• Connectivity: Bluetooth, RF Buttons: 5
  • Operating System Support: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, OSX
  • Battery Life: Two months
  • Dimensions: 61.6 x 100.3 x 34.4 mm
  • Weight: 106 grams
  • Pros:
  • Slim design
  • Multi-device pairing
  • Compact size
  • Cons:
  • No storage for pico receiver

Go Anywhere

All mice are not created equal. Some are more than others, rest are of lesser build. Take example Logitech mice. They have been around the block for a couple of decades now, cresting mouse after mouse that garners great reviews and testimonials from all over the world. Case in point – the MX Anywhere mouse. Perfect for travelling purposes, it is no wonder Logitech did not want to change the recipe too much. Say hello to the MX Anywhere 2 mouse.

It still share the same shape and look of the original MX Anywhere, but the new mouse picks up details from the newest member of the MX family, the MX Master. With a similar gold/black colour scheme, as well as a geometric texture used around the thumb-grip area – it is undeniably an MX family member.

The Pico receiver is small, but there is no storage place for it on the mouse

The Pico receiver is small, but there is no storage place for it on the mouse

Instead of the original’s AA battery, the new MX Anywhere 2 utilises a rechargeable battery that can be charged through the microUSB port at the front of the mouse. The two-mode scroll wheel is bought over from the previous model, as well as the side-tilts. In fact, the button layout on the Anywhere 2 is the same as the original Anywhere, so users should feel right at home when using this.

What is marginally different is situated on the underbelly. Instead of the removable battery cover that is also the power switch, you get two buttons, a physical power switch and the Darkfield emitter, which allows the MX Anywhere 2 to function on just about any surface – even glass. What is new with this mouse is that apart from the RF connection with the Pico Unifying Receiver, you also get Bluetooth connectivity. Plus, you can have up to three different devices connected to the mouse, so you can leave the Pico Receiver at your desktop, and have the mouse connected to your laptop via Bluetooth. Handy.

Our biggest nitpick is that there is no storage for the receiver on the mouse itself, unlike its predecessor. However, the fact that it can use Bluetooth negates the need to lug it around so much, and up to three paired devices at once.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great go-anywhere mouse for the road warrior, plus multi device pariing makes it very useful.

(previously published in issue August 2015)

Logitech MX Anywhere 2