Logitech POP Mouse Review | PCMag

PC peripherals are rarely fashionable. They usually rely either on simple form and function or, in the case of many gaming keyboards and mice, with enough RGB lighting for a Christmas tree. But sometimes you want a mouse that’s both good looking and functional, and Logitech’s line of POP computer accessories is designed to deliver just that combination. The Logitech POP Mouse ($40) is a fashionable wireless mouse that should impress casual PC and Mac users who want their gear to be an extension of their personality, but it’s rather pricey for what it offers. .

The design: good look!

Much like its companion, the $100 emoji-laden Logitech POP Keys keyboard, the POP Mouse is hard to ignore on a desk. Available in three color palettes, the garish hues of the wireless mouse might be enough to sell for some. There’s Daydream (mint, lilac, and yellow); the Blast scheme of our review unit (black, gray, and yellow); and Heartbreaker (neon coral and raspberry red). These dynamic options match those offered for the keyboard, so you can give your desktop a coordinated and strong look. Logitech also offers both peripherals in a bundle for $140, but that’s not a savings compared to buying the two separately.

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Logitech POP mouse side view

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Weighing 2.8 ounces and measuring 1.3 x 2.3 x 4.1 inches (HWD), the POP Mouse is almost identical in size to other no-frills wireless mice like the Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse or the Pebble M350 from Logitech, and works as you would expect. The left and right buttons are separated by a slight space in the middle of the mouse, with the scroll wheel and an additional macro button taking up the space in the center.

Front of the Logitech POP mouse

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The rounded edges make it particularly comfortable in your hand, and below you’ll find two curved rubber grips that allow for a smooth glide whatever the surface. You’ll also find a power switch and a Bluetooth button that lets you switch between three synced devices. The entire operation is powered by an included AA battery which you access by lifting the top half of the mouse.

Discovery Logitech POP Mouse

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Unlike the design in front of the POP Keyboard’s dedicated emoji keys, the POP Mouse is much more subtle, with few headlining design elements to set it apart other than the bright color options. But there are a few software customization options, and yes, one of them involves emojis.

Using the Logitech Options app, you can assign your favorite emoji to the macro button. If you’re not an avid emoji user, you can assign the button to other non-emoji related actions and set defaults depending on the app you’re using. You can also change the scroll wheel button assignment using the Options application.

Sync with up to three devices

In use, the POP mouse is a high-performance mouse. In addition to cycling through up to three synced devices using the aforementioned Bluetooth button, the mouse also takes advantage of Logitech’s Flow technology, which lets you switch between computer screens and even share files by doing drag your computer’s cursor from one screen to another. . The added technology actually makes the POP mouse quite versatile, and it even works when switching between Windows PCs and Macs.

Logitech POP Mouse Bottom

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When it comes to other customization options, however, that’s a different story. Aside from customizing the center button, there’s not much else to tweak. You can change the pointer speed, but it doesn’t assign a dots per inch (dpi) value: Logitech says the preset speeds are between 1000 dpi and 4000 dpi. You can also enable or disable smooth scrolling and reverse the direction of the scroll wheel, but that’s about it.

Screenshot of Logitech POP Mouse software options

Limited customization isn’t necessarily a bad thing, of course. Most of the time, a wireless mouse that simply works is all you need, and there are plenty of other gaming mice specifically designed for those looking to customize every part of the device.

What it lacks in customization, the POP Mouse makes up for in longevity, with an estimated two-year battery life from one AA battery.

Top view of the Logitech POP mouse

(Photo: Zackery Cuevas)

The deciding factor of whether or not to choose such a colorful yet simple mouse could come down to the price. At $40, the Logitech POP Mouse is somewhat pricey for the feature set, and you can easily find cheaper options with essentially the same features, like the Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse or the Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse. Among this lot, the Logitech POP mouse is a pretty face, but not much else stands out about it.

Maximum aesthetics, maximum price

If you’re looking for a solid wireless mouse that performs well and looks great while scrolling through documents and sending emoji-laden emails, the Logitech POP mouse might work for you. It’s a surprisingly versatile device that easily jumps between multiple connections and offers slight customization.

But if you’re looking for something more feature-rich, or even more ergonomic, the mouse might not be the answer, and at $40 we can’t help but point you to other lesser mice. expensive ones that offer roughly the same functionality, like the Surface Mobile Mouse. Still, the Logitech POP mouse could make a great gift for young computer users who value a burst of color above all else.

The essential

The Logitech POP mouse comes in bright colors that are sure to add personality to your desk, though it doesn’t offer many other features for its relatively high asking price.

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