Well built, comfortable, and at the forefront of ergonomics with its super dial, the MX Anywhere 3 also benefits from top-notch functions such as Flow or software profiles.
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If touchpads have their fans, especially in the world of Macbooks, many people prefer mice, if only in terms of comfort (hand position), or in terms of productivity. Intended for a public in love with its laptop PC but in search of greater comfort, Logitech has released a third iteration of its nomadic mouse, the MX Anywhere 3. A “luxury” device with its retail price of 89 €. But that's worth every penny you invest.
Small but not too much
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Let us immediately underline the highly subjective nature of the feeling of the quality of the grip: it all depends on your hands, their size, their spatial conformation. Your servant has broad palms, rather short fingers – I'm not telling you the hardship of learning the piano … In fact, I prefer wide mice, on which I have a seat. I was therefore a public "at risk" for the MX Anywhere 3. All the more at risk since I received the white version and the white for a mouse is at best, a misplaced mark of nostalgia (ah, the horrible mice of yesteryear…), at the worst of pure provocation. Because a mouse is gray or black. Not white. Did I tell you about the highly subjective nature of the feeling of colors?
So, I had to admit that the work of the designers at Logitech paid off: the shape of the machine is comfortable, even in the long term. Besides the shape, the result of the compilation of many types of hands, the type of buttons with high sensitivity allows you to click easily without having to strain your fingertips on the ends. We always click very comfortably, even with the tip of the mouse placed between the first and the second phalanx, without having to apply additional force.
The coatings chosen are very pleasant, whether it is the matt plastic of the top cover, as well as the rubber placed on the sides. And the mouse works on all surfaces tested – black wooden desk, (dirty) white desk, the odd aluminum coating of the wobbly table in the cafeteria. Only its white color gives me hives, but it also exists in pink (no, never) and black (obviously!).
MagSpeed: the magic wheel
Have I already told you about the highly subjective nature of some evaluations? Let's talk about the dial then. Because I am part of the clan of maniacs of the “infinite” scrolling wheels, called infinite scroll by our English-speaking cousins. Why this need for infinity? To become aware of the immensity of the universe at first, and to scroll through endless web pages and other mille-feuille PDFs at the speed of a peregrine falcon secondly.
But you, O dear reader, perhaps despise individuals of my ilk and swear by a rough notch. And this is where Logitech is strong: as with its MX Masters, the Swiss brand has integrated the precious MagSpeed wheel. An electromagnetic device that offers switching from one mode to another at the touch of a button. This allows to switch to the infinite scroll to the notching depending on the use, the latter being more practical in certain uses, in particular FPS type games.
Dongle useful, but not required
In these times when the PC world is starting to convert massively to USB C, the arrival of a mouse with a Unifying dongle in USB A format can be scary. But Logitech had a hollow nose and the mouse also works in Bluetooth.
Pairing via the dongle offers less energy-consuming operation (greater autonomy for the mouse and the computer), lower latency, a more stable connection. And it can control up to six devices. But Bluetooth works on all machines – universalism is good too. Speaking of universalism, note the switch, which allows the mouse to pair with three devices – and retain the setup.
Note still a small ergonomic disappointment: unlike some past models, the MX Anywhere 3 does not have a hatch to store the precious object, however small it may be. No doubt for reasons of compactness. So leave it plugged in or lose it.
This glowing hardware evaluation could have collapsed on the altar of a sloppy software part and digital ergonomics finished with a trowel … Unfortunately for the haters, Logitech has shielded its score on this side.
Because there is a pretty amazing feature called "Flow", super handy for humans who frequently use and / or switch between two machines – powerful tower and laptop PC for example. The only prerequisites are that the Options software is installed and configured on each of the machines, which must be connected to the same network (wired or Wi-Fi, it doesn't matter). Flow then allows you to switch from one machine to another by moving the cursor beyond the screen.
Even better: it allows you to copy / paste files from one machine to another. A Ctrl + C on the source machine, we move the cursor on the second machine, we do a Ctrl + V "and voila", the files pass through.
Not really ambidextrous
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Left-handed friends, left-handed friends, do you prefer the good news or the bad news? Faced with your silence, let's start with the right one: the MX Anywhere 3 is as comfortable in sinistral grip as in dextral grip in basic use.
The bad news: the "previous" and "next" buttons placed on the left edge will be inaccessible to you … unless you have amputated your little finger and the first two phalanges of the ring finger. Which is a shame, but very practical here – after all, losing fingertips can help, ask Django Reinhardt.
Logitech signs with the MX Anywhere 3 the "Rolls" of nomadic mice, including the technologies that make the success of its MX Master 3 (ultra precise and sensitive sensor, MagSpeed wheel, Logitech Options software, etc.) in one format at a time compact and pleasant even for long sessions. Those allergic to the dongle will be able to go through Bluetooth, which leaves it with only one real flaw: a high price. But if the 89 euros requested for a nomadic mouse launched into a confined world is a sum, the MX Anywhere 3 is really worth it.