Logitech MX Master 2S

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As far as I can tell, there are 3 types of mouse buyers out there.  The first, which represents the majority of users, can mouse with just about any piece of crappy plastic that is put in front of them.  They are frugal, they are not picky, and they tend to not see value in paying more for something that has marginally more features than the bargain-basement devices.  They are categorized in this sense as not requiring a ton of precision nor low response times when using input devices, specifically keyboards and mice.

The second buyer is the polar opposite from the first: they require both high precision and low response times to their devices. It is a specific bunch of people, but we see this most in the PC gaming world where these two things (precision and response time) are high on the requirements list.  They also tend to like flashy, sometimes colorful devices.

The third buyer is where I fall.  I’m not all that picky when it comes to input lag (although if it’s really bad I’ll move on to something else), but precision is extremely important.  These are highly productive individuals, who stew over mouse and keyboard purchases because of concerns about comfort over long periods of use, or even just for the pure aesthetic of the thing.

But this all begs the question, of the 6.3 billion wireless mice available in the market, why would anyone pick Logitech?  Even if you fall into the third category, certainly you’re not aching to spend extra money on a mouse that just isn’t all that nice.  Right?

Well, perhaps the MX Master 2S is a little different from you’re average mouse.  Maybe it’s the Logitech Flow software that allows you to use the mouse simultaneously on two separate computers, and copy and paste between them.  Or maybe you’re in love with the scroll wheel that smart selects between a click-scroll to a hyper scroll based upon the speed that it is traveling.  Maybe you want a mouse that looks a little like a futuristic space ship and conforms perfectly to your hand, or one that has numerous programmable buttons that can be customized at the app level as you see fit.  All these things, plus fast charging and a battery that lasts 2 months…yeah, maybe this is the right mouse for you.

Aside from the high price tag, this device is an all-around great mouse.  I previously had the MX Master, which is essentially the same without the Flow technology.  Mouse movement is clean and buttery, as expected, scrolling is amazing.  There are only a few improvements over the previous iteration of the MX Master, but for those of you who have used it–you are already well aware of just how great it is.

I found the Flow technology to be a little buggy if you’re firewall settings aren’t wide open…so users who want to bring this device into a corporate environment with multiple machines may run into some technical difficulties there.  Fortunately Logitech support provides the firewall adjustments on their support page, but it might be difficult to get your corporate IT team to make those exceptions for you.  Otherwise–Flow works very well, albeit there being a slight lag when passing from device to device.  Not a deal-breaker by any stretch, but still something to get used to.

All of the other features are strictly repeat customers from the last version.  It’s a great mouse, has great features, the thing is just really great.  And of course, aesthetically speaking, this mouse is a must have for a sleek home office setup.  It comes in three colors, I prefer the graphite which has a matte black body and graphite (maybe “space gray”??) accents.

So considering my “3 types of mouse buyers” comments above: the first mouse buyer won’t find the value in this.  At $99, the price seems steep–and I’ll agree that’s a pretty big pill to swallow on a mouse.  But, if you spend a lot of time at your computer, it would behoove you to spend a little extra money on the creature comforts.  This isn’t limited to mice: quality keyboards and desk chairs are just as important.

The second mouse buyer may be willing to spend $100 on a high-end gaming mouse, but maybe not on a wireless one.  The accuracy on the MX Master is great, but still not up to par with some of the more capable gaming mice available on the market.  Even using this as a corded mouse (via the micro-USB connection) on the front might make it a good multi-tasking device for light gamers.

The third mouse buyer is obviously where this device is aimed, and justifiably so.  That said, if you already own an earlier MX Master, the upgrade may not be worth it to you–unless you are really into the Flow software that is available.  However, if you own an MX Master now and do decide to upgrade, you can expect to be equally as impressed with the latest generation device.

This is a pretty open-and-shut case.  Logitech already makes a great product in the MX Master, and the latest version is just as good (if not better) at doing all the things we expect a mouse to do.  The only real problem is the price tag, which seems a little bit steep even for those who like to spend a little extra on the creature comforts.  If you’re in the market, it might make sense to try to find the older MX Master which will be at least a little cheaper with a very similar feature set.  Regardless of which MX Master you end up with, it’s safe to say that (with the exception of gaming mice which are a special subset of mice and compete on a different scale) this is one of the best mice on the planet right now.

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