Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 04, 2020 at 10:16 am
Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Picture
7.9
Office/Multimedia
7.7
Video Games (FPS)
6.7
Video Games (MMO)
7.3
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.5
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a good office mouse designed to be used on-the-go. Its small and compact design makes it easy to carry around with you, but there's no slot to store its USB receiver, which is quite disappointing. It's well-built and you shouldn't have to worry about breaking it by tossing it into your bag. It connects to any device via Bluetooth or its proprietary receiver, and it works on both Windows and macOS. It's comfortable and works best for those using the fingertip grip, as it may be too small for the claw or palm grip. You can reprogram some of its buttons, and even though it doesn't have a side wheel, it still has a horizontal scrolling feature with its scroll wheel.

Our Verdict

7.9 Office/Multimedia

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is very good for office use. Despite its small size, it's comfortable and a good choice for those using the fingertip grip. It's well-built, and you can reprogram a few buttons. It connects to your device either through Bluetooth or its proprietary receiver.

Pros
  • Comfortable for those using the fingertip grip.
  • Connects to any device via Bluetooth or its receiver.
  • Scroll wheel can be unlocked for infinite scrolling.
Cons
  • Too small for most hand sizes using palm or claw grips.
  • Limited number of programmable buttons.
7.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is good for FPS video games. Although not designed as a gaming mouse, it still has low click latency, it's light, and the feet provide a decent gliding experience. However, it's small and only suggested for those using the fingertip grip, and it has a low polling rate.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Okay gliding experience.
Cons
  • Fixed 125Hz polling rate.
  • Stiff cable.
6.7 Video Games (MMO)

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is only okay for MMO gaming. It's not designed for it and only has two side buttons, which may not be enough for most MMO gamers. Still, it has low click latency, you can adjust the CPI in small steps, and it has a low minimum CPI. Unfortunately, the polling rate is low and can't be changed.

Pros
  • Comfortable for those using the fingertip grip.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • Too small for most hand sizes using palm or claw grips.
  • Fixed 125Hz polling rate.
  • Only two side buttons.
7.3 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is decent for ultra-light gaming. It's compact and light, but it's not as light as some dedicated ultra-light gaming mice. It has low click latency, and the feet provide a fairly smooth gliding experience. Sadly, the polling rate is fixed at 125Hz.

Pros
  • Okay gliding experience.
  • Light and compact design.
Cons
  • Fixed 125Hz polling rate.
  • Stiff cable.
7.5 Travel

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is good for travel. It's light and easy to carry around, but there's no spot to store the USB receiver. On the upside, it connects to any device via Bluetooth, it's well-built, and despite its small size, it's comfortable to use with the fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Comfortable for those using the fingertip grip.
  • Connects to any device via Bluetooth or its receiver.
  • Light and compact design.
Cons
  • Too small for most hand sizes using palm or claw grips.
  • No slot to store USB receiver.
  • 7.9 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.3 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.5 Travel
  1. Updated Dec 04, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Dec 01, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

This mouse has an ambidextrous design and looks similar to its predecessor, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, but with a sleeker style. The 'Pale Grey' variant we tested has a matte white body with silver trim around the base and near the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is chrome, and there's the Logitech logo underneath it. There's no RGB lighting anywhere on the mouse.

Design
Shape
Length 3.9" (100 mm)
Height 1.3" (34 mm)
Width 2.5" (65 mm)
Grip Width
55 mm
6.1
Design
Portability
Volume
13.36 in³ (219 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is light and compact and should fit in most bags or laptop cases. However, there's no slot to place the USB receiver, which is disappointing if you need to carry the mouse around a lot.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
117 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
96 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
96 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is lighter than the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S and isn't heavy to carry around. However, there's no weight optimization.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is great. It's made entirely out of solid plastic and feels well-built. There are rubber grips on the sides that feel good but aren't extremely grippy. The scroll wheel is metal and has grooves instead of a rubber grip like the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. It wiggles from side to side even though it doesn't have left/right tilt options.

7.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is comfortable. It's small and only really useful for those using the fingertip grip. It has an ambidextrous design, but the side buttons are placed on the left side, so it's better suited for right-handed use. The buttons are well-placed, and the side grips feel good. If you'd prefer a more ergonomic, right-slanted shape, consider the Logitech Precision Pro or the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

Since it's such a small mouse, even those with small hands may find it difficult to comfortably hold with a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

Only those with small hands may feel comfortable using the claw grip. It's too small for people with larger hands.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No

The Logitech Anywhere 3 is a good choice for most people using the fingertip grip, but the mouse still may be too small if you have extra-large hands.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

It has incredible wireless options. You can connect to it either through its proprietary receiver or through Bluetooth. It can connect with up to three devices at once, but we don't test for this. You can use it while charging, but data isn't sent over the cable, and you still have to be connected wirelessly while it's charging. The battery is advertised to last up to 70 days on a full charge, but we don't test for this.

Note: There's a Logitech MX Anywhere 3 for Mac variant that doesn't come with a USB receiver and only connects through Bluetooth.

6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 3.4 ft (1.0 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse comes with an okay rubber cable. It's a bit short and feels stiff. It comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable, but the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 for Mac variant has a USB-C to USB-C cable instead.

7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No

The PFTE mouse feet are decent. They offer an okay gliding experience on a mouse pad or desk, but there's some scratchiness when used on a desk. The feet are somewhat thick, and there aren't any third-party replacement options that you can buy.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech MX Anywhere 3
  • USB receiver
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • User guide

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Laser
Sensor Model
Darkfield
Works On Glass
Yes
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
4,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-2%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz

It has the same sensor as the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. Its CPI range is narrow, but it should be fine for people using it for work, and you can adjust the sensitivity in small steps. The sensor stays consistent when moving at fast or slow speeds, and it also works on glass, which is rare. The polling rate is fixed at 125Hz.

6.5
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
4
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
Yes

The Logitech Anywhere 3 has an okay number of buttons. You can reprogram the side buttons, scroll wheel's click, and the middle button below the scroll wheel. However, the scroll wheel doesn't have left/right tilt options. You can also set one of the buttons as gesture support, which gives you an extra set of four commands when you move the mouse in a certain direction.

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

The grooved metal scroll wheel feels smooth, and the steps are well-defined when in the notched mode. It can be unlocked for infinite scrolling, and the middle button below the scroll wheel is the default button to unlock it, but you can reprogram it to another button. There's no side wheel, but you can use horizontal scrolling by pressing one of the side buttons and using the regular scroll wheel.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud

The Logitech Anywhere 3 is loud, but it still shouldn't bother others around you unless you're in a very quiet environment.

8.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
10 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
19 ms
Click Latency: Wired
N/A

The click latency is very low, and it's an improvement over the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. While the latency is higher over Bluetooth, most people likely won't notice much of a difference.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Logitech Options
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
No

The Logitech Options software has great customization options. It's available on both macOS and Windows, it's easy-to-use, and the interface is simple. You can customize the buttons for specific applications, and those settings are automatically used when you open that application.

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

This mouse is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 for Mac variant is advertised to also work with Windows, but we haven't tested it.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 in pale grey, but it's also available in graphite and rose. Logitech also sells a Logitech MX Anywhere 3 for Mac variant, and there are a few differences, which you can see listed below.

Model Colors Cable USB Receiver
MX Anywhere 3 Graphite, Pale Grey, Rose USB-C to USB-A Yes
MX Anywhere 3 for Mac Pale Grey USB-C to USB-C No

If you come across a Logitech MX Anywhere 3 that's different from ours, let us know and we'll update the review. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a good travel mouse and is similar to the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. It provides good performance for what it's intended for, but it's on the costly side, and its small size isn't ideal for those using the palm or claw grip. The Razer Atheris is similar in terms of performance and costs much less. Also see our recommendations for the best ergonomic mice, the best wireless mice, and the best Logitech mice.

Logitech MX Master 3

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a much better office mouse than the Logitech MX Anywhere 3. The Master 3 feels better-built, is much more comfortable, and has more programmable buttons. However, the Anywhere 3 is better for travel because it's smaller, much lighter, and has lower click latency.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is better overall than the Apple Magic Mouse 2. The Logitech feels more comfortable overall, has programmable buttons, and the scroll wheel unlocks for infinite scrolling. It also has lower click latency and a customizable CPI range. However, the Apple feels better-built and is easier to carry around because it doesn't have a USB receiver.

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is better for the most part than the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. The 3 feels better-built, it's lighter, and it has lower click latency. However, the 2S has more programmable inputs because the scroll wheel has left/right tilt inputs.

Logitech MX Master 2S

The Logitech MX Master 2S and the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 are in the same family. The 2S is designed for the office, while the Anywhere is for traveling. The Master is twice as big and quite heavy. It has an ergonomic shape with a slight curve and a thumb rest for more comfort. It’s a great choice for a palm or a claw grip, though people with smaller hands may have difficulty using it with any grip style. On the contrary, the Anywhere is fairly small and lightweight, and it’s well-suited for a fingertip grip.

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 and Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 are both very good office mice designed for slightly different uses. While the M705 has a more ergonomic and comfortable design suitable to a wider range of grip types, is a bit bulkier, can only connect wirelessly via its USB receiver, and is powered by two AA batteries. On the other hand, the MX Anywhere 3 is designed with travel in mind, so it's much lighter and smaller, making it easier to slip it into laptop bags, and it charges via USB-C. It also supports Bluetooth, allowing it to pair with most laptops without the need for a USB receiver, and its sensor works on glass. Both mice also have two programmable side buttons and scroll wheels that you can unlock for free scrolling.

Razer Pro Click

The Razer Pro Click is better overall than the Logitech MX Anywhere 3. The Razer is much more comfortable, is a better choice for a palm or claw grip, has a much wider CPI range, and has many more programmable buttons. However, the Logitech is lighter, much smaller, and you can unlock the scroll wheel for infinite scrolling.

Razer Atheris

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a better office mouse than the Razer Atheris. It feels better-built and more comfortable, is lighter, and has lower click latency. However, the Razer is better for travel because it has a slot to store its USB receiver. It also has a wider CPI range, a higher polling rate, and many more programmable inputs.

Logitech M535

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a better mouse overall, but some may find the Logitech M535 a better travel mouse. The Anywhere 3 connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth and has a rechargeable battery. It has two side buttons, a lower click latency, and you can unlock the wheel for free scrolling. It's suitable for most hand sizes using a fingertip grip. Comparatively, the M535 is more portable but connects via Bluetooth and uses one AA battery. It has gesture controls and a wheel with L/R tilt. It's suitable for smaller hands using a claw or fingertip grip.

Logitech Precision Pro

The Logitech Precision Pro is better than the Logitech MX Anywhere 3. The Precision Pro's higher back helps it feel more comfortable with a palm grip for small and medium hands, and it allows you to use it with a fingertip grip if you have large or extra-large hands. It also has an L/R wheel tilt feature. However, the Anywhere 3 is significantly lighter, and it has a rechargeable battery.

Dell Alienware AW610M

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is better for most uses than the Dell Alienware AW610M. The Logitech is lighter, has Bluetooth support, has an extra programmable button, and you can unlock the scroll wheel for infinite scrolling. However, the Alienware has a slot to store its USB receiver, comes with a better, braided cable, and it feels more comfortable overall.

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