Logitech M330 Silent (M331) Wireless… As quiet as a mouse
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Now, the Logitech M330 Silent (M331) Wireless is the mouse we’ll be checking out today. The Logitech M330 Silent Plus wireless mouse is the M331 in Asia, and retails for 649nt or lists for 30 dollars. I’m reviewing the red model here, and there’s also black, and blue variants available for the Asian market.
The mouse measures 106 millimeters long by 68 wide and 39 high, and uses Logitech 2.4 gigahertz wireless tech, which transmits up to 10 meters or about 33 feet and comes with a one-year warranty. This mouse works with Windows 10, also 7, 8 and RT, as well as Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Chrome OS and Linux Kernel 2.6 and above.
Looks pretty nice like this. To open, on the back of the plastic clamshell, there are two raised tabs at the top to get the unit open, and actually this has already been opened, but it was pretty easy to pull the back panel apart. Inside is the mouse, backboard, and a warranty paper. Opening the bottom of the mouse, it ships with a USB receiver and a single double-A battery, which has a paper arrow to remove before the battery will work.
So this mouse has been designed for right-handed users, with a rest for your thumb. The Logitech M330 Silent has a nice sheen on the top, and contours to smaller sized hands. The side grips are a slightly rubberized and textured plastic, and it’s a good grip at this price point.
It also boasts a supposed 24 month battery life, automatically putting itself to sleep when not in use. When either first turned on or moved, the tiny green LED light comes on for almost 10 whole seconds, and while i would have liked a shorter time, at least it’s not too short, so i guess that’s a point in its favor.
The headline feature of the Logitech M330 Silent Plus would be its super silent button clicks. Logitech advertises that the mouse is 90% quieter than the Logitech M170, which is a standard budget mouse they offer. So it certainly is very quiet. Also the mouse wheel is quiet too, both for rolling and clicking. I found the mouse wheel didn’t operate exactly like I’m used to, and that’s due to Smooth Scrolling in the software being enabled by default.
Well there’s no software in the box, but if you go to the Logitech website you can grab a HOLY! 143 meg download for the Logitech M330 Silent or M331. It allows you to swap the left and right buttons, change pointer speed and turn off smooth scrolling, or invert the mouse wheel direction. It can also alert you when the battery is running low, and the most important, it allows you to pair up wireless mice or keyboards to the dongle.
At least, in theory. I tried both my Logitech M310T wireless mouse and my Logitech K270 Wireless keyboards, and it said the device was incompatible and that it couldn’t pair. Then I tried my M310T again but it joined up! But my keyboard was still out of luck. Oh, and now my new Logitech M330 Silent mouse was disabled. Geesh.
Returning to getting my Logitech M330 Silent working, I turned the mouse off and on and tried to pair it with the original receiver, but it failed, which was kinda scary. I thought the old wireless mouse might be causing the issue, so I turned it off, tried pairing the Logitech M330 Silent again and luckily it worked.
Now I wasn’t able to get two devices working with the Logitech M330 Silent receiver at the same time, and a quick search on Google and YouTube yielded no results on successful pairing. So I grabbed my K270 Unifying dongle and the tiny 4MB software off the website and got it running in seconds.
So that worked well. Now, will it go back to the original receiver? So I removed the new mouse from the unifying software, unplugged that dongle, and put in the Logitech M330 Silent dongle and went to Logitech Options where I was able to re-add it on the first try, amazingly.
This is a lightweight mouse weighing in at just 90 grams with the USB receiver plugged in, so it’s light and easy to use. The sensor is rated at 1000 DPI, and it’s using invisible optic technology.
Seems accurate and responsive.
Overall I like this mouse. The construction is sturdy, well-made and it certainly lives up to its quiet moniker, barely audible unless you’re in a quiet room. It’s got a 2 year or so battery life, and works up to 10 meters so it’ll be great for home theater setups. And while the price is good, quality is great and it has the unique feature of being silent, I don’t feel justified handing it an award considering its software is bloated at 143 megs and may not work with another Logitech wireless product unless that one has a unifying receiver. I know my K270 keyboard which uses the Nano receiver refused to connect.
It’s ridiculous that Logitech has two types of wireless receiver, they should just make the Unifying one. They also need to centralize their software, similar to what NVIDIA has done. I have four different programs on my HTPC now, Unifying software, the bloated Logitech M330 Silent /331 software, Logitech Gaming Software for my Logitech G90 mouse, and SetPoint for my K270 to remap the function keys for home theater functions, like launching Kodi.
If you decide to up grab one, buying through our affiliate links will help us out here, with no extra cost to you. If you want a quiet mouse, this is YOUR option, though if it isn’t a big deal, I’d be looking at the M510 instead as it has the Unifying receiver as well as two extra thumb buttons for browsing. However, this is a great mouse and if you can get a blue or red M331 you may really like it.