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Keychron M3 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Feb 22, 2023 at 01:34 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 01, 2023 at 02:35 pm
Keychron M3 Picture
6.6
Work
8.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.5
Video Games (MMO)
9.0
Raw Performance

The Keychron M3 is a wireless gaming mouse that keychron also advertises as being suitable for work and travel uses too. The M3 is the second mouse released by Keychron and uses a PixArt PAW3395 sensor, one of the most accurate and consistent sensors on the market. The mouse's body has a solid plastic shell and a symmetrical shape with textured plastic areas on both sides for added grip. This mouse is also noteworthy for including a range of accessories, including a charging cable, receivers, and adapters compatible with both USB-A and USB-C ports.

Our Verdict

6.6 Work

The Keychron M3 mouse is an acceptable mouse for work use. It has impressive build quality and is fully compatible with Windows and macOS systems. However, it doesn't have very many programmable buttons, and its scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and left and right tilt inputs.

Pros
  • Comfortable symmetrical shape suitable for most hand sizes.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks both tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode.
  • Few programmable buttons.
8.4 Video Games (FPS)

The Keychron M3 is a great FPS gaming mouse. It has excellent sensor performance and click latency which provides for a snappy and responsive feeling in-game experience. It also has impressive overall build quality and a comfortable symmetrical shape suitable for most hand sizes. However, while it's somewhat lightweight, it isn't nearly as light as many FPS mice and isn't as easy to move quickly and accurately. Also, while its feet are good quality overall, they don't glide quite as smoothly as those on similarly-priced models from other companies.

Pros
  • Comfortable symmetrical shape suitable for most hand sizes.
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Not as lightweight as many dedicated FPS mice.
  • Mouse feet don't glide as smoothly as those on many similarly-priced options.
7.5 Video Games (MMO)

The Keychron M3 is a good MMO gaming mouse, though it isn't designed for this use and has fewer side buttons than dedicated MMO gaming models. It feels sturdy and has a comfortable symmetrical shape suitable for most hand sizes. It also has excellent click latency, and its sensor is very accurate and consistent, providing smooth and responsive-feeling gameplay.

Pros
  • Comfortable symmetrical shape suitable for most hand sizes.
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Mouse feet don't glide as smoothly as those on many similarly-priced options.
9.0 Raw Performance

The Keychron M3 mouse has superb raw gaming performance, and its sensor provides excellent accuracy and motion latency performance. The click latency is very low, providing an extremely responsive-feeling experience that's more than adequate for gaming in any genre at a competitive level.

Pros
  • Accurate and consistent sensor performance.
  • Excellent click latency.
Cons
  • 6.6 Work
  • 8.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.0 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Sep 01, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed Keychron M3 Mini in the Weight section of this review.
  2. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We've added a link to the Keychron M1 Wireless in the Additional Buttons section of this review.
  3. Updated Mar 09, 2023: We've updated the photograph in the Mouse Feet section of this review as the photograph was originally taken with the plastic film still covering the feet, while the mouse was tested with the plastic film removed. The new photograph shows that the film covering the feet has been removed to avoid confusion and provide an accurate depiction of the state of the mouse in which it was tested.
  4. Updated Feb 22, 2023: Review published.
  5. Updated Feb 17, 2023: Early access published.
  6. Updated Feb 15, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Feb 09, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Feb 01, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Keychron M3 is available in black and white color variants. We bought and tested the black color variant. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Keychron M3 is the second mouse released by Keychron, a company best known for producing keyboards. Unlike Keychron's first release, the Keychron M1, this model is wireless and has a solid plastic shell. This mouse also uses PixArt's PAW3395 sensor, which until now has only been included in significantly more expensive mice. Another noteworthy feature is that this mouse provides a high degree of compatibility with different kinds of computers thanks to its range of included accessories, including receivers and adapters for both USB-C and USB-A ports on your computer. This mouse delivers impressive gaming or light office work performance at a solidly mid-range price point. However, it isn't as lightweight as many similar mid-range gaming models, and its feet don't glide quite as smoothly.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best mice, the best wireless mice, and the best wireless gaming mice.

Keychron M3 Mini

The Keychron M3 and the Keychron M3 Mini are wireless gaming mice with the same shape but different sizes. The M3 is larger and has RGB lighting, which the Mini lacks. On the other hand, the Mini is significantly lighter. It's also available for purchase with a maximum polling rate of 1000Hz or with a maximum polling rate of 4000Hz, while the larger M3 is only available with a maximum polling rate of 1000Hz.

Keychron M1 Wireless

The Keychron M1 Wireless and the Keychron M3 are wireless gaming mice with symmetrical shapes. Both mice weigh virtually the same and deliver very similar gaming performance. The M1 Wireless has a truly ambidextrous design with two side buttons on either side. Its body also has small pill-shaped cutouts. On the other hand, the M3 only has side buttons on the left, but it has a solid plastic body and feels sturdier overall.

Razer Viper V2 Pro

The Razer Viper V2 Pro and the Keychron M3 are wireless mice with symmetrical shapes. The Razer is lighter and has significantly better gaming performance. It also has higher quality feet and longer battery life. On the other hand, the Keychron has RGB lighting, which the Razer lacks.

Keychron M1

The Keychron M1 and the Keychron M3 are mice with symmetrical shapes. The M1 is a wired-only model with small cutouts in its body to reduce its overall weight. There are two side buttons on both sides of the mouse, making it a fully ambidextrous option. On the other hand, the M3 is a wireless model with a solid plastic shell and two side buttons on the left side only. The M3 is also lighter and offers considerably better gaming performance.

Logitech Signature M650

The Keychron M3 and the Logitech Signature M650 are wireless mice with symmetrical shapes. The Keychron is lighter and has much better gaming performance. It also has RGB lighting zones and an internal rechargeable battery. On the other hand, the Logitech uses an AA battery for power.

GLORIOUS Model O Wireless

The GLORIOUS Model O Wireless and the Keychron M3 are wireless mice with symmetrical shapes and comparable gaming performance. The GLORIOUS is lighter and has small honeycomb-shaped cutouts in its body to reduce its weight. It also has significantly higher-quality feet that glide more smoothly. On the other hand, the Keychron has a solid plastic shell.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color RGB

This mouse has a fairly straightforward style with a matte black plastic shell and patterned plastic sides. There are RGB lighting zones in the scroll and in a strip that runs along both sides and around the bottom edge of the back of the mouse.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (125 mm)
Width 2.7" (68 mm)
Height 1.6" (41 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Finger Rest
No
5.5
Design
Portability
Box Volume
21.11 inยณ (346 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No

This mouse has sub-par portability overall. Its relatively bulky shape means you won't be able to slip it into most laptop cases. It also lacks compartments for storing its wireless receivers or adapter accessories, making them easier to lose if you take them on the go.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Keychron M3 wireless mouse has great build quality overall. It feels sturdy and has textured plastic sides for added grip. However, there's a minor degree of flexibility and some creaking if you squeeze the body in certain spots. Also, you can activate the side buttons if you squeeze into the panels. These two minor issues are fairly typical with mice at this price point, and they won't impact your experience during everyday use unless you apply a considerable amount of pressure while using your mouse.

7.6
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
78.8 g
Default Weight
78.8 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is somewhat lightweight and fairly easy to move quickly and accurately. However, it's considerably heavier than many dedicated FPS gaming mice. If you want a lighter, smaller version of this mouse, check out the Keychron M3 Mini.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation

This mouse has a comfortable symmetrical shape with a fairly tall hump towards to center of the mouse. This shape is suitable for all grip types for most hand sizes. However, if you have smaller hands, the height of the center hump will make it difficult to reach all buttons using a claw or fingertip grip.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
2
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

Keychron advertises a battery life of up to 70 hours with RGB lighting off. The RGB lighting zone in the scroll wheel slowly blinks red when the battery is running low.

8.5
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB-C

This mouse has a very lightweight and flexible paracord-like cable that glides well across desks. Note that this mouse uses a USB-C to USB-C charging cable. That said, there's also an included USB-C to USB-A adapter if your computer doesn't have a USB-C port.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No

Overall, this mouse has good-quality feet that glide well on mouse pads and desks. However, they do feel scratchy when used directly on desks. The feet are also slightly thinner than the feet on many similar mice, and they have sharp corners which can dig into softer mousepads and create added drag.

Design
In The Box

  • Keychron M3 mouse
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • USB-A receiver
  • USB-C receiver
  • Receiver extender
  • User documentation

Control
6.6
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
Gesture Support
No

You can program most of the buttons on this mouse except for the two buttons on the bottom of the mouse, which cycle between polling rates and CPI settings. The left button is assigned by default, but you can unlock it using the software to reprogram it. Note that you cannot assign a profile-switching function to any of the buttons, so while you can create custom profiles, you can only change between them using the software. The left- and right-click buttons use Kailh 8.0 switches. If you're interested in a similar wireless gaming mouse with a truly ambidextrous design that features a pair of buttons on both sides, check out the Keychron M1 Wireless.

8.7
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
5.3 ms
Wired
4.5 ms
Receiver
5.3 ms
Bluetooth
10.8 ms

This mouse has excellent click latency that provides a consistent and responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre.

8.9
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
0.50%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
0.12%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
0.33%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.55%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.51%
Worst Tracking Error
-5.50%
Minimum CPI
100 CPI
Maximum CPI
26,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
100 CPI

This mouse has excellent CPI performance. Its sensor is very accurate at tracking the physical movements you make with your mouse and converting them to the cursor movements you see on the screen.

8.7
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
13.8 ms
Delay At Half Movement
4.2 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
5.5 ms

This mouse has excellent sensor latency performance, which means the sensor reacts quickly to the physical movements you make with your mouse, and they closely match the timing of your cursor movements on-screen.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3395
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rate options are 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can customize up to five CPI profiles using the software. The software also allows you to adjust additional settings, including motion sync, angle snapping, and lift-off distance.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The scroll wheel has a textured rubber grip and delivers precise scrolling that's fairly quiet. The definition between steps is fairly pronounced, and the middle click button is satisfying to press without requiring too much force.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name Keychron M3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
Profile Auto-Switching
No
RGB On/Off
Yes

The software is well laid out and very easy to use. It allows you to change a range of expected settings, including button mapping, macros, lift-off distance, debounce delay, and RGB lighting adjustments. At the time of writing, the software is only compatible with Windows, but Keychron has stated they plan to release macOS-compatible software for this mouse in June of 2023.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

All default button functions work in both Windows and macOS. Currently, the software is only available for Windows, but Keychron has indicated it will release macOS-compatible software in June of 2023.