Logitech MX Master 3S: Two Minute Review
The new Logitech MX Master 3S wireless mouse is a great example of how to fix something that wasn’t broken in the beginning. Given its predecessor, the Logitech MX Master 3, it currently sits comfortably at the top of USA Health Reports’s list best computer miceit didn’t take much to mess with a winning formula anyway.
Released alongside the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini wireless keyboard, the Logitech MX Master 3S is now available for purchase in the US and UK, as well as several global locations. It should be noted, however, that at the time of writing, the peripherals do not appear to have reached stores in Australia or New Zealand.
The Logitech MX Master 3S joins Logitech’s growing list of wireless mice for office workers. While others like the Logitech Elevator and the Logitech MX Anywhere are more minimalistic and have completely different designs, the MX Master 3S can certainly be considered the more complete (and more expensive) option.
With seven silent tactile button inputs that can be customized via Logitech’s proprietary software, the MX Master 3S can be a great tool for office workers looking to streamline their productivity. The 70-day battery life is also a solid selling point, as is the inclusion of a USB Type-C charging port on the front of the device.
The mouse can be paired with up to three Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth. Devices that do not have Bluetooth connectivity can still connect to the Logitech MX Master 3S via the included 2.4GHz Logi Bolt USB Type-A receiver.
One of the biggest improvements introduced in the updated mouse is the 8,000 DPI optical sensor, which allows users working on high-resolution displays to take advantage of the increased tracking precision. However, most users probably won’t take advantage of this feature.
However, the comprehensive design of the Logitech MX Master 3S has a few drawbacks. The ergonomic design of the device makes it unsuitable for left-handed users and not particularly comfortable for those with smaller hands. People who were used to holding their mouse with something other than a standard palm grip will probably also need some extra time to get used to the MX Master 3S.
Logitech MX Master 3S: Price and Availability
- How much is it? $99.99 / £119.99 / AU$169.95
- Where is it available? You can buy it in US, UK and worldwide
The Logitech MX Master 3S is available in the US, UK and worldwide for $99 / £119. However, it is expected to reach the Australian and New Zealand markets in the near future for an expected price of AU$169.95 .
The mouse is available in two colors, Graphite and Pale Grey.
Logitech MX Master 3S: Design
- Ergonomic design and silent clicking
- Customizable app-specific inputs
- May be uncomfortable for some users with smaller hands
Rather than making large-scale changes and messing with the winning formula of its predecessor, the Logitech MX Master 3, the 3S builds on its foundation by adding just a few small changes to the quality of life.
For example, Logitech claims that the new MX Master 3S is 90% quieter than the previous model. This is a significant improvement over the previous models, as it makes the mouse much more usable for use in shared work environments. It’s also surprisingly useful for secretly multitasking during the sometimes-boring video call.
The Logitech MX Master 3S has an arsenal of seven buttons: the classic left and right click buttons, a center button, a shift wheel mode button, two back and forward bumpers, and a move button. The device also has a handy horizontal scroll wheel on the left.
Aside from the left and right click buttons, all entries are customizable with Logitech’s Options+ software, allowing you to assign specific commands to some of the most commonly used workplace apps such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Teams, and more.
However, despite its ergonomic design, some people with smaller hands may find the Logitech MX Master 3S a bit uncomfortable to hold. Switching to a palm grip to take full advantage of the MX Master 3S is also a must. As someone who often uses a mouse in a finger grip, this took some getting used to, although it certainly helped relieve stress-related wrist pain.
Left-handed users will be disappointed to learn that the Logitech MX Master 3S doesn’t have a suitable option for them. The mouse isn’t even close to ambidextrous, either, thanks to the back and forward bumpers, horizontal scroll wheel and gesture button positioned to fit a right-handed user’s thumb. Left-handers looking for a decent ergonomic mouse may have better luck with a left-handed variant of the Logitech Lift instead.
Logitech MX Master 3S: Performance
- Improved 8,000 DPI . optical sensor
- Fantastic 70-day battery life
One of the most notable changes from the new Logitech MX Master 3S is the inclusion of an 8000 DPI Track Anywhere Sensor, an optical sensor that can accurately track movement on more difficult desk surfaces such as glass.
This new sensor is also twice as sensitive as its predecessor, which Logitech says is aimed at a faster workflow for creative professionals working on 5K and 8K monitors. However, it’s highly unlikely that the average person working on a standard 1920×1080 resolution screen will ever feel the need to increase the mouse’s DPI to anywhere near 8000.
Compared to its predecessor, the battery life of the Logitech MX Master 3S has remained unchanged – on a full charge it should last about 70 days. And while we can’t fully verify the accuracy of this estimate, the review unit sent to USA Health Reports never dropped below 50% battery despite nearly a month of regular, continuous use.
Unlike its closest competitor, the Razer Pro Click, the Logitech MX Master 3S has a USB Type-C charging port, which is located on the front of the device. This also means that on the rare occasions when the mouse’s battery life reaches zero, you can continue to use it while it’s charging – take that, Apple Magic Mouse.
Should I Buy a Logitech MX Master 3S Mouse?
Buy it if…
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- First reviewed in July 2022