Logitech MX ERGO wireless trackball mouse

Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball Review

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SUMMARY: Great to see that Logitech still believes in trackballs! Logitech is back with this brand new and unique Logitech MX Ergo trackball: an ergonomic combination of Trackball Mouse and a Vertical Mouse. At $99 (or €109) it is not cheap, but it features wireless (Bluetooth!) connection, state-of-the-art vertical tilt design that aims to relieve wrist pain, and 8 buttons. This is the ultimate thumb-operated trackball!

OUR VERDICT: Outstanding Read full review below

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Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball Review

Reviewing the Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball automatically becomes a comparison with the Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball, Logitech’s most popular trackball, and the best selling trackball in general.

The MX ERGO has many features that make it far superior to the M570, but all that high-tec comes at a price: at $99 it’s more than three times the price of an M570 on Amazon. Is it worth it? Yes.

The main unique feature is the tilt function, which means the angle of the device can be set to 20 degrees (or 30 degrees for the MX ERGO Plus), making it more like a vertical mouse.

Logitech MX ERGO wireless trackball mouse tilt vertical 20 degrees

The carefully sculpted shape gives your hand full palm and finger support, while the soft rubber on the top ensures a nice grip for long hours of work. Logitech claims that the MX ERGO reduces muscular strain by 20% compared to using a standard mouse.

Another major innovation for Logitech is the Bluetooth wireless option. Until recently there wasn’t any Bluetooth trackball available until the Kensington Expert Wireless, the first Bluetooth trackball, launched in 2016. All other wireless trackballs need a USB receiver to connect to the computer. The Logitech MX ERGO (just like the Kensington Expert) also provides the option to use a USB receiver and the 2.4GHz connection for people that don’t have Bluetooth on their computer.

An finally the Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball has the possibility to switch DPI and set 8 button functions, thanks to new buttons and a tilt function of the scrollwheel.

If you’re not yet convinced that this is a giant leap forward compared to the M570, read the full review below.

logitech mx ergo wireless trackball box

The Logitech MX ERGO comes with a charging cable and USB 2.4GHz wireless receiver
photo © TrackballMouse.org

Opening the box

The Logitech MX ERGO comes in a nice box, of which the front flap opens to display the MX ERGO.

When taking out the MX ERGO, the first thing that stands out is that it feels quite heavy. This is mainly because of the metal bottom plate that keeps the ERGO on the desk and allows for the tilt function, but the device itself is also heavier than the M570. It’s not unpleasant though, it actually feels more solid than the M570. With the plate (which is a necessary accessory), the ERGO MX weighs 260 gram (160 gram without the metal plate) compared to the 138 gram of the M570.

The MX ERGO is only slightly larger than the M570, so if you like the M570, you should have no issues on the MX ERGO.

logitech mx ergo wireless trackball comparison size

Compare the top thumb-operated wireless trackballs from left to right: Elecom M-XT3DRBK, Logitech M570, Logitech MX ERGO and the Aptico Speedlink (also known as Sanwa MA-WTB43BK)
photo © TrackballMouse.org

The ball is dark grey metallic and exactly the same size as the M570 ball. If you already own the Logitech M570, it’s possible to switch the blue ball of the M570 and the grey ball of the MX ERGO: they’re exactly the same size.

Compare Loitech MX ERGO ball and M570 trackball

It’s possible to replace the grey MX ERGO ball with the blue M570 ball, they’re the exact same size
photo © TrackballMouse.org

The overall design of the Logitech MX ERGO is more detailed and fine than the M570. The M570 is a smooth and rounded like a bar of soap with ‘blobby’ buttons, while the Logitech MX ERGO is sharply cut, with fine lines and beautifully shaped buttons, led lights and more solid, multi-functional and better looking scrollwheel.

The material of the device is a matte plastic which feels a bit rubbery which makes it less slippery. Quite comfortably, but completely different from the almost shiny smooth and hard plastic of M570.

Setting up the Logitech MX ERGO

On the bottom of the device we find one small button to turn it on. While the M570 and all other wireless trackballs work on one or two AA batteries, the MX ERGO has a built-in battery which has to be charged with the USB cable (supplied in the box). The MX ERGO comes pre-charged so it’s ready to work right out of the box. A fully charged battery will last for up to four months (according to Logitech), and one minute of charging gives you a full day of use, based on typical computing conditions.

Logitech MX ERGO wireless trackball cable and usb 2.4ghz

The Logitech MX ERGO has to be charged via a USB cable, and can connect via the 2.4GHz USB dongle or via Bluetooth
photo © TrackballMouse.org

Wireless 2.4GHz USB

First I use the Logitech USB 2.4GHz dongle, insert it in my (brand new) 27” iMac Retina, and the Logitech MX ERGO is instantly recognised and works immediately. A small oversight of Logitech is the lack of a storage area inside the trackball for the USB dongle. if you travel with the trackball, or want to use Bluetooth instead of the USB connection, you have no way of storing the dongle inside the trackball, something that other wireless trackballs (including the M570) do offer.

Wireless Bluetooth

After playing around with the trackball in wireless USB mode, I give the Bluetooth setting a try. After all, this will save me USB port. I click the central small button on the trackball for a few seconds until the 1 starts blinking. I open Bluetooth settings on the Mac and the Logitech MX ERGO is recognised. Press “Pair” and voilá, the connection works like a charm. So far I haven’t experienced any downtime or lags in the connection, so I would recommend the Bluetooth option if you have Bluetooth on your computer.

Thumb-controlled trackball

The Logitech MX ERGO is a thumb-operated trackball. The thumb is used to move the ball (which controls the cursor on the screen). The pointer finger controls left click and the two function buttons; the middle finger can be used for the scrollwheel and the ring finger (or middle finger as well) can click the right click button.

20 degree tilt

There are many innovations combined in this trackball, most notably the option to tilt the device on a metal hinge, making the trackball similar to a vertical mouse. You can adjust the angle from 0 to 20 degrees, so you can choose to have it at 0 degrees like a regular mouse or trackball, or 20 degrees, making it more like a Vertical Mouse (preferred by many as being more ergonomic).

Logitech MX ERGO tilt like vertical mouse M570 trackball

The Logitech MX ERGO can be tilted 20 degrees, making it higher and more vertically oriented than a M570.
photo © TrackballMouse.org

The carefully sculpted shape gives your hand full palm and finger support, while the soft rubber on the top ensures a nice grip for long hours of work. Logitech claims that the MX ERGO reduces muscular strain by 20% compared to using a standard mouse.

Important to note is that the Logitech MX ERGO only has two position: flat or at a 20 degree angle: there is no position in between.

I use the 20 degree tilt, and this is definitely a great feature. It feels more comfortable for the hand and the M570 immediately feels a bit outdated.

magnetic metal plate Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball

The Logitech MX ERGO metal base plate is magnetic and attaches firmly to the device, but can also be taken off.
photo © TrackballMouse.org

The tilt works with a magnetic metal base plate. The device can be pushed either on the left side, so it goes down to ‘flat’ state, or pushed on the right so it goes to the 20 degrees tilt position. This might sound fragile, but actually works very well and is very solid. There’s no risk of the trackball tilting by accident when using the trackball. One has to push quite firm to switch to the other position, which is easy, but not easy enough for it to happen by accident.

Logitech MX ERGO magnetic metal plate close open

The MX ERGO metal base plate only has two positions: 20 degree angle (left) or flat (right)
photo © TrackballMouse.org

The plate is held in place only by strong magnets, and this means you can even take the whole plate off as there is no other attachment than the magnets. Again, this won’t happen by accident as the magnets are so strong.

The only complaint would be that there are not more positions between 0 and 20 degrees or even more than 20 degrees, but for most people, the 20 degrees will be a good setting. Or do you want more than 20 degrees? Then say hello to the Logitech MX ERGO Plus.

30 degree tilt “Best Buy Exclusive”

There is a Logitech MX ERGO Plus Wireless Trackball, which is selectable on the Logitech website for the same price, and this one can be set to a 30 degree angle. The website doesn’t mention anything about this, but it apparently is a Best Buy Exclusive model. I haven’t been able to test it, but I think it would be worth it to get an MX ERGO with 30 instead of 20 degrees. it basically has an extra soft rubber bottom part, which tilts it an extra 10 degrees.

DPI Button

There are two DPI settings, which control the sensitivity and therefor the speed of the cursor on the screen. With the small button right next to the grey ball you can instantly switch between the 320 DPI and 440 DPI. A small LED light, just next to the ball, illuminates when precision mode is activated. This works very well and easy, and is definitely a plus compared to the M570, which doesn’t have a DPI switch at all. You can use this function for example in a graphic design software, if you need to do some detailed adjustments in a photo or illustration.

Two function buttons

The two function buttons (left of the left-click button) don’t do anything out of the box on my Mac, but once you install Logitech Options software (highly recommended) they act as Back and Forward buttons and can be set to do other things using the software (read more below).

Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball easy switch

8 Buttons

Thanks to the Logitech Options software, the Logitech ERGO MX can have up to 8 button functions, and that doesn’t include the small Flow “EasySwitch” button with which you can switch between two devices. Button durability according to Logitech is 10 million clicks.

Set buttons, point/scroll and Flow with Logitech Options software

Logitech Options is a nicely designed, very user friendly software which controls the functions of the buttons and speed of the cursor on your computer. It can be downloaded on the Logitech website and easily installed.

Logitech Options screenshots
Screenshots (click to enlarge) of the Logitech Options software on a Mac (also available for PC), that allows you to change the functions of buttons, control the speed and direction of scrolling, and assign two different devices that you can use the trackball with.

The DPI button, two function buttons and the scrollwheel tilt function can be set to dozens of different options including opening files/folders/webpages, back/forward, brightness up/down, show Desktop, click, screen capture, smart zoom, mute, volume up/down, and Mac options like Mission Control/Launchpad/App expose.

In another tab of the software, the pointer speed and scroll speed / direction can be set.

In the last tab you can set the Flow EasySwitch (switch between two computers with one click of the small button above the 1 2 numbers. If you work on two different computers or a laptop and desktop computer for example. A unique feature, there is no other trackball that has this option.

The settings are by default applied to all applications on your computer, but you can also switch to “Application Specific settings” and change the function of the buttons per application.

The software also shows the battery level of the MX ERGO and will give a warning when battery levels get low. To charge the battery, connect the device with a USB cable to your computer (the cable is provided in the box).

Scrollwheel

The Logitech features a precision scroll wheel with tilt function (you can tilt it left and right) and it has a middle click for quick access to shortcuts.

Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball scrollwheel and buttons

The Logitech MX ERGO scrollwheel can work as a button, tilt left and right, and has a rubber grip like a tyre profile.
photo © TrackballMouse.org

The scrollwheel is not a ‘smooth’ scroll; but with small, audible ‘clicks’, similar to the M570. It works fine, and scroll speed and click/tilt options can easily be set via the Logitech Options software. The scrollwheel just does its job, but is not anything amazing (compared to for example the out-of-this world smooth scrolling of the CST2545 but that’s a completely different trackball).

System Requirements

Unifying Receiver

  • Available USB Port
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or later
  • Mac OS X 10.12 or later

Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth Smart ready
  • Windows 8 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.12 or higher

Product Specifications

  • Width: 98 mm
  • Height: 47mm
  • Depth: 135mm
  • Weight: 260g incl. metal hinge (164g without hinge)

Conclusion

Outstanding 4.5 / 5 Excellent

The Logitech MX ERGO is the first new trackball by Logitech in 10 years and they stuffed it with technology and features that users have been asking for. Of the current thumb-controlled trackballs, this is by far my favorite and gets a rare Outstanding rating as this trackball really sets a new standard for thumb-controlled trackballs.

If you are just about to start your trackball adventure, maybe the M570 is a more affordable start. But you are used to using an M570 (or other similar sized thumb-trackball) and looking for an upgrade, the Logitech MX ERGO is definitely the one to get. It’s in a league of its own due to the price. Where other thumb-trackball retail for around $30-$50, the MX ERGO will set you back $99. In my opinion this is worth it for any professional computer user looking for the best thumb-operated trackball available on the market.

Will it replace the Logitech M570 as the best selling trackball? Due to its high price point, maybe not. But the Logitech MX ERGO offers a lot more than the M570: Bluetooth, more buttons, DPI switch, EasySwitch and the 20 degree vertical tilt option (30 degree for the Logitech MX ERGO Plus) make this a real winner for professional users. Logitech shows with the MX ERGO that they believe that there is a future for trackballs, and that’s great news for us trackballers!

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Review notes

Pros

Logitech MX ERGO Wireless Trackball

  • Vertical tilt, ergonomic like vertical mouse
  • Wireless: Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz with small wireless USB receiver
    or Bluetooth
  • Rechargeable Li-Po (500 mAh) battery with 4-month battery life
  • Scroll wheel with tilt and click functions
  • Programmable buttons with Logitech Options software
Cons
  • USB 2,4GHz Dongle can’t be stored inside device
  • Not much information on the MX ERGO Plus which has a 30 degrees angle
  • Too small if you have large hands

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2 comments

Hi,
Outstanding trackball but also an outstanding review. I really love my M570 so I will definately love this baby.
Thanks for this review,

Awesome to see something new from Logitech again!

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