The best Mac mouse has been updated with a wonderfully quiet click action and a higher-resolution sensor that’s great for 4K and 5K displays.
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Since its debut about two years ago, we consider Logitech’s MX Master 3 to be the best overall Mac mouse for productivity.
Now it’s updated to the MX Master 3S, and the improvements, while minor, are enough to hold onto the top spot. The MX Master 3S is almost identical to the MX Master 3, but has an improved 8000dpi sensor and quiet click buttons. There’s also a new Options+ app, but it works with many Logitech mice, including older models.
A comfortable design (for right-handed users)
Logitech’s design for the MX Master 3S is identical to the MX Master 3. It has a shapely shape that fits well in the hand, with a slight slope from side to side and a thumb rest for a more comfortable resting position.
There are still two primary buttons, which are now incredibly quiet. They still have a nice click feel, not at all mushy like some silent click mice are, but they make almost no noise. Your colleagues will thank you.
Between the left and right buttons is a metal knurled scroll/click wheel, with a shift knob to switch from smooth scrolling to a rattling feel. I prefer the ratchet mode, and if you scroll really fast it’s like a clutch release allowing the wheel to spin freely for a few seconds, with some flyweel-esque sluggishness. It’s a great way to quickly scroll through very long documents or web pages, while maintaining line-by-line precision when moving slowly.
Above the thumb rest you’ll find another type of scroll wheel, made for left/right scrolling in spreadsheets or the like, along with two more mouse buttons. The thumb rest itself can be pushed down toward your desk like another programmable mouse click. It defaults to gestures: click down and drag the mouse up, down, left, or right to perform one of several gestures, as you would with a touchpad.
I found the thumb rest button a little tricky to click, but it seems to be something you need to use sporadically, and it’s nice to have an alternative to all those two- and three-finger trackpad gestures when moving from a trackpad to a mouse. .
The mouse is wireless only and uses Bluetooth or the Logi Bolt USB dongle (which is included). The Bolt adapter is used for many Logitech wireless products – in fact, a single adapter can pair up to 6 at a time. In addition, the mouse can be paired with three different devices (Bolt or Bluetooth), and you can switch between them with a small switch on the bottom. It is useful for those who want to use their mouse with multiple computers; Mac or Windows/Linux PC.
The battery life is 70 hours and is charged via a USB-C port on the front of the mouse. In my experience, that estimate of battery life is fairly accurate. In five days of on-and-off use, my mouse’s battery has only dropped to 90 percent. Plus, you can use the mouse while it’s charging without any issues (I’m looking at you, Apple Magic Mouse).
Improvements over the MX Master 3
With the exception of the almost silent buttons, all functions of the MX Master 3S are more or less identical to those of the MX Master 3. There is one more small improvement: the optical sensor, which provides excellent tracking over all types of surfaces, is doubled to 8000 dpi from 4000 dpi.
That will be a welcome switch for those using multiple 4K or 5K monitors. Moving all those pixels around can mean dragging your mouse across the desk, or picking it up and moving it often, and the high-resolution sensor really reduces the amount of mouse movement needed.
To keep up with the launch of the MX Master 3S and the new MX Mechanical keyboard, Logitech has added new Logi Options+ software to replace the old Logi Options software.
It’s primarily a facelift, with the same expanded features as before: choose mouse buttons and remap their functions, even choosing OS functions or specific shortcuts or keystrokes. There are global settings and you can assign new settings and button assignments per application.
Your options are stored in the cloud (with a Logitech account) and track you to other systems where you use Options+. It also enables a feature called Flow that lets you move control from one computer to another by moving the mouse off the edge of the screen (assuming your devices are paired to both and Options+ installed on both). You can even copy and paste between machines at the speed of your local network.
It works well enough and I was even able to switch easily between my iMac and Windows 11 PC. Fortunately, Options+ is a universal app (good news for M1 Mac users), while the old Options app is Intel-only and runs under Rosetta emulation.
But it is not without its flaws. For starters, it only supports specific Logitech productivity gear, while Logitech gaming gear, blue microphones, and webcams use the similar but slightly different Logitech G Hub. I shouldn’t be using Options+ for my mouse and keyboard and G Hub for my webcam and Blue Yeti, but it is.
Additionally, there are features available in G Hub that seem arbitrarily missing from Options+, such as the ability to create multi-step macros. This isn’t just a gamer feature — programmers would probably love that option, but you can’t get it without buying a Logitech gaming peripheral to use G Hub (or relying on third-party mouse or keyboard macro software).
Logitech does say that Options+ will get features and support that Options never had. We can only hope that webcam and blue microphone control, as well as full macro control, are high on the list.
Should you buy an MX Master 3S?
The MX Master 3S isn’t really an upgrade over the MX Master 3, but it doesn’t have to be. Logitech has taken what we believe is still the best all-round mouse for Mac users and made it even better with a higher resolution sensor and great quiet click buttons that still feel great.
The new Options+ software is a nice facelift, and while we wish it could do more, it’s some of the best first-party mouse and keyboard control software out there. If you often use more than one computer, you will especially appreciate how easy it is to use the MX Master 3S with up to three machines.