Logitech MX Master Review — 8/10
After a wait of about 6 years, Logitech finally decided to treat us all with another mouse in their MX lineup. With the MX Revolution from 2006 and the Performance MX in 2009, the MX line has always been known for its focus on productivity and luxury. And the Master lives up to its legendary name in a big way. It brings back features from both the aforementioned mice, and takes a decent stab at new computing advances. In fact, Logitech states that the MX Master is their greatest mouse yet. But beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. With the history lesson out of the way, let’s get on with the MX Master review.
- Ridiculously comfortable shape
- Gorgeous aesthetics
- Satisfying, responsive clicks
- Great performance for a non-gaming mouse
- USB, Bluetooth, or wired connection
- A bit pricey
- No left handed version
- No variable weight
- Lackluster button mapping and usability
While it’s my favorite mouse I’ve ever used, it’s about time someone stated the hard facts about this mouse. I’m sure you’ve read a thousand hyped up reviews about the MX Master. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT perfect. It is not Mouse-Messiah. It has issues that need to be addressed. Logitech’s best mouse? Close but not quite.
The MX Master is a charmer. Fresh out of the box, you’ll fall in love. It’s really unlike any other I’ve ever felt. The mouse compliments the hand’s neutral position and makes it easy to hold in just about any grip style. Your fingers all have space on the mouse, but unlike some other ergonomic mice, aren’t forced into any position. The areas where your thumb and fingers go is wide open, allowing for any grip. This also helps the mouse work with any hand size. There isn’t a wrong way to hold this mouse. The overall shape is a huge step up from the Performance MX.
The material used on the MX Master feels great. Although most of the mouse’s components are plastic, it doesn’t feel like it. The mouse is covered in a rubber grip that really feels premium and professional. The control that comes with that is amazing. It’s mildly coarse, doesn’t get sweaty, and really lets you grasp the mouse in a confident way. Overall, the MX Master is probably the most comfortable mouse I’ve ever used.
The ergonomic comfort the MX Master provides is second to none. At first glance the large hump towards the back of the mouse might seem unnecessary and exaggerated. But the mouse’s angle helps keep the hand in a tilted position. This keeps stress off the wrist and arm and lets the hand rest in a neutral position. If you’re worried about repetitive stress injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome, this mouse is a good solution. The shape is very easy on your hand, wrist, and arm. Long sessions of work or play will not be an issue with this mouse.
Although the shape is incredibly comfortable, I did notice that the mouse doesn’t lend itself to being mobile or portable. While a tiny mouse can fit in a briefcase or bag fairly easily, the MX Master will not. Although there are some companies who have taken it upon themselves to make cases for the MX Master, it’s still a bit too bulky to be a good portable mouse.
Not Left Handed
Here is where we face the first of several problems with the MX Master. This is the opposite of a left handed mouse. It is borderline impossible to use it with your left hand. And Logitech knows this. Sadly they don’t see any money in making left handed versions of their premium mice. Maybe next time, but then again, probably not. But other than that, the shape is a huge upgrade from the Performance MX.
Whether working or gaming, lifting the mouse is something you do a lot. Personally, I think the sides of this mouse are perfectly shaped. The concave sides make for easy lifting. It’s a good thing too! The mouse is quite heavy, but I’ll get to that in a bit. The sides have great areas for your fingers without making specialized spaces for them. The right side has a slight indentation and some texturing for a good grip. The right side has a large section open for your thumb. One thing to note is that you cannot touch your mouse pad or desk with your thumb because of the gesture button. Personally, I just rest my pinky on the mouse pad so I have no problem with it. This bothers some people though. But that’s the only downside to the design.
Oh boy, this thing is not light. Weighing in at 140 grams, this mouse is just under double the weight of some lightweight gaming mice. I like heavier mice so this is perfect for me, but many do not like this at all. For basic computer work, this isn’t a huge deal, but for a gamer, it definitely makes a difference. There are certain types of games where a lightweight mouse will benefit the player. FPS games are a perfect example. The weight of this mouse doesn’t lend itself to quick movements at all. But for casual gamers, this isn’t too big of an issue at all. I usually play slow paced games and even when I play a quick FPS, I don’t play competitively.
One thing you could do to offset the heavy weight is to get a super slick mouse pad like a Corsair MM400 or the like. It might take a short bit to get used to, but it definitely makes the mouse easier to move.
Seeing as how this isn’t a gaming mouse, it isn’t going to be built for intense squeezing 6 hours a day. That being said, it is solid. There are a few creaks here and there when you do grip it tightly, but nothing out of the ordinary. The MX series is considered Logitech’s premium line, and they can take a beating. It feels strong and well put together.
I would like to point out that the scroll wheel has failed on many MX Masters due to a manufacturer error. While the mouse I reviewed had no problems keep this in mind while buying. If you buy a MX Master with a faulty scroll wheel, you can always send it back to Logitech for a refund or a new unit.
For a non gaming mouse, this thing sure is smooth. I’ve used quite a few crappy office mice in my time and this is thankfully nothing like that. There are 4 feet on the bottom of the MX Master and they glide across most surfaces really easily. While they are fairly small, save the one under the gesture button, that really doesn’t hinder the mouse at all.
For those of you who get fired up about cable drag, it is a bit annoying compared with the freedom of wireless. With the feature of usability while charging, comes the fact that you might have to use it with the cable attached. Luckily, the cable is smooth and not being braided. Even though it might not have the sturdiness of the former, you probably won’t be using it a lot to warrant the build quality of a braided cable anyways. The cable really stays out of the way when you use it and the only drag is from the sheer weight of the mouse. (Which is a lot, but don’t make it insecure.)
Oh boy this is one area where the mouse just shines! I honestly don’t think anyone on the face of the planet has disliked the looks of this mouse. The matte black is a great look on any mouse but the daring bronze detailing really sells it. I’ve never seen another quite like it. It’s a huge step up from anything else Logitech has ever made. The raised shapes on the gesture button just look incredible. The shape of the mouse is not only ergonomic, but also really beautiful; much unlike the “spaceship” designs of other mice. The result is a futuristic looking mouse, without looking ridiculous.
Unfortunately though, there is no lighting on this mouse at all, aside from the battery indicator and connection light, which only shine when you first turn the mouse on. No RGB, or stylistic lights at all on the mouse. Kind of a bummer to be honest, but the mouse looks great without it, which is nice.
If you’re looking to impress the guys at the office, this is the mouse to do it. Even the bottom of the mouse looks good. The LED lights to show the connection are brilliant, and the beautiful paint job continues even on the bottom. Nothing bad to say about the mouse here. Honestly remarkable.
Although I had a black one for this MX Master review, there are two other finishes you can find it in. Logitech now offers a white “Stone” finish, and a subtle “Navy Blue” finish. Both finishes are gorgeous matte and no different from the black regarding performance.
Right and Left Click
Though not a gaming mouse, the MX Master keeps giving. The people wanted a good followup to the Performance MX, and Logitech delivered. Rated for 10 million clicks, the left and right buttons are crisp and fast. There is minimal travel distance and they feel great. They take just the right amount of pressure and are satisfying beyond belief, especially for a productivity mouse. Not many will have an issue with accidental clicks.
Diverting the topic to build quality, the buttons are separate pieces. This is a step up from the Performance MX. This just ensures that the body of the mouse will not become worn out with more and more use. The separate buttons won’t place stress on the main piece. This is also a testament to how well the switches are put together. The body of the mouse isn’t snapping back to its original shape. The MX Master simply has great left and right buttons.
The notches the mouse has are very satisfying. I usually don’t think of scroll wheels having “weight” to them, but this is a really special mouse. It’s hard to describe it without just saying it’s perfect. The free scroll is also just as satisfying and feels great. I don’t use free scroll for much, but it still proves useful and enjoyable.
One of the main selling points for the MX Master was the ability to easily switch between notched and free scroll. At first, I feared that this would be the definition of “gimmick”. But when using the feature, it really has proven itself useful and seamlessly implemented. Along with that, you can also trigger free scrolling by scrolling at a certain speed. This makes scrolling through documents quick and easy. I’ve been using this non stop since I’ve got the mouse. When I sit down at someone else’s computer I forget how much I use the feature. All of this comes together quite well.
Middle Mouse Button
The middle mouse button is really satisfying as well. The weight behind it makes it very unique. Truthfully, I don’t know how to describe it well. It’s a strange feeling that I didn’t know I wanted until I had it. But with the nice feeling, it takes quite a bit of effort to click. For me, all I ever use middle mouse for is opening tabs in Chrome. For a gamer who needs it to be a quick melee button or something comparable, this would definitely be an issue. Even still, you might like it even if you are a gamer.
While there isn’t much to say about this one, there isn’t anything bad to say about it either. It provides a nice quick click with travel distance almost nil. It is a bit out of the way and requires a small bit of stretch to click. But on the bright side of that, you definitely wouldn’t accidentally hit it while trying to scroll.
Forward and Back Buttons
When it comes to the clicks on these, these are just as good as the top button. If not, better. Crisp buttons with very little travel distance at all. But with that, comes a sacrifice. In order to make room for the horizontal scroll wheel, the buttons are stacked rather than side by side. Sadly, I think this was mainly a cosmetic choice. The side scroll could’ve gone other places.
Time for my controversial opinion! To me, this change from the norm wasn’t harmful or helpful to the mouse overall. I know a lot of people didn’t like it, but it doesn’t take long to get used to the buttons. I’d say that this change from the norm was fine.
Side Scroll Wheel
This feature I’m torn on. When I saw it at first, I thought it would be superfluous to the mouse. But I ended up using it way more than I expected. It has an amazing amount of resistance, and it just feels really good. I will say that it is a more elegant and enjoyable experience than side to side scrolling by tilting the mouse wheel. But it has its issues.
First off, there is no option for scroll notches on the wheel. I prefer having notches so this was a real bummer for me. Secondly, The sensitivity is WAY too touchy. Either it’s unbearably fast or unbearably slow. That coupled with the lack of notches really makes it hard to control. The side scroll seems like it ha a mind of its own sometimes.
All that aside, it is a nice feature. You might just want to think about it a little harder than you originally thought.
Unlike the wonderfully implemented scroll wheel, this is more a gimmick than anything else on the mouse. Some of the features are nice, but others seem forced and unnecessary. I ended up binding it to the minimize/maximize option. Although it is easy and quick, the button doesn’t really satisfy.
The button itself feels really great until you click it. Even though the texture is awesome, the click itself is mushy. The travel distance is annoying. It’s in an awkward position to press as well. Honestly I like the idea of the gesture button, but I wish Logitech had devoted their time elsewhere.
The click noise isn’t something that some people would normally worry about with a productivity mouse, but I will tell you that it is louder than many mice. It’s louder than most productivity mice I’ve ever used, and even louder than some gaming mice. For me, this is a non-issue, but for someone who works in a quiet office, this might not be the mouse for you. For many though, the audible feedback is satisfying.
Performance (not the mouse)
Now of course, the MX Master is not a gaming mouse. If you’re looking for a mouse with 1:1 tracking, this isn’t the one you’ll want. The features packed into this mouse are a marvel, but the technical performance is less than perfect. Even though this is the flagship mouse for this generation of Logitech’s productivity mice, they didn’t roll it out with a Pixart PMW3366 or anything. In fact, the mouse uses a 1600 DPI darkfield laser sensor rather than optical. But for some people just looking for a work mouse, and not going to invest in a mouse pad, this is great. The mouse works on virtually any surface. Multicolored fabric, glass, you name it. (Sue me, but laser is the way of the future and it works incredibly well.)
All of that being said, the average user will love it. The MX series has always been focused on the professional side of using computers so you really shouldn’t be surprised. Now that being said, a few troublesome facts about this mouse remain. There is a bit of angle snapping and mouse acceleration that comes built into the MX Master. While, you can rid yourself of a good portion of the mouse acceleration by unchecking “Enhance pointer precision” in your mouse options, acceleration still exists. You simply cannot turn off acceleration or mouse prediction all the way. This is a bit disturbing, especially since Logitech has usually been all about options. (I will gripe about this in a minute.)
More: What is angle snapping?
But, it still is a quality mouse. On the bright side, there is no mouse jitter at all. The cursor moves smoothly across across the screen. I noticed no sudden jumps or shakes as long as I’ve used it. The lift off distance is comparable to gaming mice, and as hard as I tried, it would not spin out in any games either. Performing a tilt slam test revealed no problems with it. The acceleration is not very noticeable unless you’re really looking for it. There are no serious issues with performance that would make gaming or productivity unenjoyable.
More: What is mouse spin out?
If you’re looking for an accurate gaming mouse with impressive specs though, Logitech’s gaming line of mice is quite impressive.
More: What is mouse jitter?
The MX Master really came packing some innovation. The idea behind the easy switch connection with a button on the bottom is awesome. You can switch between the Logitech Unifying receiver that comes with the mouse itself, or Bluetooth connections. It’s perfect for anyone that has two or three computers that they regularly use. Two laptops and a desktop, three laptops, etc. The only issue with this feature is the placement of the switch is a bit awkward. It’s on the bottom of the mouse. If you need to switch between the connections rapidly, it can get a bit cumbersome. Other than that, it’s really a great feature.
As with several of Logitech’s latest peripherals, the USB dongle used is the Logitech Unifying receiver. Through this, you can link all your Logitech devices to your computer via the one USB port. This helps me keep my USB ports open with as many input devices as possible.
As with several other Logitech mice, the USB wireless is great!… until you back away any more than 5 feet. All jokes aside, it is disappointing how lackluster the connection is on some of Logitech’s mice. But how often do you actually use the mouse more than 5 feet away from the computer? Anyway, when using the mouse within 5 feet from the computer, the little Logitech dongle works amazingly. No noticeable latency and no jitter.
The bluetooth is a different story. While it isn’t terrible, it isn’t a glorious experience either. It’s not super reliable. The cursor gets choppy sometimes even within 4 feet from the computer. If you’re using the Bluetooth just to switch between computers, it isn’t a bad choice. But if you’re planning to use it as the main connection to your computer, you might be disappointed. Though some report that Logitech has fixed many of the problems with connectivity as time has gone on and more mice are produced.
ALSO. I might want to add. many people have found that the Bluetooth connectivity is near unusable on Mac computers. I don’t use Macs, so I wouldn’t know, but be wary.
The battery on the MX Master is really nice. Although not the extreme 2 year battery life of the Logitech M510, it is a definite step up from the Performance MX. If you turn the mouse off when not in use, you can expect the mouse to last 2-4 weeks. I wasn’t quite expecting it to live up to what the box said, but they pleasantly surprised me. Along with that, the mouse is usable while charging. You never have to sacrifice work in order to get a small charge.
Sadly though, the battery is not removable. Even though it’s rechargeable, the ability to replace a faulty battery, or get a better one was a great function. This seems to be part of a sad trend with the MX brand. Streamlining at the cost of options. Other than that small issue, though, the battery is great.
Even through all of the following, I do still like this mouse a tremendous amount. But I’m trying to keep this an unbiased and fair review. I really don’t think the MX Master deserves praise here. Remember a few paragraphs where I said I would gripe? Well the time has come to gripe.
Options Software is Garbage
Not sugarcoating this one. For some unknown reason, Logitech decided not to use their program SetPoint to change the options on the MX Master. Instead they created “Options”, which, ironically, has a significantly less amount of options than SetPoint ever did.
There have been some recent updates to the software adding more options for the mouse, so I will come back and change this section if Logitech decide to go all the way and fix this. Until then, this is the main reason why this mouse isn’t a 9.5/10.
Pretty much the only options available are a few button mapping choices and some sensitivity sliders. What? That’s it? I get that this thing is marketed towards office workers for productivity, but taking options away is always a bad thing. If I wanted less options, I’d buy all my computer hardware from Apple and play all my games on a PS4. This is a bit of a step backward from the Performance MX. Streamlining to accommodate for the lowest common denominator isn’t something you want your company to be known for.
A Noticeable Lack of Options
Let’s go a little further into this. One of the most important tools for productivity on a computer are shortcut keystrokes, or macros. And well, the creation and storing of these is just not intuitive. It’s a bit clunky to be honest. It somewhat nullifies the fact that this mouse was supposed to be the next big productivity mouse.
While you cannot remove mouse prediction completely from the mouse, (which is an issue itself), you also cannot turn on angle snapping or change the intensity of the prediction. I would rather not use these features, but some people depend on them. These options are nowhere to be found.
Up until recently, there was no option to change the button mapping per application. I ended up setting the top button to just use the keystroke “L” so I could use it in games. Believe me when I say that this was frustrating. I had a whole button that I ended up not using at all except for playing games.
There were a few issues this mouse had with games, but one stood out above the rest. While set to side scrolling, you cannot bind the side scroll wheel to anything in games. This is the reason the wheel was made. Why does having this feature on handicap you? This is bewildering.
There are a lot of options you can use to tweak the mouse, but overall, it is a step backwards. The MX Revolution and Performance both had much more room for customization in SetPoint than MX Master might ever have in Options. The options that are there are good, but there could have been so much more.
A Bit of Lost Potential…
The shape, ergonomics, looks, and new things the MX Master brought to the table really excited me when I first saw it. Heck, I still love it. It’s honestly the best mouse for me. But I can tell that it wouldn’t be the best mouse for everyone. It doesn’t really deserve a 10/10 regardless of how much I like it.
Who is the MX Master good for?
Although my MX Master review might seem a bit harsh, I was just trying to keep it unbiased. If you want a high-end mouse for getting work done, gaming, or both, you really can’t go wrong with the MX Master. It is very enjoyable to use, even with all its quirks. There are a good amount of things this mouse can do. Plus it just feels good in your hands.
Perhaps not the best mouse of all time, but I would truly recommend it to anyone looking for a new mouse. Until the next MX mouse comes out, I doubt it will be knocked off the top. (Hopefully with more options next time around.) A solid effort on Logitech’s part.
If you like this mouse, or hate this mouse, or just have any questions, leave a Facebook comment down below and tell me what you think.