It is no secret that Logitech is by far one of our favorite brands for mice and keyboards. Almost every single one of these devices throughout the building comes from Logitech, outside of some custom mechanical options some of us have opted for. So I already knew going into this, that the Logitech MX Master 2S was going to lead to a good result. Yet, I was still surprised by how much it won us over.
This review was a little late to the table as we have been using the 2S for quite some time on a number of machines now. By quite some time, I mean quite some time. Which has allowed us to get a lot of use out of it and really “dig into our opinion” as someone else here likes to say at times.
If I were to assume what the most common mouse in the office would be, it would be the Logitech M705. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it has a darn good battery life to it. So it is everywhere, including at my desk. Or at least it used to be there. I have since switched to the 2S myself after making use of it at one of the workstations a number of times until I fell in quite the like with it.
Sadly, this one is no longer being manufactured by Logitech, so what you see in the market right now is what you get. Then you are stuck with the used community. Thankfully, there is still a lot of inventory out there and it goes on sale a lot lately (links available toward the end of this review).
It’s a slightly bigger mouse than the M705 but not by much. It’s about 15% larger at most, with that fin sticking out for a nice place for your thumb to rest within. It’s slightly heavier but not by much. It glides close to the same as the M705 and has al the same buttons.
Beyond this, things change. Accuracy is higher, it has a built-in battery (chargeable from a USB port on the front), the main scroll wheel is a lot more advances, and offers a second scroll wheel by the thumb (horizontal scroll).
The second scroll wheel is tucked away to the left of the back/forward (or customizable) button. Usually, I forget that it is even there. However, I have used it a number of times where I needed to finely scroll in either direction. The movement of the wheel is very smooth and hardly noticeable.
As mentioned, the two buttons to the right of it are customizable, just like every other function/button of this mouse (using the Logitech Options desktop app). It does take getting used to though thanks to how they slant across each other. The M705 was easier to quickly feel and click on them because it was left and right, and a tiny separation between them. These almost blend together so you have to feel around and sometimes squeeze the mouse a little weird to make sure you are hitting the right one and not both at the same time.
They are, at least, nice to have. And again, they are customizable. I set mine to open Notepad and Calculator as I use this function far more than I ever need a forward/back option.
There is also a hidden button in the fin. This is an option I really do miss in the M705. You see, that mouse used to have a button hidden in the side of the mouse that was similar to this. Logitech has since quietly updated the M705 and removed this button from its design. I used this button a lot and I am so very happy to have it back. It’s just located in a slightly different location with this one.
You access the button by pressing down into the rubberized grip texture of the mouse. It’s only a small area of the fin with a button hiding underneath. It is a gesture button, which is even better than what the M705 (used to) have.
By default, a simple press will pop up Task View within Windows to easily switch between windows (this is what I’ve always use the button for). However, if you press while dragging the mouse up, down, left, or right, it will perform one of four tasks. You can switch between desktops, open the start menu, or show/hide desktop.
You can individually set what each of these gestures do or pick from a list of group presets. The options are so plentiful, making this button incredibly powerful.
The Logitech Options app is quite user-friendly and simple to configure the mouse and you can make the buttons to whatever you want. You can even configure what clicking the main scroll wheel down does (defaut is “middle-click”).
You can also configure the small square button, although you likely won’t touch this. The default function is to switch between the two scroll options. Smooth or Ratchet. I find myself doing this all the time depending on my mood or what I am using the mouse for. Then again, you may only find yourself ever using one of the two and decide to custom that button to something else.
The smooth vs ratchet (stepped) scrolling is nothing new. However, the Master 2S takes things further as if you spin it fast enough while in ratchet mode, it will temporarily switch to smooth like spinning the Wheel of Fortune. When it slows down enough, it will simply come to a sudden stop and lock back into ratchet mode. This is called “SmartShift”. At times, I really do like this and at others I don’t know how to feel about it. Thankfully, you can disable this via the desktop app if you prefer to have ratchet simply be ratchet.
This mouse, along with the more expensive MX Master 3 (and a few smaller options), is Logitech Flow compatible. This is a software trick that allows you to use the mouse on multiple computers at the same time. It will even work between MacOS and Windows systems, which is really nice.
Think of it like having multiple monitors on the same computer. When your mouses passes the edge of the computer, it moves onto the next monitor. Only in this case, each monitor is connected to a different system. A really neat feature, although it still needs work. The company has been touching on the software for some time so it will (hopefully) get a lot of better as it evolves.
In the meantime it is a really good idea. There are similar options in the market, but we do like the direction Logitech is taking with it.
The bottom of the mouse extends its capabilities even further. You can use the Logitech Flow to move between computers like a multi-monitor setup. However, you can also simply use it as a standalone mouse for each system separately. You do this by pairing it with up to three different systems using Logitech’s Unifying USB receiver adapters or by using Bluetooth.
So you can use it with a Windows system, a Mac system, and then maybe a mobile device. Simply pressing the button at the bottom will switch between the three. Pairing with other USB receivers can get a bit tricky for some reason, but the Bluetooth option is great to have (if you need it).
The (Darkfield) laser in this mouse is great (and is better than the M705 for sure), and it can be used across just about any surface. This adds a lot of versatility to the mouse on what you can use it and where you can use it.
However, the customization of this mouse is where it is at. It is so incredibly customizable. The software does a great job at pulling this off. Logitech Flow still needs some work, but Logitech is a company that is more than capable of delivering (they have the brains to get it done, at least). Hopefully, they keep at it.
Comfort-wise, the mouse really does get things right. It isn’t the smoothest sliding mouse we have ever come across, but it does a great job. The texture is great throughout, allowing you to maintain a good grip and the mouse fits your hand quite nicely.
Battery life is ok. You can get “up to” 70 days worth of use. However, this is where the M705 really continues to take the prize. This includes every other mouse we have ever used or tested. The M705 can get you up to 3 years of battery life depending on how active you are (and we are quite active daily). We haven’t seen that in any other mouse we have come across. Imagine if Logitech could do that with the MX Master series. The competition would throw its hands in the air and walk away.
You don’t get that battery life with the MX Master series, but you do (at least) have the built-in rechargeable battery. It is micro-USB though. Logitech didn’t go with USB-C for fast-charging until the MX Master 3. Thankfully, it gets the job done and we always have USB cables on standby everywhere.
What it comes with
You get a micro-USB cable as well as a Logitech Unifying USB Receiver. Beyond some instructions, that is all. Everything is in the software.
What do we like? It’s comfortable, highly configurable, smooth, powerful, and sexy. It’s a really good mouse.
What are we neutral about? The battery life could be better. We have been spoiled with the M705 all these years, so our expectations are a bit high. The SmartShift in the scroll wheel can be a bit weird at times, but this can be turned off. That’s completely user-preference and there are some here that absolutely love it. Logitech Flow is an amazing feature to have access to. It still needs a little work though to make things as user-friendly as possible.
What do we not like? The two customizable buttons at the thumb are a bit awkward to press at times (it just doesn’t always feel natural when trying). It’s easy to hit them both at the same time. That’s about it really. Battery life misses this category since the mouse really does a lot with multi-device support and other things. So it can absolutely improve, but it doesn’t weigh the score down much at all.
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- Sensor technology: Darkfield high precision
- Nominal value: 1000 dpi
- DPI (Minimal and maximal value): 200-4000 dpi (can be set in increments of 50 dpi)
- Battery life: Up to 70 days on a single full charge
- Battery: rechargeable Li-Po (500 mAh) battery
- Number of buttons: 7
- Gesture button: Yes
- Scroll Wheel: Yes, with auto-shift
- Standard and Special Buttons: Back/Forward and middle click
- Wireless operating distance: 393.7 in (10m)
- Wireless technology: Advanced 2.4GHz wireless technology
- Optional software: Logitech Options and Logitech Flow
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