Disregard gaming mice, and you’ll find a handful of desktop mice competing for the title of best mouse. Microsoft’s Surface Precision Mouse is an excellent option but, for my money, the Logitech MX Master 2S is the mouse to buy.
Not only is it extremely sensitive, precise and comfortable, but its extra buttons and software features actually make a difference in everyday Windows, creative and office productivity tasks.
I’ve used one nearly every day for the past year and no other mouse has made me think twice about switching. Yet now its days at the top are over because the Logitech MX Master 3 is here and it’s even better.
This isn’t a radical overhaul and, at first, it’s hard to spot the difference. The MX Master 3 might be a millimetre shorter and narrower than its predecessor (and nearly 2mm taller) but it feels nigh-identical in the hand and the 4g weight difference isn’t too significant, either. A USB Type-C connector sits underneath the top buttons for charging, where the 2S used micro USB but again this doesn’t make a huge amount of difference, day to day.
Partly, this is a case of “if it ain’t broke”. The MX Master 3 was already shaped so that every curve worked to support the hand, supporting the most common palm grip without alienating those who prefer a fingertip or claw grip – who mostly go for gaming mice, in any case. While there’s an argument that a more vertical design puts less strain on the hand, the wrist and the forearms, the MX Master design is about as ergonomic as standard desktop mouse designs get.
There is a slight difference in terms of the finish, with the MX Master 3 using similar plastics in similar places. However, where a rubberised skin sits above the plastic body on the thumb rest of the Master 2S, the Master takes the same rubberised surface right to the edge of the mouse. And where the old model has a kind of polygon mesh effect going on, the Master 3 goes with lines across its contours. Again, any effect on comfort and control is fairly minimal; both feel incredibly solid and well-made.
Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse, Ultrafast Scrolling, Use on Any Surface, Ergonomic, 4000 Dpi, Customisation, USB-C/Bluetooth/USB, Apple Mac iPad OS Microsoft PC Windows Linux, Light Grey
Features and functionality
The MX Master 3 uses roughly the same button layout as the MX Master 2. You get your standard two buttons underneath the index and middle fingers, with a chunky, milled steel scroll wheel in the centre. The button underneath the wheel switches between smooth scrolling and click scrolling modes – click the button located just behind the wheel to toggle between the two. There’s also an additional wheel on the left-hand side above the thumb-rest, plus an extra button concealed in the thumb-rest itself, which you’ll find if you just click down on it.
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