When it comes to a computer, one of the things that many people can quickly overlook is the mouse. Quite a lot of people either use the mouse that came with their computer, or one of the super cheap ones you can get at Staples. For years I was that way. I hadn’t ever paid over $30 for a mouse, until I heard about the Logitech MX Master. The day this thing was announced I knew I wanted it. Now I’ve been using it for about 6 months and I don’t think I can ever go back.
The Logitech MX Master doesn’t look like your typical computer mouse. It’s shaped differently, it’s got tons of extra buttons, and it’s also pretty huge. Thanks to the ergonomic design of this mouse, you shouldn’t have any problem at all holding it in your hand. It fits very well and your hand naturally rests in the perfect place to hit the different buttons. That design is also really unique. It’s like a lot of other ergonomic mice you’ve probably seen before, but it’s different at the same time.
The thing that really sets this mouse apart is the functionality. Rather than just the basics, you can make the MX Master do just about anything you want. The functions of the horizontal scroll wheel, side buttons, and the gesture pad are 100% customizable to do just about anything you can think of. My personal setup is as follows:
- Horizontal Scroll Wheel: Volume up/down
- Top button: Play/pause
- Bottom button: Skip track
- Gesture pad click: Open Spotify
- Gesture pad left:
- Gesture pad right:
- Gesture pad up:
- Gesture pad down: Minimize open Window
These gestures have found their way into my daily routine with this device and it’s really hard to use any mouse that doesn’t have them. To add on to all those awesome features, you get one of the best of all, the scroll wheel. Generally a scroll wheel will only go a certain amount of time scrolling, but if you scroll fast enough on the MX Master it’ll “unlock” the wheel and scroll quickly to the top of a webpage. I found myself using this quite often on Twitter or Google+ and even within giant spreadsheets.
Connecting this mouse is also easy and there are three ways to do it. 1. USB Cable. 2. USB Adapter. 3. Bluetooth. You can have the MX Master remember 3 different wireless connections and you can easily switch between them via a button on the bottom. The mouse connects easily to Windows, OS X, and even Chrome OS (although the added features such as the gesture pad will be disabled on the latter). I used it mainly on Windows 10 and everything works great.
Battery life is another key aspect of this mouse. During the nearly 6 months I spent with it, this mouse needed to be fully charged maybe 3 or 4 times. When it does need to be charged, you can do so via the included microUSB cable and it only takes about an hour. Best part, you can continue using the mouse while it’s being charged!
Logitech has been known for a long time for making great mice, but the MX Master really shows just how good they are at it. This is without a doubt the best mouse you can buy, but for $99 is it worth it? I’d say definitely. If you spend a lot of time in front of the computer, this is definitely worth at least considering. At the time of writing Amazon even has the mouse on sale for just $79!