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I’m not going lớn get too into the technical aspects of the changes Logitech has made here with the magnetic mechanism (I highly recommend reading this in-depth teardown from Bolt that goes into lớn the nitty-gritty), but the kết thúc result is a practically flawless scroll experience.

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A practically flawless scroll experience

Like all the MX Master mice, there are two modes lớn the scroll wheel here: a precision, ratcheting scroll mode that lets you precisely tiông xã up & down through a webpage or document, and a free-wheeling mode that just lets the wheel fly as fast as it can. Which, given the nearly frictionless magnets, is pretty fast. You can also activate the free-spinning mode by flicking the scroll wheel quickly while in the more precise, ratcheting mode, which is oddly fun lớn fidget with idly.

The new mechanism feels incredibly good to lớn use. Every tiông xã of the scroll wheel has a soft, subtle step to it, which the magnets make smoother & quieter than a regular mouse wheel’s moving parts. It’s hard to describe, but the kết thúc result is a lighter-feeling scroll that doesn’t take as much effort lớn push.

That’s khổng lồ say nothing of the free-scrolling mode, which, thanks khổng lồ the new system, feels like it could just spin forever. The heavy, weighted steel construction is also a delight to interact with, especially when you flick it just right to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and go flying down a page.

It also speaks lớn the advantages of a tactile system lượt thích this: the notched ticks as you scroll through each step on the wheel, the feel of the mechanism disengaging to lớn release. They’re experiences that you just can’t get on a touchscreen, or even a trackpad. Even if the over result of scrolling down a page is still the same.

This is usually the part of this column where I talk about how the button changed the way we think about how we use a device, or was the hallmark of some greater paradigm shift in user interface over time. But I don’t think the MX Master 3’s scroll wheel does either of those things — not exactly.

It’s just an elegant, focused piece of technology

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I can’t say that I scroll my mouse any more frequently using the MX Master 3 than I already bởi vì, or that this is some dividing line in the svà for the way we’ll build mice. But I still think it’s a fantastic button — not because of all the potential it has as a smart object, but because it’s just an elegant, focused piece of technology that’s delightful to lớn use. Not everything needs khổng lồ be an internet-connected, customizable piece of hardware. In fact, the uni-tasking nature is often what makes hardware buttons stvà out in the first place compared khổng lồ their more function-packed touchscreen and software-based counterparts.

It’s an incredibly good scroll wheel. And sometimes, just doing a single thing really well is all a button needs to lớn vày.

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