Released in 2019, the Logitech MX Master 3 is regarded by many as the best productivity mouse on the market. When Logitech came out with the MX Master 3S we were left wondering how it could possibly improve on the already impeccable Master 3. Not to mention the hefty price tag that comes along with it.
So, at Rs 10,995 is it worth a buy? Is it a big enough upgrade for MX Master 3 users to make the switch? When we got our hands on the Logitech MX Master 3S we were more than keen to find out. After using it for just over a week, we may have some answers for you. Read our Logitech MX Master 3S review to find out.
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Logitech MX Master 3S review: Design
Inside the box, the Logitech MX Master 3S comes with a mouse and a USB receiver. The packaging is minimal with no plastic covering inside the box, keeping things eco-friendly. Logitech claims it has a 25% reduction in packaging carbon footprint compared to the previous version and uses 100% FSC-certified paper in packaging. The mouse is made out of Post Consumer Recycled plastic, making it a more sustainable product than its predecessor.
The design of the Logitech MX Master 3S remains unchanged from its previous avatar. It sports a clean, minimal look, and an ergonomic design that is carved out for maximum comfort. The bulky size of the mouse may make it challenging to use for people with smaller hands, but for people who often find regular mice too small to work with, this device will prove to be the perfect fit.
The ridge at the left side of the mouse acts as a cushion for the thumb and comes with a gesture control button. Along this side, you’ll also find the horizontal scroll wheel and back/forward buttons housed with an LED light. On top, you get your regular click buttons, the vertical scroll wheel, and a mode switch button. The power button, DPI sensor, and pairing/switch key are located at the bottom of the mouse.
All buttons are seamlessly integrated into the body of the mouse. There are no loose fittings on this mouse, which isn’t the case with other devices on the market. The rubber finish across the body provides a decent grip, and the curvy design allows for greater comfort and minimal weariness upon extended use.
A lot of attention has been paid to accessibility, with every button on the mouse easily reachable and serving a specified purpose. Our only minor issue is with the motion gesture button hidden under the thumb rest. While it comes in handy, we had to move our thumb in an unnatural position every time we wanted to use it.
One of the more notable upgrades in the Logitech MX Master 3S is its ‘quiet click’ experience which may gather mixed responses from its users. The clicks on the MX Master 3S are 90% quieter than the previous version, making it more suitable for the workplace, but mechanical enthusiasts will certainly miss the satisfactory audible sound that came with every click. The tactile feedback on every button is still excellent.
There is, however, bad news for left-handed people. This device is in no way meant for ambidextrous use, and there are no left-handed options in the lineup. You will either have to switch to your right hand or look out for other left-handed products. Portability is also an issue, with the MX Master 3S, as the device weighs 141g and there is no section to store the USB receiver. If you often find yourself working on the go, you may want to consider some more portable options.
Logitech MX Master 3S review: Performance
When you’re following a device like MX Master 3, which is already regarded as the best in its class, you have your work cut out for you. We’re happy to report that the MX Master 3S puts up a performance that not only matches but exceeds its predecessor’s. A big chunk of credit for that goes to the updated 8,000 DPI sensor, which is double the one found on the previous version.
You can adjust the DPI level from Logitech’s Options Plus software, as the mouse runs on 1000 DPI by default. A higher DPI setting comes in handy for multi-monitor setups and high-resolution displays. The idea is to cover the maximum area on the screen without moving the mouse too much.
One of the better parts about having a high DPI sensor is that the mouse can effectively track on any surface without a mousepad. We used it on wooden desks, glass table tops, plastic patio furniture, and even on beds. There was no drop in performance on any surface and the motions were smooth as silk.
Connectivity was no issue for this device, as all you need to do is plug in the USB receiver to your PC, switch on the mouse and you’re good to go. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can use the Logitech MX Master 3S on 3 devices at once. Once you’ve connected to multiple devices, you can switch between them using the pairing key at the bottom or by enabling the Flow feature on the Logitech Options Plus software.
We preferred the latter option as it seamlessly switched the control from one device to another as soon as the pointer reached the edge of the display. Manually clicking the switch key at the bottom of the mouse can hinder the smooth experience. It would’ve been a lot better if the switch key was placed in a more accessible position.
Moving on, the scrolling experience on the Logitech MX Master 3S is an absolute delight. There are 2 scrolling modes that can be switched using the button on the top panel of the mouse. The standard Ratchet mode provides nice feedback with every line scroll. The Free Spin mode is something Excel users will use a lot. It can be activated using the switch button at the centre and turns the scroller into a frictionless wheel that you can flick effortlessly. Need to scroll down to the very bottom of your Spreadsheet? Now you can do it with just one flick of the scroll. It is that easy.
Another helpful feature of the MX Master 3S is the side scroll wheel. It allows you to navigate sideways on your screen, something that Spreadsheet users will enjoy too. The two additional buttons on the left panel can switch back and forwards between windows and web pages.
The horizontal scroll and navigation buttons were particularly helpful while using the mouse on a tablet. Going through images and scrolling the app drawer became incredibly easy with the horizontal scroll, while the navigation buttons were helpful in going back and forward within an app without needing to use the pointer to hit the back button.
The external buttons can also be customised to assign different functions for different apps using the Logitech Options Plus software. For instance, you can use the horizontal scroller to switch between tabs in a web browser and increase the brush size in Adobe Photoshop. The back/forward buttons can be used as undo/redo keys or customised to adjust the volume.
The Logitech MX Master 3S is designed while keeping your workstation in mind. Its functionality benefits people who need a device that can keep up with their creative needs, be it photo editing on PhotoShop or making a PowerPoint presentation. Even relatively boring tasks like managing a Spreadsheet become super easy and fun with the Master 3S.
However, it is not a device you want to use during your gaming sessions. Its polling rate and click latency won’t cut it for serious gamers who are willing to spend on an expensive mouse. The Logitech MX Master 3S does not pretend to be a gaming mouse at all and caters to a different demographic altogether.
Moving to the battery life, Logitech has equipped the MX Master 3S with a 500mAh battery that can last up to 70 days on a full charge. Since we only used it for just over a week, we can’t back up the claim, but the previous version comes with the same battery and lasts around that range under moderate use. Users can expect the MX Master 3S to achieve a similar result. Three minutes of charge powers the mouse for a full day of use, which is quite impressive. You can even use the mouse while charging.
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While we have only good things to say about the Logitech MX Master 3S, at Rs 10,995 is it a worthy buy? The answer is a resounding yes. The Master 3S will raise your benchmark for a typical mouse. The range of functionality offered by the Master 3S is unparalleled and it doesn’t come at the cost of practicality. However, if you are already using the Logitech MX Master 3, Rs 10,995 may be a bit steep for an upgrade.
Can connect to three devices
Superior scrolling experience
Accessible buttons and enhanced functionality
Comfortable design that is easy on the palm
Not meant for left-handers
Portability is an issue