When it comes to a mouse, the most important thing is the overall design and how well it fits into your hands. Logitech is known for quality peripherals and the company’s MX Master series has been known for years as highly functional and something that feels great to hold and work with.
The company recently released its MX Master 3 for Mac which also works with the iPad. In terms of the design, the MX Master 3 is made for the right hand. It comes with a cradle for your thumb, while the body of the mouse rests under your palm. It is a design that I felt comfortable holding. The mouse comes with a Darkfield 4000 dpi sensor, which makes it very accurate and precise.
In terms of the buttons on the mouse, you get the usual left and right mouse buttons. In addition, you also get three more buttons for your thumb: one at the base of the cradle, and back/forward (or undo/redo) buttons at the top. The button at the base of the thumb cradle is a gesture button and it works in conjunction with a mouse gesture. For instance, if you hold the button down and move the mouse up, it launches Mission Control.
The scroll wheel which is placed between the right and left mouse buttons can automatically switch from ratcheted scrolling to free-spinning. This means, if you are scrolling up and down a long webpage, it will automatically switch. If you prefer free-spinning all the time, you can use the mode button below the scroll wheel to set the mode.
Apart from being able to customise all of the buttons on the mouse, you can also assign application-specific functions to them. This can be done using Logitech’s software utility called Logi Options. In order to use the customisation settings, you need to create an account with Logitech, upon which all your settings will be saved to the cloud.
This is quite neat since all your settings will automatically be applied if you do end up using the mouse with another device. In terms of battery life, Logitech rates it as 70 days on a single charge. I used the mouse for almost a month and there was still juice left in it. The mouse comes with a USB-C charging cable to top up the power. Just by recharging the mouse for one minute, Logitech claims you get three hours of use.
Another neat feature of the MX Master 3 is that it can be paired with up to three devices over Bluetooth. At the bottom of the mouse, you will an Easy-Switch button, with numbered indicators to show which device the mouse is connected to. After you’ve done the initial pairing, all you have to do is press the Easy-Switch button to the proper indicator that’s associated with the device you are using, and it gets connected.
For a price of AED 419, the Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac isn’t really a cheap mouse. But then, it offers a wide range of features that work quite well as advertised. If you are looking to upgrade your existing mouse with a wireless mouse that offers a boatload of productivity features and works like a charm, the Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac could be one of the options you could look at.
Price: AED 419