Logitech Anywhere MX wireless mouse product breakdown
- Requires one free USB port
- Requires USB wireless adapter (included)
- Requires 2 AA batteries (included)
- Fast scroll mode enables super quick scrolling
- Long range wireless capability
- General computer mouse usage
- Somewhat ergonomic
- Good rubber grip
- Long range wireless capability
- Compact, stores in included zipper pouch
- 2 scroll modes — fast and slow
- Scroll wheel also moves left and right
- Back and forward buttons
- Assignable buttons via software
- App switcher button
- Not rechargeable, eats up batteries every few weeks with heavy use
- Sometimes glitchy and cursor skips around on Windows
- Scroll wheel too intense in some MacOS apps
- Requires USB-C adapter for use on new MacBook Pro
- Not good for gaming
Full review: Logitech Anywhere MX Mouse
I recently bought the Logitech Anywhere MX Mouse for working when I’m on the go. While I’m not 100% satisfied with this mouse, it has been an overall good experience. I’ll cover the issues I’ve had first, and then talk about the good stuff this budget friendly mouse has to offer.
The Logitech Anywhere MX Mouse experience is different on Mac and PC
I’ve used the Logitech Anywhere MX Mouse on my Windows desktop rig and MacOS on my MacBook Pro and there are significant differences in the mouse’s performance between Windows and Mac operating systems.
I’ve had some frustrating moments using the Anywhere MX mouse on both Windows and Mac operating systems.
For instance, in Windows, I’ve noticed that the mouse can often become glitchy and jump or skip around when moving across the screen, and sometimes would become completely unresponsive for a few seconds which makes precision mouse movements very difficult and frustrating. I’ve since found a temporary fix after doing some web searching — taking out the batteries, pressing the buttons for about 30 seconds, blowing out the dust, and doing a static discharge seems to help, but the skipping and jumping seems to always come back even with brand new batteries and up-to-date software drivers — what a hassle!
In MacOS Sierra, I’ve had such incredible difficulty configuring the mouse wheel to a comfortable scrolling level in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for zooming that I’ve had to resort to keyboard and touchpad zooming methods only. The zoom level increments are just too large on the retina display. I have not experienced the skipping and jumping in MacOS that I continue to experience in Windows.
Hopefully Logitech will work out these bugs, but I won’t hold my breath.
The Logitech mouse control app on MacOS has crashed on me multiple times as well while attempting to pair the device to the wireless receiver. I don’t blame the mouse for these faults as I don’t think it is a hardware defect, but Logitech should improve their software considering the near monopoly they maintain with computer peripherals.
One last thing about MacOS…
Be prepared to have use a USB to USB-C adapter if you plan on using the Logitech Anywhere MX mouse on your MacBook Pro because there are no standard USB ports on the new MacBooks.
Is the Logitech Anywhere MX Mouse comfortable and ergonomic?
The Anywhere MX mouse is fairly comfortable, but I wouldn’t consider it to be a high end mouse solely focused on ergonomic comfort by any means. If you have arthritis or carpal tunnel symptoms, opt for a more ergonomic mouse, but expect to pay a lot more. The Anywhere MX mouse is small and fits in my hands nicely while maintaing a good grip with the rubber sides, so it works well for me on the go.
Sit back on the couch, relax, and take the mouse with you.
The Anywhere MX mouse is a lazy man’s dream.
The best feature about the Anywhere MX mouse is the long range wireless capability. If you have a large computer screen, you can queue up a movie and take the mouse and keyboard combination with you to the couch instead of getting up to change the movie every time. If you’re a Logitech fan like myself, I recommend getting the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 for the ultimate, lazy wireless experience. You’ll never have to get off the couch. 🙂
The assignable buttons are minimal, but they work well.
The buttons work well on the Anywhere MX mouse and can be manually assigned in the Logitech software.
The scroll wheel has two scrolling modes and can be changed from a super fast scroll to a gradual scroll by hard pressing down on the wheel. The wheel also moves left and right for horizontal scrolling. The scroll wheel on the MX mouse is an awesome feature which I use frequently, but I just wish it was more precise on MacOS applications such as Photoshop. On Windows, the MX scroll wheel features work tremendously.
Conclusion about the Logitech Anywhere MX Mouse
I’d recommend the Logitech Anywhere MX mouse to anyone needing a lower end wireless mouse for every day casual use. I wouldn’t recommend using the mouse for gaming because wireless mice are bad for gaming. Also, I wouldn’t recommend the MX mouse for extended periods (6+ hours) of daily use because it is not the most ergonomic mouse ever created, but it does get the job done if it’s all you can afford.
Finally, be prepared to buy a pack of batteries, because the batteries will run out about once a month if you use the mouse for several hours a day, and the mouse requires two AA batteries.