Did anybody got Logitech MX Anywhere working flawlessly over BT?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lobo1978, Aug 3, 2017.

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I have a Logitech MX Anywhere and ...

  1. It is working flawlessly over Bluetooth

  2. It is useless over Bluetooth

  3. I don't care - I use USB dongle

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  1. lobo1978 macrumors 6502

    lobo1978

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    I have huge problems with the jumpy, laggy and unreliable cursor over BT with Logitech MX Anywhere mouse. As soon as I switch to USB dongle, everything is okay. But I bought this wireless mouse to use it without extra peripherals. Apple BT keyboard, mouse or trackpad are working flawlessly.

    The problem is that I have 3 (!) MX Anywhere and all of them are useless. Tested with iMac 27" 5k late 2015, MacBook Pro 13" 2016, MacBook Pro 15" 2017.

    Question to Logitech MX Anywhere users - do you have problems with BT connection? If so did you manage to solve it somehow?

    I was not reacting at the beginning because I was hoping Logitech will solve it with updates to Logitech Options but after almost a year - nothing is better. It seems that this low energy Bluetooth is not handled well with this mouse. I know that users have same problems with MX Master (even latest 2S).

    It really sucks, and the problem is that there is no good alternative to Logitech. They have somehow monopolised the market. Maybe I am wrong? Maybe there is a decent option?
    Do you own reliable over BT medium-sized mouse (preferably not gaming behemoth with trillion buttons)?

    Using USB dongle is NOT solution here of course. o_O
     
  2. southerndoc macrumors 65816

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    I've never tested it with my Mac. I use one with my Dell Precision 3520 as the daily mouse for using my computer at work.
     
  3. s4yunkim macrumors regular

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    From what I've been able to gather, Logitech seems to have publicly stated that the bluetooth chip in the Anywhere MX has issues with something in the Macbook Bluetooth Chip and/or MacOS itself.

    The jumpiness is a known issue, and as far as I can tell, there is no fix for it. I have the same mouse, and every macbook I've used it with has a similar issue where it jumps around, loses connection, etc. The same mouse works just great with a surface pro and another windows laptop.

    I ended up going with a magic mouse, haven't had a problem (so it's obviously not an inherent problem with the mac). It's a shame, because I really liked that mouse.
     
  4. planetf1 macrumors 6502

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    I bought the logitech mx850 bundle... Kbd/mouse each switchable between three devices. Supports logitech unifying or bluetooth 4 for each.

    I'm using with unifying usb receiver on my win10 insider pc... And with Bluetooth on a macbook pro 15 touch 2016. Working flawlessly even when wearing apple watch, cheap activity tracker, Bluetooth headphones, and a house filled with wifi and zig we for lights heating etc.

    Rock solid in 2 days use.. Only received Thursday.

    high sierra beta
     
  5. southerndoc, Aug 25, 2017
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    southerndoc macrumors 65816

    southerndoc

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    @lobo1978 Sorry I'm just now replying to this. The MX Anywhere works without lags as far as pointing is concerned. However, I cannot get the forward/backward buttons to work in Safari. In Google Chrome, the forward/backward buttons open new tabs. The scroll button is reversed. I have natural scrolling turned on for my built-in trackpad on my MBP. If I turn it off for the mouse settings, it turns it off for the trackpad as well.

    EDIT: With the Logitech options app installed, it performs as expected. No lags. Able to use forward/backward button and the trackpad is still enabled to use natural scrolling.
     
  6. lobo1978 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for feedback. I have returned MX 2S and currently use MX Anywhere 2 - one in office + one at home. While away from routers and external hard drive it is just ok for browsing. Not usable for CAD or any precision work though. That's really sad Logi cannot nail this problem. I think they just don't care about Mac platform which is still strange because Mac users tend to spend more on "premium" peripherals...

    Of course I am using BT connection only. Dongle/adapter/receiver era is gone for me with BT 4.2/5.0.
     
  7. southerndoc macrumors 65816

    southerndoc

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    @lobo1978 I'm only using it to surf the web, PowerPoint presentations, etc. I could see where fine movements would be a problem. Did you turn down the mouse speed to slow to see if that helped?

    I primarily use it for my work laptop, which I actually prefer over my MacBook now. Windows 10 seems cool, Google Chrome is fast on Windows 10, and the laptop screams (Xeon 3.0 GHz with turbo boost to 4.0 GHz, 32 GB PC2400 DDR RAM, 512 GB NVM Samsung Pro SSD). Way overkill for surfing the web, but for using Dragon Medical Practice Edition dictation software, it definitely helps. Still, despite the processing power and memory, Microsoft Outlook still hangs occasionally. :|
     
  8. lobo1978 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    @southerndoc I will get Dell Precision 7XXX (don't know exactly what setup definitely not Xeon) from work soon. First of all, I asked IT dep to put Win7 Pro instead of preinstalled Win10... For me, Windows 8/10 is just crap (period). I am virtualizing some Windows OS and Win7 is still the best (stable//user friendly//predictable) -- I am doing some modelling stuff with it. Anything else I am doing on Mac exclusively - mostly because of virus/ransomware scare and just for a peace of mind (and everything actually works for me). Plus I love USB-C -> best ever tech nowadays

    I have not been using Windows machine for a long time. I will definitely test MX Anywhere with this PC. Will report.
    Peace!
     
  9. velo macrumors member

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    I don't have that model but two other logitechs that have the same issue. It seems to be exacerbated when wifi is on.
     
  10. Astonish_IT macrumors newbie

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    I have actually opened a thread where I was asking if The MX Anywhere 2s has some strange behaviours on bluetooth connection as I want to use it with a 2017 MacBook Pro. Before, I had bad memories with some other bluetooth Logitech mouse with a Mac Pro, apparently the problem persists and I am in search of an alternative too as I want cable-free setup, and will use it for CAD as well.

    Regards,
     

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