Being an avid gamer, I’ve often limited myself to using gaming mouses over the years. Through the best part of a decade, the gaming mouse has been my daily driver, whether on my PC in the living room, working on my laptop, or gaming in between. That being said, the standard mouse still has its place among many users and may even be a preferred option for some. A few weeks ago, Logitech introduced its new Silent range of products. Included in the release pack was the Logitech M240 Silent mouse.
This nifty Bluetooth-enabled mouse was designed with one main goal – operating as silently as possible. Further, there are a few nice touches, all of which I explore further below.
Build and Design
Having been accustomed to gaming devices over the years, there’s a massive difference between that and the new M240. The most significant of these is the disparity in size. Comparing that to my daily driver, the Logitech G502 X Plus weighs 106g, and the M240 weighs 73.8g. To put that into perspective, that’s an increase of 50% over the M240.
As with the reduction in weight of the M240, it is also quite a lot smaller. It fits neatly into the palm. That said, switching between the two mouse categories. However, it took some time to reduce size and weight to make it easy to use, given its lightweight build.
The overall design is simple. It has an ambidextrous design with a scroll wheel in the centre. The left and right-hand buttons form a single-piece cover with a frame and a single body piece. There is an opening on the bottom that houses the battery. Its design is inspired by a previous Logitech mouse, which is evident by the inclusion of the Wi-Fi dongle housing, which isn’t in use with the M240.
Setup and Configuration
The setup is simple. With only Bluetooth support as a connectivity option, once you turn on the Logitech M240, it notifies your connecting device, prompting you to connect. On a Windows laptop, you’ll then select the option to connect, after which it takes a mere few seconds, and it’s done.
Once the Bluetooth device has been paired, there is an additional prompt requesting the installation of the Logi Options+ software. The software allows for some level of customisation. However, it is limited, with only three buttons and a standard build.
There’s very little to do with setup on the M240. Once you’ve paired your Bluetooth, you’re all set to go.
As mentioned previously, the main focus of the Logitech M240 is its silent approach. And it lives up to its name. The buttons’ clicks are impressively soft, both to touch and with the internal technologies.
When it is in use, the mouse is excellent. The clicking of the buttons is highly muted, affirming Logitech’s claim of a 90% reduction in clicking noise. Having also tested this during the late midnight hours, the clicks are still as faint and work great for anyone looking for a silent approach to the late-night work. However, the scroll wheel’s button is slightly louder than the rest of the buttons. Still, this isn’t going to wake up the neighbours and works great either way.
Another aspect of the buttons is the tactile feedback. Unlike mouse buttons with a more pronounced spring upon return, it has a much softer recoil. Being the proud owner of a fidget cube – for all my clicking tendencies – it feels very similar. Using the M240 is almost a therapeutic approach to every click.
The device has an estimated 18 months of battery life on a single AA battery. Timelines may vary, given the lengthy estimation. It’s hard to establish the truth without confirming this over the period, and an indication of 100% over three weeks of use indicates it hasn’t made any dents into the battery life. At the current rate, the battery should last well over two years, which is excellent.
If you’re not into using a large mouse or looking for an exceptionally silent option, the Logitech M240 Silent is an excellent purchase. It feels good in hand, with every click providing a sense of calm to create the ultimate experience.
It’s pretty inexpensive as well. It has a recommended retail price of R399, with plenty of more affordable online prices.
Logitech M240 Silent
If you’re in the market for a new mouse, the Logitech M240 Silent provides a lightweight option with almost no audible button clicks at a very affordable price.