How Master is This Mouse?
The Logitech MX Master 2S Mouse Has A Lot of Hype
Logitech makes some seriously sick products! The Logitech MX Master 2S Mouse is a pretty good mouse. I’m not sure if my expectations were tainted by the Anywhere 2S Mouse, but I’m sad that I’m not blown away by this mouse. I guess we’re supposed to take in to consideration that it’s a few years old, but still.
If I had paid MSRP ~$120 CAD I’d probably be returning it to the store. But since I got it at a discounted rate of ~$50-60 CAD I think it’s a mouse worth the price. So let’s get into the details.
The MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse’s sleek design makes it both ergonomic and looks super cool. With two scroll wheels, six customizable buttons and the Logitech Options software; the productivity shortcuts are Limitless. Its sensor reads on pretty much any surface. The mouse has a great battery life charged via micro USB.
Out of the box the button defaults are a little odd and require a lot of customization or reading to maximize usability. Side scrolling option makes sense but some software doesn’t support it natively. Scrolling in general doesn’t seem to be the most accurate either, (ratchet and free) haven’t seemed to be able to fix in either the Logitech Software or OS. Side buttons are also very closely positioned making it a little difficult to press. MSRP is expensive.
Overall, it’s a great mouse… I just wouldn’t pay over $70 CAD for it. As a barebones mouse it does exactly what you need to do and it looks beautiful. My main concern is that for it’s price it should be a headache free mouse but it seems like you’ll need to dive a little bit deeper to figure out the kinks with scrolling and the button features. If you can get it on sale it’s worth the purchase for those bonus function but if you’re just looking for a decent wireless mouse, Amazon has a lot more affordable options.
Logitech MX Master 2S
A Lil History of How Badly I Wanted This Mouse
Straight up, I love me some Logitech gear. I was super excited when this mouse went on sale because it was a no-brainer for me. I’ve been wanting this mouse since it came out, and with the side scrolling and my new found love for making beats and editing videos this was going to be the tool that changed everything… Or so I thought. While the MX Master 2S delivers the great promise like the Anywhere 2S; amazing battery, customizable buttons and the cool scroll-y wheels. It seems that Logitech thought about the features that would make your life easier but it just wasn’t delivered in the best way it could have been.
I’m not expecting a perfect product, which is why this mouse still scores relatively highly. However at this price point, if you’re on a budget it’s a little hard to justify. Overall, this is a great mouse and would recommend it to anyone that has the financial bandwidth. If not there are a tons of other mice that work perfectly without breaking the bank.
Priced at ~$130 CAD Logitech definitely delivers the premium out of the box experience. You’re ready to pair your devices with a charged mouse, and micro USB charging cable and a USB bluetooth receiver if needed. They have an optional FREE software download called Logitech Options, which in my opinion is an absolute must in order to maximize utility and to be honest the defaults are a little wonky.
Two ways to connect: Bluetooth and Logitech Unifiying Receptor
You can connect to your devices via bluetooth or just shove in the USB unifiyer thing and you’re good to go! The nice thing about it to is that with Logitec Options you should be able to connect to multiple devices (up to 3). but I mean I don’t do that so I’m not sure how smooth that would be.
Battery Charging Cord
I find it weird that they still using micro-USB but I suppose it was 2 years ago. It really should just be a standard to keep it at USB-C. Battery still bless tho.
Logitech Options is an interesting lil one. Their software is pretty incredible because it truly lets you customize every aspect of the mouse. However I have a few things to pick with their default choices. While it’s not a permanent issue with the mouse at this price point you kinda of just expect the mouse to work the way you expect it to. Here’s an image of the default setting they chose.
The things that really mess me up are the mode shift button being the little button on the top where I’m used to it being the wheel (anywhere mouse) and the thumb button being the gesture button feels odd to do.
But like I said nothing is permanent and you can change all these in the Logitech Options software. So all in all while it’s a little odd it’s just annoying and doesn’t really take away from the mouse itself.
Update: New issue is the software seems to forget my settings and I can no longer use mode shift. Also with the smooth scrolling it makes it a little annoying because its difficult to have precise scrolling.
Update: These are the features I have settled on to make the most of this mouse.
However, since we’re talking about the buttons we can get into the physical aspects of the mouse.
The Scroll Wheel
I just don’t feel like there’s that perfect amount of scroll like with the anywhere mouse. The Logitech MX Master 2S has the exact same technology but for some reason it doesn’t feel like there’s an exact way to stop in the spot you want. It doesn’t matter if its in ‘ratchet’ or in ‘freespin’ mode i always seem to overshoot the location I want to stop at. I thought it was because of the “smooth scrolling” or the “SmartShift” features but playing around with them has been to no avail. I’ll write back here if I find a solution, but if it’s empty it means I haven’t found anything yet. The closest you can get is to not use freespin cuz its too free unless ur going straight to the bottom. And solely use ratchet at a low sensitivty to gain control of where you want to stop.
The Horizontal Scroll
Similar to the regular scroll I just don’t feel like I have full control. Also some of the software scrolling is so weird (FL Studio 20, Final Cut Pro X) which is like the main reason I was excited for the mouse. But it hasn’t really boosted my productivity, if anything it feels like it’s slowing me down because I’m not quite sure how to use the mouse and type at the same time lol (I suppose that a skill I need to train as I’m too acustomed to the trackpad)
Those Darn Side Buttons
Also because of the side scroll they put on the Master, the back and forward buttons got shrunk and placed ontop of each other making it a little hard to use. They’ve essentialy been rendered useless for me as forward and backward can be replace by scrolling left or right on webpages. Instead I replaced the with the left arrow and right arrow as it gives me more control in the horizontal scroll of FL Studio 20.
The Tiny Button
I’m not sure why didn’t stay across the board but they changed this button to the mode shift button and had me hella confused. Anyways thanks to Logitech Options you can switch it up to however you want, I copied the same as the anywhere mouse cuz what the heck is a middle click. and using the middle button for me makes sense as gesutres cause i dont know how to do that without a track pad. Also I’m not sure if the hand placemnet is defferent but it feels like I need to do more hand acrobatics to reach the middle button than on the anywhere mouse.
Even in the cheap mouses you have a dedicated button to switch up the sensitivity of your mouse in case you on different surfaces and things. I don’t think the anywhere mouse had this but I never noticed. however it seems with the master it read inconsistently on different surfaces. so I need to check up on this.
Maybe it’s cause I don’t use mice often but it feels as if my hands get cramped up for using this mouse too long. My wrist rests on the desk but the mouse arch slightly aches my hand.
Blessed Battery Life
Just like the Anywhere 2S the 500 mAH battery feels like it’ll last forever. The battery is pretty blessed and like the Anywhere 2S will last around 2 months. But I’m not sure how it’ll do long term and will be something we’ll need to revisit in a year or so.
A nice little feature they added were lights on the side to show how much battery you got left. But the silly thing is there’s no physical button
This Mouse is Great But Expensive
Logitech MX Master 2S Mouse
Good stuff but a little pricey. I’m a little disappointed. This mouse seemed to be the holy grail of mouses. I may have been a little diluted cause I was expecting my life to change for the better of all things productive (update: still loafting). Honestly though if you scour YouTube you’ll know what I mean. I was sold a dream that this was the best mouse in the world (Don’t get me wrong I like it and I’m not going to return) but it’s not really worth all the hype in my opinion. I’m going to continue trying to milk this mouse for all it’s worth but so far I wouldn’t put it’s value at the MSRP. IMO it should be under $70 CAD.