Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse Review

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse Review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

If you are looking for a wireless mouse with excellent precision, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse is a great choice. The MX Anywhere 2S features a scroll wheel that is not only precise but also has a fantastic feel to it. I love this mouse because I can move it around the house without the hassle of cables, and I can also move it around without having to worry about getting a cord tangled up. I can use this mouse on a desk and any other surface, and it’s one of my favorites. If you are looking for a wireless mouse that can do everything a wired mouse can do, the MX Anywhere 2S is the mouse for you.

Design: Small and Sleek

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse

Logitech’s MX product lineup has a consistent aesthetic, and the MX Anywhere 2S is no exception. It has left and right buttons, as well as a scroll wheel, sandwiched between them. On the thumb-side of the mouse, Logitech has included a square button and two forward and backward buttons.

While we tested the graphite model, it’s also available in light grey (more of a white) and midnight teal for those who want a bit more color in their lives. There is a rubberized plastic coating on the mouse’s top that has a grippy, matte feel to it. In contrast, the thumb rest is a faceted version of the rubberized plastic found on the top of the mouse.

It was a pleasure to work with the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S.

During our testing, we noticed the micro USB charging port was placed in a nice position. In addition to being on the front of the mouse, rather than at the bottom or at the back, the port can be used while it is charging.

The Bluetooth receiver included in the package didn’t have a place to be stored, which was a major disappointment. Even if you don’t need it to connect to a computer, you can use it with any BlueTooth-enabled device, but it would still be nice to be able to store it somewhere safe while traveling.

Setup Process: Simple and straightforward

wireless mouse

It was simple to set up the mouse by putting the battery inside, plugging in the Bluetooth receiver, and turning it on. We tested the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S on both Windows and macOS devices, and no issues were encountered. Additional tweaks can be made to the operating systems’ settings, and Logitech Options, a supplementary program for Logitech devices, allows you to change what the buttons do, alter use modes, and check battery life.

Without the receiver included in the package, setting up the mouse isn’t quite as straightforward. You can connect the mouse via the computer’s Bluetooth connection settings, whether you don’t want to deal with an extra USB port or are connecting a secondary or tertiary device (the mouse can work with up to three devices at once).

Having selected the device number (via a button located on the bottom of the mouse and indicated by a white LED), you simply need to complete the setup dialog on your Windows or macOS computer. The mouse worked the same way as it did with the receiver once paired.

We decided to fully charge our mouse before putting it to the test since it was just over half-charged when it arrived. Using the micro USB port on the front of the mouse, we connected the included cable to our computer and the mouse to the computer.

Wireless: Power efficient and quick

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A dedicated Unifying receiver (2.4GHz) allows the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S to connect to computer systems running Windows and macOS. During our more than forty hours of testing between multiple devices, we found little, if any, the difference between using the included receiver and plain Bluetooth connectivity. The Logitech Options software worked regardless of the connection method, and battery life didn’t seem to be much better.

In addition to Bluetooth Low Energy technology, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S comes with a 2.4GHz Unifying receiver for connecting to Windows and macOS computers.

The mouse is capable of working up to 32 feet from the device into which the receiver is plugged using the dedicated Unifying receiver. Using the mouse from another room isn’t an issue as long as you’re not in another room using Bluetooth.

Performance: More than good enough for basic work

The Anywhere 2S from Logitech isn’t marketed as a gaming or high-performance mouse, but it certainly takes inspiration from Logitech’s more advanced mice. It has a Dots Per Inch (a measure of how sensitive a mouse is) range of 200 DPI to 4000 DPI, which can be adjusted in increments of 50 DPI via the Logitech Options software.

We tested the mouse on various surfaces, including bamboo and glass. Except for a few scratches on the glass desktop, the “Darkfield high precision” sensor had no trouble tracking movement. Regardless of the connection method, lag was unnoticeable, and switching between computers was seamless once installed.

The Bluetooth connection provided a greater drain than the 2.4GHz receiver, but only by a small margin.

The mouse was fully charged before we took it for a spin. According to Logitech, the battery life lasts 70 days, and based on our experience, this appears to be accurate. The Bluetooth connection drain was higher than the 2.4GHz receiver, but only by a small margin.

Comfort: Not bad for a travel mouse

Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2S isn’t quite the ergonomic masterpiece its larger competitors are, as one might expect from a compact travel mouse. Regardless, the contoured thumb rest helps cradle the mouse well in the hand. Over 40 hours were spent testing the mouse, enough to get a good feel for it over extended periods. This mouse is comfortable to use, but we wouldn’t recommend it as a full-time mouse unless you have small hands and want a no-frills mouse. Nevertheless, for a compact option, it is excellent.

Software: Plenty of customization

There are two Logitech programs that work with the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S mouse: Logitech Options and Logitech Flow.

Logitech Options is available for both Windows and Mac computers. When downloaded and installed, it gives you complete control over every button and function on the mouse. The program allowed us to change the functions of the two side buttons, switch the left and right mouse click, and adjust the sensitivity all within the program.

However, Logitech Flow is hidden within the Logitech Options program and serves the unique purpose of allowing users to transfer files between computers. With this handy little program, you can transfer PDFs, images, and other documents from one computer to another, regardless of whether it’s a Windows or macOS device.

It is necessary to install and set up Logitech Flow on both devices for the program to work. When the computer has been properly set up, moving files is as simple as selecting the files to be transferred and moving the mouse to the side of the display. Even without having to switch the device link on the bottom of the mouse, files will seamlessly flow from one device to another whenever they are connected to the same network. In general, it’s a neat little solution, but occasionally it has problems with large files.

Competition: Plenty of options

In terms of features and price, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S is at the top of the charts, making it difficult to directly compare it to other portable mice. Despite this, there are two others that provide similar functionality at a lower price point.

Logitech’s Bluetooth M535 mouse is the first alternative. At $39.99, it’s $30 cheaper than the MX Anywhere 2S and has the same Bluetooth functionality. There is no additional 2.4GHz receiver, and the battery is replaced with two AA batteries, but it offers the same basic functionality for a lower price.

In addition, Microsoft offers the Sculpt Comfort Bluetooth Mouse. As with the Logitech M535, it is priced at $39.99. It features an ergonomic design with a four-way scroll wheel and works on most surfaces thanks to Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology. On the side is a dedicated button that can be programmed to change the settings.

Pros Cons
Smooth scrolling Somewhat costly
Rechargeable batteries Nowhere to store the USB receiver
It works on nearly any surface
Multi-device compatibility

Conclusion

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S is a pleasure to use. Although it has excellent battery life, is incredibly comfortable for its size, offers plenty of customization options, and looks great, it isn’t cheap. However, if looks, comfort, and convenience are important to you, buy this.