Logitech introduced a new high-end mouse last month: the MX Master . She's been with me for a little over a week now and she's even managed to turn me away from my good old Magic Mouse. If you want to know why, then this article should be of great interest to you.
The MX Master is therefore the successor to the Performance Mouse MX in the manufacturer's catalog. It is placed on the top of the basket and it is aimed above all at the most demanding users and more generally at all those who spend a lot of time on their computer.
Which is precisely my case.
Before going any further, it's important to point out that Logitech mice have always held an important place in my heart. In fact, these field mice have accompanied me for a good part of my life. I even spent many years in the company of an MX Revolution before switching to Mac.
Packaging, Design & Ergonomics
The MX Master is delivered in a sober, but efficient box. It highlights the brand and model, with a beautiful visual as a bonus. It is possible to open the flap placed at the front like the page of a book. We then come face to face with the mouse, with a few instructions as a bonus.
Inside the box and outside the field mouse, we will find:
- A quick start guide. It has many illustrations and it highlights the main features of the device well.
- A USB dongle to connect the mouse to a computer that does not have Bluetooth 4.0.
- A charging cable to connect the mouse to the USB port of a computer in order to recharge its battery.
Unlike my old MX Revolution, the MX Master does not come with a charging station. It will have to be physically connected to the computer to re-inflate its batteries.
The good news is that Logitech has integrated a fast charging system. It will suffice to place it on charge for one minute to have two hours of autonomy.
The full charge will allow us to last 40 days.
The MX Master is more angular than previous models. It is nonetheless very pleasant to take in hand. Note also that its case was carved by hand during the design phase. This makes sense but it should still be specified: this mouse is intended only for right-handed people.
This is a subjective opinion, of course, but I find it pretty to watch. Its hull mixes several tones and several textures. In some places there is even a very soft mosaic coating. It also facilitates gripping. Otherwise, well its shell is made of a matte black plastic, with some touches of brown (gold) at its base and its left side.
Ergonomically, the MX Master is not in the stripped down and minimalist. It thus incorporates two knobs: a first between the two main buttons, and a second on the left side, above the thumb.
They will allow us to scroll the content of the pages horizontally, or vertically. In the extension of the second wheel, we will also find two navigation buttons. The area where the thumb rests is also clickable.
Three buttons are placed under the mouse: one to turn it on, another to start the connection and a last to switch between our different computers. This point will be detailed a little below.
Finally, it should be noted that the case is quite imposing (85.7 x 126 x 48.4 mm) for a weight not exceeding 145 grams.
Specificities & Performances
The MX Master incorporates a Darkfield laser sensor with a definition between 400 dpi and 1600 dpi, for a nominal value set at 1000 dpi. What does it mean ? It is extremely precise and it can work on any surface. This also applies to glass.
Its battery reaches a capacity of 500 mAh. As I mentioned above, it gives the device a battery life of 40 days with a full charge.
But the field mouse has another interesting peculiarity. It offers dual connectivity. If the user can connect it via Bluetooth, he will also be able to rely on the supplied receiver.
Be careful though because the computer must be equipped with at least Bluetooth 4.0 to be able to communicate directly with the mouse. Otherwise, you will have to go through the dongle.
The maximum range is set at 10 meters.
In addition, the MX Master is also able to connect to three different terminals simultaneously. It will therefore allow you to take control of three machines in a snap. To switch from one to the other, all you have to do is press the button under the device.
Not everyone will use it, it's true, but we must admit that it is very practical to be able to control two machines with a single mouse.
At home, the MX Master is connected to my iMac, of course, but also to my Stylistic Q704 tablet, so it gives me the ability to easily switch between them. I also took the concept a little further by investing in a Logitech K810 keyboard, also with the same attributes.
And yes, it really changed my life.
I haven't specified it yet, but the mouse is compatible with Windows 8, with Windows 8, with OS X 10.8 and with OS X 10.10. It also supports Windows 10, of course. I haven't seen any bugs so far.
Either way, the field mouse is very comfortable to use. The grip is ideal. The only notable defect, from my point of view, is at the level of the hidden button on the left side. You have to really press hard to activate it and this is problematic because it is more important than you might think.
The MX Master is indeed able to recognize certain gestures.
By default, on OS X, if you press this button and move the mouse left or right, then you will be able to switch virtual desktop. If you do the same up or down then you will be able to access Mission Control and Exposé.
Fortunately, the field mouse is totally customizable. It will therefore be quite possible to assign this function to another button and this is precisely what we will see from now on.
Logitech took advantage of the launch of the MX Master to draw a line on SetPoint. Rest in peace. To configure the mouse, it will be necessary to rely on a new tool called Logitech Options.
It includes the mouse driver and the utility that will allow you to customize its operation. The interface is both modern, with neat but stripped-down visuals.
The tool is structured around two tabs. The first will give you control over the customization of the mouse. You just have to click on the button of your choice and select the associated function from the list.
Sometimes additional options will appear, like with the gesture button mentioned in the previous part.
The following list is not fully exhaustive, but here is an overview of the shortcuts available on OS X:
- Show the desktop.
- App Exposé.
- Assign typing shortcut.
- Central button.
- Mode switch button.
- Gesture button
- Mission Control.
- Previous Next.
- Smart zoom (or not).
- Multimedia control.
- Free panoramic.
In short, you will understand, there is no lack of choices.
The second tab will give you control over all the parameters related to the speed of the pointer and its direction of scrolling. You can also define the sensitivity of the Smart Shift and take control of two or three additional options.
Logitech Options is simple, intuitive and well thought out. I also find it very accessible and I think that newbies will be able to use it without any difficulty.
The MX Master is a very good surprise and Logitech almost made it flawless. The only flaw of the mouse comes from this famous button hidden on its left side, but it will suffice to go for a walk in the utility offered by the manufacturer to solve the problem.
I found it to be both light and comfortable. Precise, too, and I think graphic designers should be happy with it.
But its best asset, from my point of view, comes from its connectivity. It will save a lot of time for anyone who has to juggle several machines.
And then, of course, there is the general ergonomics. The mouse fits perfectly on the hand and its wheels are very pleasant to use. Admittedly, that of the thumb is a bit rough, but it does its job well and that is ultimately all we ask of it.