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Logitech MX Master 3S Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jul 20, 2022 at 10:25 am
Logitech MX Master 3S Picture
9.0
Office/Multimedia
6.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.1
Video Games (MMO)
4.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.2
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Logitech MX Master 3S continues Logitech’s popular MX Master productivity lineup. It retains the same ergonomic shape and feature set but makes several noteworthy improvements over the previous generation Logitech MX Master 3. This version has quieter click buttons and an improved sensor with a wider CPI range, making it more suitable for use with higher resolution displays. It also uses Logitech’s new BOLT receiver, which promises improved performance in congested wireless environments and more robust security compared to the older Unifying Receiver used by previous MX Master models.

Our Verdict

9.0 Office/Multimedia

The Logitech MX Master 3S is an outstanding mouse for office use. It has a comfortable ergonomic shape with a thumb rest and feels exceptionally well-built. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or its included USB receiver and can pair with up to three devices simultaneously. You can adjust sensor settings, program custom gesture controls, and remap buttons using the customization software. It has two independent scroll wheels; one for horizontal scrolling and one for vertical scrolling. The vertical scroll wheel can also switch automatically from a more precise scrolling mode to a faster, free-scrolling mode depending on how quickly you're scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels remarkably well-built.
  • Ergonomic right-handed shape.
  • Connects wirelessly with its included Logitech BOLT USB receiver or Bluetooth.
  • Quiet left- and right-click buttons.
Cons
  • Fairly large; isn't well-suited for smaller hands.
  • No storage compartment for its USB receiver.
6.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Logitech MX Master 3S is adequate for FPS gaming, but isn't for this use. It feels exceptionally well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for most hand sizes. However, it's heavy, its click latency is only decent, and its sensor isn't intended for gaming. While its CPI range is fairly wide for a productivity mouse, it's narrow compared to many gaming options. It also has a very low, fixed polling rate, meaning your cursor movements won't feel as smooth or consistent as those made with a dedicated gaming mouse.

Pros
  • Feels remarkably well-built.
  • Ergonomic right-handed shape.
Cons
  • Click latency is only decent compared to dedicated gaming mice.
  • Heavy.
7.1 Video Games (MMO)

Though not designed for this use, the Logitech MX Master 3S is a decent option for MMO gaming. It feels remarkably well-built and has an ergonomic right-handed shape. It doesn't have quite as many buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse, but you can reprogram buttons using the customization software. Unfortunately, its sensor isn't intended for gaming. It has a low polling rate, and while its CPI range is fairly wide for productivity use, it's comparatively narrow compared to gaming models. The click latency is decent for casual gaming but isn't well-suited for competitive play.

Pros
  • Feels remarkably well-built.
  • Ergonomic right-handed shape.
Cons
  • Click latency is only decent compared to dedicated gaming mice.
  • Not nearly as many programmable side buttons as most dedicated MMO mice.
4.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Logitech MX Master 3S isn't for this use and is significantly heavier than ultra-light gaming models. Its click latency is decent for casual gaming but isn't suitable for fast-paced competitive play. The sensor also has a narrow CPI range and a very low polling rate, meaning your cursor movements won't feel as smooth or consistent as those made with a dedicated ultra-lightweight gaming mouse.

Pros
  • Feels remarkably well-built.
Cons
  • Click latency is only decent compared to dedicated gaming mice.
  • Heavy.
7.2 Travel

The Logitech MX Master 3S is a decent mouse for travel use, but due to its large size and heavy design, it's meant to stay on your desk most of the time. That said, if you have a large enough bag or case to bring it with you, it connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or its USB receiver and feels exceptionally well-built.

Pros
  • Feels remarkably well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with its included Logitech BOLT USB receiver or Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Fairly bulky; isn't easy to slip into laptop bags or cases.
  • No storage compartment for its USB receiver.
  • 9.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 6.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 4.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.2 Travel
  1. Updated Jul 20, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 15, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

The Logitech MX Master 3S looks the same as the previous generation Logitech MX Master 3; it has a clean, professional look with a solid plastic body, rubber grips, and metal scroll wheels. There's a 'Logi' logo on the left click button and a small LED battery light indicator on the left side.

Design
Shape
Length 5.0" (126 mm)
Height 2.0" (52 mm)
Width 3.3" (84 mm)
Grip Width
58 mm
5.1
Design
Portability
Volume
33.38 in³ (547 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The Logitech MX Master 3S isn't a very portable option due to its large size and fairly bulky shape.

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

The Logitech MX Master 3S is very heavy compared to other productivity models.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech MX Master 3S has remarkable build quality. The materials feel high-quality and durable. There aren't any loose parts, and the mouse doesn't creak or make any sounds when squeezed. While there aren't any rattling sounds when you shake the mouse, the primary scroll wheel wobbles very slightly in its housing. However, this isn't noticeable during normal use.

9.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

The Logitech MX Master 3S has a very comfortable right-handed shape. The buttons are well placed, and the materials feel very high quality. There's also a grippy rubber covering that wraps around the large thumb rest, palm area, and entire right side. Overall, it's a fairly large mouse that you may find cumbersome if you have very small hands.

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

While all the controls are within reach for all hand sizes, If you have small hands, you may find the Logitech MX Master 3S is cumbersome to control with a palm grip.

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

While all the controls are within reach for all hand sizes, If you have small hands, you may find the Logitech MX Master 3S is cumbersome to control with a claw grip.

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

The Logitech MX Master 3 isn't recommended for a fingertip grip, though if you have extra-large hands, you can reach all of the controls without any issue.

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

Like previous generations in the series, you can wirelessly pair the Logitech MX Master 3S with up to three devices simultaneously and switch between them with the button on the bottom of the mouse. The battery life is also unchanged from previous generations. Logitech indicates that this mouse has a 500mAh rechargeable battery that can last up to 70 days on a full charge. You can also get up to three hours of use from a one-minute quick charge.

6.0
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

The included USB-C charging cable for the Logitech MX Master 3S is only mediocre. It's fairly short and rigid, but on the plus side, it doesn't retain any kinks from its packaging.

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

The Logitech MX Master 3S has decent feet that glide well on mousepads and directly on desks. Unfortunately, these feet are slightly thinner than those on similar mice, and two of the four feet have sharp edges that can dig a bit into softer mousepads, causing added drag.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech MX Master 3S
  • USB LOGI BOLT receiver
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • User documentation

Control
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

You can program most of the buttons on the Logitech MX Master 3S using the customization software. However, the left- and right-click buttons, up and down scroll inputs, and the pairing button on the bottom of the mouse aren't programmable. You can program special actions for specific programs and choose between preset or custom gesture controls activated with the button on the thumb rest. This mouse also has new 'Quiet Click' buttons. These buttons are much quieter than those on the MX Master 3 but still provide nice tactile feedback, which is something missing on other productive mice with silenced click buttons.

7.0
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
12.9 ms
Wired
N/A
Receiver
12.9 ms
Bluetooth
13.4 ms

Overall, the Logitech MX Master 3S has decent click latency, well-suited for casual gaming, browsing, and productivity tasks. However, it isn't well-suited for fast-paced or competitive gaming.

Earlier models in the same lineup use Logitech's older Unifying USB Receiver. This mouse uses the new BOLT USB receiver. Logitech's advertises that the BOLT receiver provides better security features and improved range and reliability, even in environments with lots of other wireless devices. This new receiver uses Bluetooth technology, so whether you're connected via Bluetooth or with the LOGI BOLT receiver, the click latency performance is very similar. The click latency is higher and less consistent compared to previous generations of this mouse using the older receiver, but this is expected behavior from Bluetooth.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Laser
Sensor Model
Darkfield
Works On Glass
Yes
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
8,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
2%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz

The sensor on the Logitech MX Master 3S can track on glass surfaces, an uncommon feature on modern mice. You can enable an 'Extended Sensor Range' setting within the software, which lets you adjust the CPI sensitivity up to 8000 CPI. However, both the polling rate and lift-off distance are fixed, and you can't adjust them.

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

Both scroll wheels on the Logitech MX Master 3S are made of metal and feel very high-quality. They're also very quiet. The vertical wheel on top has a precise, notched scrolling mode and a free-scrolling mode that's useful for quickly scrolling through documents or websites. By default, you can enable this mode manually with the button behind the scroll wheel. It also automatically enables whenever you're scrolling quickly. The scroll wheel on the left side of the mouse handles horizontal scrolling.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Very Quiet

The left- and right-click buttons and both scroll wheels on the Logitech MX Master 3S are very quiet and won't bother those around you, even in noise-sensitive environments. The other buttons, including the mouse wheel click button, are louder but unlikely to bother anyone nearby.

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

This mouse uses Logitech's Options+ for customization. The software is straightforward and intuitive to use. You can reprogram buttons for specific programs, assign macros, and adjust gesture controls. There's also an 'Extend Sensor Range to 8K DPI' setting; you can enable it to customize your exact CPI settings up to 8000 CPI instead of setting your sensitivity with a percentage slider.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech MX Master 3S is available in Graphite, Pale Gray, and Black colorways. There are no other variants available. We purchased and tested the Graphite version, and you can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

Logitech's MX Master mice have earned a reputation for being very comfortable productivity mice with tons of features. While the new Logitech MX Master 3S doesn't make any radical changes to the formula, it incorporates some interesting improvements over the previous generation Logitech MX Master 3. This mouse has much quieter click buttons that still retain a tactile quality. It also boasts an improved sensor with a wider CPI range and uses Logitech’s new BOLT USB receiver. If you're interested in this mouse but don't feel you need all of the newest features offered by this version, you may want to look at previous models, which share many features in common and are frequently less expensive. For a breakdown of the major differences between some of these older versions, check out our video breakdown.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best work mouse, the best wireless mouse, or for other Logitech models, the best Logitech mouse.

Logitech MX Master 3

The Logitech MX Master 3S and the Logitech MX Master 3 are visually identical productivity mice in the same lineup. The MX Master 3S is newer and includes several improvements. It has quieter left- and right-click buttons and an upgraded sensor with a wider CPI range. It also uses Logitech's new USB BOLT Receiver, while the previous generation MX Master 3 uses Logitech's older Unifying USB Receiver.

Logitech MX Master 2S

The Logitech MX Master 3S and the Logitech MX Master 2S are productivity mice from the same lineup. They look very similar and share many features in common, but the MX Master 3S is newer and has several upgrades under the hood. It has quieter clicks, a better sensor, and updated ergonomics with buttons that are easier to reach. It also recharges with a USB-C cable, while the older MX Master 2S uses a micro-USB cable. You can wirelessly connect either mouse via Bluetooth or their included USB receivers, but the MX Master 3S uses Logitech's newer USB BOLT receiver, while the MX Master 2S uses an older Unifying Receiver.

Logitech MX Master

The Logitech MX Master 3S and the Logitech MX Master are productivity mice from the same lineup. The MX Master 3S is much newer and features several improvements, including an upgraded sensor, better button placement, quieter clicks, and improved battery life. The MX Master 3S also has a USB-C charging cable and uses Logitech's newer BOLT USB receiver. On the other hand, the MX Master has an older micro-USB charging cable and uses Logitech's previous generation Unifying Receiver.

Logitech MX Anywhere 3

The Logitech MX Master 3S and the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 are work mice that share several features. You can wirelessly pair either mouse with up to three devices at once, and they both have scroll wheels with free-scrolling modes. That said, the MX Master 3S includes several features the Anywhere 3 lacks, including quieter clicks, gesture controls, an improved sensor, and a secondary scroll wheel. On the other hand, the Anywhere 3 is much more compact and designed with travel use in mind, while the MX Master 3S is larger and fairly bulky, so it's best suited for desktop use.

Logitech MX Vertical

The Logitech MX Master 3S and the Logitech MX Vertical are wireless productivity-focused mice that belong to the same lineup. The 3S has several features the Vertical lacks, including gesture controls, a dedicated thumb wheel for horizontal scrolling, and quieter click buttons. The 3S also uses Logitech's new BOLT USB receiver, while the Vertical uses an older Unifying Receiver. Apart from that, the major difference is that the Vertical has a vertical, ergonomic design, which means you hold it in a 'handshake' position. A design like this can be helpful if you experience discomfort using a more conventionally shaped mouse.

Razer Pro Click

The Logitech MX Master 3S and the Razer Pro Click are high-end productivity mice. The Logitech has a right-handed shape with a thumb rest and includes several features the Razer lacks, including gesture controls, a dedicated scroll wheel for horizontal scrolling, and software compatible with Windows and macOS. On the other hand, the Razer is more portable and has a symmetrical shape suitable for either right or left-handed users. The Razer is a much better option if you're also planning on using your mouse for gaming. It has much better sensor performance, a maximum polling rate of 1000Hz, and excellent click latency.

Logitech M720 Triathlon

The Logitech MX Master 3S and the Logitech M720 Triathlon are both productivity mice with ergonomic, right-handed shapes. The MX Master 3S has several features the Triathlon lacks, including a secondary scroll wheel for horizontal scrolling and quieter click buttons. It also uses Logitech's new BOLT USB receiver, while the Triathlon uses the older Unifying USB Receiver. On the other hand, the M720 Triathlon is slightly smaller and more portable. It also uses an AA battery for power, while the MX Master 3S recharges with an included USB cable.

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