I can’t remember the last time I saw something and went “Oooh! I’d like!” When I first tried the Logitech MX Master 2S, that was accurately my first reaction.
I’ve grown possessive of the mouse. I make it with me everywhere I go, swatting away the greasy hands of “friends” because they get in touch with stroke this beauty. That is a mouse which makes me want to create like Golem and huddle up in a few dark cave, from greedy eyes and needy fingers. My precioussss!!!
Finished . with this mouse is that it’s sculpted to perfection. If you’re a right-handed person, as almost all of you are, the mouse fits as naturally in the hand as possible expect a metal and plastic pointing device to match. Fingers and palm just naturally mould themselves to its contours. Even though the mouse is quite large and heavy, it fits so snugly and responds so fluidly that you never spot the bulk.
Aside from the usual two buttons and scroll wheel, you get yourself a thumb wheel, back and forward buttons, a mode shift button and a good ‘Gesture button’ that sits under your thumb.
The MX Master is among the most ergonomic mice I’ve ever tested.
Speaking of buttons, an attribute that I never though I’d need may be the free-wheeling scroll wheel. What’s free-wheeling? Think about it this way, in the event that you flick through an extended list on your own phone, the page will scroll with the inertia of your flick. Imagine how backwards it could seem to be if the page would only scroll whenever your thumb was onto it.
That’s what free-wheeling does, except that it happens with a scroll wheel, with a mouse. In ratcheted mode, the wheel behaves normally, moving only once you move it. In free-wheeling mode, you can flick the wheel and it’ll continue steadily to scroll until it’s drained of inertia. I’ve used several mice with free-wheeling before, including my current favourite gaming mouse, Logitech’s G502 Proteus Core, but each one of these mice required me to push a button to change modes. On the MX Master 2S, you just flick the wheel with a lttle bit of force to activate free-wheeling or scroll normally at any other time. The transition is seamless. The sheer ergonomic brilliance of the design can’t be overstated.
For someone, like me, who spends the majority of his day scrolling through websites and editing massive excel sheets, that is a game-changer. Actually, it’s now an attribute I’d rather not live without.
If you prefer a everlasting free-wheeling mode, you can even press a button and also have it switch.
Connectivity and software
Being truly a wireless mouse, the MX Master 2S can hook up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi via the included USB dongle. Actually, my one gripe with this mouse is that USB dongle. This massive mouse does not have any housing for said dongle and I can’t let you know just how many times I’ve almost lost it because there is no destination to mount it.
The term ‘fits such as a glove’ needs revision.
Having less dongle-housing aside, the mouse connects easily and seamlessly together with your devices. There’s an indicator in the bottom to inform you which device you’re linked to and switching between devices only requires you to press just a little button.
That is pretty straightforward and normal in a radio mouse, but even here, the Master 2S comes with an ace up its sleeve.
If you install the Logitech Options software on your devices, you can hook up to all or any devices simultaneously. You can literally drag your mouse in one device to some other as easily as you’d drag the mouse in one screen to some other in a multi-monitor set-up. This product to device transition may happen whether you’re on PC or Mac.
And that’s still not absolutely all. With the program installed, you can quite literally copy-paste files between devices! I came across this to be particularly useful because unlike normal humans, I have a tendency to use a Windows desktop and MacBook Pro simultaneously while working and I have to transfer footage and images frequently. With this mouse, I just stopped using pen drives.
The transfer happens over Wi-Fi, so you’re only tied to the speed of your network.
Buttons and gestures could be fully customised via Options and you even reach set app-specific shortcuts.
Performance: An all-rounder
The mouse runs on the 4,000 DPI laser sensor for tracking and tracks brilliantly across every surface I tried it on, including glass, tables and even cloth. I’ve even used it on a not-so-clean taxi seat and it worked perfectly.
Tracking is precise and the buttons are responsive. Also, the excess scroll wheel is a boon when working with software like Photoshop and Excel.
From the proper angle, this mouse appears like some kind of racing yacht!
The Gesture button is somewhat hit and miss. I really do enjoy it, especially on Mac, where you could press the button and swipe to go between spaces, however the button can be hard to press, making the utilization of gestures a conscious, deliberate effort.
On Windows, tapping the button throws up Task View by default, nevertheless, you may also customise it to, say, open the duty Manager or launch a specific app.
Overall, the mouse was a pleasure to use for work, but what I didn’t expect was that it’d be exquisite for gaming as well.
As a gamer, I’ve only ever used mice just like the Razer Deathadder and Logitech G502 Proteus Core, both very light mice and exceptionally precise and responsive. The MX Master 2S isn’t that good and it’s definitely not likely to replace a Deathadder or G502. However, it really is good enough to provide some healthy competition to gaming mice of any breed. Increase this the actual fact that it can be utilised on any surface and you get the best lightweight monster.
Battery life was also excellent, but given the mouse’s size and weight, I expected believe it or not. In the 90 days I’ve used this mouse, I’ve had to charge it maybe 3 x. A helpful little battery indicator privately lets you know just how much charge is remaining and your options software throws up a pop-up when the battery is critically low.
Charging happens via micro-USB and it doesn’t take long to totally charge these devices. I’d have loved to see USB-C, but that’s simply a nit to pick at this time.
At Rs 7,999, yes, this mouse is expensive. But does it matter? In the event that you spend all day every day working on your personal computer, you will appreciate a mouse that’s this good which useful. Actually, it’s a lot more than useful, it’s addictive.