small hands
Instead of making wholesale changes and tweaking the winning formula of its predecessor, the Logitech MX Master 3, the 3S builds on its foundations by adding only small quality-of-life changes.
For example, Logitech claims that the new MX Master 3S is 90% quieter than the previous model. This is a significant improvement over previous models, as it makes the mouse much more viable to use in shared work environments. It’s also surprisingly useful for sneaky multitasking during the sometimes boring video call.
The Logitech MX Master 3S has a seven-button arsenal: the classic left and right click buttons, a middle button, a shift wheel mode button, two front and rear bumpers, and a gesture button. The device also includes a handy horizontal scroll wheel on its left side.
In addition to the left and right click buttons, all inputs can be customized using Logitech’s Options+ software, allowing you to assign specific commands to some of the most commonly used work applications such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Word , Microsoft Teams, etc.
However, despite its ergonomic design, some people with small hands may find the Logitech MX Master 3S slightly uncomfortable to hold. Switching to a handheld to take full advantage of the MX Master 3S is also a must. As someone who often uses a mouse in a finger grip, it took a bit of getting used to, although it certainly helped with any stress-related wrist pain.
Left-handed users will be disappointed to learn that the Logitech MX Master 3S doesn’t offer a suitable option for them. The mouse is far from ambidextrous either, due to the rear and forward bumpers, with the horizontal scroll wheel and gesture button positioned to fit a right-handed user’s thumb. . Left-handers looking for a decent ergonomic mouse may have better luck with a left-handed variant of the Logitech Lift.
Logitech MX Master 3S: performance
- Improved 8000 DPI optical sensor
- Fantastic 70 day battery life
One of the most notable changes introduced by the new Logitech MX Master 3S is the inclusion of an 8000 DPI Track Anywhere sensor, an optical sensor capable of accurately tracking movement on more delicate desktop surfaces such as glass. .
This new sensor is also twice as sensitive as that of its predecessor, which Logitech says is intended to enable a faster workflow for creative professionals working on 5K and 8K monitors. However, it is highly unlikely that an average person working on a standard 1920 x 1080 resolution screen will ever feel the need to increase the mouse DPI to near 8000.
Compared to its predecessor, the battery life of the Logitech MX Master 3S remained unchanged – on a full charge, it would last around 70 days. And while we’re unable to fully verify the accuracy of this estimate, the review unit sent to TechRadar never dipped below 50% battery despite nearly a month of regular use. and carry on.
Unlike its most direct competitor, the Razer Pro Click, the Logitech MX Master 3S has a USB Type-C charging port, located on the front of the device. It also means that on the rare occasion when the mouse’s battery life reaches zero, you’ll be able to continue using it while it charges – take that, Apple Magic Mouse.
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- First revision in July 2022