It must have been, by my account, almost a decade that I only use mice gives Logitech. I went through all the latest top of the line models, and recently replaced the MX Master (which I ended up not writing a review for, sorry) by its immediate successor, the MX Master 2S.
Generation after generation, Logi maintains its position as the manufacturer of the best mouse on the planet. There is always room for improvement, but here we have a product that, at least for me, today has no equivalent competitor in the market. In other words, my only option is him.
The 2S is not much different from the original MX Master. The design has hardly changed, but its sensor Darkfield now it is 4,000 DPIs (against 1,000 DPIs before) and it has a fast battery recharge – Logi promises a full day of autonomy with just three minutes of recharge – which now lasts about 70 days (against 40 days before ).
Honestly, I didn’t feel any difference with this sensor upgrade itself. The previous MX Master already worked well even on complicated surfaces like glass tables, and I thought it was accurate enough for my type of use. But I trust the company’s promise.
The battery, yes, took a noticeable leap – now with 500mAh capacity. Although I don’t even reach the average autonomy announced by Logi, not least because I make an advanced use of the mouse and above the eight hours a day on which the number is based, still recharging it is something I do very sporadically and , when I need to do it, it’s really fast. As your Micro-USB port is on the front (learn, Apple!), You can continue using the mouse connected via cable to the Mac without any problems while it is powered.
The MX Master 2S is a very robust mouse, with several buttons and customization possibilities applied by the Logitech Options app – which is within macOS System Preferences. Looking from above, we have the two traditional buttons, a wheel with SmartShift which is also a button (use for App Exposé) and one more button below it (use for Mission Control). On the side, a horizontal wheel, plus two navigation buttons (use to switch between tabs) and a last big button where you support your thumb (use to show the Table).
In this new generation, the mouse is sold in three colors: Graphite (a grayish black), Light Gray (light gray) and Midnight Teal (a kind of navy blue).
The technology SmartShift, which already existed before, is sensational. By default, the wheel gives a small “lock” as you rotate, as if there were several scrolling “steps”; but, if you spin it faster / stronger, it goes into free mode and then it spins smoothly. If you want, you can still disable the SmartShift and use it only in the way you prefer. In this case, the ideal is to use the little button below the wheel to make this change of modes (it is his default configuration).
The side wheel does not have these two modes, it only works freely. And, at least for me, it’s not something I use daily. But it’s amazing how useful it is when you are faced with a horizontal scrolling situation. I think it’s great that she’s there, at my disposal.
Logi’s latest peripherals now also feature a feature called Flow, excellent for those who use the same mouse with two computers alternately (either Mac or PC). Thus, you can move from one to the other simply by moving the cursor to the corner of the screen and even copy texts, images and files between them. This is not something I had an opportunity to test, though.
Although highly ergonomic, the MX Master 2S is undoubtedly a mouse designed for right-handed people. You can even, in the settings, invert the top two buttons if you want, but since there is no symmetry in its design, using it with your left hand must be somewhat strange.
Something that worries me about the MX Master 2S is its durability, and since I don’t have that much time with me, I can’t evaluate it yet. I hope Logi worked on that, because I had no less than three (!) Original MX Masters due to problems mainly with its larger side button (of the thumb), which simply “stuck” with time. Fortunately, the company’s support is very attentive and quick in this regard.
In the box of the MX Master 2S you receive the traditional RF receiver (Unifying Receiver) to connect to the USB port, but this is not necessary as the mouse works perfectly via Bluetooth. In fact, thank God for the wireless connectivity problems I faced months ago with mice from Logi are now passed – I don’t know if thanks to updates made by the manufacturer itself or who knows fixes applied by Apple on macOS High Sierra. Everything is working perfectly and not even AirPods interfere with it, anymore.
The official price of the MX Master 2S out there is $ 100, but it can now be found at a discount for $ 80. Here in Brazil, it is on sale at the Logitech Store for R $ 426.55 in cash or in 10x of R $ 49.90.