Logitech Mouse Comparison – MX Master vs Performance vs Revolution

Logitech Mouse Comparison – MX Master vs Performance vs Revolution

Hey guys, Jarrod here and today we’re going
to compare some classic mice from Logitech, the MX Revolution, MX Performance, and the
MX Master. How have things changed and have they improved over time? Let’s find out. For this video we’ll start with the oldest
model first and work our way through to the newest so that we can get a good idea of how
things have changed as time has passed. First up, the Logitech MX Revolution. I can’t
even remember when I first purchased this mouse, many many years ago now, and it’s
still going strong. One of the good features included the hyperfast
scroll, by simply pressing down the scroll wheel itself you are able to scroll through
long pages extremely fast rather than being stuck with the ratcheted click-to-click movement.
Unfortunately this means that you give up the scroll wheel middle button click, which
I do actually use. Behind the scroll wheel was a search shortcut
button which would take you to the search bar if you had a browser window focussed,
or open the search menu from the start menu in Windows for example, I never really used
it. This was my first mouse with back and forward
buttons and this was an awesome feature to finally have, it made browsing so much faster
and easier. There was also a scroll wheel on the left that could be used to switch between
open applications, which again I didn’t use too often. Unfortunately over time some of the rubber
on the sides began to rub off, nothing too bad though. The USB receiver was also quite
large with this generation of mouse as I assume the technology just wasn’t as good at that
time. The glossy plastic around the edges of the mouse also made it always look dirty.
Another downside is that you can’t use the mouse while charging, it came with a dock
that you had to plug into a wall outlet and then charge from, however the internal battery
actually charged fairly fast and lasted for a long time. The problem was that you needed
to keep a spare mouse around if you weren’t able to wait for a few minutes of charging
to get back up and running again. This mouse also gave me my first, and currently
only experience with Logitech support. After it was no longer supported, a member of my
family somehow managed to snap the large USB receiver which I was not able to fix or find
a replacement for my exact model. Despite this, after contacting Logitech they were
able to send me one completely free which was awesome, I’ll never forget how happy
I was to be able to use that mouse again. After the MX revolution came the MX performance,
which improved most things, but also went backwards on some others. Firstly I really liked that I no longer had
to push in the scroll wheel in order to unlock the hyperfast scroll, this was done by pressing
the dedicated button behind the scroll wheel. While this was an improvement, I also found
it reduced how often I was actually bothered to put it into hyperfast scroll mode. This is also where the gesture button made
its first appearance as an extra thumb button, allowing you to perform even more functions
through the mouse. Charging was improved with a micro USB port which meant that the mouse
could now be used while charging it, however an external rechargable AA battery was used
which would warm up a bit during charging, and in my opinion did not last as long as
I was used to with the MX revolution. The added bonus here is that you could optionally
swap in a fully charged battery and be back at a full charge straight away. The USB receiver
also shrunk significantly in size making breaking it much less likely. Unfortunately in this generation the side
scroll wheel disappeared, I never found myself using the new zoom button that appeared under
the back and forward buttons, and over time I found the rubber would come off of the mouse
extremely easily, to the point where I would have it stuck to my finger nails even after
washing my hands and days later without using it. Finally after the MX performance came the
MX master mouse, which is currently the latest iteration from Logitech. I’ve done a full
review on the MX Master mouse if you’re interested, see the link in the video description
for full details. A lot of the good features from the MX performance
came over, including the tiny wireless receiver, and being able to charge while using the mouse.
The battery was also changed to a non removable internal battery which I think is better,
it lasts longer than the MX performance and doesn’t warm up while charging. This version also introduces Bluetooth connectivity
to up to 3 devices, which is useful if you want to sync the mouse to a laptop and use
it on multiple machines, or even if you just don’t want to waste a whole USB port for
the included receiver as these are hard to come by on some laptops. The scroll wheel is also a lot better, possibly
perfect. The button behind the scroll wheel is still there allowing you to manually swap
between click-to-click ratcheted movement and hyperfast scroll mode, however if you
simply scroll the wheel fast enough it will automatically engage hyperfast mode and then
automatically swap back when it slows down. This is awesome as I actually found myself
using it all the time as it was so quick and easy to use, and the scroll wheel also functions
as a middle click button – excellent! I was happy to see an improved thumb scroll
back from the revolution, here you can continually scroll left and right with your thumb whereas
the revolution only allowed you to scroll through open applications which wasn’t as
useful. The materials on the scroll wheels also just feel better, though that may simply
be that I’ve not worn them down as much yet. At first I thought that the back and forward
buttons were in a weird position, however I was wrong, they are definitely better now
that I’ve gotten used to them, they’re located closer to where your thumb rests at
idle so they are easy to get to, though it’s a little odd that the forward button is smaller
than the back button which can make it a little harder to press at times. After using the MX Master for some time and
swapping back to the MX Performance, it just felt wrong. The Master is a lot nicer to hold
and use, it just fits in my hand better. I like the textured surface around the sides
of the mouse as it’s a hard plastic which should mean I won’t have rubber deteriorating
and falling off everywhere over time. I was happy to see the absence of the Logitech
logo on the back of the mouse, I noticed that this rubbed off very fast on my Revolution
and Performance as it was essentially right where you rest your palm. So far after a few months of use I don’t
really have any downsides, other than the clicks seem a little louder than what I’m
used to, but that really isn’t a big deal at all, I guess it goes to show how far things
have come if that’s my biggest concern. In conclusion I really like that there’s
a similar design element throughout all of these generations of mice. It’s also obvious
that Logitech have improved their mice significantly over time, by adding new features and perfecting
existing ones. While all of these mice are great and I have used them all for quite some
time, the MX Master is easily by far the best and I’d definitely recommend looking into
it if you’re currently looking at a new mouse. While I’m sure the sensor has improved over
time, I don’t use it for any hardcore gaming or anything that would require me to constantly
perform precise and fast movements so I can’t really say for sure that I’ve noticed this
get better. With that said, the tracking has always been excellent throughout all 3 generations
of mouse, I’ve had no problems at all. So have you guys used any of these mice before?
Which are your favourites? Be sure to let me know down in the comments and don’t forget
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33 thoughts on “Logitech Mouse Comparison – MX Master vs Performance vs Revolution”

  • Great comparison video, but a couple things: The Revolution had the automatic ratchet to free wheel as the MX Master and was actually the first mouse to introduce it; the Performance got rid of that feature for some stupid reason. The Revolution's side wheel can also be easily reprogrammed to do whatever you desire, including side scrolling, not just switching apps.

    Personally, I felt the Performance was the most ergonomic and comfortable of the three. The Master had a larger protruding bottom and sharper edges, which made it felt uncomfortable if you grip it the wrong way. The thumb button on the Master was also much more difficult to press on the Master than on the Performance, which cause me to not use it entirely. Finally, I actually prefer a removable battery than a built-in one for both longevity and options. You could for instance, swap in a much higher mAh battery with the Performance and double/triple the battery life. If the battery one day dies on the MX Master, you're pretty much SOL as it's not user replaceable.

    Overall, my rating of the mice is as follows -> MX Master = MX Performance > MX Revolution. My biggest gripe with the MX Revolution is the older laser sensor which is nowhere as accurate as the Dark Field laser. If you ask the majority though, most would say the MX Revolution is still the best.

  • I have had the old MX Revolution since it came out and the auto fast scroll feature is indeed in the logitech mouse setting. No need to press down on the wheel, like you mentioned for the Master. You could even adjust how fast regular scrolling will engage the fast scroll. It was always how I used the fast scroll feature.

  • Back curve of MX Master is very steep, so there's not much support for the palm. Pressure of the hand is not evenly divided but first joints of index and middle finger get most of it. Left upper angle of the mouse is made sharp for some reason (better looks?) and can easily press on your palm if you don't hold it in certain way. In order to press forward and backward, you have to bend your thumb quite a bit and they are so tiny.

    Shape and button placement of older MX mice feel much better for me, MX1100 being the best.

  • The MX Revolution is undoubtedly my favorite mouse of all time. I've tried both the Performance MX and MX Master and neither have quite the same natural feeling as the MX Revolution to me. One of my 3 MX Revolutions just recently developed an issue where the left mouse button registers double clicks 50% of the time, while on another the battery now only lasts a couple days as opposed to a couple weeks. It will be a sad day when they all die, but given that they've all had 6+ years of use I can't complain. Good comparison video – still on the lookout for a replacement. Anyone have any thoughts on the MX Revolution vs the G602?

  • For me the ergonomics have gotten steadily worse. The revolution being the best. I find the revolution superior in ergo and thus have two of them that I keep repairing to keep alive. The Master caused me enough pain within the first week of usage that I could not mouse for the following week at all.

  • Well I tried gaming mice and they sucks… I have used mx performance and sold for few $ to a friend (worst decision ever) later I bought Razer Mamba 2012 … seriouslyyyy I wonder up to this day why I were so stupid… useless mouse with sh***ty dock with a DPI which seriously no-one will use. Now when I get Logitech MX Master I feel happy again. There are so many good deals where in outlet I can get new MX Master for 50% a price. BEST and in my opinion is a best mouse overall even for Mac ;]

    I dare you to disagree….. ;]

  • Don't worry about me! Just rolling with my M310

    Well I'm looking at this because it just broke and I want a better mouse

  • Thank you! I've been trying to find a good rechargeable wireless laser mouse for my mother (who is a bit technically challenged). I think the Master might be easy enough for her to use and she will love the ability to recharge.

  • It's sad that you under utilized the Logitech MX Revolution Wireless Rechargeable mouse. Below are some corrections on your review regarding this rare and wonderful mouse.

    1) The middle scroll wheel does have a middle button and L/R side scroll "buttons" and it does not need to be pressed to go into free spin, there are 4 options and that is one of the four. This technology can be adjusted in SmartPoint so that you simply just spin the wheel at an adjustable speed to switch the scroll to free spin (see SmartShift). Nothing can compare to this seamless transition, especially since you do not need to click an additional button to enable this feature which is a step back in tech and waste of real estate.

    2) The side "scroll" is not a scroll function. It is a unique 3 button feature that allows you to push it forward, backwards, and directly into the mouse. All motions will resetting back into it's original position with a nice feel.

    3) All buttons can be programmed to do something else listed it Logitech's SetPoint Settings or you can assign a keyboard key. That includes the 3 button ratchet/free spin scroll, the unique 3 button wheel, the 2 thumb ridge buttons, and even the tiny zoom button. That's 11 buttons including the standard L/R click.

    This mouse came with the Logitech MX 5500 Cordless Desktop Revolution Keyboard for a decent price, but cannot be found like this new anymore. The keyboard was nothing fancy but the mouse is still awesome, still rocking a long lasting recharge. You cannot buy this mouse for under $100 anymore as it's is a one of a kind.

    I've had for over 7 years and only the right scroll button needs an extra umph to get it to work. Everything else is still working great, including the ratchet/free spin tech. I FPS game regularly for 3-4 hour sessions and use it daily for other things, but got in the habit of cradling it so not to worry about charging issues.

    If I ever had to replace it I'd consider the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse with the extra thumb buttons, even though it doesn't have the side scroll buttons and free spin tech (great from web scrolling).

  • Thanks for the Review. Like you, I've gone through the Revolution and the Performance. Thinking of getting the Master, so, your Review was definitely helpful. Thanks gain.

  • I hate the RUBBER on Performance. It's kind of gross, also the shape is… idk. I changed 2 due to right click failure. Now using MX Master 2S… love it but again, there is something with the feel I don;t really like, I use the CLAW lol and love the MX Anywhere 2.

  • you do realise you can download setpoint and map the buttons to do whatever you want, including granular settings defined by having the mouse in the active window for any open applications ?
    to me, that's the whole beauty of the mx1100 and revolution…

  • Very nice comparison. I've used logitech Wireless mice for over a decade and rarely been disappointed. And when I have been their customer support has been amazing. Sent me replacement devices within the blink of an eye when I had charging issues with an MX Revolution and the DiNovo keyboard.

    I personally went MX1000 -> Revolution MX -> Performance MX -> G602 -> G900. I found the hump on the master seemed a little larger and less comfortable than the previous generation mice, and wanted some more shortcut keys for photo editing and other productivity tasks along with higher sensitivity for gaming. Also as noted the logo and back of the mouse got worn and shiny, often making the product look worse. The rubberized back of the G602 proved to be more durable than the previous rubberized parts of mice and solved this, along with replacing the rubber sides of the mouse with a textured plastic to provide grip rather than rubber. This made the G602 the logi(tech)cal choice for me. I had two of them and found them to be comfortable and very useful and accurate for productivity tasks.

    I'm now contemplating the latest MX Master 2S as this provides the higher sensitivity I felt these mice lacked when you moved up to 2560×1440 and higher resolution screens.

  • Great review. I have 2 Mx Revolution and just love it. Of course, it's old but I that time, it was my top pick. Setting the buttons is easy and can be set base on my preference. If tomorrow, Logitech coming back with the same mouse with the laser precision updated, I would buy again.

  • I bought my M950 in 2010 and it's still working fine today and I have replaced the AA NiMH 3 or 4 times. I consider the MX Master use of proprietary built-in battery a significant downgrade as it will eventually wear down finding replacement won't be easy

  • Thank you very much for this video! My left button became doggy and I could see the plastic pin for the wheel with your video. Then solder the new microswitch, fixed! Thanks a lot!

  • thx great video.. havent had any of these.. the last two Logitech mouses I had was Logitech Mx Air. (which i actually liked a lot for managing stockquotes on big screen wiht the mouse in air.. many years ago and really liked that haptic feedback when rolling with the touchbar on the front and you could swipe as fast as you wanted to go up or down anc you get that rumble response to sense)

    also had the Logitech Touch mouse 620. (had hoped that also had the haptic feedback but it didn't)
    atm Im using Microsoft surface Arc fold mouse, that does have some haptic feedback on the touch wheel strip, but not as solid haptic rolling feedback as the original Logitech MX Air 1½ decade back …
    but have today just got a new mouse, recall its a clone of the MX master 2S.. its the new Rapoo MT750S model (not the MT750) but the new S version-
    costed 28USD delivered from China. time will tell if its any good but the price seems attractive.(Its a multimode so 3 or 4 devices)

  • Logitech is now forcing u to change the mouse when the battery dies instead of replacing the battery. disgusting behavior.