Logitech Performance Mouse MX

I’ve been trying to get a hold of a Logitech Performance Mouse MX for a long, long time, and the features that drew me to this mouse was the dark field laser tracking that’s designed to work on any surface (even glass), and also the tiny, unifying wireless receiver. It only takes up one USB socket for a mouse and a keyboard, so you can have two devices connected to this. It also works with both PC and Mac, so that’s what drew me to this particular device. Now let’s have a look at what you get inside the packaging.

You do get a Quick Start guide, you also get the driver disk and the set point software so you can program all the buttons. You also get this little pouch; now in here, you get a USB extension cable. I haven’t used this at all – in my tests I didn’t have the need to use this – but basically what you do is you plug this into your computer, this thing sits on a desk somewhere, and you can have this little unifying receiver plugged into it. Now, this is important because in some situations your computer might be hidden away in a cupboard or under a desk, and that might affect the signal that comes from this receiver, so sometimes you do have to extend it round onto a desk so you get good reception and reliability on the mouse.

Also in this pouch, you get another USB cable; now again, this one plugs into a USB socket on one end on your computer, and the little micro-USB actually plugs in to the top of the mouse here. This is for a good reason; it’s a wireless mouse and it does need recharging every now and again, so you can actually plug it in and use it while it’s charging. So, good design feature there, works very well. The last thing in this package is an adapter here, and it comes with a two-pin adapter on this particular one I was sent in to review, but if you plug this into a three-pin UK adapter then you can charge it from a wall socket with that USB connection. All in a nice little pouch, so nice and easy to transport around; well-done Logitech, very well thought-out, nice that they include that to organize all your bits in.

Now, the mouse is the important thing, but before I show you around the mouse I’m just going to show you this tiny receiver again. Now as I said, this is one of the things that drew me to this mouse; this tiny little receiver, it’s called a unifying receiver. If you’re using this on a laptop, the size of it is very important indeed, because it only protrudes about 4 or 5 millimeters from the side of your laptop, so you can leave this plugged in all the time. On a desktop it’s less important about the size, but this little device actually allows you to connect both a mouse and a keyboard at the same time, so you’re only taking up one USB socket.

So, moving on to the mouse – this is a really cool mouse. First of all, I’m going to show you the shape of it – very ergonomic shape and it’s extremely comfortable in the hand. I’ve got medium-sized hands, and in use, this mouse is extremely comfortable to use for long periods of time. The scroll wheel is nice too, it’s got two different modes, and if I just stop talking, you can hear a little ratchet mechanism, and that is so that you can make very precise controls. Let me just give you a closer look in on that scroll wheel. So it’s on ratchet at the moment, and when I push this button here, it turns it into a super-smooth, really fast scroll wheel. The reason that’s useful is if I’m, perhaps, looking through long websites, or a long list of information, this allows you to scroll through really fast. Excellent for browsing or for gazing at long lists, maybe you’re using a spreadsheet and you need to scroll down fast.

Now, the side buttons, pretty customizable; we’ve got back and forth buttons here, we’ve got a zoom button down here, and we’ve got an extra button down here which is great for, perhaps, setting up to switch between applications. All of these don’t get in the way; they’re nicely positioned, as you can see my hand there, these are really easy to access without repositioning my hand on the top. Back to the top, the left and right mouse buttons are extremely well-balanced, almost perfect in fact, and then I showed you that USB connection on the top there so you can charge the device if you need to. There’s also some little LEDs here, which show you both the charge left in the battery, and also the resolution setting of the mouse as well.

Underneath, you’ve got a battery compartment; let me just pop that open for you. There’s a single battery in there, you can use either alkaline batteries or rechargeable, and if you’re using rechargeable then obviously you can recharge it from that socket; there’s also an on/off switch here, which allows you to save on battery when it’s not in use, and then alongside that is that dark field laser sensor, and it really does work on glass. I’ve tried this on glass, white desk, black desk – it works absolutely perfectly.

Now, my dislikes first; the battery life is not great. It goes through a full charge in two or three weeks, and all I can say is thank goodness it’s rechargeable because I wouldn’t like to be putting new batteries in it every couple of weeks, but my likes far outweigh that one thing. Super-smooth tracking, very reliable, loving the scroll wheel, it’s absolutely awesome. I really like that fast-scrolling function for dealing with long lists. The comfort is top-notch too; this is one of the most comfortable mice I’ve used, probably since I’ve started reviewing. I was going to say for a long time, but since I started reviewing this is really one of the most comfortable ones I’ve used, and I use a computer mouse for probably 8 hours plus a day. It’s worth every penny of its sixty-pound asking price; if you’re in the US it’s going to be about eighty dollars. Really liking this. This is my review of the Logitech Performance Mouse MX; highly recommended, should be on the top of your list if you’re shopping for a cordless mouse.


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Logitech Performance Mouse MX — 217 Comments

  1. [..YouTube..] I have been using the Logitech G9 gaming mouse for a few years and i love it, do you think i will see much difference with the MX as i play World of Warcraft a lot and would look to use this mouse for that….answers would be appreciated 🙂

  2. [..YouTube..] Have you also tried the Anywhere MX, and if so, I’m wondering what your impressions are of that one. It’s much less expensive here in Canada (by about $20 CA) than the Performance MX. Thanks.

  3. [..YouTube..] @davomrmac So do you think that this mouse would be a good gaming mouse? I mean, the shape looks pretty comfortable just by looking at it 😀 I am asking because you didnt really mentioned anything about gaming with this mouse, only that the mouse is good for browsing and scrolling down long pages.

    Thanks

    PS: Nice review afterall

  4. [..YouTube..] @davomrmac But isn’t that mouse made for MMO games? It has alot of buttons on the side. I am more into FPS-games so do u have any suggestion for that? I took a look on the Logitech G9 mouse and kinda liked that one because it’s big , comfortable and doesnt have any buttons on it. What do you think?

    Thx

  5. [..YouTube..] @davomrmac yeah that mouse looks pretty sick actually. But it’s pretty expencive. 129 US$. I think i will stick to some good Logitech mouse. At the moment i got the rapoo v3, but im getting bored of it and my hand hurts after a while. I am probably gonna check out Logitech G9 or the Logitech G700.

    Thanks for your help.

  6. [..YouTube..] @davomrmac Why is the G700 better for gaming? Is it the more buttons or is it something inherent in the performance? How would it change it for a casual gamer such as myself (I’m not even close to being a hardcore or even very good gamer)

  7. @davomrmac Why is the G700 better for gaming? Is it the more buttons or is
    it something inherent in the performance? How would it change it for a
    casual gamer such as myself (I’m not even close to being a hardcore or even
    very good gamer)

  8. You talk about the receiver only taking up one USB 2.0 port as if it has
    never been done before. For what reason would a mouse, wired or wireless,
    take up two USB 2.0 ports?

  9. [..YouTube..] @iLarzii That one receiver can be used for the mouse and a wireless keyboard at the same time. So you have two products transmitting to the same receiver. Thats how I understood it anyway.

  10. [..YouTube..] @spourop22 TF2 isn’t really all that casual but if you are simply a casual gamer I think this is an overkill… Plus this isn’t really made for gaming.. I’d recomend mx 518 or g400!

  11. @spourop22 TF2 isn’t really all that casual but if you are simply a casual
    gamer I think this is an overkill… Plus this isn’t really made for
    gaming.. I’d recomend mx 518 or g400!

  12. [..YouTube..] lovevly review
    i had the revo one and i was rly pleased, but i had 2 issues
    one was that the wireless was a bit laggy for gaming(online)
    and the second was that the left button(left click) was stucking from times to times, i had to click at the edge of the button or otherwise was clicking most of the time by mistake double click
    also the same happened with a rezor
    can u please tell me how is this mouse with this 2 issues that i had?
    thank you

  13. [..YouTube..] i read that it had a latency lag…like if you don’t touch your mouse for 2 mins or so it will go into sleep mode and it takes time after you move it again to recognize the movement. is this true???

  14. [..YouTube..] I have this mouse and it has worked perfectly for a year now, but suddenly today it just lost connection! I plugget it into another pc where it worked right away, what could the problem be?
    I have tried plugging the receiver into all the usb’s on my pc, but no results 🙁

  15. [..YouTube..] nice review…very informative !!!
    i got one this x’mas…i see your review is more than a yr old…does this mean that this person got me this gift bought it last year??? :/

  16. nice review…very informative !!! i got one this x’mas…i see your review
    is more than a yr old…does this mean that this person got me this gift
    bought it last year??? :/

  17. [..YouTube..] @koyrmum G700, MX is better if you travel a lot and need something that works on every surface. G700 has 1ms response time (1000Hz polling), MX ~8ms (125Hz polling). so G700 is the way to go!

  18. [..YouTube..] G700, MX is better if you travel a lot and need something that works on every surface. G700 has 1ms response time (1000Hz polling), MX ~8ms (125Hz polling). so G700 is the way to go!

  19. [..YouTube..] @davomrmac
    Great review .
    Could You please tell me the diameters of this mouse ?
    I need a mouse that’s longer than 10.5 cm ( 4.13 inches ) .
    An answer would be much appreciated ! Thank You in advance .

  20. [..YouTube..] Great review .
    Could You please tell me the diameters of this mouse ?
    I need a mouse that’s longer than 10.5 cm ( 4.13 inches ) .
    An answer would be much appreciated ! Thank You in advance .

  21. Great review .
    Could You please tell me the diameters of this mouse ?
    I need a mouse that’s longer than 10.5 cm ( 4.13 inches ) .
    An answer would be much appreciated ! Thank You in advance .

  22. [..YouTube..] its perfectly fine for charging it , i usually plug it once a week while not in use . if you intend to use it with the cable at all times … isnt there a non-wireless version ? if there isnt id suggest the g500 from logitech … i bought one for my brother and he adores it, if feels a little bit different but , you get more buttons and … the micro usb cable/plug fits with the mouse in a much more solid/secure way

  23. its perfectly fine for charging it , i usually plug it once a week while not in use . if you intend to use it with the cable at all times … isnt there a non-wireless version ? if there isnt id suggest the g500 from logitech … i bought one for my brother and he adores it, if feels a little bit different but , you get more buttons and … the micro usb cable/plug fits with the mouse in a much more solid/secure way

  24. Is it possible to use an wireless xbox 360 controller with the usb receiver of this mouse, both at the same time?
    Thank you!

  25. is it just me or this guy is saying that … 3 weeks of 8 hours a day use on a single charge a bad thing ???

  26. I have the MX Revolution. It’s gotten a little worn out. I wish they still sold it. I like it better than the new performance mouse.

  27. [..YouTube..] Good review but absolutely terrible mouse considering the price tag. Quality is terrible (1500 dpi) which is incredibly noticeable compared to my old 3200 dpi mouse. Bag is nice, app button is nice but will be returning mine tomorrow..

  28. Good review but absolutely terrible mouse considering the price tag. Quality is terrible (1500 dpi) which is incredibly noticeable compared to my old 3200 dpi mouse. Bag is nice, app button is nice but will be returning mine tomorrow..

  29. [..YouTube..] How do you use your mouse. By moving your entire hand as shown in logitech videos or you use your mouse using your fingers only and your palm stays put on the mouse pad

  30. How do you use your mouse. By moving your entire hand as shown in logitech videos or you use your mouse using your fingers only and your palm stays put on the mouse pad

  31. [..YouTube..] Another fine review Dave! Thanks! BTW, you are the only chap I know who can say the word “whilst” and get away with it. Americans say that and they just look at us funny!

  32. Another fine review Dave! Thanks! BTW, you are the only chap I know who can say the word “whilst” and get away with it. Americans say that and they just look at us funny!

  33. Worst mouse ever. Don’t buy it. I did and the “blackfield” technology is very not responsive. it works good but if gets dirty and the worst thing is that you cant clean it sometimes and the the cursor doesnt follow your move! don’t buy it!

  34. How apparent are the button clicks of the side buttons? I grabbed a G700 for my main rig, (replacing a G5) & that’s my only complaint about it.. the button action’s is soo light, that sometimes you don’t know if you’ve actually hit a button, which sucks for gaming IMO. Given the layout of the side buttons on this one, it seems like it’d be much easier to distinguish what buttons you’re using, so long as button clicks have a nice solid feel to them.. (if any of that made sense, lol)

  35. Is this mouse comfortable for those who hold a mouse using 3 fingers? (index on left button, middle finger on scroll wheel, ring finger on right click and pinky resting on the side). I found that many comfort mice are not as comfortable the way I actually hold it, and I’d like to know before buying. Thanks in advance!

  36. @davomrmac Dave, this mouse sounds really top-notch but I have a slight concern about the scroll wheel. I know mice which have poor distinction between middle mouse button, pushing the wheel to the right and pushing the wheel to the left. Mice have often a rounded wheels while this one is definitely angular and I often try to press the middle mouse button but the wheel’s resistance is so poor that I always end up pushing the wheel to the sides -- Any problems with this one?

  37. The middle finger might get a bit tired, but I think it would work well. It’s really comfortable, and though I use two fingers, testing it with three fingers, I can say it won’t be much of a problem. Plenty of room on top.

  38. how many devices can connect to the unifying reciever also will this connect to automatically to the unifying reciverfor my logitech m315 mouse?

  39. depends if you have medium or small hands aand dont mind a wire tactx is perfect but if you want it wireless this is awsome because of unifying reciever(plus i tried it out and this is REALLY comfortable and ima kid do i have super small hands

  40. I have the mouse and it actually not a bad side to side feel. The whole any surface thing really isnt insane and id still use a mouse pad.

  41. Great review. Special thanks for explaining the buttons and receiver extender cord, which are not covered in the skimpy documentation that comes in the box.

  42. Be aware that this mouse has a bug, a very common bug. If you are using the mouse and pause for a few seconds, the mouse will freeze. You have to move it around for about three seconds to unfreeze. This only happens when in wireless. If connected, it does not.

  43. I know it’s not for gaming. But I thought it would of worked considering its a performance mouse. It’s extremely laggy. The mouse doesn’t move a lot. I love how it feels in my huge hand though. Mainly why I wanted it but I’m off to give it back and get a g700

  44. … the box should freaking said it had an USB for recharging, I dont remember reading it and now I have to wait at least another 6 months to travel to the states and a chance to get another mouse

  45. Can larger than 1800 mah batteries be used in the mouse? I’m sure I read that only 1800 mah batteries can be used.

  46. I just received this mouse as a replacement for my excellent Logitech G9X.

    This mouse however is awful. It sits wonky, always feels like its pulling to the left. Its heavy and its so big that i have to place my entire hand flat on the mouse in order to get my thumb in any sort of position to use the thumb buttons. I dont have massive hands, nor do i have tiny hands. But this mouse is horrible to use.

    I wish logitech would start making normal mice again.

  47. This mouse’s grip design is retarded. So is the mouse wheel. After two days with it my hand was aching badly, glad I returned it.

  48. I have a question. I am looking for a new gaming mouse because mine is falling apart :/ the sides are coming off and then my hands get dirty because of the glue they used to put it together. Which is really irritating :/ I only have 70 euros to spend all included. Should i buy the performance MX from logitech, I use it mostly to browse the web and play games like league of legends

  49. This mouse SUCKS big time. The wheel is DEFECTIVELY DESIGNED, and is ultimately USELESS for performance usage.
    For CADD, Gaming, any that requires frequent use of the scroll wheel is going to be frustrating.
    The location of the zoom in proximity 4th and 5th button is a colossal mistake.
    Other than that, it fits well in the hand, and the app switcher is very cleaver.

  50. Razors are incredibly uncomfortable for a wide palm and short sausage fingers like mine. If you have small hands it might be ok.

  51. Don’t know about the normal MX mouse, but the Anywhere MX mouse made me develop RSI on top of my forearm. The mouse is too small for the user, although it does feel comfortable at first, I wouldn’t recommend using it for work. My friend has the same mouse and he also developed RSI but in his wrist instead.

    • Same here…I use this mouse about 12 hours a day (and the VX revolution before it) and have started to show signs of RSI (wrist) recently. I switched to a pen/tablet combo last week and all my symptoms where gone instantly. I’m currently awaiting a vertical mouse I ordered!

  52. missed side scrolling and didn’t tell us whether it has one of those
    “energy saving” features that appear in a lot of wireless mice that puts
    them into sleep mode when not in use. I hate mice that have that because a
    lot of buttons on the mouse become unusable until the mouse is moved
    around.

  53. The usb extender is so you can plug in the mouse to charge it and use it at
    the same time. It is not for the micro connector.

  54. Ironically, I think this mouse GAVE me RSI. I never had issues with RSI before and recently adopted this mouse after my wife tried it (she suffers from RSI), didn’t work for her (she now uses a left hand vertical + tablet combo).

    Started developing strain in my thumb and the fleshy part of my along the outer side of my hand (little finger side). Initially thought it was my work mouse which is a m310 notebook mouse. But recently tried switching back to a cheap $20 MS wired mouse and my symptoms are steadily improving. Shame as the Performance MX is such a handsome device. I am thinking of trying out the Anywhere Mouse now to see if it’s better for me.

    I do notice though that when I hold the Performance MX, I don’t quite ‘cup’ the entire mouse and my thumb does not rest in the groove as it feels unnatural to me. Perhaps that is the issue, but I just can’t train myself to do it. I guess with RSI it’s sometimes a very personal thing?

  55. I was looking for a good mouse. I was at the shop and it had a mouse stand
    where you can put your hand on the mouse and the second i did i just knew i
    had to have it and here i am using it and having no regrets!

  56. I suppose you don’t do a lot of computerwork/CAD. This mouse has the back &
    forward button placed way to far away from your thumb. Also if you push the
    left button just a little to the left side when pushing it will hit some
    plastic and make it hard to do a normal click.

  57. Geekanoids, I have a question. I am 11, and I was wondering if my hands
    would be too small to get this? please answer….

  58. I like how people get so excited about how this new mouse works on glass,
    but nobody realizes that computer mice made years ago with trackballs
    worked on glass as well. Probably even better than this one.

  59. Why did logitec make the reciever so large ?
    We all know this receiver is an just standard blue tooth transmitter.
    These are very inespensive to purchase and are normally only one third this
    size.
    Logitec you can do better especially when you demand premium prices for
    your products.
    You should improve technology, and offer products at competive prices.
    It would be nice to use batteries vs constantly connecting a cable to
    recharge a ( wireless) mouse.
    This defeats the whole idea of a wireless device.
    The more I research this mouse, the more I realize it’s inadequacies.
    Perhaps logitec should not be a persons first choice after all.
    Nuff Said !

  60. I have an older wireless mouse with a silent scroll button verses this
    noisy one…
    So I am laughing at all the noise this one makes… hahaha

  61. Good news.
    Here is a link on how to fix the so called ” misclicks” this mouse is
    pleged with, but it does involve a bit of disasembly which voids the
    warranty.
    Or you can simply live with a malfuctioning mouse.
    Your choice !
    Logitech Performance MX Mouse Micro Switch Fix
    von Kyler Dalton
    vor 7 Monaten
    11.505 Aufrufe
    A tutorial on how to fix the mis-clicks on a Logitech Performance MX mouse
    by retensioning the spring in the micro-switch.

  62. About the battery life, you might want to check out some high-capacity
    rechargeable batteries such as the sanyo eneloops…. They’re available on
    amazon. :·)

  63. This was the worst mouse I’ve ever bought. The scrool wheel, when left
    free, requires to be with his finger on it, otherwise, causes the page is
    up or down randomly. In addition, in any condition, scrool is inaccurate.
    This mouse does not have the resources to generate macros and not allows
    you to configure buttons to perform shortcuts or executables. The pointer
    movement setting (speed and acceleration) are critical and the pointer
    movement is “nervous” and inaccurate. Some settings in SetPoint are lost
    after rebooting the PC. The Performance MX, in my opinion, is a “bad
    mouse”. Mice much cheaper, do not have these problems and are able to set
    up macros and run shortcuts and executables. The Logitech G9, for example,
    has none of these problems and was the best mouse I’ve ever had, sorry that
    is not wireless.

  64. “extremely comfortable to use for long periods of time”
    Pardon my jaded cynicism: A statement like that should be preceded with
    some qualifying information about how long the speaker has actually used
    the object. After all, you did just pull it from the box.
    I know, I know, the info on the battery life might inform one that you’ve
    had it a while -- -- or just learned that elsewhere.

    Using it with the mini USB connected should quickly kill the mini USA port
    as they are notoriously fragile.
    Otherwise, nice review.

  65. I have this mouse -- I cannot sing its praises ENOUGH
    I love how the scroll wheel rolls FOREVER if you un-ratchet it and spin it
    real fast -- Excellent bearings!

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