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First Look: Logitech wireless mouse

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 is a wireless mouse designed to switch and connect to multiple computing devices, regardless of operating system or wireless technology.

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The mouse connects to any computing device running Windows 7, 8 and 10 or Mac OS 10.8 and later, either through Bluetooth Smart or through a supplied wireless dongle.

The bottom of the mouse has an on/off switch, a connection button and a selection button. The selection button has three numbers and lets you cycle through the different devices you can connect the mouse to at one time. For example, you can select number one to connect to your Windows 8 PC, number two to your Windows 10 laptop and number three could be the kids’ Mac desktop.

The MX Anywhere 2 is smaller than a standard-sized mouse, great for throwing in your laptop bag, but is still comfortable for the average-sized hand to use. Two buttons on the mouse’s left side as well as a button below the wheel provide an assortment of application and gesture controls that can be assigned using the Logitech software.

The built-in battery should allow for a couple of months of normal use once fully charged, but it also has a super-quick micro USB connection for charging. The charging port is on the front of the mouse, so if it dies on you, plug the mouse into a USB port and you can use it as a normal tethered mouse until it’s charged. It claims to give you two hours of use after only one minute of charging.

Logitech only claims support for Windows and Mac computing devices. Our testing on other devices found it installs on several Android tablets and smartphones, producing a mouse curser as well as right and left button selection. However, our test on an iPhone 6 and an iPad Air found the mouse was recognised but there was no functionality. The mouse also installed on Android TVs in our test lab, although the features are restricted to simple button selections.

One of the most impressive features of the MX Anywhere 2 mouse is its tracking ability on almost any solid surface. Smoked glass, bubble wrap and even running the mouse along the keyboard keys couldn’t throw the mouse off, while a standard mouse skipped all over the place.

The Logitech MX Anywhere mouse’s versatility and portability makes it a great travel tool as well as a suitable mouse to use at home and then take to work. It isn’t cheap, but it could be the only mouse you need to own, making it a long-term bargain.

Essential specs

Price: $119.90
Compatible with USB – Windows 7 or later and OS X 10.8 or later.
Compatible with Bluetooth Smart – Windows 8 or later and Mac OS X 10.10 or later.

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