Logitech MX Master 2S review: The Flow software lifts this elegant mouse above the rest

    Logitech’s MX Grasp 2S wi-fi mouse justifies its $100 price ticket with a sublime, ergonomic design that features two options not discovered on the competitors: two mousewheels, plus an excellent software program function known as Movement that means that you can work on and switch recordsdata between neighboring PCs.

    Like its rival, Microsoft’s Surface Precision Mouse, the MX Grasp 2S is Logitech’s flagship productiveness mouse, although with sufficient sensitivity for gaming. Proper-handers will discover the MX Grasp 2S as ergonomic as it’s pretty, with flowing curves and elongated buttons that accommodate quite a lot of fingers. Lefties, although, gained’t discover the mouse to be almost as comfy, and I’m nonetheless on the fence about whether or not it’s a suitable long-term answer.

    Mark Hachman / IDG

    Seen from behind, the Logitech MX Grasp 2S appears considerably otherworldly. It favors right-handers, with a pronounced, flaring thumb relaxation.

    The fundamentals: Consolation and management

    Measuring a large 1.9 inches excessive, three.four inches huge and nearly 5 inches deep, Logitech’s unabashedly voluptuous, seven-button, right-handed mouse gracefully reclines throughout most of your mousepad. It skews closely towards right-handers, with a tilt that approaches thirty levels or so on its high floor. A beneficiant thumb relaxation flows out from its underside like a breaking wave, or the flaring prepare of a night gown. 

    Like different Logitech mice, the MX Grasp 2S presents a alternative of connections. It could actually operate as a Bluetooth mouse, assuming you’ve a Home windows eight or youthful PC able to supporting Bluetooth Low Vitality connections. The USB receiver presents a devoted connection (on the sacrifice of a port) that is crucial for Home windows 7 PCs. On sure machines we examined, the receiver linked extra rapidly after resuming from sleep than the system’s personal Bluetooth, so choose what works for you.

    Logitech MX Master 2S Mark Hachman / IDG

    Although a USB dongle appears considerably anachronistic within the age of Bluetooth, Logitech’s Unifying Receiver remains to be a superior answer for environments with a lot of Bluetooth gadgets, or simply an older PC.

    The MX Grasp 2 S opts for a gray-and-silver aesthetic. The “Logi” model options prominently on the broad left- and right-hand buttons, lower with such distinctive gaps that I can’t assist however surprise what kind of schmutz will work its method in over time. As is changing into extra frequent, a broad mousewheel can both spin freely or ratchet backwards and forwards incrementally, particularly helpful for navigating menus.

    Switching between the 2 is managed by a small button mounted behind the thumbwheel, which is configurable. Through Logitech’s Choices software program, you can even allow “SmartShift,” which routinely switches the scroll wheel from ratcheting to a free-spin mode relying on how rapidly you spin it. It’s an fascinating idea.

    It’s the second (sure, second) mousewheel that you simply would possibly discover intriguing. Logitech’s MX Grasp 2S clusters three buttons inside attain of a right-hander’s thumb, on the left-hand facet of the mouse. Two are slim slivers of plastic, typically serving as  “ahead” and “backwards” shortcut keys for Net looking. However there’s additionally a small, free-spinning thumbwheel, ostensibly designed for horizontal scrolling. 

    Logitech MX Master 2S Mark Hachman / IDG

    Two thumb buttons present “ahead” and “again” navigation, although they’re configurable. The thumb relaxation is itself a big button, simply depressed by right-handers, however much less so by lefties.

    Chances are you’ll have to tweak the related Choices software program to maximise the utility of the MX Grasp 2S horizontal thumbwheel. By default, the thumbwheel is configured to scroll backwards and forwards horizontally, reminiscent of in a a number of column view I’ve in place utilizing the Hootsuite Net app, or inside a spreadsheet. Utilizing the related Choices software program, you can even configure it to scroll left and proper between browser tabs. Sadly, the mouse just isn’t contextually conscious sufficient to do each.

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