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Logitech MX Anywhere 3 vs 2S (2022): Which Compact Mouse Is Better?

In this quick Logitech MX Anywhere 3 review, we’re putting the compact wireless mouse up against the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, its predecessor. That way, its standout features—and shortcomings, for that matter—will be clear as day.

Right off the bat, it should be noted that just because the MX Anywhere 3 is newer doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Sure, there are welcome improvements, but the MX Anywhere 2S still comes out on top in some ways.

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 vs 2S Comparison Chart

ModelLogitech MX Anywhere 3Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
 Logitech MX Anywhere 3 vs 2SLogitech MX Anywhere 3 vs 2S
PriceCheck Price at Logitech.comCheck Price at Walmart.com
DPI200 to 4000200 to 4000
ScrollingMagSpeed, Smartshift, horizontalHyper-Fast
Tilt ControlsNoYes
Programmable Buttons45
ConnectivityBluetooth, USB receiverBluetooth, USB receiver
CompatibilityWindows, macOS, iPadOS, Linux, ChromeOSWindows, macOS, iPadOS, Linux
Logitech FLOWUp to 3 devicesUp to 3 devices
Battery LifeUp to 70 daysUp to 70 days
Charging PortUSB-CmicroUSB
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.56″ x 3.96″ x 1.35″2.43″ x 3.95″ x 1.35″
Weight99g106g
ColorsGraphite, Rose, Black, Pale GrayGraphite, Midnight Teal, Light Grey

Design and Controls

When it comes to the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 vs. MX Anywhere 2S, the most notable difference is their mouse wheels.

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 vs 2S Design and Controls
The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 (in photo) features a metal mouse wheel.

Both mice have a plastic build that feels solid with rubber grips on the sides. From an aesthetic standpoint, the MX Anywhere 3 retains a lot from its predecessor. However, it has a distinct, all-metal mouse wheel. It doesn’t have any rubber on it, just pure steel with notches for tactile purposes.

Thing is, the MX Anywhere 3 doesn’t support left and right tilt wheel input, unlike the MX Anywhere 2S, but in its defense, it features MagSpeed and Smartshift scrolling. For the uninitiated, this automatically lets it switch to free-spinning if you scroll fast enough.

Despite their ambidextrous ergonomics, both have their side buttons on the left. In short, they’re better for right-handed users at least in this regard. Also, the two are so compact that they may not be the most comfortable to use if you have big hands. Lastly, whereas the MX Anywhere 3 has a total of four programmable buttons, the MX Anywhere 2S has five. 

The MX Anywhere 3 measures 2.56” x 3.96” x 1.35” in width, height and depth, respectively, and weighs 99g. Meanwhile, the MX Anywhere 2S measures 2.43” x 3.95” x 1.35” and weighs 106g. The takeaway is there isn’t much of a difference in form factor and weight.

Performance and Usage

Neither the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 nor the MX Anywhere 2 blows the other out of the water in terms of performance.

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 vs 2S Performance and Usage
The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S (in photo) sports a tilt wheel.

For office work and general usage, these mice are decent. They set themselves apart from the usual run-of-the-mill variety with Logitech FLOW, allowing them to switch between up to three devices. Their size, wireless nature and built-in batteries also make them super-portable, though they don’t have a compartment for their USB receiver. They do have Bluetooth support, so there’s that.

As for gaming performance, it doesn’t come as a surprise that they fall short. After all, they’re designed for day-to-day use. If nothing else, they glide smoothly with their good-quality PTFE feet, and they work on just about any surface, including glass. However, their latency is a bit too high for fast-paced games such as first-person shooters. Moreover, their compact bodies along with hours of use is a potential recipe for hand cramps.

It’s also worth mentioning that neither one can be considered as silent (read: loud clicks). In addition, scrolling on the MX Anywhere 2S will make some noise, and shaking the mouse itself will make a rattling sound.

Connectivity and Battery

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 and MX Anywhere 2S have similar connectivity options and battery life.

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 vs 2S Connectivity and Battery
In a departure from its predecessor’s microUSB port, the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 (in photo) has USB-C.

Both use a unifying USB receiver to establish a wireless connection, and as noted, they can also connect via Bluetooth. Also, they can be paired with up to three devices at a time.

According to Logitech, they’re good for up to 70 days on a single charge. What’s more, they can be used while charging to boot, but they still need to be connected wirelessly. However, you likely won’t have to do that since a three-minute charge provides enough juice to last the day. To be clear, the MX Anywhere 3 has a USB-C port, while the MX Anywhere 2S has a microUSB port.

Compatibility-wise, the two place nicely with Windows, macOS, iPadOS and Linux, but only the MX Anywhere 3 has full support for ChromeOS (i.e., its additional buttons work on the platform). 

Speaking of, there’s also an MX Anywhere 3 for Mac. It’s not too different, but its full compatibility is limited to Apple operating systems, and it only comes in one color: Pale Grey. There’s also no USB dongle included, but it does come with a USB-C to USB-C cable instead of USB-C to USB-A.

Verdict

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 isn’t much of an upgrade from the MX Anywhere 2S, unless you really dig its new metal mouse wheel.

In summary, the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 isn’t that different from the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. It’s pretty much the same across the board but with a new metal scroll wheel. And even then, that comes at a price since it loses tilt controls in exchange for MagSpeed and Smartshift. At the very least, the rattling inside is gone, and it uses USB-C as compared to microUSB. Long story short, choosing between these mice more or less boils down to which mouse wheel you prefer.

FAQs

📌 Is the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 better than the 2S?

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 builds on its predecessor with a metal mouse wheel that features MagSpeed and Smartshift scrolling, as well as a USB-C charging port. However, only the MX Anywhere 2S has left and right tilt controls, offering more programmable buttons in total.

📌 Between the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 vs. MX Anywhere 3 for Mac, what’s the difference?

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 for Mac comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable, but it doesn’t come with a USB receiver, so it only uses a Bluetooth connection. It’s also available only in Pale Grey, and its full compatibility is restricted to iPadOS and macOS.

📌 Is the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 silent?

No, the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 produces loud clicks, but in contrast to its predecessor, the MX Anywhere 2S, its mouse wheel is quiet.

📌 What’s the difference between the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S and 2?

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S has a wider DPI range of 200 to 4000 and a longer battery life of up to 70 days. Meanwhile, the MX Anywhere 2 has a DPI of 400 to 1600 that’s configurable in increments of 200 instead of 50, and it can only last up to two months.

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Vincent Lanaria

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