LOGITECH MX ANYWHERE 3
Design & Build Quality
Logitech has for the most part been dominating the market since the creation of the MX series many years back. When you think a compact yet ergonomic mouse, nothing comes to mind quicker than the MX Anywhere mouse and this time, third time's the charm. With so many years of R&D, Logitech pretty much perfected the mouse. Let's dive straight into the design. From the top, we first see a similar shape to the previous generation MX Anywhere 2S. The left and right buttons are also as clicky and tactile with a new MagSpeed Electromagnetic scroll wheel. Remember we use to have a noisy ratchet scroll wheel on the MX Anywhere 2S, now we have a near-silent experience whether you are using the pixel by pixel scrolling or the smooth scrolling. With its steel mechanism and build, you will feel confident that the scroll wheel is going to last you a long while. It is also said to be 90% faster and 87& more precise than the previous generation and I found it to be true to its claims having used the MX Anywhere 2S. The scroll wheel itself is also a middle button. Moving on, there is a mode switch button that allows you to switch between standard or smooth scrolling. Now, onto the sides, there are two front and back buttons. However, unlike the MX Master 3, the MX Anywhere 3 do not have a horizontal scroll wheel. Instead, to scroll horizontally, you simply hold down one of the side buttons and scroll the regular MagSpeed scroll wheel to do so. The new MagSpeed does not have the ability to rock left and right like the previous MX Anywhere 2S but the new way of doing so is as intuitive as the previous, no learning curve required. At the bottom, there is an on/off switch, the DarkField sensor as well as a device switch button that allows you to remember up to 3 devices. Lastly, at the front, there is a USB Type-C port for recharging and wired use. On the top, you will see an LED indicator that will tell you the battery life status and charging progress. The sides of the mouse have this ripple-like texture that doesn't really add to the user experience but I appreciate the flowing aesthetic that Logitech is trying to give off.
Moving on to performance, the MX Anywhere 3 is compatible with the Logitech Options app available for download on Mac, Windows, and Linux via Logitech's website. With the app, you can take full advantage and customize literally everything and anything you desire. There is a list of controls to choose from for every button and you can extend that to customize to the individual apps like browsers, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and many more. Next, you can change the pointer and scrolling speed, the scroll direction, and smoothness as well as the thumbwheel speed and direction. Lastly, Flow is another great feature to have. With Flow, you can copy files across computers on similar or different OS by moving your mouse towards the side ends of your screen and it will jump automatically from one computer to the next. Now, you can also forget about bringing a mousepad everywhere since Logitech mastered the DarkField sensor to have a maximum Dpi of 4000 so you can use the mouse anywhere and even on glass.
Connectivity & Portability
In terms of connectivity, the MX Anywhere 3 supports the latest Bluetooth Low Energy and can be connected to various types of devices using various methods. From the standard Bluetooth connection to the USB Receiver to a wired option, you will find that suits your needs. For me personally, I use Bluetooth since I use it with my MacBook Pro 16 Inch that doesn't have a USB-A port, and Bluetooth works seamlessly too. There is also a Mac version of the MX Anywhere 3 that trades off the USB-A to USB-C cable and USB Receiver for a USB-C to USB-C cable. The battery life claimed t0 last around 70 days and I personally averaged around a month and a half of battery power for my use case. It also features quick charge where a 1-minute charge gives you up to 3 hours of usage time.
Excellent Build Quality & Materials
Multifunction Button Customisation
Consistent Stable Updates
Multiple Usage Options
Multiple Colour Options
The Bottom Line
All in all, the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a very compact and ergonomic mouse that feature a plethora of features to satisfy all types of users from designers to developers. With compatibility across all OS and unlimited customization of controls, the MX Anywhere 3 stays at the top of the pack when it comes to recommending the best compact mouse possible. The MX Anywhere 3 comes in both a standard version for Windows and Mac and a Mac variant that follows Apple's Mac pale grey silver colour scheme and USB-C cable for charging. There are 3 colours to choose from for the Window variant, Graphite, Pink Rose as well as Pale Grey.
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