Logitech’s MX Grasp 2S wi-fi mouse justifies its $100 price ticket with a sublime, ergonomic design that features two options not discovered on the competitors: two mousewheels, plus an excellent software program function known as Movement that means that you can work on and switch recordsdata between neighboring PCs.
Like its rival, Microsoft’s Surface Precision Mouse, the MX Grasp 2S is Logitech’s flagship productiveness mouse, although with sufficient sensitivity for gaming. Proper-handers will discover the MX Grasp 2S as ergonomic as it’s pretty, with flowing curves and elongated buttons that accommodate quite a lot of fingers. Lefties, although, gained’t discover the mouse to be almost as comfy, and I’m nonetheless on the fence about whether or not it’s a suitable long-term answer.
The fundamentals: Consolation and management
Measuring a large 1.9 inches excessive, three.four inches huge and nearly 5 inches deep, Logitech’s unabashedly voluptuous, seven-button, right-handed mouse gracefully reclines throughout most of your mousepad. It skews closely towards right-handers, with a tilt that approaches thirty levels or so on its high floor. A beneficiant thumb relaxation flows out from its underside like a breaking wave, or the flaring prepare of a night gown.
Like different Logitech mice, the MX Grasp 2S presents a alternative of connections. It could actually operate as a Bluetooth mouse, assuming you’ve a Home windows eight or youthful PC able to supporting Bluetooth Low Vitality connections. The USB receiver presents a devoted connection (on the sacrifice of a port) that is crucial for Home windows 7 PCs. On sure machines we examined, the receiver linked extra rapidly after resuming from sleep than the system’s personal Bluetooth, so choose what works for you.
The MX Grasp 2 S opts for a gray-and-silver aesthetic. The “Logi” model options prominently on the broad left- and right-hand buttons, lower with such distinctive gaps that I can’t assist however surprise what kind of schmutz will work its method in over time. As is changing into extra frequent, a broad mousewheel can both spin freely or ratchet backwards and forwards incrementally, particularly helpful for navigating menus.
Switching between the 2 is managed by a small button mounted behind the thumbwheel, which is configurable. Through Logitech’s Choices software program, you can even allow “SmartShift,” which routinely switches the scroll wheel from ratcheting to a free-spin mode relying on how rapidly you spin it. It’s an fascinating idea.
It’s the second (sure, second) mousewheel that you simply would possibly discover intriguing. Logitech’s MX Grasp 2S clusters three buttons inside attain of a right-hander’s thumb, on the left-hand facet of the mouse. Two are slim slivers of plastic, typically serving as “ahead” and “backwards” shortcut keys for Net looking. However there’s additionally a small, free-spinning thumbwheel, ostensibly designed for horizontal scrolling.
Chances are you’ll have to tweak the related Choices software program to maximise the utility of the MX Grasp 2S horizontal thumbwheel. By default, the thumbwheel is configured to scroll backwards and forwards horizontally, reminiscent of in a a number of column view I’ve in place utilizing the Hootsuite Net app, or inside a spreadsheet. Utilizing the related Choices software program, you can even configure it to scroll left and proper between browser tabs. Sadly, the mouse just isn’t contextually conscious sufficient to do each.
A remaining, hidden button hides beneath the thumb relaxation. Click on down on that, towards the mousepad, and the MX Grasp 2S opens the appliance view (ALT + TAB) by default.
The entire buttons are reconfigurable, naturally. I additionally seen that after I had a Logitech keyboard linked (the Logitech Craft) further gesture-based choices turned obtainable when tapping the CTRL key.
Three small inexperienced LEDs seem on the left-hand facet of the mouse, which mild up in succession because the mouse is charging its 500mAh battery. Charging happens by way of an included micro-USB cable, which additionally lets the MX Grasp 2S operate as a corded mouse. When all three LEDs are lit, the mouse is totally charged, ok for what Logitech claims is a full 70 days of use. Logitech additionally claims that only a few minutes of cost will final you a whole day, a declare that gave the impression to be true.
Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be any method to manually verify how a lot cost the mouse has retained, save to dig via the Choices software program to search out the small battery icon on the backside of the principle web page.
Lefties really want not apply
Weighing simply in need of a 3rd of a pound, the MX Grasp 2S glided effortlessly throughout the ergonomic mousepad I take advantage of at house, in addition to the gaming pad I additionally examined with. Whether or not it was the elevated DPI, its bodily design, or only a serendipitous mixture of settings, I felt just like the MX Grasp 2S tracked extra easily than its rival, the Microsoft Floor Precision Mouse. A part of that could possibly be chalked as much as Logitech’s “darkfield” sensor expertise, which is included.
The mouse’s dpi sensitivity could be adjusted within the related Logitech Choices software program, from a nominal worth of 1,000 dpi to between 200 and four,000 dpi, in 50-dpi segments. Pointer pace could be adjusted there, too.
If there’s any criticism I’ve of the general bodily design, it’s that a lot of the logical paths of resistance set off some motion. Put one other method, should you mis-grip the mouse, or apply leverage in an unapproved method, you danger triggering an unintentional button press.
Bear in mind, although, that that is an unabashed right-handed mouse. Whereas the Logitech MX Grasp 2S ought to be comfy for these with smaller fingers—the mouse buttons retreat far sufficient again to accommodate smaller fingers—righties will discover that their hand falls comfortably throughout the width of the mouse, whereas the lefties will find yourself balancing their palm on the left-hand-side of the mouse.
Whereas utilizing the Logitech MX Grasp 2S with my proper hand, I discovered the mouse very comfy to make use of. The thumb buttons and horizontal scroll wheel had been straightforward to achieve and use. As a lefty, although, my ring finger tended to wander away the entrance of the thumb relaxation onto the mousing floor, tiring it out after a day of use. When testing it once more after a day or so of inactivity, although, I discovered it extra comfy, particularly if I positioned two fingers on the thumb relaxation. Nonetheless, lefties is likely to be higher off with Microsoft’s extra ambidextrous Surface Precision Mouse.
Logitech Movement: When Logitech peripherals repay
One of many (nearly) distinctive options of Microsoft’s Floor Precision Mouse was its capacity to “leap” between PCs, utilizing a expertise known as Good Change. Offered every PC is linked by way of Bluetooth to the mouse, working the Precision Mouse to the “edge” of every linked PC’s show allowed you, after a pause, to shift to the following PC in line. Whereas it felt a bit gimmicky, it definitely was a novel trick to transition rapidly between a piece and residential PC.
The Logitech Movement software program works in an analogous method, however with broader, extra highly effective performance. With Movement, you cannot solely connect with a number of PCs—but in addition switch textual content, pictures, and even recordsdata between them, all protected with AES-256 encryption. Merely transfer the mouse to the sting of the display, and it teleports to the opposite PC, quicker than Microsoft’s Good Change does. Logitech even helpfully supplies an choice to set off a Movement transition solely if you press the Ctrl key.
Movement connects as much as three PCs (or Macs), identical to Good Change. You’ll want to put in the Logitech Choices software program on every system, then join them to the mouse by way of both Bluetooth or the Unifying Receiver. All Movement-connected PCs additionally must be linked to the identical wired or wi-fi community. I used to be capable of join one PC with the receiver, and one with Bluetooth, and ship knowledge backwards and forwards with out situation. The one limitation could also be your firewall: ZoneAlarm, specifically, appeared to need to block Movement connectivity.
Consider Movement as a helpful “sneakernet” alternative, the place you don’t need to dig out a USB key. For taking pictures a Phrase doc or textual content snippet backwards and forwards between PCs, it’s extraordinarily helpful. However for bigger recordsdata, transferring knowledge is just as quick as your personal wi-fi community. Right here, a USB key or moveable arduous drive is likely to be a greater answer.
Logitech Movement isn’t unique to the Logitech MX Grasp 2S Mouse. Logitech constructed Movement into a number of of its different mice, together with the Logitech Ergo and the MX Wherever 2S, and several other keyboards, too. (Logitech lists its Movement-supported peripherals, here. I used the Craft for testing.) And that’s the place it actually shines.
Utilizing a Movement-connected mouse, you may flip backwards and forwards between a number of PCs, however you’ll nonetheless want to make use of their keyboard. Connecting a Movement-enabled mouse and keyboard unlocks an entire new dimension of productiveness. As a result of you may share info between gadgets, a spare Home windows pill turns into an additional display. Ditto for that convertible laptop computer whose “tent mode” you’ve barely touched. All of the sudden you’re controlling a number of PCs and their related assets from a single keyboard drawer.
To be honest, a portion of this performance is anticipated to reach with the spring 2018 replace of Home windows 10. Microsoft is including a function known as “Close to Share” that enables customers to share recordsdata by way of Bluetooth to close by PCs. Nevertheless it gained’t enable a mouse and keyboard to manage one other PC, certainly one of Movement’s key attributes.
Movement fairly merely provides a completely new dimension to the query of why you should purchase a mouse and keyboard. Most of us are used to easily mixing and matching PC peripherals. Movement presents a powerful argument for confining your purchases to the Logitech Movement ecosystem.
Conclusion: Movement places the MX Grasp 2S above the remainder
Put merely, Logitech’s MX Grasp 2S is an excellent general-purpose mouse, particularly for right-handers. The mouse combines productiveness and ergonomics, all blended right into a genuinely elegant aesthetic. The one unlucky observe is the shortage of concessions to lefties. A left-handed model may effectively be the right mouse for a left-handed PC consumer. This omission knocks our rating down a half-star.
Logitech Movement, although, elevates the MX Grasp 2S into rarefied territory. By acknowledging the truth that a consumer might personal multiple PC and utilizing that as a design focus, Movement brings these PCs collectively in a method few different peripherals have. Sure, Logitech’s flagship mouse might price greater than the competitors. Nonetheless, we wholeheartedly suggest Logitech’s MX Grasp 2S mouse as the perfect in its class.