Today for father’s day my children got me a Logitech MX Anywhere 2 mouse. This is a mouse I tested back in September of 2015 with the beta of Ubuntu 15.10 and had to return due to Ubuntu not supporting the mouse. At that time Fedora 22 had no issues with the mouse, but I had not migrated to Fedora yet.
The MX Anywhere 2 is the successor to the MX Anywhere and offers the ability to pair with up to three different devices. The mouse features a Darkfield laser sensor, dual connectivity, Hyper-Fast scrolling, and a rechargeable battery all in a comfortable compact shape perfect for portability.
The mouse charges with an included micro-usb cable and Logitech claims up to two months of battery on a single charge.
I have been a fan of Hyper-Fast scrolling since Logitech introduced the feature to the point I can not consider a mouse that does not support the feature. The MX Anywhere 2 scroll wheel supports both Hyper-Fast and indented scrolling. The two modes can be switched between by clicking the scroll wheel down to change modes. Hyper-Fast scrolling lets the mouse wheel spin and spin and spin scrolling long pages quickly as it glides along effortlessly.
Bluetooth with Fedora (Linux)
Pairing was easy utilizing the built-in Bluetooth adapter on the Dell XPS 13 (9343) and the mouse was available at the login screen. It should be noted that while using Bluetooth the mouse will not be available in the UEFI bios screen. If you need the mouse for that you will need to use the 2.4Ghz pico adapter.
The mouse does enter power saving mode after not being used, but was quick to wake up and be ready for use with Fedora 23. I did not experience any noticeable lag in response.
Buttons and Programmability
The mouse has five buttons: left, middle, right, forward and back. The middle button registers as button 2 out of the box though that functionality might be programmable using the Windows Logitech Options software.
All the buttons function as expected including the middle button pasting text in to Gnome terminal.
With Windows or OS X Logitech has expanded the abilities of the mouse to include gestures using a software package called Logitech Options.
At this point I am not aware of any method, native to Linux, to gain similar functionality.
This mouse is comfortable enough to be my daily mouse, unlike the T630 from Logitech, and provides the portability and Bluetooth connectivity options I wanted in a travel mouse. My previous mouse, the Logitech M705, is slightly more comfortable, but slightly larger and does not support Bluetooth or multiple paired computers. It also adds the ability to mouse on almost any surface. Overall, I am very happy that my children gave me this mouse as a gift for Father’s Day.