No matter how popular touchscreens have become, the good old fashioned computer mouse is here to stay when it comes to productivity. Few computer mice have gotten as much love and attention than Logitech’s acclaimed MX Master, and the company recently released its successor, the MX Master 2S. For $99, it’s on the pricey side, especially when you can get much cheaper mice that will work just fine. Yet, the MX Master 2S poses some very tempting feature propositions that could make its price tag worth it.
At first glance, Logitech’s latest mice; the MX Master 2S is a typical incremental upgrade. It features an improved “Darkfield” optical sensor, which tracks on most surfaces, including glass, and it is more accurate thanks to a jump from 1,600 DPI to a user-adjustable 4,000 DPI. The sensor is more power efficient too, with battery life now rated for up to 70 days based on eight hours of daily use. Unlike Apple’s obtuse Magic Mouse, when the battery does run out, there’s a micro-USB socket positioned at the front, which allows you to keep clicking while charging.
The MX Master’s design is so good that Logitech seemingly had nothing to add or take away from it: The design is unchanged for the MX Master 2S. Indeed, Logitech touts the MX Master’s hand-crafted design, and the company even made a design film about it that you can see below.
The larger MX Master 2S, which replaces the MX Master, sits at the top of Logitech’s non-gaming lineup, retailing at a substantial $100. Like its predecessor, the MX Master 2S is a large mouse with a prominent thumb rest and tall stature that is extremely comfortable, so long as you’re right handed. The sweeping curve of the older Performance Mouse MX that angled the mouse ever so slightly to the right has been softened, resulting in a more natural feel. Meanwhile, new buttons have been added, including a thumb wheel and a button under the thumb rest, which allows you to replicate touch pad gestures on a Mac or PC. Naturally, all the buttons are completely customizable.
The scroll wheel has been improved over the Performance Mouse MX too, allowing you to select from notched scrolling, free-wheeling smooth scrolling, or a new adaptive mode that automatically switches between the two depending on how forcefully you move the wheel. I particularly like the mechanical clunk of the gearing mechanism as it grabs onto the wheel to slow it down after smooth scrolling; it’s weirdly addictive to fiddle with.
But what sets the MX Master 2S apart isn’t so much the hardware as it is the software. This mouse is compatible with Logitech’s new Flow software, which allows you to seamlessly move the cursor between up to three different Mac or Windows computers. Before Flow, Logitech only offered the ability to pair some of its mice with three different computers and manually switch between them with a button located underneath. Flow takes care of that switching for you. While third-party solutions do exist, Logitech’s Flow is far easier to use.
You simply pair the mouse with each computer you want to use (either via Bluetooth, or the included “Unifying” dongle, although you need a dongle for each computer if you want to go this route) and enable Flow. So long as the computers are on the same network, Flow works instantly; you drag the cursor to the edge of the screen and it appears on the other computer. You can arrange the computers however you like, similar to how you would set up multiple monitors in Windows (incidentally, it works with multiple monitors too), and enable or disable screen corners to switch, or require holding down the Ctrl key to switch.
Best of all, you can copy and paste between the two computers. That includes files of any size, as well as text. Logitech keyboards like the K780 and K380 also work with Flow and will switch between computers based on wherever the mouse cursor is located. I’ve been using the MX Master 2S between my computer and my fiancee’s computer just to test thing and I can tell you that it works seamlessly and as smooth as butter, yet we are about 25ft apart from each other.
Sure, Flow is something of a niche feature for the most demanding of power users. But if you fall into that camp Flow is a great addition to what are already compelling mice. (Happily, Flow does work with the older M590 and M720 too.)
Logitech claims that the MX Master 2S will give you 70 days of use, depending on your use of course. For me, I use my mouse all day long and I use it every single day. I charged the mouse on June 22nd when I received it from Logitech and I’ve used it religiously ever since that day and I have yet to hook it back up to the micro USB charging cable since that day which means today is day 56 on a single charge and the mouse is currently showing me to have power enough to light up two of the three dots that signify your battery charge.
In the end some people will feel that $99.99 is a bit expensive for a mouse. However, it’s something that most of use all day every day and we want and need comfort and convenience and that is what the Logitech MX Master 2S is all about. For me personally, it’s an improvement over the previous version of the mouse and that’s hard for me to say since the MX Master was the best mouse I had ever laid my hands on so Logitech had to really step up the game for the MX Master 2S to take that title, but it did.