Logitech MX Master 3, do you need a special Mac version?

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Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac

Earlier we discussed the MX Keys for Mac, a special keyboard for the Mac. With such a keyboard, you can imagine why adjustments were made for Mac users, because some keys (think Control / Option / Command) are slightly different. Is that also necessary with a mouse, or is it more of a marketing joke? In this review we tell you what is typical Mac about the MX Master 3, which is on the shelves for € 99 at Amac and € 109 at Coolblue.

Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac in short

These are the main features of this mouse:

  • Advanced mouse with many programming options
  • Ergonomic design
  • MagSpeed ​​magnetic scroll wheel + horizontal scroll wheel
  • App-specific profiles
  • Charging for 3 minutes means working for 8 hours
  • 70 days of battery life
  • Charging via USB-C (cable included)
  • Available in space gray
  • 4000 dpi tracking
  • Works on any surface, even glass
  • Available from € 99

The MX Master has built an almost legendary status among computer users. For Apple users, the idea may take some getting used to: It’s so common that you opt for Apple’s keyboards and mice that you might shudder with a mouse that’s actually intended for PC users. However, if you get over that initial hesitation, you’ll discover that these types of multifunctional mice have a lot more to offer than Apple’s. Some things are just as convenient. For example, you have to place the Magic Mouse on its back to charge, while with the Logitech mouse you can simply plug in the included USB-C cable, so you can continue working while charging.

In terms of price, it doesn’t make much difference, both mice cost around 100 euros. I can imagine that the real Apple purist wants everything in the same style and therefore prefers to use a Magic Mouse clone than a mouse that looks completely different. In any case, Logitech has made an attempt to match it well with your Apple products, by mimicking space gray anodized aluminum in plastic as closely as possible.

Design of the Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac

The MX Master 3 for Mac has a familiar design, similar to the MX Master 2S we used earlier. Some minor adjustments have been made. The mouse is clearly larger than Apple’s and lies ergonomically in the hand. This makes it feel more natural and comfortable to hold the mouse. The many buttons and wheels may impress at first, but if you take the time to discover them you will see that many useful functions are possible. The functions depend on the application you are using.

Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac

Of course you will find the standard left and right mouse buttons on top. In between you will find the metal scroll wheel, the Magspeed. This is controlled by magnets and therefore rolls a bit heavier than you are used to with a mouse. You will feel noticeable clicks while running. The mouse is then in precision mode, where you can pinpoint something very accurately.

You can also turn this off and then notice no resistance at all. This can be useful if you want to browse a long web page very quickly. To switch between the two turning methods, press the button on top of the mouse. The mouse itself is made of plastic, but the scroll wheels (there are two) are made of metal, with ridges so you have more grip.

Logitech MX Master front

On the left is another metal wheel, which gives a bit more resistance. For example, you can use this wheel to scroll horizontally in a spreadsheet. You can also use it to switch between apps or to switch to another tab in Safari. If you are used to making multi-touch gestures on the surface of the Magic Mouse, it takes some getting used to. You will have to make much more use of the (programmable) buttons, of which two are extra with your thumb. You can use this to scroll forward and backward, or for undo / redo. If you want to assign additional functions, you will have to do this via the special software. There is also a button processed under the mat on which you put your thumb.

At the bottom you will find the button 1/2/3 to switch between the three paired Bluetooth devices. This can be multiple Macs, but now that iPadOS has received cursor control, it will increasingly be an iPad. Switching between devices is effortless, although we still have to get used to the idea that you can operate the iPad with a mouse arrow. My finger always wants to go to the screen to point directly. With the buttons you can click and right click, not much more.

MX Master on the desk

A nice promise from Logitech is that this mouse works on any surface, even glass. Of course we wanted to try that right away, in case you have to work on a glass table in a hotel or something like that and don’t have a mouse pad at hand. This indeed worked, even on clear glass and vertically against a window (no idea why you would want this, but you can).

Special Mac version: needed or not?

But why a special version for the Mac? If you look at the table on the Logitech website, you only see a few differences:

  • Colors: space gray vs. gray and graphite
  • Charging cable: USB-C to USB-C vs. USB-C to USB-A
  • USB dongle: no USB mode on Mac version

The Mac version only works via Bluetooth, while the universal version also includes a USB-A dongle for a different wireless connection. With the universal version you actually get more: more colors and an extra connection method. The USB-A cable may look less ‘modern’, but USB-A is still very common at the moment and none for us dealbreaker. With a battery life of 70 days, you only have to charge every two months.

The color space gray is also no reason to buy this special version, because with the MX Master 2S we found that the colors of the top and bottom are exactly the same. However, with the universal version you can choose a different color light gray, if you still want to distinguish yourself from your colleague with the same mouse. While the previously discussed Logitech MX Keys still contain special inscriptions on keys, there is actually no difference with the MX Master 3. It is therefore primarily a marketing choice to now release a special Mac version of the mouse that has been around since July 2019.

If you can find a better deal for the non-Mac MX Master, it will do just as well.

Benefits
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  • Also works on glass surface
  • Ergonomic, very comfortable to hold
  • Buttons are programmable in many ways
  • Switch easily between iMac, MacBook and iPad
  • Very accurate, but also very fast

Cons

  • Too little different from universal MX Master 3
  • Large amount of buttons can be intimidating
  • Originally a PC mouse, which may not appeal to everyone

Conclusion MX Master 3 for Mac review

The quality of this mouse is excellent, both in build quality and functionality. After using this mouse for a few days, I didn’t want to go back to Apple’s bare mouse. The shape of the MX Master is tailored to your hand, while the Magic Mouse is exactly the other way around: your hand has to adapt to the product.

The Logitech MX Master 3 is definitely recommended, but whether you need the special Mac version? I’m not so sure about that after testing. The normal version of the MX Master 3 is just as comfortable to hold, has the same functions and is technically exactly the same. You only get a charging cable with a slightly different end and the USB dongle is missing.

Buy MX Master 3 for Mac

Just like the MX Keys, the MX Master mouse for the Mac is also available at various stores. You currently pay the suggested retail price of € 109 at most retailers.

We could not find the MX Master 3 for Mac at many shops, but it is for sale at APRs such as Amac and we also saw it at Coolblue. Often it is not clearly indicated whether it is the Mac version.

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