Logitech released two new wireless options for consumers this month, building upon the company’s extremely popular MX design. Wireless mice and keyboards are easily one of the fastest selling peripherals on the market, and while wireless mice have had several setbacks in the past, they are now almost as completely reliable as their tethered counterparts. If you’re in the market to start upgrading your current setup there are a few pitfalls that you may want to consider, but the MX series is one of the best in the business, and should be at the top of your comparison list.
The new MX options are grounded in Logitech’s new family of products, which allows all of the company’s newest options to work together seamlessly. Just like the MK850 set that we reviewed earlier this year, this makes pairing the MX devices with multiple platforms easier than ever, and you can switch profiles and customizations on the fly as you work or travel. The MX options are designed to be reliable, precise, convenient, and long-lasting, making them a perfect option for students, workers, gamers, or travelers.
The MX Anywhere 2S ($79 at Amazon) was designed with dual connectivity and easy-switch tech, allowing the mouse to connect to the Logitech Unifying Receiver (included) or through Bluetooth. This allows you to pair the mouse with up to three different devices, and you only need one-button to switch between them. Now you can jump from your desktop, to your laptop, and even some tablets, all using the same mouse. Logitech also made sure to include the company’s popular Hyper-Fast scrolling tech in the new design, which allows users to scroll through web-pages and documents with ease.
What really makes the MK Anywhere 2S a terrific traveling companion, and all around workhorse, is the Darkfield laser tracking. You can use the mouse on almost any surface, without a pad, and still be able to precisely navigate your screen. This even includes glass, which often causes a problem for most laser-tracking mouse options. I tested the mouse on a standard microfibre couch, an acrylic desk, a glass conference table, my jeans, and a regular mouse-pad. All during my testing I never had an issue with the mouse tracking. I also loved the battery-life on the MK Anywhere 2S. It only takes 4 minutes to fully charge the device, which you can still use while charging, and I got over a full day’s use from the mouse on almost constant use. There is a low-battery indicator on the mouse itself, though it will take a while before you ever see it. Logitech stated that the device could run up to 2 months on a single charge with normal use, and I’m eager to see how long it can go before it dies (as of now I’m up to 2 weeks). This is all based on a normal U.S. work schedule, so results may vary depending on your actual use. The device is designed to run on Windows 7-10, or Mac OS X 10.8 or later. This is a terrific option for anyone that jumps between platforms, or operating systems.
If you really want to upgrade your mouse, consider the new MX Master 2S ($99 at Amazon), which is the upgraded version of Logitech’s award-winning MX Master design. This device has some options that you may never use, but what it can do is flat-out amazing. The first amazing feature is Logitech Flow, and it’s worth learning how to use this option, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. According to the company, Logitech Flow allows users to “seamlessly control two computers with one mouse and copy-paste content between them”. So if you have two paired laptops (or a laptop and desktop) in front of you, you can use the mouse to control both, and work seamlessly between them. The MX Master 2S also works on any surface, and comes equipped with a brand new 4000-DPi precision sensor. You can get a great look at the Logitech Flow tech with the presentation video that the company created.
“One computer used to be enough, but we’ve moved into an era where roughly one in 10 people are working across multiple computers at the same time,” said Anatoliy Polyanker, global portfolio and brand director at Logitech. “Using multiple computers can help you avoid distractions and speed up processor-intensive operations, but working across multiple computers can be a hassle. That’s where Logitech Flow comes in. With Flow and a new MX mouse, you can enhance your productivity — for instance, copying and pasting files from one computer to another — helping you become more precise and focused in the multi-computer world.”
Not to be outdone by the MX Anywhere 2S, the MX Master 2S charges in just 3 minutes, and it too can easily last a full day. Logitech states that even the MX Master 2S can last up to 70 days on a standard work schedule. You will find the same Hyper-Fast scrolling that we talked about in the MX Anywhere, but the MX Master 2S has an elongated thumb-rest, which many customers find to be more comfortable. The MX Anywhere 2S was designed to be more compact, so the thumb-rest is smaller in that option. The MX Master 2S also has the included Logitech Unifying Receiver, and runs on Bluetooth as well. Just like the MX Anywhere 2S, the MX Master 2S also can pair up to 3 devices and switches between them with the touch of a button. The MX Master 2S can run on Windows 8 or later, and you can switch to Mac OS X 10.10 or later.