The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a sleek, nimble and highly functional mouse that can save elbow pain and relationships.
My partner recently had appendicitis. The worst thing about this (other than the searing pain and emergency surgery) is that when we return from the hospital and I log on to her laptop to set an autoreply on her email and cover a few tasks, I’m reminded that she doesn’t use a mouse. At all. She’s full trackpad. Gulp.
OK, I know that most couples face bigger disagreements (and it probably isn’t the best time to bring it up, what with the recent incisions and all) but I see this as a fundamental problem.
“How can you work for hours with your arm at that weird 45° angle? How does your elbow not just fall apart? How can you avoid the dreaded double-click on the MacBook Pro that inexplicitly brings up the Dictionary function every time I want to highlight some text? How, How, How?!”
Her eyelids droop and she doesn’t respond. This could be down to the codeine, but I interpret it as her capitulation to my superior reasoning and claim a silent victory. Fortunately, I’ve just received the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 mouse, so I pair it with her MacBook and elbow cramp (and a potential break-up) is avoided.
The MX Anywhere 3 is designed for those who don’t have a fixed office workstation (so most of the online workers on the planet, circa 2020-21) and like to tap away at home, cafés, libraries, etc. Its Bluetooth functionality ditches any wires and you can track practically anywhere (I’m writing this review in bed and the mouse is functioning perfectly on my duvet), so you can finally ditch the scuzzy mouse pad that you got free at a trade show five years ago.
The mouse is very small (Height/Length: 100.5mm, Width: 65mm, Depth 34.4mm), which may take a bit of getting used to if you’re coming from a larger device, but it starts to feel natural after I’ve been using it for a few days. Its design is sleek and smooth, and the rubber side grips are a subtle yet effective ergonomic feature. The battery life is impressive at a whopping 70 days on full charge and even when it does die, you can revive it for a 3-hour session with just one minute of charging time.
Anyone that’s been using a mouse with a noisy clicker will breathe a sigh of relief (their co-workers, too), as the MagSpeed electronic wheel scroll is practically silent while being able to move incredibly fast. And if you want to go completely click-free, the mode shift button behind the scroll wheel allows you to manually toggle from the ‘ratchet’ setting to ‘free spin’.
What I particularly like about the MX Anywhere 3 are the side buttons, which can be used to go back and forward on documents and webpages, start/stop video and mute your mic and redo/undo actions. You can also customise the MX Anywhere 3’s buttons with every app, which is especially handy for those who use apps like PowerPoint and Adobe.
One thing I noticed when flicking through Chrome web pages is that they load instantly when you use the side buttons rather than the half-second refresh delay that you get when hitting the page’s top-left ‘back’ arrow. A marginal difference but add that cumulative saved time up over a year and you’ve gained a couple of minutes of extra life: bonus!
Weighing in at just 99 grams, get ready for this teensy piece of tech to make your mobile office environment that much easier. And an extra tip for a happy workplace? Let trackpadders be trackpadders. Especially when recovering from major surgery.
David Harfield is the director of PepperStorm Media and writes about his three passions: food, booze and travel.
Photographs courtesy of Logitech