Logitech MX ERGO Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Sep 21, 2020 at 08:33 am
Logitech MX ERGO Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
8.8
Office/Multimedia
7.3
Travel
6.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
4.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Trackball

The Logitech MX ERGO is an ergonomic trackball mouse in Logitech's office-oriented MX Series lineup. It's very well-made and feels extremely comfortable when used with a palm grip. Its design may take some time getting used to, but luckily, the trackball is easy to move around. It comes with a metal tilt plate that tilts the mouse upwards, aimed at relieving stress in the wrist, but this isn't something we test for. There are a good amount of buttons you can program, and you can connect with up to two devices at once, which is great for multitasking. Sadly, it's not a versatile mouse outside of office use because it's limited on gaming features, and the polling rate is set at 125Hz.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The Logitech MX ERGO is a very good overall mouse. It's an excellent choice for the office because of its extremely comfortable, ergonomic design. It's very well-made, and the trackball moves around easily. It's a heavy mouse, so it's a bit difficult to carry around, but it can still connect to your devices via Bluetooth if you need to use it on-the-go. It's not designed for any type of gaming as its polling rate is limited to 125Hz, but it has low click latency and a fairly wide CPI range.

Pros
  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Very well-made.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Trackball design may take time getting used to.
8.8 Office/Multimedia

The Logitech MX ERGO is excellent for office use. It's an ergonomic trackball mouse that feels extremely comfortable if you're using a palm grip. It's very well-made, and there's a good amount of buttons you can reprogram, which helps with your workflow. Also, it connects with up to two devices at once, and you can switch between them easily with the press of a button.

Pros
  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Very well-made.
  • Good amount of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Trackball design may take time getting used to.
7.3 Travel

The Logitech MX ERGO is decent for travel. It's heavy, so it may be hard to carry around for some. Luckily, because of its trackball design, you don't need to move it around, so you won't need a table with a lot of space, which is perfect for those limited spaces on a plane or train. It can connect to your laptop either through its proprietary receiver or Bluetooth. It's very well-made and extremely comfortable.

Pros
  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Very well-made.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Trackball design may take time getting used to.
6.6 Video Games (FPS)

This mouse is okay for FPS gaming. The Logitech MX ERGO isn't specifically designed for gaming, and the trackball isn't for everyone. It has a fairly wide CPI range, low error, and low click latency, but you can't set its polling rate above 125Hz. It's a heavy mouse, but this won't make a difference when gaming because you rotate the trackball instead of moving the entire mouse.

Pros
  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Very well-made.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Trackball design may take time getting used to.
  • Low polling rate.
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

The mouse is good for MMO gaming. Although not designed for this use, the Logitech MX ERGO offers a good amount of programmable inputs, including three ways to program the scroll wheel, but there's only one side button. It has low click latency, fairly wide CPI range, and minimal error, but you can't adjust its polling rate higher than 125Hz.

Pros
  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Very well-made.
  • Good amount of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Trackball design may take time getting used to.
  • Low polling rate.
4.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Logitech MX ERGO is bad for ultra-light gaming. It's heavy, but this won't make a difference as you move around the trackball instead of the whole mouse. However, the design may not be for everyone, and it doesn't offer the same experience as an ultra-light gaming mouse. It has low click latency, but the polling rate is limited to 125Hz.

Pros
  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Very well-made.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Trackball design may take time getting used to.
  • Low polling rate.
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.8 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.3 Travel
  • 6.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 4.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Logitech MX ERGO wireless trackball mouse is professional-looking and ergonomic with a slanted body. Its body is matte gray, and the trackball is glossy. The metal tilt plate (not pictured) and the scroll wheel's sides are both stainless steel. Being office-oriented, there's no RGB lighting.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
297 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
265 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
168 g

This mouse is very heavy, but it doesn't make much of a difference because, thanks to its trackball, you don't need to move it around. You can remove the metal tilt plate if you want to make it lighter to carry around.

5.3
Design
Portability
Length 3.5" (9.0 cm)
Height 2.0" (5.1 cm)
Width 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Volume
28.01 Cu. Inch (459 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The Logitech MX ERGO wireless trackball mouse is heavy and may be difficult to carry around. Luckily, it's much smaller than the Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball, so you can still place it in a bag if you need to.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

It has excellent build quality. The plastic body is really solid and there aren't any obvious issues. The mouse rattles a bit when you shake it, but that's because of the trackball. The trackball rotates well and feels smooth to move around. There's rubber on the backside and underneath the metal plate, which helps keep the mouse in place.

9.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
62 mm

The Logitech MX ERGO wireless is extremely comfortable. It's an ergonomic mouse with a slant for right-handed people. It comes with a tilt plate that can tilt up to 20°, which is designed to relieve stress on the wrist, but this isn't something we test for. It's made for a palm grip and there's rubber along the backside where your palm rests. The buttons are well-placed and easy-to-reach.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

The Logitech MX ERGO works well for any sized hand with a palm grip. The buttons and trackball are easy to reach.

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

For the most part, the Logitech MX ERGO is a good choice for those who use a claw grip. Sadly, it may be hard to reach the left and right buttons if you have a small hand.

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

This mouse isn't designed for a fingertip grip. The scroll wheel and trackball are hard-to-reach.

10
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch

You can connect the Logitech MX ERGO to your computer either via Bluetooth or its proprietary receiver, and it can connect to two devices at once. It has a cable for charging, but you still need to connect it wirelessly to your computer while it's charging. Logitech advertises a battery life of up to four months, but this isn't something we test.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 4.2 ft (1.3 m)
Braided
No
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Logitech MX ERGO comes with a decent rubber cable. It feels well-made, but it's also stiff and not very flexible. It's a charge-only cable and data isn't sent through it.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball Mouse
  • USB receiver
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Tilt plate
  • User manual

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
Yes

The sensor is located underneath the trackball. The trackball is easy to remove in case you need to clean the sensor.

7.6
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
18 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
16 ms
Click Latency: Wired
N/A

This mouse has a similarly low click latency whether you're using it via Bluetooth or its proprietary receiver, which is great.

7.9
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
1150 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
2.5 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
N/A
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz

This mouse has a good trackball sensor. Logitech advertises a CPI range between 512 to 2048, and in the Logitech Options software, it doesn't show you numeric values in the settings. We tested it to be between 50 and 1150 CPI, with increments of 100. The sensor is quite accurate with slow movements, and only slightly less so with fast movements. Sadly, you can't adjust the polling rate.

Note: Due to the trackball design, the CPI measurement of this mouse might not feel the same as a traditional mouse since you're not physically moving it across the desk.

7.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
9
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

There are a good amount of buttons that you can customize. You can reprogram every button except the left and right click, and the device switch button underneath the scroll wheel. You can reprogram the scroll wheel click and the left and right wheel tilt buttons.

7.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
Yes
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The Logitech MX ERGO has an incremented scroll wheel with a wheel tilt. Sadly, you can't unlock it for infinite scrolling.

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 G HUB software offers great customization options. You can create a profile for different programs on your computer, but you can only create one profile per program. The mouse doesn't have onboard memory, but if you create an account, you can use your settings on another computer with the software downloaded.

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

This mouse is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Logitech MX ERGO, and there's a Best Buy-exclusive variant called the Logitech MX ERGO Plus. The only difference is that the MX ERGO Plus is sold with an extra rubber plate that can help raise the metal tilt plate by an additional 10 degrees, for a total of a 30-degree tilt. Besides comfort, we expect our results to be valid for both variants.

If you have a Logitech MX ERGO that's different from ours, let us know and we'll update the review.

Compared to other mice

The Logitech MX ERGO is an excellent office mouse with a unique design. It has a lot of the same features as most other Logitech MX mice, like the Logitech MX Master 3, with multiple programmable inputs and multi-device pairing. Choosing this over other Logitech mice comes down to personal preference and whether or not you'll feel comfortable using a trackball. We haven't tested many trackball mice, but its design is much more comfortable than the Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball. Also, make sure to check out 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 slightly better overall than the Logitech MX ERGO, but they have different designs. The Master 3 is a traditional mouse with a sensor. It has a wider CPI range, lower CPI increment steps, and it has a horizontal scroll wheel. However, the ERGO is a trackball mouse with a higher polling rate and lower click latency.

Logitech MX Master 2S

The Logitech MX ERGO is slightly better than the Logitech MX Master 2S. The ERGO is a trackball mouse with much less CPI error, an extra programmable button, lower click latency, and a more comfortable design. On the other side, the Master 2S is a traditional mouse with a wider CPI range, lower increment steps, infinite vertical scrolling, and a horizontal scroll wheel. 

Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball

The Logitech MX ERGO is much better than the Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball. The Logitech is better-built and it has a more comfortable design. It also has much lower click latency, more programmable buttons, and you can adjust its CPI by increments of 100. However, the Kensington comes with a wrist rest, which is a nice touch. 

Logitech MX Vertical

The Logitech MX ERGO is better than the Logitech MX Vertical, but they're two differently-designed mice. The ERGO is a trackball mouse that's better-built and a lot more comfortable. It also has lower click latency, a vertical wheel tilt, and more programmable buttons. However, the Vertical is much lighter, making it easier to carry around, and it has a wider CPI range. The vertical shape of this mouse may be comfortable for more people.

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