Logitech MX Master 3 Review
On the side, a second scroll wheel, it has two macro buttons and a unique “movement” button on the wing. The latter acts like a function key on the keyboard, giving you four additional inputs as you hold down the movement keys and move the mouse up, down, left, or right.
However, the buttons and the scroll wheel also display the most significant improvements to the MX Master 3. The two buttons on the side, are more significant than before and have gaps between them, making it easier to distinguish between them and your thumb. Likewise, gesture buttons are now marked by small, raised lines, making them easily recognizable, even for new users.
The chrome-plated crown jewel on the MX Master 3 is the new electromagnetic scroll wheel. Instead of adding obstacles mechanically, the magnets in the center of the wheel add barriers at specific points, simulating a gradual tick feeling as you scroll through the rows.
Magnetic resistance feels different from a scroll wheel that I have ever used. There is a specific shake every time you scroll up or down the line. I’m not sure the electromagnetic wheel increases the accuracy of the scroll wheel, as Logitech claims. But the additional feedback feels pleasant and signals when you build the next increment, making it easier to pull back from the over scrolling ravine.
Magnetic wheels also open doors for dynamic scrolling, where the scroll wheel automatically increases or decreases resistance according to how fast and hard you roll the wheel. Scroll slowly, and you will feel a bouncy tick for each line; Flick the wheel to give it a full turn, and the obstacle drops to zero, letting you get off the page quickly. Of course, you can switch between manual and seamless scrolling manually, but having access to both at the same time feels more intuitive and useful than just one.
Outside the new button, most MX Master 3 features are similar or the same as those in MX Master 2S. Even so, they provide exceptional utility. The “hump” where you place the base of your pointer finger looks almost too high. But the shape makes the mouse fit like a glove. Holding and guiding him feels as natural as holding a can.
Under the hood, the MX Master 3 still uses the long-running Darkfield Logitech sensor, which tracks up to 4,000 dots per inch (dpi) and is reportedly able to track movements on any surface, including glass. I fulfilled that requirement by being “reported” because I tried it on only a few surfaces: wood, plastic, cotton tablecloths, my office carpet, the top of my Apple MacBook Pro. (You know, the usual spots.) It worked on every surface I tried.
Although the sensor works well and 4,000 dpi is a high enough ceiling for most users, it should be pointed out that there are mountains of rats – mostly gaming types – that track at higher speeds, including models that are much cheaper than this one. While most of us, including gamers, don’t really need 16,000 dpi settings, as you would with Logitech’s Lightspeed G502 wireless gaming mouse, I want to see at least the small resolution that comes from the MX Master 2S, especially since the installation of two and three monitors continue to be increasingly common for professionals at work and at home.
MX Master 3, fortunately, also maintains the extraordinary battery life of MX Master 2S. This is reported to last up to 70 days on a single charge. Better yet, the MX Master 3 switches the charging solution to the fast charging Type-C USB port. According to Logitech, the mouse is ultimately charged in two hours, and in an emergency, you can get several hours of juice after charging for only one minute. That said, the port is placed, strategically, on the front of the mouse. Plug it into your PC & use it as a wired mouse when you turn it on.
Let’s discuss connectivity. Like its predecessor, the MX Master 3 connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or uses the included 2.4GHz Unifying adapter. The mouse supports three discrete wireless channels, so you can connect up to three devices to the mouse at once and change active devices quickly through a small switch at the bottom of the mouse. (One machine might be connected via a dongle, the other via Bluetooth.) You can also connect several supported Logitech devices
The Bad > Connectivity suffers a bit when connected to multiple devices via wireless adapter.
The Good > Super-comfy sculpting. The electromagnetic scroll wheel allows for precise or freewheeling motion. Downloadable profiles for popular apps. Works across up to three devices, and even between OSs. Superb rated battery life.
Conclusion > The MX Master 3, Logitech’s latest revision of its classic productivity mouse, gets a tuneup that makes you feel like a power user with minimal effort.
Logitech MX Master 3 Specification
Darkfield high precision
Nominal value: 1000 dpi
DPI (Minimal and maximal value): 200 to 4000 dpi (can be set in increments of 50 dpi)
7 buttons (Left/Right-click, Back/Forward, App-Switch, Wheel mode-shift, Middle click)
Scroll Wheel: Yes, with auto-shift
Gesture button: Yes
Wireless operating distance
Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless technology
Rechargeable Li-Po (500 mAh) battery
Get three hours of use from a one-minute quick charge5.
|Keyboard||4.91 in (124.9 mm)||3.31 in (84.3 mm)||2.0 in (51 mm )||5.0 oz (141 g)|
|Receiver||0.72 in (18.4 mm)||0.56 in (14.4 mm)||26 in (6.6 mm)||0.07 oz (2 g)|
Logitech MX Master 3 Software & Driver
Logitech MX Master 3 Software & Driver
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