Logitech Signature M650 review: A silent mouse that speaks volumes

Nancy J. Delong

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No matter whether you work late-evening shifts or share a workplace with other folks, silent mice are the way to go for a distraction-totally free and effective environment. I’ve examined a number of myself, which includes the most effective-providing

Logitech M330 SILENT Furthermore

and

M220

 and have often observed the lesser type aspects to be discomforting just after a day’s use.

So when Logitech released the Signature M650 mouse past thirty day period, it caught my consideration. For some of you, this may well be the initial time you have heard of the Logitech mouse. But for these who have been craving for a wi-fi silent mouse that was not miniature in size, this new entry is a large offer.

Offered in normal and significant, remaining- and ideal-handed, and a Business variant, the new Signature M650 sells for

$39.99 on Logitech’s internet site

and at shops like

Amazon

and

Best Get

. I have been every day-driving the significant, proper-handed, Business enterprise design for the earlier month and firmly feel that it can be the excellent mouse for business. But as distinct as the M650 is from its predecessors, a handful of shortcomings have grounded my hopes of it remaining the mouse that I’ve personally been longing for.

Like

  • SilentTouch helps make this 1 of the most peaceful mice out there
  • Two 12 months battery daily life
  • Programmable buttons via LogiOptions+
  • Out there in smaller/large and remaining/ideal-handed

Do not Like

  • Slim design doesn’t make for the greatest grip
  • Can take a couple of seconds to wake
  • No USB-C charging

Setup

When unboxing the Logitech Signature M650 mouse, you’re reminded that it really is no

MX Master

peripheral. The conventional M650 will come in a plastic clam-shell bundle, and the business enterprise model comes in a lifeless, cardboard box. What matters, of system, is what is inside of. Each mouse will come provided with a Duracell OEM AA battery and a LogiBolt USB receiver that’s siloed in the battery compartment. This slot — commonly identified on most wireless mice — lets you to retailer the dongle when traveling.

There are two ways you can link the M650 to your pc, tablet, or mobile phone: Bluetooth and LogiBolt. I have been using the mouse with my

Logitech MX Keys

keyboard, so the LogiBolt USB receiver has been my link method of selection, serving double responsibility. I basically toggled the electrical power switch on the mouse and my Windows Computer quickly detected it and installed the important drivers.

If you might be functioning on a macOS, iPadOS, Chrome OS, Android, or Linux-run product, then Bluetooth pairing could be the improved selection. That explained, the M650’s vary of running process compatibility is very remarkable and beats out several larger-end mice, which includes the

MX Learn 3

. I’ll break down far more of its nifty business features later on.

Layout

The M650 will come in regular and significant measurements, and still left- and proper-handed configurations. Logitech suggests the normal measurement for people with smaller to medium palms (<7.5 inches), and the large size for hands that are bigger. I've found the large size to be a perfect fit, with my hand able to rest comfortably over the curvatures of the mouse. My colleague, David Gewirtz, has been using the smaller model and found the button layout and compact size comparable to Logitech's more-expensive MX Anywhere 3 . You can use this sizing chart to find your ideal fit.

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Image: Logitech

One of the key design aspects of the M650 is Logitech’s SilentTouch technology, which you’ll be surprised to not hear when clicking the left and right buttons of the mouse. Logitech says that the M650 keys are 90% quieter than its previous silent mice, and after using the mouse myself, I believe the company. Left and right clicks are close to silent, yet there’s still satisfying, clicky feedback when pressed down. You can hear the difference between the M650 (in white) and some traditional mouse options in the video below.

Though not as snappy and crisp as the typical red Kailh switches found in gaming mice, I’ve been happy with the peace and quiet that the M650 brings in lieu of the tactility.

Two programmable buttons flank the left side of the mouse (opposite if it’s the left-handed version) and are much more audible. By default, the top and bottom function as forward and back, respectively. But through the LogiOptions+ beta software, you can remap the two to perform copy and paste, or volume up and down, and more. I’ve kept mine as forward and back as I often skip between pages when browsing.

Within LogiOptions+, you can also adjust the pointer speed of the M650. One of the main reasons why I opted for the business model was for the improved 400-4,000 DPI (from 200-2,000 on the regular). DPI, or dots per inch, measures the sensitivity of a mouse. And with the higher value, my cursor movement is much more precise when skimming through bodies of text, photo-editing, or playing games.

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The Logitech Signature M650 has two programmable buttons on the side and rubberized ridges for added comfort.


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The sides of the M650 feature rubberized ridges, meant to give your thumb and pinky a firm grip when scrolling. My issue with the rubber material is that its gummy-like texture has slowly lost its grippiness after a month’s use. I’m guessing this is because of the oils and sweat that builds up from my fingers, but I can’t imagine how it will feel after a year if this is how it is after 30 days. As a quick fix, I’ve been cleaning the mouse with a light alcohol wipe every once in a while, giving it a cleaner appearance and feel.

Lastly, the M650 uses what Logitech calls SmartWheel, a dynamic scrolling wheel that can dial freely or in notches depending on how fast you scroll it. This isn’t a toggle mechanism like the MX series’ MagSpeed You can simply flick the wheel with a bit of force to trigger the fast scrolling.

Business features

After using the M650, I can see why Logitech wants it to be the mouse to get for business and enterprise customers. At $39.99, the mouse is relatively affordable and comes with a slew of productivity and security features that will benefit most workplaces.

The first feature that stands out is the LogiBolt wireless technology. For office and remote use, your mouse and its connection are fully encrypted and FIPS secure when paired with a LogiBolt receiver. While I did experience the once-a-day stutter on my LogiBolt-connected M650, the mouse never lost its connection completely and functioned like normal after every bootup.

Through the LogiOptions+ software, business users can key-bind the side buttons and scroll wheel to specific shortcuts within different applications. That means the side buttons can toggle on your mute and video on Zoom, but trigger redo and undo on Microsoft Excel. I found the button mapper particularly useful when creating spreadsheets as I was able to create new rows and columns with a click.

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Besides the quietness and expansive platform compatibility of the M650 mouse, Logitech touts a 24-month battery life that will benefit remote workers and those on the go. Only time will tell whether that claim is true or not. What I can attest to, however, is its aggressive power management. I noticed that the mouse would go into deep sleep mode if left idle for 30 minutes or longer. While this behavior greatly reduces the battery consumption, the M650 takes about five seconds to wake and re-calibrate when movement is detected. As a result, I’ve had moments when I’d mistaken the input delay as a fault with the LogiBolt receiver or the mouse itself.

All in all, my mouse still appears as 100% battery health on the LogiOptions+ app after a month of use. And even though it doesn’t support USB-C charging, it may not matter to folks who don’t like to carry extra cables and plugs.

Conclusion

At $39.99, the Logitech Signature M650 is fairly-priced for the features and hardware that you’re getting. It’s simple, reliable, quiet, and makes for an exceptional travel mouse. I’m especially glad to see that Logitech is continuing to centralize its connectivity and software system for its office peripherals, no matter the price range and product tier.

David Gewirtz contributed to this review.

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