Logitech MX Master Review 2

The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse has been at the top of my must-try list ever since it came out. Debuting to glowing reviews, and statements of increased productivity, I had to try this mouse out to see if it would help my workflow on OS X. Does it live up to my high expectations? Check out our review for more details.

The packaging

The Logitech MX Master comes in standard display packaging, and is bundled with a USB dongle, charging cable, and starting instructions. It’s definitely not the prettiest packaging in the world, but it gets the job done. Logitech has never been known for its luxuriant packaging, though, so this comes as no surprise. Watch my unboxing for more details.

Ergonomics

The MX Master feels solid in the hand. It’s one of the best feeling mice, from an ergonomic standpoint, that I’ve ever tried. Granted, I don’t have tons of experience with mice, but I can state with confidence that it’s infinitely more ergonomic than the cramp-inducing Magic Mouse. There’s just no comparison in this regard.

Design

YouTuber Marques Brownlee equated the design of the MX Master to that of a car, and I have to agree. When you look at Logitech’s website, you see models being shaved, similar to car concepts from auto manufacturers.

Logitech MX Master Review

The overall build quality, with its polygonal textures on the sides, does remind you of a super car, perhaps a Lamborghini. Some may consider it to be a bit over-designed, but it’s a nice change of pace when you look at the mundane mouse designs lining the shelves at Walmart or BestBuy.

Features

The Logitech MX Master features a built-in battery that can last up to 40 days on a single charge. It can be connected via a packed-in Unifying receiver dongle, or standard Bluetooth, which will work for any Mac. I had my MX Master hooked up to my Mac in just a few seconds.

You will need to download Logitech’s Options software, which works as a Preference Pane, in order to configure the mouse’s advanced options, but that’s just a few clicks away.

Speaking of options, the mouse features several buttons and wheels that can all be customized to some degree using Logitech’s software.  It features a speed-adaptive scroll wheel that will auto-shift from click-to-click scrolling for precise movements, to quick continuous scrolling, which is nice for browsing long web pages or documents.

My favorite feature on the MX Master is the thumb wheel, which is great for scrolling horizontally. Although most of us are accustomed to vertical scrolling, horizontal scrolling is good for those of us who edit video, music, and other timelines that are arranged horizontally.

For those of you who use multiple machines, you’ll definitely appreciate the mouse’s Easy-Switch tech, which makes it super easy to switch between them by pressing a button on the bottom of the mouse. This is extended even further when you consider that the mouse works with Bluetooth and Logitech’s USB Unifying receiver dongle.

Gestures

As an OS X user, gestures play a major role in day-to-day activities. We use gestures for everything, including browsing the web, navigating timelines, and virtually everything in between. We use gestures for activating Mission Control, switching between apps, switching between pages and windows, and the list goes on.

For an OS X user, I find the experience of the Logitech MX to be inferior to that of a Magic Trackpad, or even the hand-crippling Magic Mouse. While it is possible to use gestures via the MX Master—in fact, the device contains a dedicated gesture button that’s accessible via the thumb rest on the left-side of the mouse—it simply doesn’t compare to native gestures.

Using gestures with the MX Master is like emulating gestures, not directly performing them, and therein lies the disconnect for me. It’s akin to trying to drive a car using two cables attached to the steering wheel, instead of directly holding the wheel. It’s feasible at the end of the day, but it doesn’t feel immediate, and it doesn’t feel nearly as natural.

Conclusion

The MX Master may be the best mouse for operating systems that don’t rely as heavily on gestures as OS X. Or, perhaps the Magic Mouse and Trackpad, despite their ergonomic deficiencies, have spoiled me beyond saving.

Logitech’s mouse features amazing ergonomics, it can track on virtually any surface, features programable buttons, and has great battery life. It’s also designed to be used with multiple computers thanks to its dual connectivity and easy-switch technology. But at the end of the day, it’s very hard to recommend the Logitech MX Master to a fellow OS X user who’s become accustomed to the gestures present in the OS.

You can find the Logitech MX Master in brick and mortar stores and online stores for around $80. What do you think? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts.

  • Carlos Medina

    Hold CNTRL + Directional buttons and you’re able to use most of the gesture based gestures (Switching between opened screens you need a second screen open and you hold CNTRL and press left or right to move between screens). I usually use them with an external keyboard. Plus not to mention BetterTouch Tool which you can automate a process with a mouse click.

    • Yeah, I sometimes use those when my Magic Mouse battery dies…which is way too often.

      • Carlos Medina

        Yea I was thinking of getting the Magic Mouse but I opted out for the touchpad which I decided to return since it just wasn’t for me. I decided to go with the Logitech G502 and I have not looked back since. Although I did want to get one that was wireless and charges through wire but decided against that for some weird reason.

  • port87

    The gestures complaint doesn’t really affect me. I believe Jeff is a hardcore OSX laptop/magic trackpad/magic mouse user so using gestures really syncs with his workflow. To me, gestures are great but not a necessity or a deal breaker. I can see how gestures can really work well for phones and tablets but for desktops… not really. I just use keyboard shortcuts for my workflow and that’s about it.

    • Interesting take. Do you own a Magic Mouse by chance? I think it was the Magic Mouse that forever ruined me. No gestures is no bueno.

      • port87

        I own the original performance mx mouse, when I switched to the magic mouse it just ruins my hand. I just cant go back to a non-ergo mice.

  • Juschan

    You know there is a more handy mouse better transportable even more power efficient (personal feeling more than 40 days) and has the same nice features of the mx master. Its the little brother of the mx master the mx anywhere. Costs only 40€ so about the same in Dollar

  • Martynet

    Since magic mouse, I just feel like scrolling wheel is useless. Not mentioning gestures…

  • Chris

    I love the fact that gestures are not as easy to activate on the Mx Master. I am a heavy user of Windows via Parallels on my MBP. My magic mouse was notorious for inadvertantly switching spaces while I was scrolling around in Parallels windows. That may be more of a parallels issue however. More than this, the magic mouse was always giving me hand cramps, because I could never rest my hand on; doing so would cause issues with right clicking etc. Desperate for a solution, I went to my local Best Buy and low and behold found the Mx Master. $100 seems like a lot for a mouse but I have yet to regret it.

  • Dominic LoFranco

    I use this mouse on my pc and then easily switch connections to my macbook pro. This is by far the best mouse I have ever used. Their are so many buttons which are completely customization which I love. This is an amazing mouse deffenitly worth the $99 price tag.

  • Todd Laughery

    I picked this up yesterday to go with my 2015 Macbook Air and so far I find it terrific. The gestures with the thumb depression take some getting used to be the more I use it the easier it becomes. I’ve never used the MM or trackpad so I can’t compare but I this things is so comfortable I can’t see needing to switch. I’m using it via bluetooth and done feel any lag so far.

  • Kita

    Just got it, and will be returning it tomorrow. It’s a bit too tall for me, just like the performance MX mouse. I didn’t think I’d ever use a trackpad over a logitech mouse in a million years, but the smoothness of Apple’s magic trackpad can’t be beat on MAC OS, and it’s almost seems like it’s designed to be that way. I’m sure most people will be fine and love the MX Master (especially if they use PC also), I like the smoothness of tracking and the natural use of gestures (it’s too clunky on the MX) too much.

  • Seghier Mohamed Abdelaziz

    thanks ; i think they must change a little bit the design for the thumb wheel and the 2 buttons which will more comfortable ( image modified with photoshop )

    • Riaan

      The power of this mouse for me lies within the gestures implemented in the thumb-wheel. Try switching full-screen apps with the thumbwheel gestures to see what I mean. This is the closest to the great gestures offered by the magic trackpad. This feels way more ergonomic than the orientation proposed above. I would not enjoy this mouse with such orientation.