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Logitech MX Anywhere 3S Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jul 12, 2023 at 10:35 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 12, 2023 at 10:35 am
Logitech MX Anywhere 3S Picture
7.6
Work
7.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.0
Video Games (MMO)
6.9
Raw Performance

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is a compact wireless mouse designed as a portable option for productivity and everyday browsing. This mouse continues Logitech's MX Anywhere lineup and makes some improvements over the previous generation Logitech MX Anywhere 3. This new version's mouse buttons are noticeably quieter, and its sensor has a higher maximum sensitivity, which is helpful if you use a high-resolution display. Logitech also advertises that this model incorporates post-consumer recycled plastic in its construction.

This mouse connects wirelessly via Bluetooth. It's also compatible with Logitech's BOLT receiver but doesn't include one in the box. However, since the BOLT receiver uses a modified Bluetooth connection, most people won't notice a difference or necessarily benefit from purchasing it separately. For more information about this receiver, see the Wireless Versatility box later in this review.

Our Verdict

7.6 Work

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is a good mouse for work use. It has impressive build quality and a comfortable compact shape making it very portable and easy to slide into bags or laptop cases. You can pair this mouse wirelessly with up to three devices simultaneously, and using the software, you can reprogram most of the buttons, create macros, and assign a button to allow simple gesture controls. The scroll wheel also has a line-by-line notched scrolling mode and a faster free-scrolling mode, although it doesn't support tilt inputs.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Comfortable, compact design.
  • Quiet clicks compared to the last-generation model.
  • Scroll wheel has both a notched and free-scrolling mode.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs.
7.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is good enough for casual FPS gaming but isn't designed specifically for this use. It has impressive build quality, and the sensor is very accurate. However, the click latency and sensor latency is too high for playing fast-paced, competitive titles. Additionally, the polling rate is only 125Hz, so the cursor movements are noticeably less smooth compared to dedicated FPS gaming mice that typically have a polling rate of 1000Hz.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Comfortable, compact design.
Cons
  • Latency is decent but too high for fast-paced or competitive gaming.
7.0 Video Games (MMO)

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is decent for MMO gaming but isn't designed for this use and has fewer side buttons than a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. Additionally, the click latency is only decent, and the maximum polling rate is only 125Hz, so your on-screen cursor movements feel less smooth compared to most dedicated gaming mice that typically have a polling rate of 1000Hz. That said, this mouse has impressive build quality, the sensor is very accurate, and you can reprogram most buttons using the configuration software.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Comfortable, compact design.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
  • Latency is decent but too high for fast-paced or competitive gaming.
6.9 Raw Performance

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S has adequate raw performance that's very well-suited for productivity, everyday browsing, and casual gaming. However, the click latency and sensor latency is too high for more demanding, fast-paced gaming. Additionally, the maximum polling rate is 125Hz. While this helps prolong the mouse's battery life, cursor movements feel less smooth compared to a dedicated gaming mouse that typically has a polling rate of 1000Hz.

Pros
  • Decent sensor latency.
  • Outstanding sensor accuracy.
Cons
  • Fixed maximum polling rate of 125Hz.
  • Latency is decent but too high for fast-paced or competitive gaming.
  • 7.6 Work
  • 7.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.9 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Jul 12, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 29, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jun 22, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Jun 09, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Jun 06, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is available in Graphite, Pale Gray, Rose, and Black color options. There are no variants of this mouse at the time of writing, but if you encounter a version not represented in this review, let us know in the discussions.

We bought and tested this mouse in the Graphite colorway, and you can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is a wireless mouse that continues Logitech's MX Anywhere lineup of compact, productivity-focused mice. This new version introduces several changes, including quieter click buttons, software support for macros, and a minor sensor upgrade with higher sensitivity levels, which is a useful addition if you have a high-resolution display since pixel-dense displays require higher mouse sensitivity levels to produce cursor movements at a comfortable speed. This mouse offers many of the same productivity features as Logitech's mainstay work mouse, the Logitech MX Master 3S, but in a more portable package. This mouse competes directly with similar compact models from other manufacturers, like the Razer Pro Click Mini.

Unlike the previous generation Logitech MX Anywhere 3, which connects via Bluetooth or the Logitech Unifying Receiver, this mouse connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or Logitech's BOLT receiver that's advertises to provide improved security and wireless stability. This mouse doesn't include a BOLT receiver, but you can buy it separately.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best mouse, the best wireless mouse, and the best work mouse.

Logitech MX Anywhere 3

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 and the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S are similar compact wireless mice in the same product lineup. The MX Anywhere 3 is the older version and connects via Bluetooth or Logitech's Unifying Receiver. The MX Anywhere 3S is newer and has quieter left- and right-click buttons and an improved sensor with a higher maximum CPI. It connects via Bluetooth or Logitech's BOLT receiver, which is sold separately.

Logitech MX Master 3S

The Logitech MX Master 3S and the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S are wireless, productivity-focused mice. The MX Anywhere 3S is smaller, lighter, and has a symmetrical shape. It's designed more with portability in mind. On the other hand, the MX Master 3S has a larger, more ergonomic right-handed shape and somewhat more premium-feeling build quality. It also has quieter mouse clicks and an integrated gesture button hidden in the thumb rest. Additionally, it has a secondary scroll wheel and a primary scroll wheel that supports tilt actions.

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S and the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S are compact wireless mice in the same product lineup. The MX Anywhere 2S is the older version. Its scroll wheel has left and right tilt functions, which the MX Anywhere 3S lacks, and it connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or Logitech's Unified Receiver. On the other hand, the MX Anywhere 3S is the newer version. It feels somewhat sturdier, more lightweight, and has quieter click buttons. Its sensor also supports a higher maximum CPI, and it connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or with Logitech's BOLT receiver, which is sold separately.

Razer Pro Click Mini

The Razer Pro Click Mini and the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S are compact wireless productivity mice designed with portability in mind. The Razer is more lightweight and has quieter click buttons. It also has higher-quality mouse feet, better overall sensor performance and click latency, and its scroll wheel supports left and right tilt inputs, a feature the MX Anywhere 3S lacks.

Logitech M720 Triathlon

The Logitech M720 Triathlon and the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S are productivity-focused wireless mice. The M720 Triathlon is larger, somewhat sturdier feeling, and has a more ergonomic right-handed shape. It also has an integrated gesture button on the thumb rest, and its scroll wheel has left and right tilt inputs. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or Logitech's Unified Receiver. On the other hand, the MX Anywhere 3S is somewhat smaller and lighter. It has a symmetrical shape and is designed more with portability in mind. Its sensor has a higher maximum CPI, and it has quieter mouse clicks.

Logitech M240

The Logitech M240 and the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S are compact wireless mice. The M240 is much more basic and uses an AA battery for power. On the other hand, the MX Anywhere 3S recharges with a USB receiver and has much more extensive productivity features, including programmable side buttons, a scroll wheel with a free-scrolling mode, support for gesture commands, and multi-device pairing with up to three devices simultaneously.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color No Lighting

This mouse looks identical to the previous-generation Logitech MX Anywhere 3. It has a sleek, symmetrically shaped body made of gray plastic. The scroll wheel is made of silver metal, with gray rubberized grips on both sides. On the mouse's top is a small, printed Logi logo and an LED indicator light displaying battery life.

Design
Shape
Length 3.9" (100 mm)
Width 2.5" (65 mm)
Height 1.3" (34 mm)
Grip Width
55 mm
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Finger Rest
No
8.1
Design
Portability
Box Volume
13.36 inยณ (219 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No Receiver

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S has impressive portability. It's quite small and fairly compact, making it reasonably easy to slide into most bags or laptop cases. There isn't a compartment for storing a wireless receiver inside the mouse, but this is likely fine for most people, as while this mouse is compatible with the Logi BOLT receiver, there isn't one included in the box.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S has impressive build quality and feels as well-built as the previous-generation Logitech MX Anywhere 3. The body is made of solid plastic with rubberized side grips on either side. The body doesn't flex or make any creaking sounds, even when applying considerable pressure. However, the metal scroll wheel wobbles slightly, and a faint rattling sound emanates from the scroll wheel housing if you shake the mouse.

6.4
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
93.7 g
Default Weight
93.7 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S isn't heavy, and the weight won't bother you when carrying it around. It's also roughly the same weight as other wireless options with a similar size and feature set, including the previous-generation Logitech MX Anywhere 3.

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

This mouse has the same shape as the previous-generation Logitech MX Anywhere 3. It's fairly small and best suited for using a fingertip grip. The buttons are well-placed and easy to reach, but all side buttons are on the left side, so while this mouse has a symmetrical shape that makes it comfortable for right or left-handed users, it's best-suited for right-handed use.

7.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
3
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
No
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

This mouse has a 500mAh battery that Logitech advertises can last up to 70 days before recharging and can get three hours of use from a one-minute quick charge.

You can pair this mouse with up to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth and switch between devices using a button on the bottom of the mouse.

This mouse is compatible with Logitech's BOLT receiver, but there isn't a BOLT receiver included in the box. Logitech advertises that the BOLT receiver can provide added security and wireless stability in congested wireless environments. Since the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S connects wirelessly via Bluetooth by default, you only need to purchase this extra receiver if you're interested in an added security layer or if there are many other wireless devices where you use your mouse. You can read more about Logitech's BOLT receiver on their website here.

6.5
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
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 a basic rubber cable for charging the mouse. It's fairly short and quite rigid. That said, it doesn't retain any permanent kinks from its packaging.

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

This mouse has decent feet, providing an okay gliding experience on mouse pads or desks without much drag. However, they do produce some faint friction sounds while gliding.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech MX Anywhere 3S
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • User documentation

Control
6.3
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
4
Profile Switching Button
No
Gesture Support
Yes

You can reprogram most of the buttons on the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S, including both side buttons, the mouse wheel click button, and the wheel mode button below that scroll wheel that, by default, manually switches between notched scrolling and free-scrolling modes. You can't reprogram the left- and right-click buttons, but you can swap them in the software.

There's an additional button on the bottom of the mouse that switches between paired devices.

This mouse also supports gesture controls which allows you to designate a gesture button in the software that will trigger programmable actions when you hold it down and move the mouse in one of four cardinal directions.

7.1
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
12.4 ms
Wired
N/A
Receiver
N/A
Bluetooth
12.4 ms

This mouse has decent click latency and provides a responsive feeling experience for productivity, everyday browsing, or most casual gaming. However, the latency is too high for playing competitive or reaction-based games.

This mouse is also compatible with Logitech's BOLT USB receiver, which Logitech advertises to provide better overall security and signal stability in congested wireless environments. Note that this mouse doesn't include a BOLT receiver in the box.

We tested the latency of this mouse using a BOLT receiver we purchased separately and found that it provides very similar latency results compared to the default Bluetooth connection. This aligns with our expectations as the BOLT receiver uses a modified Bluetooth connection.

9.3
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
0.02%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
0.25%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
0.17%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.32%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.32%
Worst Tracking Error
-0.75%
Minimum CPI
200 CPI
Maximum CPI
8,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
50 CPI

This mouse has exceptional CPI performance. Its sensor tracks extremely consistently and accurately, and the physical movements you make with your mouse closely translate to those you see on-screen.

7.4
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
25.6 ms
Delay At Half Movement
10.2 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
11.4 ms

This mouse has satisfactory sensor latency that's well-suited for productivity, everyday browsing, and casual gaming. The sensor reacts quickly enough when you mouse your mouse, so you don't perceive any noticeable delays with the timing of the movements to your cursor on-screen.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Laser
Sensor Model
Darkfield
Works On Glass
Yes
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz

This mouse uses a Darkfield laser sensor with a non-adjustable maximum polling rate of 125Hz. Unlike most mice that use optical sensors, this laser sensor can also track on glass surfaces.

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

This mouse has a grooved metal scroll wheel that operates quietly and has well-defined steps in its default, notched scrolling mode. You can press the button directly behind the scroll wheel to manually toggle between a precise, line-by-line notched scrolling mode or a faster free-scrolling mode.

Additionally, holding down either side button and scrolling up or down scrolls horizontally instead of vertically.

In the configuration software, you can also adjust the Scrolling Force and turn on or off what Logitech calls Smart Shift, a feature that automatically toggles between the notched scrolling mode to the free-scrolling mode when you begin to scroll more quickly.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

The left- and right-click buttons, side buttons, and the scroll wheel on this mouse are all fairly quiet and unlikely to bother those around you. This mouse is noticeably quieter than the previous-generation Logitech MX Anywhere 3.

Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name Logitech Options+
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
Yes
Profile Auto-Switching
Yes
RGB On/Off
No RGB

This mouse uses the Options+ configuration software. The software has a clean, easy-to-use interface and allows you to create custom profiles, reprogram buttons, and adjust various settings, including pointer speed and scrolling force.

The software also lets you use fairly complex macros that Logitech calls Smart Actions. You can make your own or use several premade Smart Action templates for various actions supporting multiple keystrokes, text input, and actions in multiple programs.

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

This mouse is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.