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I pride myself on my ability to construct well written, well-thought-out reviews that are long and enjoyable to read. However, there are two situations where that becomes difficult. The first is with a basic, unexciting product…like a lamp, or a toothbrush…and to be honest, in most cases I avoid those products for review purposes. The second is when a simple, extremely mature product is released that I find is just really, really good at doing the one thing they’re designed to do (my 11th-grade English teacher may appreciate my use of foreshadowing here).
Reviewing a product that is of this second type may result in a shorter review, but that rarely means the review is not well-thought-out. Logitech makes a solid product, and they’ve been “in the game” for quite some time, and I’ve found that their flagship devices are often crowd favorites with very few criticisms. In fact, I’ve been using my MX Master 2S mouse now for 3 years—and haven’t replaced it with the latest version because it’s just SO DANG GOOD.
Likewise, the MX Anywhere series of mice have been a longstanding favorite of folks who want a reliable mouse that feels great, looks great, and is small enough to toss in a bag and take, well, anywhere.
And as premium as the mouse may be, I would not consider the unboxing experience to be the most premium out there—the packaging was extremely simple and will provide good kindling the next time I use my fire pit. Included in the box is a USB-C cord for charging, but (apparently) gone are the days of the included Unifying receiver, perhaps because Bluetooth doesn’t suck anymore.
The mouse itself has a simple and clean design; it is small compared to the gargantuan MX Master series or even the not-so-massive Marathon and Triathlon mice that I have a handful of lying around my house. The scroll wheel is delightful and smooth, as I’ve come to expect from Logitech’s mice (although, no side-scrolling options). There are a couple of buttons on the left side of the mouse, and one below the scroll wheel, all of which are customizable.
This is a Bluetooth mouse primarily, although it’s worth noting that if you do have an old Unifying receiver lying around, it is compatible…but my experience with it wasn’t as stable as Bluetooth, interestingly enough. The mouse can be connected to up to 3 devices, and a button on the bottom of the mouse allows for switching between those devices.
As with all of Logitech’s recent flagship releases, the MX Anywhere 3 charges via USB-C. Logitech claims a ridiculous 70-day battery life on a single charge which, if true, will be pretty awesome. If it does die on you, you can get 3 hours of use on a one-minute charge, and it can also be used while charging thanks to the location of the charging port (although, you’ll likely need to find a longer USB-C cable).
The product’s full name is the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 for Mac, which implies specific application for Mac users (iPad included). There may be optimization for those environments as Logitech suggests, but functionally speaking I don’t really notice a difference. Ironically enough, I had trouble connecting it to a Dell laptop, but I suppose that’s not a situation you’ll often find yourself in when you buy a product specifically designed for Mac. Still, the included manuals suggest that the device is also compatible with Windows and Linux, so maybe the mouse was resisting out of spite.
One of the things I always try to mention about Logitech peripherals is a feature included in the Logi Options software called Flow, wherein you can use your mouse or keyboard across multiple devices as if they were a single device with multiple monitors. When Flow first came out, it was buggy and not a great experience, but over the years it has gotten better and better. Sadly, while the mouse is compatible (and quite enjoyable to use) with the iPad, Flow is not yet an option there…but connecting the Anywhere 3 to multiple devices, and moving back and forth between those devices (even with copy/paste functionality) is pretty slick. Take that, KVM switches.
As I alluded to early on, this is a pretty short review—if for no other reason than, it’s a great product. Notice how I didn’t talk about using the mouse at all? That says something about how good it is; the nature of mice is that they become an extension of our hands, like keyboards are extensions of our fingers—and provided they don’t get in the way or have noticeable flaws, everything just….flows (pun intended).
So, the price tag…it’s $80. That’s not cheap for a wireless mouse by any means, but honestly, and simply, there’s really no good reason not to buy it…except, perhaps, if you are going with another ‘flagship’ Logitech mouse like the MX Master series.
This product was provided by Best Buy and Logitech in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. The opinions expressed herein are solely that of the author and have not been reviewed or approved by any sponsors prior to posting.