Logitech MX Master 2S: One Mighty Mouse

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For most people, a mouse is…well, just a mouse. You connect it to a computer and use it to point at stuff, select content and click for different options, and sometimes use the scroll wheel on it to scroll pages. And that’s it, right? I mean, what else can a mouse do? Sure, there are those gaming types that let you customise buttons and all.

Well, a whole lot if it happens to be the Logitech MX Master 2S. Which is pretty much one Mighty Mouse (who incidentally, is a legit comic book hero: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Mouse). Yes, it is a mouse in the PC  and Mac sense of the word – a pointing device. And very well designed too, with a very curvey feel to it that almost melts into your palm. Logitech says it is handcrafted and it certainly is very comfortable to use, with some neat touches, although it is on the larger side (about five inches tall at its highest point)  and at 145 grammes, not a featherweight. It has the usual right and left mouse buttons, and a scroll wheel between them, but there’s also a resting place for your thumb on the left side of the mouse, and not just that, right next to it is another scroll wheel with two buttons next to it, to enable you to scroll horizontally and to go forward and back while browsing the Web. It takes a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it, or rather the rub of it, it is actually quite useful. There are plenty of customisation options as well, for those who like that sort of thing. One catch, however, is that it is designed only for right handlers – so if you are a southpaw, stop reading!

It works quite wonderfully as a mouse too. It literally works effortlessly and glides over the surface on which it is placed. The buttons and wheels are nice and clicky and do not feel fragile at all. Tech alert: it has a 4000 dpi sensor. Simple English: it can work on any solid surface, including glass and silk. And while it comes with a Bluetooth adaptor for connecting with older notebooks and computers, in case you have a newer one, connecting it is as simple as connecting any Bluetooth device. And it has a working range of about thirty feet, which is handy if not exactly necessary – we normally keep the mouse near the computer, and so do most folk we know. Of course, this being a Bluetooth mouse, it needs a battery and comes with an inbuilt one, which you can charge by simply plugging it into a computer (it has a micro USB port). A full charge will last for about two months, and three minutes of charging should get you through a day.

All of which sounds kind of good, but does not justify the sort of premium price tag the MX Master 2S commands – it will set you back by around Rs 8,995 officially, and although it is available for a lower price at some places, that is still a fair bit for what seems so far to be, well, just a mouse.

Time to reveal its special power then.

You see, the MX Master 2S mouse has the ability to connect to two computers simultaneously. What’s so great about that, you ask? Well, you actually can use it with two computers at the same time. Still not impressed? You can actually move content from one computer to another just using the mouse! So you can actually use the mouse to copy the text on one computer and then paste it on another computer, by just selecting the paste option on it using the same mouse. No need to email or use Bluetooth – just select on one display and paste on another. Yes, even from a PC to a Mac and vice versa. How cool is that? You will need to use a software called Logitech Options and a Wi-Fi network but the process is smooth enough.  Imagine being able to just slide a picture or a document or a presentation from a PC to a notebook using a mouse, without having to worry about uploading it to a site or mailing it? It IS rather magical, take our word for it. Before you ask, it does not work with tablets and phones (but then, mouses are not supposed to – there are no cursors to move, remember?).

The big question, of course, is whether it is worth the premium it commands? Well, truth be told, it does seem expensive, and some might find it a little on the larger side, but if you are using two computers, this is a no-brainer. The fact that the MX Master 2S is an excellent option even if you are using it as a good old-fashioned mouse is a bonus. Got two computers and keep switching between them? This is one Mighty Mouse you need.

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