Updated: Aug 19
Written by Zayed Talib (Tech360.tv Community Creator)
I love Apple products. I love them so much that I have been blind to alternative mice and keyboard peripherals for the last seven years. Yes, I’m one of those die-hard fanboys.
So I decided to take a chance and have a look at the king of all mice devices – the Logitech MX Master 3.
But I could not find much information about its usage with Apple devices. Does it play nice? Is it able to replace the Magic Mouse itself?
The answer is a resounding yes.
In fact, my experience with the device is that just the handling alone is enough for you to ditch the Magic Mouse and go with the Logitech MX Master 3.
The sleek profile of the Apple Magic Mouse is not able to hold a candle to the MX Master 3’s build in terms of ergonomics. Though I admit not all hands are created equal, the MX Master 3 provided me with a very compelling reason for adopting it as my daily driver – comfort. My hand (and I should say my wrists too) rests on the device as though it was sculpted for the purpose. That’s the kind of thinking that Logitech put into its devices; that their device must also be something consumers would want to use for a long period of time.
Next is the number of buttons this device puts into play. Let’s do a quick comparison here: the Apple Magic Mouse has one physical button that can read as two inputs for left and right click so we will give the Apple Magic Mouse two buttons. The MX Master 3 has six buttons and they are all placed intuitively so as to not become overly cumbersome.
The main scroll wheel on the MX Master 3 is the second thing I truly appreciate about this device. It has the ability to be free-scrolling if you push it hard enough and that is a welcome reprieve to having to slide endlessly on the Magic Mouse to get to the bottom of any page.
As I deal with multiple data sets that can sometimes be pages long – I have a pressing need that I didn’t realise there was a solution for. When you push the main scrolling wheel hard enough it goes into a free spin and for most of my use cases, it was able to reach the bottom of the page which was an ideal outcome for me.
One of the other main add ons that comes with the MX Master 3 is the software. The Logi Options software allows the user to choose exactly what function each button serves in Apple OS. It goes one step further by including this same functionality into every software you are running on your Mac.
This means that this one mouse could be reconfigured to how you would like to use it for different software, which is a huge plus for creatives and individuals who spend long hours with their computers. I have different profiles now for Google Chrome, Microsoft Word and Final Cut Pro that are tailored to how I want each button to react.
I also have multiple computers at home and the MX Master 3 can be used for each of them without having to switch the Bluetooth selector off and on. This isn’t something that you’re going to need to use on a daily basis unless you have no choice but to work on two separate machines at the same time. This software is called Flow and works like a breeze. There is also a copy and paste function for files, but it didn’t really work for me, unfortunately.
All in all – this device is a more than worthy replacement for the Apple Magic Mouse. I should know – I’m a convert.
More information about the Logitech MX Master 3 (S$169) is available on Logitech’s website.