A few years ago, we reviewed the first ever Logitech MX Anywhere – the first one ever. It had two noble features – wireless and connecting up to 3 devices at once. It was a good mouse for those who want to use a single mouse to connect multiple devices – but it lacks interconnectivity between each of the devices. Aiming directly at this particular problem, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S is created.
Here’s our review of the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. Also, watch our full video review where we unbox and show what’s the Logitech FLOW is all about. 😉
In terms of the packaging, it’s rather simple. Donning Logitech’s more professional-looking packaging design, the MX Anywhere 2S’s packaging does look sleek.
There’s a flap at the front where you can open and have a look like any other premium mouse these days. Too bad it doesn’t have that little cutout at the bottom like the ASUS ROG Buzzard GX860. For a mouse, I think that has the best packaging design. Ever.
The contents are rather simple. Comes with a really tiny Unifying receiver, micro USB cable, and a few paperworks, that’s it.
The MX Anywhere 2S still retains its original shape but with a few tweaks.
Firstly, the colors are now more consistent throughout the entire mouse. For the unit that I have here is in black color, it means darkening the bronze-colored parts to give it an overall more consistent dark look. Looks good, to be honest. Available in blue and white, too.
Geometrically, the MX Anywhere 2S feels a little thicker overall but its curvatures generally feel the same. Though, the MX Anywhere 2S is indeed heavy this time around.
Keeping the design similar to its predecessor, the MX Anywhere 2S has a micro USB port at the front for charging, too.
At the bottom is where the magic of the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S is found. This time around, Logitech made things even simpler as they’ve removed the Connect button while retaining the on/off switch and a little button around the 3 LEDs. More on these later.
Up at the top of the mouse is where the things didn’t change much.
This is where the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S shine. Firstly, the feature to connect up to 3 different devices is still here. You can with either Bluetooth or the Unifying receiver and it’ll work just as expected when you press the button beneath the mouse to cycle through devices 1, 2, and 3.
However, this time around, there’s a new feature called Logitech FLOW. If you know about Symless Synergy already, then you already know what the Logitech FLOW is all about. They’re both about sharing a single mouse across multiple devices while sharing a single clipboard too. Though, the Logitech FLOW is a proprietary technology and you’ll need Logitech peripherals for it to work. Also, Logitech FLOW doesn’t have Linux support as of now.
To use Logitech FLOW, it’s rather simple. Just download the software called Logitech Options and install on each of the machines you want Logitech FLOW to work on. Then, pair the mouse to computers 1, 2, or 3, either through Bluetooth or through the newly designed Unifying receiver. Seriously, these things are getting so small that I’m afraid a toddler might swallow it effortlessly.
Then, head on over to search each other’s computer on the Logitech Option and it’ll just work itself out – like magic.
Once you’ve done that, it just works across the computers! With good software engineers and good UI designers, the entire experience is actually very enjoyable. It’s really seamless. The entire experience is fantastic. Yet I don’t have a Logitech keyboard – but Logitech FLOW works just fine with the clipboard. Everything just works.
I highly recommend you to watch the video here as we show you what’s going on with Logitech FLOW. I’m honestly impressed.
Let’s talk about this. The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S’s battery life is fantastic. Throughout my tests, I think I’ve only charged it once – and that’s after a lot of intense usage. I can bet that this mouse can last you way over a few days of usage before needing a charge.
Yet since it uses the ubiquitous microUSB cable, you can pretty much charge it up any time, anywhere.
Wrapping up the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S review
To be honest, unless you’re going to take advantage of the Logitech FLOW technology, then it’s not worth the upgrade from its predecessor. However, for someone who uses a MacBook Air and a Windows desktop and don’t have enough screen real estate to work with, the Logitech FLOW does indeed work. Functionality, pretty much similar to Symless’s Synergy, but more elegant.
For the MSRP of RM339, I have to say that the price tag is indeed a very hefty one – just like its predecessor, actually.