Logitech has created an almost perfect travel mouse with the newly upgraded MX Anywhere 3S. After testing it for a week and a half, including on a trip, it feels nearly ideal. The mouse costs $80 but it’s worth the price.
The exterior of the MX Anywhere 3S exudes similar colors to its predecessor in graphite, pale gray, and rose. The inside is where the upgrades happen, including an 8K DPI optical sensor that’s more accurate and works on any surface. The mouse buttons are quiet, just like the larger MX Master 3S sibling, making it a great device to use with family in tight environments. At the same time, seventy-eight percent of the MX Anywhere 3S is made from post-consumer recycled plastic.
The MX Anywhere 3S feels lighter than almost everything else at just 95 grams and boasts a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 70 days. The mouse can still pair with three different devices, and the ambidextrous design makes it easy to use in tight situations. The free-spinning MagSpeed mouse wheel feature now feels even smoother, making it easier for use.
The new MX Anywhere 3S doesn’t come with a dongle, replacing it with Logitech Bolt’s Bluetooth connectivity. Logitech believes that current Bluetooth technology’s connectivity is good enough that a dedicated wireless receiver is not necessary.
Logitech’s Bolt receiver comes with USB Type-A, and it doesn’t make sense to include this in laptops with USB-C connectivity. This change allows frequent travelers to eliminate another accessory to keep track of or lose. We still have to wait for a USB-C version of Logitech’s Bolt receiver, but the MX Anywhere 3S doesn’t need a physical dongle.
Logitech also refreshed the MX Keys S with more control over backlighting brightness, automatic activation settings, an additional videoconferencing function, and an emoji key. They also added a pale gray model to match the rest of the MX family. The MX Keys S Combo provides a bundle that includes the MX Keys S, an MX Master 3S mouse, and the MX Palm Rest for $200, which is $30 less than buying each item separately.
Logitech also officially released Smart Actions, a tool for automating repetitive tasks across multiple programs with a single keystroke. Default templates are available in the Logi Options+ app, but they can be customized as needed. Smart Actions can be enjoyed completely, or share another user’s shortcut that suits your liking.
MX Anywhere 3S, MX Keys S, and MX Keys S Combo are available today for $80, $110, and $200, respectively.