As a recent graduate, I’ve spent my last three years slaving away on a touchpad – an unspoken sin to any regular laptop user who hasn’t just bought a Macbook to watch Netflix. However, I felt it was finally time to pledge my allegiance to the illustrious domain of mice, where Logitech reigns supreme. As a potential touchpad to mouse convert, Logitech sent out an MX Anywhere 3S as part of their Master Series. So let’s put this mouse to the test and see if it can click and conquer.
Before diving into the specifics of the review, I want to touch upon the essential aspects that are important to me. I had a clear set of expectations regarding the mouse’s design. I thought about the size (would this be an annoyance in my laptop case?), the sensor (how well can I use this without a mousepad when I’m on the go?) and the connectivity (how well does the bluetooth perform?) However, before we delve into these aspects, let’s first cover the fundamentals.
The MX Anywhere 3S offers the standard colour options that are usually available for hardware, including graphite (black), pale grey (white), and rose (pink). These three neutral shades effortlessly compliment most silver laptops, adding a touch of style to your setup. The one I’m using as I write this is the contemporary pale grey variant, which perfectly blends into the modern aesthetic – which I personally look for. One design element that stands out to me is the sleek metal mouse wheel, a feature carried over from its predecessor, the MX Anywhere 3. This mouse excels in both form and function, making it an excellent choice for those who value aesthetics. Its clean and modern appearance effortlessly matches any environment, allowing it to seamlessly integrate into various setups.
If you care more about the specifications, the MX Anywhere 3S proves itself to be a true travel companion. Weighing less than a kilogram, this mouse is impressively lightweight, making it an ideal practical choice for those constantly on the move. With its compact dimensions of 1.3 by 2.5 by 3.9 inches, it easily slips into your laptop case without occupying much space. This was particularly important to me, as I wanted the mouse to feel like an essential that I would use in my daily life. If the mouse was too awkward to shove in my bag in the morning, I would have happily left it behind. However, it’s worth noting that due to its petite size, individuals with larger fingers might find it a bit challenging to manoeuvre. Personally, this suits me just fine, as I prefer a more ergonomic fit that doesn’t strain my hands. If you’re an always-on-the-go individual, this mouse lives up to its promise of portability and convenience – just like its name.
If you’re forgetful like me and hate constantly charging your devices, the battery life of the MX Anywhere 3S continues to impress; offering an exceptional duration of up to 70 days on a single charge. In case you find yourself running low on power, a quick 60-second charge using the included USB-C cord can provide up to three hours of usage time. This reliable and long-lasting battery performance ensures that you can stay productive without constant interruptions. When it comes to connectivity, the MX Anywhere 3S offers versatility and compatibility across various devices. You have the convenience of connecting to three different devices simultaneously, allowing seamless switching between them. As for its Bluetooth connectivity, the MX Anywhere 3S boasts reliable performance, ensuring a stable and consistent connection to your devices. You can enjoy the freedom of wirelessly connecting to your laptop, tablet, or smartphone without any hassle. This seamless Bluetooth connection adds to the overall convenience and ease of use provided by the MX Anywhere 3S, making it a reliable companion for all your computing needs.
Building upon the on-the-go archetype I’ve established, let’s delve into the significance of the mouse’s DPI. Sporting a DPI of 8000, this mouse retains its impressive swiftness, ensuring seamless performance across various surfaces, including glass. This versatility proves invaluable. Particularly when you find yourself working on different types of desks or makeshift surfaces while travelling on a train, settling into a classroom, or enjoying the ambience of your favourite local coffee shop. Speaking of public settings, there’s no need to worry about disturbing others with your clicks, as this mouse operates with minimal sound, making it as quiet as a mouse – no pun intended.
It’s also worth noting that Logitech has taken significant steps towards improving the sustainability of the MX Anywhere 3S mouse’s production. Before beginning my review, the environmental impact wasn’t a factor I had considered, so bringing this to the consumer’s attention is a great move from Logitech. The Graphite variant of the mouse proudly incorporates 78% post-consumer recycled plastic, showcasing a commendable commitment to utilising recycled materials. The Pale Gray and Rose colour options also make use of 61% recycled plastic, further reflecting Logitech’s eco-conscious approach. By incorporating recycled plastic into the MX Anywhere 3S, Logitech provides an option that its environmentally conscious consumers can appreciate – aligning with their values while enjoying a reliable and high-performing mouse.
So after three long years of labouring away with the touchpad, I decided it was time to break free from its restrictive grasp and embrace the transformative power of a mouse. With the many benefits that the MX Anywhere 3S holds, it was the perfect swap that I needed. With each click and scroll, this mouse has conquered the limitations of the touchpad, reaffirming my allegiance to the domain of mice.
Grab your MX Anywhere 3S today at https://www.logitech.com/en-gb/products/mice/mx-anywhere-3s.910-006929.html
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