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Logitech MX Master 3 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Logitech MX Master 3 Picture
Test Methodology v0.8.1
8.0
Mixed Usage
9.1
Office/Multimedia
7.3
Travel
6.7
Video Games (FPS)
7.5
Video Games (MMO)
4.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a great professional-looking mouse that's fairly versatile for everyday use. It has an ergonomic design that is comfortable to use for hours thanks to its thumb rest and rounded shape. It's great for palm grip users, although some people with smaller hands might have trouble gripping it comfortably. This mouse is very well-built and is quite heavy, giving it a hefty feel. This is a wireless-only mouse and while its latency won't be noticeable for most, it isn't recommended for hardcore gamers. On the upside, it offers two scroll wheels and gesture commands, which makes its control scheme very diverse. You can also set your preferred settings depending on which program or app you're using.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed Usage

Great for mixed usage. Although this mouse is designed to be used in an office, it can also be used while on-the-go or even for non-competitive gaming. Its ergonomics design is great for palm grip, but it's a rather large mouse, so people with smaller hands might have trouble getting a nice hold of it. Also, its default latency is a bit high for hardcore gamers but it should be fine for more casual games. On the upside, its wireless design makes it a decent traveling companion if you can fit it inside your laptop case.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
9.1 Office/Multimedia

Amazing office mouse. It has an ergonomic design for palm grip, although its large size might not be well-suited for smaller hands. It's a very sturdy wireless mouse that offers a few programmable buttons and nice features like gesture commands, making workflow more efficient.

7.3 Travel

Decent for travel. While this mouse is wireless and doesn't have a bothersome cable, its shape and size are a bit larger than most mice. It might be hard to fit it inside a laptop bag. On the upside, it's a very solid mouse that performs well over Bluetooth as well, so you don't necessarily need to bring its receiver around.

6.7 Video Games (FPS)

Okay for FPS games. This mouse has a higher latency than most gaming-oriented mice and it's noticeably heavier. It's quite comfortable to grip, but it's quite big so people with smaller hands won't have the most comfortable control over it. On the upside, it's a very well-built mouse that should last you a while.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
7.5 Video Games (MMO)

Good for MMO games. The mouse offers a few programmable buttons, which is good, but not quite as much as dedicated MMO mice. While its ergonomic shape is comfortable for palm grip, people with smaller hands might have trouble having a nice control over the mouse. Also, this mouse is wireless-only and its latency is a bit higher than most gaming mice.

See our Video Games (MMO) recommendations
4.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

This mouse is quite heavy and isn't designed for ultra-light gaming.

  • 8.0 Mixed Usage
  • 9.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.3 Travel
  • 6.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 4.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Compatible with both Windows and macOS.
  • Good performance; customizable.
Cons
  • Very low polling rate.
  • May not be ideal for those with small hands.
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Logitech MX Master 3 has a clean, professional look that resembles the Logitech MX Master 2S, with very minor style differences. It isn't as flashy as most gaming mice and has a more office-oriented design.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
168 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
141 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
141 g

The Logitech MX Master 3 is heavy and doesn't offer any weight optimization.

5.1
Design
Portability
Length 4.8" (12.2 cm)
Height 2.0" (5.2 cm)
Width 3.3" (8.4 cm)
Volume
32.16 Cu. Inch (527 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The Logitech MX Master 3 isn't the most portable due to its size. It's pretty large and might not fit in most laptop cases. On the upside, it's wireless so you don't have a cable dangling around.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech MX Master 3's build quality is amazing. The mouse is made out of solid plastic and feels durable. There's only a small wobble on the scroll wheel, but this shouldn't affect its durability. The mouse has a high-end feel thanks to the latex grip material and hefty design.

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

The Logitech's MX Master 3's ergonomics are spectacular for right-handed people. The latex covering offers a great grip, assuring a nice control over the mouse. There's a large thumb rest section that can also be pressed to enable gesture controls. The main improvement over the Logitech MX Master 2S is that the MX Master 3 now has a bigger side scroll wheel, and the side buttons are easier to reach and use. This mouse is a bit big, so it's better-suited for larger hands.

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

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a bit large for smaller hands for a palm grip and some people might have trouble reaching the side scroll wheel comfortably.

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

When using the claw grip, this mouse isn't recommended if you have smaller hands. The control over the mouse might feel awkward and some buttons might be hard to reach easily.

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
Yes

Due to its very large design, the Logitech MX Master 3 isn't recommended for a fingertip grip. Only larger hands will be able to use this mouse with this grip, although the gesture button and the horizontal scroll wheel indicate a design that's better designed for palm grip.

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

Outstanding wireless connectivity. This mouse's cable is only for charging, so you'll need to connect it via either Bluetooth or its dedicated receiver. Just like the Logitech MX Master 2S, you can switch between three connected devices with a button on the underside of the mouse.

7.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 4.4 ft (1.3 m)
Braided
No
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The MX Master 3 has a good cable, which feels a bit better than the previous model's cable. It's fairly similar to the previous one but now connects to the mouse via USB-C, which is an improvement over micro-USB. The cable is for charging only and it's covered by rubber, which can catch on desk supplies.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech MX Master 3
  • USB receiver
  • USB to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Laser
Works On Glass
Yes

Just like the Logitech MX Master 2S, the Logitech MX Master 3 is one of the few that works on glass.

7.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
16 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
21 ms
Click Latency: Wired
N/A

The Logitech MX Master 3 has pretty decent wireless latency, although most people shouldn't notice the delay. Note that the Logitech MX Master 3's cable is only for charging, so you still need to connect the mouse wirelessly to your device.

8.2
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
4000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
5.6 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
90 Hz

The Logitech MX Master 3's performance is great. It has a wide enough CPI range for most people, which can be customized fairly accurately to your preferences. Unfortunately, there are no values inside the software, meaning it's a bit hard to get a very precise CPI. Also, the non-adjustable 90Hz maximum polling rate is rather disappointing, and lower than the previous model's. This can result in a cursor movement that doesn't feel as fluid as other mice.

7.8
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The Logitech MX Master 3 offers a bit of customization when it comes to buttons. Other than the left and right clicks and the device-switching button, everything can be reprogrammed. You can also customize the mouse's settings depending on the app you're using inside the Logitech software. Additionally, like the Logitech MX Master 2S, there's a button on the thumb rest that enables gesture commands for as long as you press it. If you want a wireless mouse with more side buttons, check out the Logitech G604 Lightspeed instead.

9.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
Yes
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
Physical
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No

The Logitech MX Master 3's scroll wheels are excellent. The vertical wheel is incremented and gives good feedback, but it can also easily be unlocked for infinite scrolling, which is very useful with office documents. There's also a side scroll wheel on the left side of the mouse for side-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 Options software is good, but doesn't offer as many features as Logitech G HUB. While you can't have specific profiles that you can switch directly on the mouse, you can set profiles for each program that you use. You also can't save the settings in the mouse as it doesn't have onboard memory, but you can save your settings to your account if you decided to create one.

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

This mouse has amazing compatibility since all buttons work on both Windows and macOS. Also, since the software is available on both platforms, you can easily customize the mouse to your preferences. Some programmable functions are OS-specific.

Compared to other mice

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a great mixed usage mouse that has a professional and office-oriented design. It has an ergonomic design that feels very comfortable to control with a palm grip. It also features gesture-enabled commands when pressing the thumb-rest button, which is great for certain apps or even browsing the web. However, it's rather large and people with small hands might want to look at other mice. See our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wireless mouse, and the best wireless gaming mouse. If you're interested in Logitech products, also check out the best Logitech mice.

Logitech G604 Lightspeed
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B&H

The Logitech G604 performs better than the MX Master 3, but the ergo shape of the MX Master 3 might be better suited for the office. These two wireless mice are very well-built, but the MX Master 3 feels very premium. If you want many side buttons, go with the G604, but if you want a side-scrolling wheel, go for the MX Master 3

Logitech MX Master 2S
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Newegg.com

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a slight improvement over the Logitech MX Master 2S when it comes to ergonomics. The side buttons and side scroll wheel are now easier to reach and use. However, the MX Master 3 has more latency than its predecessor, which is unfortunate, although most people won't notice it. The polling rate of the 2S is also slightly higher, which can result in a more fluid cursor movement.

Logitech MX Vertical
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B&H

The Logitech MX Master 3 and the Logitech MX Vertical are both great office mice. The MX Master 3 feels better built, has customizable gesture-based controls, and features a side horizontal wheel, which is great for scrolling sideways through Excel spreadsheets. However, the MX Vertical's shape is more ergonomic and should help reduce strain on the wrist. The MX Vertical is also more suitable for people with small hands, as they should be able to reach all the buttons easier when using palm grip.

Logitech M510
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B&H

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a better office-oriented mouse than the Logitech M510, but it's noticeably more expensive. The MX Master 3 has an ergonomic shape and features motion enabled commands too. It has two scroll wheels and has a professional design, while the M510 looks a bit generic and cheaply made. If your budget allows it, there's no reason to pick the M510 over the MX Master 3.

Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse
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Newegg.com

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a more versatile mouse than the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse. The MX Master 3 has neat features, but it's still a fairly standard mouse. While it has a slanted ergo-shape, the MX Master 3 isn't as ergonomic as a true ergonomic, vertical mouse. The MX Master will be better suited for multimedia, but if you're simply looking to reduce the strain on your wrist, then the Anker is a better option.

J-Tech Digital V628X
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Newegg.com

The Logitech MX Master 2S is significantly better than the J-Tech Digital V628X. The Logitech is better built, lighter, more comfortable, wireless, has a much better sensor, and has better software that works on both Windows and macOS. Both mice are recommended for palm or claw grip with medium or larger hands.

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