The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S: Juggling Systems on The Go Made Easy
The MX Anywhere 2S is the latest production oriented mouse from Logitech. Part of their travel-friendly, non-gaming series of mice, the Anywhere 2S was unveiled along with the MX Master 2S. The original Anywhere was an AA battery-powered portable mouse unveiled all the way back in 2009. Its successor, the Anywhere 2 was launched in 2015. And now, we have the next iteration, in the form of the 2S. Is it worth the upgrade? Let’s Find out.
Features At A Glance
The MX Anywhere 2S is a compact wireless mouse with a lot of customization options. It shares many of the features found on the larger, more expensive flagship the Master 2S. The highlights of MX Anywhere 2S include:
- a longer battery life
- five buttons and a versatile gesture button
- an advanced sensor
- compatibility with both PC and Mac devices
But the icing on the cake has to be the proprietary Flow software feature, which allows the mouse to connect with up to three different computers seamlessly.
Design and Ergonomics
The MX Anywhere 2S is almost identical to its predecessor in the looks department, nearly identical. Instead of a gold band on the wheel in the 2015 edition, the latest model features a less blingy, matte-silver band. The design is hand-neutral, meaning it can be used by right-handed users as well as southpaws.
As it is meant to be a travel mouse, the dimensions are pretty compact. For large hands, the 3.9” x 2.4” x 1.4” dimensions may seem petite. But at just 3.7 ounces, it functions well as a very portable mouse.
There is just one minor flaw with the ergonomics: it does not have buttons on both sides so that lefties will miss out on extra functionality. What you do get on the sides is a rubberized texture with geometric patterns, which provide just the right amount of grip.
On top, you have a scroll wheel with tilt features and an all-purpose gesture button just below it. This gesture button can be clicked or swiped (in four directions) for programmable commands.
Setup & Software
This mouse has a lot of configuration options, thanks to five physical buttons, one of which is the gesture button that can be programmed for five different commands. That brings the customization options to nine possible mouse commands. Its software options are largely identical to its predecessor, and that is good enough.
But the Flow feature is what truly separates this mouse from the past model. If you have two or three systems working on the same WiFi/Ethernet network, you can pair those with this mouse simultaneously. The options are available in the software.
This mouse can be used seamlessly across different systems, like in a dual monitor setup, but with PCs that are physically apart. Using the Flow system, you can even drag and drop files from one system to the other, which is a great productivity-boosting feature.
Performance & Battery
The 4000 DPI sensor is good at its job and can work well on a wide range of surfaces, including transparent glass. There is nothing to complain about the sensitivity levels. The battery life is exceptionally good at 70 days, and you also get rapid charging. But a minor gripe is the semi-permanent battery design: replacing it in future will be a hassle.
The MX Anywhere 2S is not a revolution in portable work mouse design: it is more of a thoughtful and planned evolution. The Flow feature is a highlight that will be useful for workaholics juggling multiple systems on the go. The fundamentals were already solid on the earlier iteration, and Logitech has managed to improve on those with the Anywhere 2S. If you want an efficient and feature packed portable mouse for work, this is one of the best your money can buy.