Mx anywhere 3 wireless compact mouse for mac

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REVIEW – I work from home. On my desk I have two computers, one that’s personal and one that’s for work. Khổng lồ keep my desk as clutter-free as possible, these computers nội dung a monitor, a keyboard, và a mouse. I have a plan lớn reduce clutter even further by removing the switch selector that connects my keyboard & mouse to both computers & by replacing the wired keyboard & mouse with wireless ones. Step one of my plan was to lớn replace my táo bị cắn keyboard with iClever’s wireless keyboard, which you can read about in a previous review. Step two is lớn replace my Glorious model D with a Logitech wireless mouse.

What is it?

Logitech’s MX Anywhere 3 for Mac is a compact, wireless mouse that works with Macs và iPads và is designed to lớn be used on the go. It can rotate between three different sources at the press of a button.

What’s in the box?


MouseUSB-C charging cableOne sticker for setupOne picture for recycling the battery

Hardware specs

Weight: 3.5 ouncesDimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 1.3 inchesDPI: 200-4000Connectivity: BluetoothButtons: 6 (left, right, middle, back, forward, wheel mode)Color: Pale gray, rose, or blackBattery: Lithium polymer (500 mAh)Charge Time: 3 hoursRun time: 70 days

Design & features


The MX Anywhere has gentle, smooth lines that give it a graceful appearance. The one I have is a pale gray in màu sắc and has silver accents down the middle & underneath. It has the standard left và right buttons, along with a scroll wheel in the center that functions as a middle mouse button. It also has a center button just below the scroll wheel and a small green LED that indicates that the mouse is being charged. Along the left side are two buttons, which are more likely khổng lồ be found on a low-end gaming mouse than on a general-purpose mouse. Overall, it’s a pleasant variation of a typical design.

Installation và setup


The MX arrived inside a small black box that was inside of a small white box. It’s extra packaging, but Logitech’s website notes that their box contains only FSC-certified paper. The box also included a cable for charging and one sticker that could be called a quick start guide only if one were feeling very charitable. There’s no manual, which is unfortunate, as the MX has a number of a features that could use some explanation.


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The MX is a wireless gadget, so the first thing I did was connect one kết thúc of the USB-C charging cable khổng lồ the nose of the mouse and the other over to my Aukey Powerhub XL. Logitech’s trang web says that it needs three hours to lớn fully charge, so I let it charge for the full duration. It also says that it runs for 70 days on a single charge, which is an amazingly long time! I don’t know whether or not it lasts that long, as it exceeds the time I am allotted for testing this gadget, but I bởi know that it never ran out of power nguồn during the time I’ve been using it. There’s no physical, visual way to know how much charge is left, so I need to cài đặt a calendar reminder khổng lồ charge it every month or two.


The second thing I did was follows the “instructions” on the sticker to connect it khổng lồ my personal computer, a Mac mini. I turned the mouse over và clicked the on/off switch lớn on. I went to lớn the bluetooth panel in System Preferences and made sure that bluetooth was on. I then pressed the small white round công nghệ bluetooth source button until the first small trắng LED was lit. My Mac found it instantly, and I was able to sync it without any problems. I repeated this process for my work computer, a 16-inch MacBookPro, using the second LED và for my ipad tablet using the third. Logitech has made connecting to hãng apple devices via bluetooth to be quick and painless.


The third thing I did was go lớn Logitech’s website using the URL included on the sticker. It’s a generic workflow designed lớn help me connect any Logitech mouse or keyboard khổng lồ my computer. As this process repeats what’s already on the sticker, it wasn’t really of any help. At the kết thúc of the workflow, however, there was a liên kết to tải về Logitech’s Options software.



When I first put my hand on the MX Anywhere, my immediate impression was, “Wow! This is a really small mouse.” In the picture above, you can see how much smaller the MX is than the Glorious model D. I wasn’t expecting that, but as I read back through their hàng hóa page I find phrases like “for creators on the go,” “compact, low-profile design,” & “designed for ultimate mobility.” In retrospect, I realize that I should not have been surprised at its small size. As an average-size guy with average-sized hands, that’s no way that I can use this as my every day mouse. I work in the area of software development, so I use my mouse for eight hours a day, and then I probably use it for another hour or two in the evenings for personal use. I would have to scrunch up my hand in a most unergonomic fashion, which would undoubtedly leave it unhappily cramped. This begs the question, “Who exactly is this mouse for?” I think that there are several types of people who would appreciate its smaller size:

Anyone with smaller handsKids và teenagersAnyone with a small desk where kích thước is at a premiumRoad warriors who want their gadgets to be small và lightweightCreators who are constantly traveling between home, sites, cafes, and other places to vì their work

Once COVID calms down, this would be a great mouse for those times when I need khổng lồ travel to the office or khổng lồ a sponsor’s site. In the meantime, however, my wife needed a new mouse for her MacBookPro, so I gave it to lớn her. She loves it! It’s the perfect kích thước for her hand.


Perhaps the most useful feature of the MX is that it can connect to lớn three sources và rotate between them at the press of a button. I found this feature to work flawlessly. I could discern no noticeable lag when it disconnected from one computer và reconnected to lớn the next. Similarly, there was no lag when it awoke from sleep. Logitech’s công nghệ bluetooth không dây performance is stellar. If there’s anything to be unhappy about, it’s that I have lớn pick up the mouse, flip it over, and press a button on the bottom. To be fair, I don’t know where else they could have put this button; if they had put it on vị trí cao nhất somewhere, I would probably accidentally press it all the time. If you need khổng lồ frequently switch between computers, flipping the mouse over might be annoying; it you only occasionally vị so, it will fine.


Perhaps the most interesting feature of the MX is its scroll wheel. Normally I wouldn’t think twice about a mouse’s scroll wheel—it either works or it doesn’t—but the one on the MX has two different modes, hyper scroll mode và ratchet mode. When I first started using the MX, it was in hyper scroll mode, which simply means that it can scroll really fast. It’s easy lớn rapidly move through a trang web or a long Word document. Logitech’s trang web says that “MagSpeed electromagnetic scrolling is precise enough lớn stop on a pixel and fast enough to lớn scroll 1,000 lines in a second. Oh, và it’s nearly silent. The wheel’s machined steel gives it premium tactility and a dynamic inertia you feel — but don’t hear.” In fact, if you pick up the mouse và spin the scroll wheel, it will spin for nine seconds; I definitely believe there’s some electromagnetic magic going on that gives the wheel some pretty sweet inertia. While it’s certainly true that hyper scroll mode is faster, I also found it lớn be a lot less precise than what I want. That’s where ratchet mode comes in! When I press the small button just below the scroll wheel—this button is often used lớn switch the DPI setting for a mouse—it changes the mode. In ratchet mode, it scrolls slower và more precisely, and there’s a slight clicking sensation in the wheel. I like ratchet mode a lot better, but I found myself switching between the two, depending upon what I’m doing at the moment.

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The sides of the MX Anywhere are made of silicone, making it easy lớn keep a firm grip on the mouse. Logitech says that the tracker on the bottom works on a wide variety of surfaces—this is the reason that “Anywhere” is in the name—and I found it worked equally well on my mousepad, a synthetic surface, và real wood.

Extra Features

The MX works out of the box without the need to install any drivers or software; however, the Logitech Options software does provide a number of extra features. Although this is a generic software package that works with many Logitech products, it’s smart enough khổng lồ recognize that the MX is connected & provide features specific khổng lồ it.


Options begins by providing some helpful explanations of the MX.


Remember how I mentioned previously that the MX has two buttons on the left side? It turns out that they can be customized for various applications. The installer detected that I have some apps that can be customized, và it offered lớn set the pre-defined settings for them, which I accepted.


After the installation process was completed, Options started and presented three tabs. On the Mouse tab, Options provides a tour of available options.


On the Point và Scroll tab, it provides:

The pointer tốc độ (DPI) and scrolling speedThe scroll direction và smooth scrollingHorizontal scroll và scroll forceSmartShift và its sensitivityFixed scroll wheel mode

Unfortunately, it’s not obvious what some of these features mean. I still have no idea what SmartShift is all about. These details should be in the manual, the one that Logitech didn’t write.


In the Flow tab, I could enable Flow, a capability to lớn transfer files from one computer khổng lồ another; it sounds lượt thích Apple’s AirDrop khổng lồ me. As one of my connected computers is a work computer, I did not install Options on my work computer or attempt to kiểm tra this feature. Exfiltrating files from my work computer directly khổng lồ my trang chủ computer sounds lượt thích a good way lớn get fired. If, however, I was using this feature with two personal computers, it might be handy.

When the More button is clicked, Options provides:

An option lớn receive a notification when the battery is low (I like this!)The ability to send feedback to lớn Logitech support if there are công nghệ bluetooth problemsA way to backup my settings in Options, if I create a Logitech accountAn option to lớn automatically keep Options updatedAn option khổng lồ send analytic data khổng lồ Logitech


In the All Application drop down, I can change the functionality for the buttons per each supported application. For example, for Safari the front button on the left can be set to lớn ten different options.


It appears that this functionality can be set for any application. This part of Options is really nice, & I love the flexibility it offers me.

What I like

Smooth, clean designGreat bluetooth support, especially for switching between sourcesTwo scroll modesLots of flexibility in Options

What I’d change

Include a manual that explains how khổng lồ install the mouse and what the various features are

Final thoughts

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Mouse for Mac is a compact mouse that is perfect for anyone who needs a smaller-sized mouse that can switch between multiple sources. It has a nice clean design and is easy lớn grip on the sides. The scroll wheel can be adjusted lớn be faster or more precise, whichever you prefer. Logitech’s Options software provides a host of settings that can be adjusted, and it even provides the ability to lớn set the functionality of the back & forward buttons on the left side. I lượt thích this mouse a lot; unfortunately, it’s too small for my hands as an everyday mouse, so I wasn’t able lớn use it for step two of my decluttering plan. The happy ending is that it was the perfect kích thước for my wife, so she’s using it with her MacBookPro. The only change that I wish Logitech would make is to lớn write a real manual, but as they address most of this problem via the Options software, I still heartily recommend this mouse lớn you.

Price: $79.99Where khổng lồ buy: Logitech or AmazonSource: The sample for this reviews was provided by Logitech.