Logitech MX Master 3S and MX Mechanical Keyboard - Episode 287 - Show Notes

Logitech MX Master 3S and MX Mechanical Keyboard - Episode 287

Sunday Jun 5, 2022 (00:24:36)


In the tech world, some products are so ubiquitous that they don't get updated very often. One of those product lines is the MX line of keyboards and mice from Logitech. Logitech's MX line of keyboards and mice are some of the best in their respective categories and are sure to please anyone who needs a quality keyboard or mouse. This line is popular among gamers, artists, and office workers alike. The newest entries have added some popular features making the products even better than their predecessors.

Logitech MX Master 3S

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a wireless mouse that has been Logitech's flagship mouse for a few years now, and the MX Master 3S is an iterative update for the mouse. The biggest change with the MX Master line is the inclusion of Logitech's new Flow software. This allows the mouse to be used on multiple computers at the same time. This is similar in features to Microsoft's free Mouse Without Borders, except it also runs on macOS.

The software also gives a lot of ability to customize behavior. You can create different profiles for different devices, but can also customize behavior based on application. Maybe you want the side scroll button to zoom in Photoshop, but to side scroll in Microsoft Excel. When combined with Flow, these profiles can switch automatically as you swap between computers.

The new mouse has also switched its proprietary and secondary connection from the old Logitech Unifying Receiver to Logi Bolt. Most users will use it with Bluetooth LE, so it's not that big of a deal, but for those who are using it with a desktop that doesn't have Bluetooth support, Logi Bolt is more secure than its predecessor.

Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard

The Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard comes in two variants: a full-sized keyboard with 110 keys and a mini version with 84 keys. It has backlighting with three levels of brightness. It also has a USB pass-through port, which is becoming more common in keyboards these days.

The Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard uses Kailh Choc V2 switches, which come in three variants: Blue, Red, and Brown. The different switch styles give you different options for quiet or clicky behaviors. Unfortunately, these switches are low profile, meaning that swapping out the keycaps with standard ones didn't quite work. They were to tall for the body.

Another issue with the keyboard is that the feet do not raise it up enough to use a standard wrist rest. Not everyone is a fan of them, but for those who are, it's a major disappointment. Luckily the company does offer a low profile rest, but the selection is far smaller than for standard sized keyboards.

Shared Features

Both the mouse and keyboard are rechargeable via USB-C, both with long battery life. The mouse can run for 70 days and the keyboard can run for 15 days on a single charge. Unlike some rechargeable mice, this one can operate while charging, as can the keyboard. It can also be used as a wired keyboard.

Both devices also have Logitech's Easy-Switch Technology. This allows you to connect the devices to three different computers and switch between them with the push of a button. This allows the devices to work differently on different devices, including switching profiles.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch


Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.

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