Logitech MX Master 3 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Logitech MX Master 3 Picture
9.0
Office/Multimedia
6.7
Video Games (FPS)
7.1
Video Games (MMO)
4.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.2
Travel
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

9.0 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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Compatible with both Windows and macOS.
  • Many programmable buttons.
Cons
  • May not be ideal for those with small hands.
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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Compatible with both Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Very low polling rate.
  • May not be ideal for those with small hands.
  • High click latency might feel unresponsive for gaming.
7.1 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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Compatible with both Windows and macOS.
  • Many programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Very low polling rate.
  • May not be ideal for those with small hands.
  • Not as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice.
4.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

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

Pros
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Compatible with both Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Very low polling rate.
  • May not be ideal for those with small hands.
  • High click latency might feel unresponsive for gaming.
  • Large and heavy.
7.2 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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing ergonomic design.
  • Compatible with both Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • May not be ideal for those with small hands.
  • Large and heavy.
  • 9.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 6.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 4.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.2 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Dec 20, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

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
Shape
Length 4.8" (122 mm)
Height 2.0" (52 mm)
Width 3.3" (84 mm)
Grip Width
58 mm
5.1
Design
Portability
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. For a smaller, travel-friendly mouse, check out the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. On the upside, the MX Master 3 is wireless so you don't have a cable dangling around.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
168 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
141 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
141 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Logitech MX Master 3 is heavy and doesn't offer any weight optimization. If you prefer something lighter that's easier to carry around, check out the Logitech MX Anywhere 3.

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
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

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. If you have smaller hands, the Logitech Precision Pro may be a better choice for you. If you want a mouse that feels as comfortable and has a trackball design, check out the Logitech MX ERGO.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
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. If you want a similar mouse that's better suited for small hands, check out the Razer Pro Click.

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

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

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.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 4.4 ft (1.3 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
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.

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

The PTFE feet glide decently well. The bottom and top feet might cause some resistance that could be problematic for gaming, but it shouldn't be a problem for everyday tasks.

Design
In The Box

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

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Laser
Sensor Model
Darkfield
Works On Glass
Yes
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
4000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
4 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
90 Hz

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

7.0
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
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.

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

The Logitech MX Master 3's scroll wheels are excellent. The vertical wheel is incremented and gives good feedback, and you can unlock it into a faster free-scrolling mode, which is very useful with office documents. You can unlock free-scrolling mode manually by clicking the button behind the mouse wheel, but it also automatically unlocks whenever you're scrolling quickly. There's also a side scroll wheel on the left side of the mouse for side-scrolling.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud

The Logitech MX Master 3 mouse is loud, but it shouldn't bother people around you unless you're in a noise-sensitive environment.

7.7
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.

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 MX Master 2S

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.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a much better mouse than the Apple Magic Mouse 2. It's more comfortable to use, it feels more solid, and it's usable both via Bluetooth or with its dedicated USB receiver. It also has gesture-enabled commands and more customization options than the Apple mouse. On the other hand, if you're looking for something with a lower profile to bring on a trip, the Apple mouse is the better option for you.

Logitech MX Anywhere 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 it also has lower click latency.

Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED performs better than the Logitech 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 ERGO

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 has a horizontal scroll wheel. However, the ERGO is a trackball mouse with a higher polling rate and lower click latency.

Razer Pro Click

Overall, the Razer Pro Click is better than the Logitech MX Master 3. The Razer is lighter, its higher polling rate results in smoother cursor movements, and it has more programmable inputs. Also, it has a wider CPI range and lower click latency. On the other hand, the Logitech is more comfortable to use, has a dedicated side scroll wheel, and better compatibility with macOS.

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a better office mouse than the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, thanks to its outstanding ergonomics and build quality. Due to its bulky size, the MX Master 3 isn't ideal for travel, but the MX Master 2S is much lighter and smaller and should fit in laptop bags much more easily.

Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED is a better gaming mouse than the Logitech MX Master 3, but the MX Master 3 is much better for office use. The G903 has a much better sensor performance and a lower click latency, which provides a responsive gaming experience. It's also much more customizable and features RGB lighting. The MX Master 3 has gesture-enabled commands and a much more ergonomic design for long workdays. The Logitech is also Bluetooth-compatible and also has a horizontal scroll wheel.

Logitech M720 Triathlon

While the Logitech M720 Triathlon is an excellent office or multimedia mouse, the Logitech MX Master 3 may be a better choice for most people, thanks to its more ergonomic and comfortable design. The MX Master 3 has a better build quality, it has a thumbwheel, and its larger size may be a better choice if you have larger hands. However, the Triathlon is smaller, so it may be more suitable if you have smaller hands.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO and the Logitech MX Master 3 are two very different mice. The G502 HERO is a very good, wired-only mouse made for FPS gaming. It's quite a bit lighter, has more programmable inputs, and has a significantly better sensor for gaming. On the other hand, the MX Master 3 is an outstanding wireless mouse for the office. It has a professional-looking design and comes with many work-related extra features like multi-device pairing, two scroll wheels, and gesture commands.

Logitech MX Vertical

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 a palm grip.

Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech MX Master 3 is outstanding for the office, while the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is very good for gaming, though it performs well for other uses as well. The two mice are very comfortable and have ergonomic designs with thumb rests. They're both better suited for larger hands. That said, the G502 looks a lot more aggressive, with sharper edges, more buttons, and RGB lighting. You can use it wired or wirelessly, and it has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and a better click latency. On the other hand, the MX Master features two scroll wheels, supports gesture commands, and can connect via Bluetooth.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

The Logitech MX Master 3 is much better than the Microsoft Arc Mouse. The Logitech is better-built, it offers better comfort, it has a scroll wheel, and it has many more programmable buttons. However, the Microsoft mouse has an ambidextrous design, and it's lighter to carry around.

Logitech M510

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.

Logitech Precision Pro

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a better office mouse than the Logitech Precision Pro. The MX Master 3 feels better built and more comfortable, it has a thumbwheel, and its battery is rechargeable. However, the Precision Pro should feel more comfortable for people with small hands when used with any grip type, unlike the bulkier MX Master 3.

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a better mouse than the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705. The MX Master 3 has a better build quality, Bluetooth support, a sensor that works on glass, and a larger thumb rest with a gesture control button. It also has both a vertical and horizontal scroll wheel, and the vertical wheel can be unlocked manually or automatically for free-scrolling. Unfortunately, while its shape is great for palm and claw grips, it isn't suitable for small hands, regardless of grip type. On the other hand, the M705 is still a very good office mouse, but it only connects via a USB receiver, and you can only toggle free-scrolling manually. That said, it's well suited for all hand sizes, depending on grip type, and its smaller form factor is more portable than the MX Master 3.

Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse

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

J-Tech Digital V628X

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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