I tested the MX Master Wireless Mouse for a few weeks and made this review / overview. In a lot of ways it's a good mouse with a lot of features like lots of buttons, a long lasting wireless battery life, a unique horizontal scroll wheel (video editing / excel), and an ergonomic shape (to some people). The MX Master is definitely not for gaming though with it's low DPI... unless you like that.
Even though this is a great mouse that replaces the Logitech Performance MX, but its got some big flaws. As I tested the MX Master mouse for the review, I ended up hating it.
The MX Master mouse does not have enough software customization options. The horizontal scroll wheel and disengaging scroll wheel were really cool, but the software just didn’t have the options and features that I needed. The DPI speed was too low for me and definitely won't work for gaming. Some people found this mouse ergonomic, but it was quite uncomfortable for me. This mouse is great for certain video editing applications and fantastic for office uses like Microsoft Excel and Access, but it just didn’t work for me. If you use the Adobe suite, Premier Pro, or Sony Vegas the horizontal scroll wheel (and this mouse in general) will probably work great, but in Powerdirector 12, or just want more software options, the MX Master's horizontal scroll is useless.
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My problems with the MX Master are (coming from a G602):
- horizontal scrolling does not work in any of my software. The browser seems to be the only app where it works.
- forward/back buttons hard to reach and very small
- gesture button needs too much force to press
- the special scroll wheel electromagnetic(?) mechanism is really nice, but the relatively loud click sound you hear is getting annoying
Agree 100% after 1 month i decided to return it! I am CAD,3D designer this mouse is killing my hand and after 1 month scroll button get lose,not mentioning its hard to click ...imho all logitech mouses has this issue.to hard to click.Thx for true review!
Just wanted to throw in an idea since I like customisations as well. For the thumb wheel on this mouse or any other mouse you might find lacking in the future, try out X-Mouse Button Control software to assign specific very customisable keystrokes/sequences to mouse buttons/wheels, on a global or per-application basis. I have the same issue with the thumb wheel when playing WoW and that piece of software solved it, among other things.
And a bit of follow up, a recent discovery is Hydramouse software. Even more customisations. Paid app though, but with a fully functional demo to try what it can do for you. It's event based rather than basic button based (double click, ctrl click, button combinations, etc). A little bit more complicated but solved many of my issues with WoW (I'm the kind of guy who wants all the abilities accessible with minimal finger movement :D) and fills the gap left by XMBC.
yeah i just fixed it yesterday with suggestions on other sites. I opened it up and adjusted the thumb button screw, then after that it just lags. what i did is i uninstalled the driver and restarted, works not, but still its hassle :|
+my cats I only did it a little at first, and quickly got used to it. It requires a moderate pressure and it worked well for me. I believe you can change the function or disable it, but I cannot verify since I returned it.
"This just ruins it!"
>uses obscure editing software
>doesn't switch to some decent editor
>"training wheels mode"
>calls it bad cause muh gaming mouse has 32940349 useless configurable buttons
Powerdirector is actually pretty common among people who can't spend $600 for video editing software, but that's not even the crux of it. The mouse is crippled by bad software. Additional button are nice, but the functionality of the "Logitech Gaming Software" is far superior to the garbage software bundled with the mouse.
Really? That's interesting. I don't play competitive FPS anymore, but in CS Beta and CS Source it seemed most people were using very high DPIs. Everything is personal preference though. I like low DPI for precision sniping and high DPIs for whirling around quickly and reacting.
I don't know but using the MX Master I can move the cursor across both of my monitors (~3000px wide) over a distance of 1.5 - 2 inches at a rather slow speed (over 5 seconds). I feel like if the mouse was any more sensitive I would have trouble using it and I am not even having it at the highest possible speed according to my operating system. You do realize that you can increase the speed in your OS?
I fail to see how this is a flaw for gaming, seeing as most games where you might want a macro already allow you to set custom controls. If customizability and custom macros are something you desperately seek, I'm sure there's software out there you could find with an easy google search.
My two issues are low DPI and bad software. The DPI is just too low for me and the software is just simplified and bad. Yes there are workarounds, but there's no excuse for such bad software for a high end mouse, especially when Logitech already has good software on cheaper mice.
I agree that there should be a custom input option to bind whatever key you type.
For me, it is important to know if this mouse lags or jitters a little bit now and then. I have the MX Revolution for ten years. I can't use it for delicate movement like when I use photoshop, for example.
Yeah... I don't quit understand logitech's rationale with this. Maybe they wanted a super lightweight program for computer illiterate / office people, but it really cripples it. Hopefully next iteration in a few years they'll wise up and fix it.
100% I have this mouse and have had it for almost 5 months. I hate it. The software is garbage and works when it wants to and then at times does not work at all. I even sent one of these back and they sent me a brand new one. (cheers to Logitech for that) Mainly I just find the software is awful. I do video editing with the expensive adobe software and even that does not work correctly with the side scroll wheel. Literally, I use the side scroll wheel to change my songs on Spotify. This really is a horrid mouse. I bought the g502 core today just before posting this and you are the only video that actually holds to these points.
Yea I was pretty shocked and it's a flagship model as well so I would have figured that it would have been better. Logitech Gaming Software is close to 180mb and this mouses software is close to 19mb. That should tell you something right there. Though the one thing that I will give them is the mx master is vastly more comfortable than every other mouse I've ever used but lacking the ability to save me time its a pretty dud. I just wanted to say thank you for an honest review for once.
Yeah I was surprised nobody mentions there's a lot of problems with the horizontal wheel (the whole point of the mouse) or the software. I did find the G600 was kind've nice for buttons and the ergonomics are decent. It's not exactly horizontal scroll, but you can bind the crap out of it.
don't know what he's talking about, when he talks about the dpi being a problem because of his multiple monitors. I have a 2560 wide screen and after adjusting the settings in windows (not logitech software), i can move from one side of the screen to another with a flick of the wrist. The thing about this mouse is you have to adjust it a lot in the logitech settings (plus that simple adjustment in windows) to get it just right in all its behaviour. But... it's worth it* (*probably doesn't apply to gamers)
Thanks for t his review, this is the exacly review i was looking for, i was not sure between MX Master and G502. Definitely i am going G502. Is it also possible to customize g502 button for specific softwares (i'll be using 3ds max, autocad and archicad, sometimes Photoshop) like you did in your video example photoshop?
So I have the G500, but I'm 99% sure the G502 works similarly. With the G500 you have customization options, but I don't know of any auto profile switch (like on my gamepad). You can manual change profiles. You could theoretically change the profile switch to an obscure button, but haven't tried it.
I would STRONGLY recommend trying the gamepad (in the links). I didn't use mine for anything but gaming for the longest time. Then I used it for a little video editing, then I mapped the whole then, then I used it for common photoshop functions. It's super handy and I couldn't imagine productivity or creative tasks w/o it.
Thanks. The gaming part was almost an after thought. I was stunned at how low the DPI was considering it's modern and high end. I know it's not it's purpose, but I wanted to make people aware of it so they don't rage out like I wanted to.
I palm grip myself. You might try the G500 (or it's successor) since it has long buttons. I'm also dabbling with the G600, which may work for claw. I'm not sure since I like the lazier palm grip. Good luck.
Hah, it got the frowny face b/c it just wouldn't do exactly what I wanted. I found it way too slow for gaming and the lack of customization, especially the scroll wheel kinda ruined it. It's an OK mouse, but it just wasn't for me.
I heard the opposite from many people. The people with smaller hands don't seem to find this comfortable. Others with the large or very large hands feel this much more comfortable. Hope they do a software update.
Completely agree. I have large hands and after trying both the M705 and M720 (which many people say are very comfortable) I ended up buying the MX Master 2S today. Much, much more comfortable than the others.
It looks like it would be really comfortable, maybe it's just the shape of my hands. Oh well, I'll check out the Master v2 if that ever comes out. I've been using the G600 lately with my G500. I kinda like the G600.
scroll wheel was the problem with mine it went into free spin mode and could not stop with that clutch thing. after waiting for 1 month finally got brand new as replacement now will see how long it lasts. i also have g100 and g502
g700s is great but you have to charge it every night
g502 a bit heavy but you get used to it i removed all weights . i have it for 15 months and i am happy.
problem is the rubber is getting a bit messed on the thumb rest .
if g900 gets some price drob maybe will buy that one . until then mx master and g502 are just fine :) g100 i use on laptop
Great video. This Mouse is pretty good. I agree with you that it needs more customization options, but it does the work well. This won't make it for gaming though. Good laser tracker, but not too speedy. And I can't activate the LEDs to see the battery life unless I check the software or turn off/on to check. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zBGqpOE4UY
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