Logitech M525 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 17, 2021 at 10:05 am
Logitech M525 Picture
6.9
Office/Multimedia
5.6
Video Games (FPS)
4.5
Video Games (MMO)
4.6
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.5
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Logitech M525 is a good budget travel mouse. It feels decently built, connects with a USB receiver, and is powered by a pair of AA batteries. If you prefer using a palm or claw grip, it's only suitable for those with small hands. That said, most people should be able to use a fingertip grip comfortably, except those with extra-large hands. Even then, it isn't very comfortable to use this mouse for long periods. Unfortunately, it also has a very low polling rate that you can't adjust, a fixed CPI, and its click latency is only adequate and likely won't feel very responsive for fast-paced gaming. However, it shouldn't pose any problems for everyday tasks.

Our Verdict

6.9 Office/Multimedia

The Logitech M525 is okay for office use. It feels decently well-built, connects wirelessly with a USB receiver, and is powered by a pair of AA batteries. It's best suited for those with small hands, but everyone except those with extra-large hands should be able to use a fingertip grip comfortably. It also has a decent number of programmable buttons. Unfortunately, you can't connect via Bluetooth, and the software is only compatible with Windows. While the scroll wheel has L/R tilt functions, it doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver.
Cons
  • Software isn't compatible with macOS.
  • Very small; only suitable for a fingertip grip for most hand sizes.
5.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Logitech M525 wireless mouse is sub-par for FPS gaming. Its build quality only feels decent, it has mouse feet that drag noticeably on all surfaces, and it has high click latency that likely won't feel very responsive. On the bright side, it has a fairly low lift-off distance.

Pros
  • Mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Software isn't compatible with macOS.
  • Polling rate is very low and isn't adjustable.
  • Click latency is only adequate.
  • Mouse feet drag on all surfaces.
4.5 Video Games (MMO)

The Logitech M525 is bad for MMO gaming. It doesn't have any side buttons, it feels only decently well-built, the click latency is only adequate, you can't adjust the CPI or polling rate, and the software isn't compatible with macOS.

Pros
  • Mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Software isn't compatible with macOS.
  • Click latency is only adequate.
  • Very small; only suitable for a fingertip grip for most hand sizes.
  • No side buttons.
4.6 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Logitech M525 is a poor option for fans of ultra-light gaming mice. It's quite heavy, especially considering its size, its click latency is only adequate, and it has a very low, fixed polling rate. The build quality only feels satisfactory, and the mouse feet drag on all surfaces.

Pros
  • Mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Heavy, especially considering its size.
  • Polling rate is very low and isn't adjustable.
  • Click latency is only adequate.
  • Mouse feet drag on all surfaces.
7.5 Travel

The Logitech M525 is a good mouse for travel. It feels decently well-built, It connects wirelessly via a USB receiver, and it's quite small, so it should fit in most laptop cases. Most people, except those with extra-large hands, should be able to use this mouse comfortably with a fingertip grip. Only those with small hands can use a palm or claw grip. It also has a storage compartment for its USB receiver while not in use. Unfortunately, it doesn't have onboard memory for settings.

Pros
  • Mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver.
  • Very good portability with storage for the USB receiver.
Cons
  • Very small; only suitable for a fingertip grip for most hand sizes.
  • 6.9 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 4.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 4.6 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.5 Travel
  1. Updated May 17, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 04, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting
Design
Shape
Length 4.0" (102 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Width 2.3" (58 mm)
Grip Width
56 mm
8.0
Design
Portability
Volume
13.73 in³ (225 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
123 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
123 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
123 g
Weight Distribution
Back-heavy
Extra Weights
No
7.0
Design
Build Quality
7.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Glossy
Finger Rest
No

The Logitech M525 is uncomfortable to use for long periods, regardless of hand size or grip type.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
6.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AA
Use When Charging
No ( Single use batteries)
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

Logitech advertises a battery life of up to 36 months using 2 AA batteries, but this isn't something we test.

0
Design
Cable
Cable Length N/A
Cable Type
No Cable
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
No Port
6.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Bad
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Logitech M525 mouse
  • USB receiver
  • 2x AA batteries
  • User Documentation
  • Control
    Control
    Sensor Specifications
    Sensor Technology
    Optical (LED)
    Sensor Model
    Not Specified
    Works On Glass
    No
    Minimum CPI (DPI)
    1,000 CPI
    Maximum CPI (DPI)
    1,000 CPI
    CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
    N/A
    CPI (DPI) Variation
    -9%
    Minimum Lift Off Distance
    2.4 mm
    Maximum Polling Rate
    125 Hz

    The Logitech M525 has a set CPI of 1000 and a polling rate of 125Hz.

    4.5
    Control
    Buttons
    Buttons Activation
    Mechanical
    Total Number Of Buttons
    5
    Number Of Side Buttons
    0
    Number Of Programmable Inputs
    5
    Profile Switching Button
    No
    CPI (DPI) Switching Button
    No
    Gesture Support
    No
    Control
    Mouse Wheel
    Scroll Wheel
    Notched Wheel
    Scroll Wheel Steps
    24 Steps
    Scroll Wheel Tilt
    Yes
    Thumb Wheel
    No
    Thumb Wheel Steps
    No Thumb Wheel
    Control
    Noise
    Click Noise
    Quiet
    6.8
    Control
    Click Latency
    Click Latency: Receiver
    23 ms
    Click Latency: Bluetooth
    N/A
    Click Latency: Wired
    N/A
    Operating System And Software
    5.0
    Operating System And Software
    Compatible Software Option
    Software Name Logitech SetPoint
    Software Windows Compatibility
    Yes
    Software macOS Compatibility
    No
    Account Needed
    No
    On-Board Memory
    No
    CPI (DPI) Adjustment
    No
    Polling Rate Adjustment
    No
    Profile Configuration
    Yes
    RGB On/Off
    No

    Logitech's website states that their newer Logitech Options software supports this mouse, but we couldn't get the software to detect our unit. We used Logitech's older SetPoint software instead.

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

    Differences Between Sizes And Variants

    The Logitech M525 mouse we tested is the black/gray variant, but it's also available in navy/gray and red/black color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

    Compared To Other Mice

    The Logitech M525 wireless mouse is one of Logitech's many budget mice designed for everyday tasks. It doesn't have a thumb rest, side buttons, or a scroll wheel that unlocks for free scrolling like some more premium Logitech office mice, but it's quite small and portable, so it can make a good, straightforward option for use on the go.

    For other options, see our recommendations for the best mice, the best wireless mice, and the best Logitech mice.

    Logitech M510

    The Logitech M510 and the Logitech M525 are wireless mice with similar performance. The M510 has two side buttons and uses the newer Logitech software compatible with Windows and macOS. It's more comfortable and is well-suited to all grip types. However, those with extra-large hands may not be comfortable using a palm or claw grip, and it isn't suitable for small hands using a fingertip grip.  On the other hand, the M525 is a more portable option. It's well-suited for fingertip grip for all hand sizes except extra-large. Unfortunately, it uses older Logitech software, which is only compatible with Windows.

    Logitech M535

    The Logitech M525 and the Logitech M535 are good budget travel mice. The M525 connects with a USB receiver, has a higher polling rate and a better click latency. It's suitable for almost all hand sizes using a fingertip grip. On the other hand, the M535 only connects via Bluetooth, is significantly lighter, has a button to enable gesture commands, and uses Logitech's newer Options software, compatible with Windows and macOS. It's suitable for small or medium-sized hands using a fingertip grip or small hands using a palm or claw grip.

    Logitech Pebble M350

    The Logitech Pebble M350 is a better travel mouse than the Logitech M525. It’s lighter, connects via Bluetooth or a USB receiver, and uses one AA battery. It’s suitable for all hand sizes using a fingertip grip. On the other hand, the M525 only connects with its USB receiver, it uses two AA batteries, and its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons. Everyone except those with extra-large hands should be able to use this mouse with a fingertip grip, but only those with small hands will be able to use a palm or claw grip.

    Logitech M720 Triathlon

    The Logitech M720 Triathlon is an excellent office mouse, while the Logitech M525 is a good budget travel mouse. The M720 has a right-handed design and connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It can also pair with up to three devices. It has a thumb rest with a gesture button, four side buttons, and a scroll wheel with L/R and free-scrolling functions. On the other hand, the M525 is an ambidextrous mouse that only connects with a USB receiver, but it's significantly lighter and more portable. Both mice are best-suited for a fingertip grip.

    Glorious Model D

    The Logitech M525 is a good budget travel mouse, and the Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. The Glorious has a right-handed design and is much lighter, has an adjustable set CPI, a much higher polling rate, and a significantly better click latency. On the other hand, the Logitech is an ambidextrous mouse that connects wirelessly with a USB receiver and is much more portable. The Glorious is well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, while the Logitech is best-suited larger hands and a fingertip grip, and only small hands for other grip types.

    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S

    The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S is a better travel mouse than the Logitech M525. It's lighter, it feels sturdier and more comfortable, and it connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It also has two side buttons, a scroll wheel that unlocks for free scrolling, and the newest version of Logitech companion software compatible with Windows and macOS. On the other hand, the M525 only connects with a USB receiver, but it has onboard storage space for it when it isn't in use. Both mice are best-suited for fingertip grip with most hand sizes.

    Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini

    The Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini is a great gaming mouse, while the Logitech M525 is a good budget travel mouse. The Razer is a right-handed mouse that's much lighter and has two side buttons. It also has a broader CPI range, an adjustable set CPI, a much higher polling rate, and a much lower click latency. On the other hand, the Logitech is an ambidextrous mouse that connects wirelessly with a USB receiver and is more portable. Both mice are best-suited for a fingertip grip and will likely only be suitable for smaller hands using other grip types.

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