The Logitech MX Master 3 is a feature-packed mouse for productivity and creative work.
Let’s take a closer look and find if Logitech’s third revision could be the one for you.
Logitech’s MX Master 3 is a productivity mouse, packed with many features that improve the efficiency of the user’s workflow.
With a wireless design and long-lasting battery, the MX Master 3 is perfect for cutting the cord.
The shape of the mouse is ideal for those who prefer a palm grip, but is also compatible with claw grip. With all the buttons are easily in reach, the mouse offers a very comfortable experience all-around.
There are also multiple exciting features such as a horizontal scroll wheel, gestures, MagSpeed, app presets for the most popular productivity apps, Logitech Flow, and more.
The software is very useful and is recommended to get the most out of the mouse.
The only downsides are the high price tag and the fact that it isn’t that great for gaming.
If you plan on doing creative work such as editing or graphic production, then this is a great purchase.
In The Box
Included in the box are a few essentials to get you started with the mouse.
Cable: You get a high-quality rubber USB A to USB C cable so you can quickly charge the mouse or use it wired.
Wireless Dongle: The mouse can be connected through a wireless 2.4ghz dongle. It is plug and play so you don’t need to set up anything.
The manual can be found online so you can learn how to set up the software and use the mouse.
The build quality of the MX Master 3 is fantastic.
The mouse is on the heavier side at 141g, which is nice because it provides a sense of quality.
Strong plastic makes up the design of the mouse with rubber on the backside where your palm wrests.
The scroll wheels are made from metal with no wobble. The main scroll wheel has crisp, tactile steps.
All buttons on the MX Master 3 have a snappy tactility. They use Omron switches that have great reliability and longevity.
The cable is made of rubber and is well made. The detachable design would make it easy to replace if it ever breaks (which I doubt would happen).
Overall, the MX Master 3 feels well-built and wouldn’t break if you dropped it. No major complaints in this department.
Style and Comfort
The MX Master has an ergonomic shape so your whole hand can rest on it. It molds around the shape of your hands with the buttons perfectly in reach.
You can find this mouse in both in a graphite black and mid grey color.
If you have a palm grip, this mouse is fantastic for you. I tried using this mouse with a claw grip while gaming and it is still quite comfortable, although not designed for that style.
Partially due to its ergonomic design, the mouse is pretty large.
It is both wide and long, but it can be used with those with small and large hands. Sometimes small mice can be uncomfortable for with those with bigger hands but this mouse doesn’t have the same issue.
In addition to its great ergonomic design, the rubber where you rest your palm makes it more comfortable.
Overall, this is one of the most comfortable mouse I have ever used and still achieves it without looking like some of the stranger ergonomic mice on the market.
One of the Best: The Darkfield Laser Sensor
Logitech’s MX Master 3 uses their Darkfield laser sensor. Logitech is known for making some of the best sensors in mice and this one is no exception.
The Darkfield laser sensor can track on almost any surface including glass. This means you don’t need a mousepad for good accuracy.
This sensor goes up to 4,000 DPI which can be adjusted through the software.
I found that this sensor was very precise and was quite good even in gaming situations. It will suit the needs of all professionals.
Additional Features (Buttons, RGB, etc)
Horizontal Scroll Wheel
On the side of the mouse is a horizontal scroll wheel.
This wheel is fantastic as it has loads of functionality. Most mice have a vertical scroll wheel to scroll up and down but with a horizontal wheel, you can scroll left and right.
A horizontal wheel is great for productive situations because you can use more space and move to a new part of the page more quickly.
There are many app presets that Logitech has set up that make it great for a variety of apps. For example, in editing apps, you can use the wheel to scroll through the timeline, and in drawing apps it will increase the size of the brush.
Overall this is a great way to improve the efficiency and speed of your workflow.
The MX Master 3 has a very unique feature that is only on their most recent MX mice. Similar to Logitech Hyperscroll, you can scroll through 1000 lines of code or a Spotify playlist with over 1000 different songs in a single second.
This is great for those who work with very large documents or projects and need to quickly scroll between different parts of it.
This can be utilized by most people because it’s great for productive situations and quickly going back to a specific part of a news article, playlist, or chat with someone.
At first, the scroll wheel will function as a regular mouse wheel with tactile steps but if you try to spin the scroll wheel faster, the wheel will automatically move into this new “freespin” mode where the wheel will glide smoothly and quietly.
You can also enable this mode with the button above the scroll wheel to quickly enable freespin.
This system is unique because it uses electromagnets. This means the scroll wheel is powered electronically, enabling the user to have more control and accuracy.
As a result, you can change the amount of tactility that you feel as well as how soon the mouse will go into the freespin mode.
App Specific Presets
As mentioned previously there are app-specific presets with the MX Master 3.
If enabled, the presets will change what some of your buttons do for different apps like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, the Microsoft Office Suite, the Adobe Suite, web browsers, and more.
The horizontal wheel and the side mouse buttons all change for the enabled apps to do new things and this enables you to do some of the more essential things more quickly.
In Teams, for example, you can easily change volume, mute, and unmute. In web browsers, you can use the mouse buttons to go back and forward with the wheel being used to easily change between tabs.
These presets allow you to get more functionality out of the mouse.
There is a gesture button where you wrest your thumb and through pressing it down you can enable gestures.
You have five different gestures. You can press down the button and you can press it down while moving the mouse up, down, left, or right. This gives you a lot of extra functionality.
There are many premade presets as well as the option to make your own custom preset with tons of commands to choose from.
One example is you can press the gesture button and move the mouse up or down to change the volume and then move it up or down to change the volume
Its pretty intuitive and a nice to have overall.
Logitech Flow is arguably one of the coolest features of this mouse. This allows you to use one mouse with multiple systems very easily.
You can connect to devices with the Bluetooth connectivity on this mouse and then connect to the computers in your network. This will allow you to use multiple systems and even transfer files between them over the air.
The possibility to transfer files quickly and easily between two systems is fantastic. It’s great for quickly moving a file from two different work machines without the need of a flash driver or uploading and downloading from a server.
This feature also works with some other keyboards in the MX series from Logitech which can make multitasking between multiple systems very easy. Overall, Logitech Flow is executed well and can greatly improve the efficiency of your workflow.
Battery and Quick Charge
The battery on this mouse is long-lasting and highly rated. It can last up to 70 days and supports fast charging.
You can charge the mouse within a minute to make it last for hours. Quick charge is definitely the future.
In general, the battery life is outstanding and is definitely not an issue with this mouse.
Connectivity & Software
You can connect the MX Master 3 either through a 2.4ghz USB dongle or Bluetooth.
The dongle has less latency and is easier to set up than Bluetooth. If you want to use your mouse with multiple devices, Bluetooth is a better option.
The Bluetooth speed is fast enough for browsing the internet, but for gaming, 2.4 is definitely recommended.
You can connect this mouse to up to three different devices which is great if you want to use this mouse at work and home without the need to bring a dongle with you.
It is easy to change between devices. You can swap between them with the button on the bottom of the mouse.
When the battery dies, you can connect with the wire while you wait for the battery to recharge. No down time at all.
Logitech Options Software
The Logitech Options gives you a lot of control over different parts of the mouse and it allows you to be a lot more productive.
You can do the basic things like checking the battery of the mouse, changing the mouse sensitivity via a slider, remapping buttons, and more.
In addition to all the basic stuff you can do with the app, there are more in-depth options.
You can set up gestures, setup Logitech Flow, change the sensitivity of the scroll wheels, setup button profiles for different apps, and alter the speed at which it takes the wheel to change into the free spin mode.
Logitech’s Options software supplies you with a lot of key functionality that can’t be found with other mice.
Is The MX Master Good For Gaming?
This mouse is great for productivity, but how does it perform when gaming?
With wireless peripherals, latency has always been a concern.
The MX Master includes a 2.4ghz dongle which allows for a faster connection than Bluetooth, but won’t beat a good ol’ wired connection.
I tested this mouse with a few different titles including Rainbow Six Siege, PUBG, CSGO, Minecraft, and Cities Skylines.
For Minecraft and Cities Skylines I noticed no difference compared to a gaming mouse. While playing Rainbow Six, CSGO, and PUBG my main issues were the heavy weight and no specific sensitivity speeds.
The weight isn’t bad but for gaming, but a lightweight mouse is usually preferred. Also, the sensitivity can’t be set to a specific number. This is fine for most situations but when playing competitive games things need to be precise.
Overall this mouse can be used for gaming but it is not recommended for all situations. If you game occasionally or just play casual games then the MX Master is sufficient, otherwise, this mouse is not the right one for you.
The Logitech MX Master is one of the best productivity mice that I have ever used.
The MX Master 3 comes with many exciting features and a lot of in-depth control in the software.
If you don’t think you will benefit from these different features then this may not be the best option for you. Otherwise, you will enjoy a very advanced and comfortable mouse.
This isn’t even including the wireless which is really nice to make your setup cleaner and it makes this a great option to use on the go as well.
If you think that you may gain benefits or this mouse piqued your interest, check it out here.