Logitech Performance Mouse MX Review

Over the past 25 years, Logitech have made a name for themselves for producing high quality computer peripherals ranging from surround sound 5.1 speakers to keyboards. Today, we visit their line of high quality mice. Specifically, the Logitech Performance Mouse MX. The MX is marketed as a high end mouse and with a price tag in excess of $100, how does it measure up to your standard mouse? What are some of the alternatives and how does it compare to them? Since my old mouse got full of caked on gunk and the scroll wheel decided to fail on me, that gave me the perfect excuse to buy the Logitech MX and test it out for you today!


Let me start off by saying that this is a great mouse however it is not perfect. Having said that, I had a great first impression of the MX. After comparing the large selection of mice at my nearest Best Buy, I took the plunge and went home with the MX. My first impression is a positive one. The packaging is very attractive and clean. There seems to be a magnet holding the door of the box closed. A little cut of the clear plastic tape and everything in the box was free. This was great in case I didn't like the MX and decide to return it. A good welcoming change from some of the super hard plastic-cased products that you have to open with a bolt cutter. Anyway, let's look at the mouse. 


Right away I noticed the MX has some weight to it. It's definitely not a bad thing. The mouse feels like it is made of high quality parts. It was easily double the weight of my old mouse. The MX has a classy chrome bezel around the thumb rest and features two slight finger choils that mold into your hand. The thumb rest and right side are rubberized for added grip. Just buy using it, I can instantly say that the MX is the most ergonomic mouse I've ever used.  
 


The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is packed with features. For one, it is equipped with their Darkfield Laser Tracking system. Logitech claims that this mouse can track on glass that is at least 4 mm thick. I am not fancy enough to own a glass table top desk but I do believe their claim. I took the MX and tracked the mouse over the surface of my bedroom window and it worked flawlessly. The precision of a laser mouse is a nice welcome for me coming from an optical one. My old optical mouse would sometimes be unresponsive and the cursor would sometimes move by itself for no apparent reason.


Yes, the Darkfield Laser tracks on glass. I've tested this.
Yes, the Darkfield Laser tracks on glass. I've tested this.

Another feature of the MX is the hyper-fast scrolling. This feature is incredibly productive! While surfing a web-page, I can flick the wheel and it will continue to scroll until I stop it. The scroll-wheel freewheels with very little friction. If you are used to the old scrolling "steps", you can turn that feature on with the mechanical switch right under the wheel. It took about a day to get used to the hyper-fast scrolling but now I'm in love with this feature.


This mouse has four programmable thumb buttons that are easy to access. There is a standard back and forward button, a zoom button, and a windows flipping button on the peninsula of the mouse. With all these buttons, you would think that this is the perfect mouse. You're wrong. This mouse is not perfect and this is what annoys me the most about the MX.


The middle click is terrible. It's so bad! Logitech treated the middle click worse then they treat the trash. The action of the click is garbage. In Firefox, the middle click is used to open a link in a new tab. I use this button all the time. When I press the middle click on the MX, I can hear and feel the click but the action will not execute. I have to give it a strenuously firm click in order for it to read. On top of a crappy response, clicking it with more pressure creates another problem. When I use the middle click with hyper-scrolling on, it is very easy to slip and scroll the page. Imagine trying to middle click a link and having the page scroll right before the click is executed. Your cursor is now off the link as you fight to click it! This is extremely frustrating. There is a way to relieve this problem. You can turn off hyper-scrolling which helps to keep the wheel from scrolling but it does not help improve the execution of the button. This is a very serious design flaw that logitech needs to look into.  
 


I believe the tilt scrolling plays a role in the middle click problem. Tilt scrolling sounds great but it is useless for 99% of computer users. I'm serious. How many of you out there own a monitor that can only display a maximum resolution of 800 by 600? Not many, I reckon. So how often do you really need to scroll to the left and right of a web page? I wouldn't mind Logitech getting rid of this stupid feature if it meant having a 100% reliable middle click.


At the end of 2 weeks, I decided to keep the MX. It's a great mouse. I programed the thumb button to replace the middle click and that has relieved my frustration. Compared to my old corded optical mouse, the MX is miles ahead. It is ergonomic, well balanced and precise. The other mouse I was looking into before choosing the MX was the Razer Mamba. The Mamba has similar specs compared to the MX. It's wireless, has a precise laser, and is ergonomic. I chose the MX over the Mamba because I wanted a mouse that would have timeless good looks and function well. Since the Mamba is more geared towards gaming, that made my decision clearer. I don't need a mouse with flashy led lights.  
 


The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is a fast, comfortable, ergonomic mouse. The hyper-fast scrolling makes it easy to fly through documents. This mouse is accurate and responsive. The Darkfield Tracking technology allows you to use this mouse on a glass surface. You are able to use this mouse without a mouse pad since it will work on nearly any surface. The programmable buttons are versatile. If you are a web developer, you can greatly improve your productivity by binding the copy and paste functions to the thumb keys. Gamers will also benefit with the fast response and extra mouse buttons. Overall, I give the MX a 9 out of 10 star rating.


Another angle of the MX. Notice the finger choils.
Another angle of the MX. Notice the finger choils.
Good packaging.
Good packaging.
The MX can track on rough surfaces.
The MX can track on rough surfaces.

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Set's All Set 6 years ago from New England Author

The Performance MX has been working great so far. I opened the battery cover and noticed it was a NMH 2000 mAh battery. Switched it up to a 2600 mAh and it holds a charge much better!


barclow 6 years ago

Hi!

I loved your review, althoug I would like to know if you can change between DPI resolutions. That would be just great!

I think I'll buy it if I can change between resolutions.

Many thanks!


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Set's All Set 6 years ago from New England Author

I believe you can change the DPI. If you look closely in the picture, there is a "DPI" gauge near the battery gauge. I'm almost 100% sure you can, barclow.

I say almost as there is software that came with the mouse but since I use Linux, I had no use for it. I've had older Logitech mice before and the software drivers that I install also installed a more in dept mouse settings manager. Of course I was using Windows back then. I'm sure this mouse is no different.

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