Logitech M325 vs M325c (Which is the Better Mouse Option)

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Logitech M325 vs M325c

If maneuvering a touchpad is a bit challenging and you prefer something more familiar, the Logitech M325 and M325c wireless USB mice are great alternatives. Unlike wired mice that can get tangled with other cables, these little gems are highly portable. They’re so small and lightweight in fact that you can easily stash them away in your pocket. Except for the vibrant color and pattern options offered by the M325c, the design is almost identical – prices tend to vary accordingly. Both mice are compatible with Windows, the Mac OS and Linux platforms. So, what’s the difference? The wireless receiver. In this post we’ll be comparing the Logitech M325 vs M325c to see exactly what you get for the money.

Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse vs M325c Comparison Chart

For an interesting matchup we’ve chosen Logitech M325 and M325c mice with similar key configuration options to be compared across multiple categories. Here’s how they stack up:

 Logitech M325Logitech M325c
Price$29.99$30.99
Dimensions (LxWxH)3.73x2.24x1.54-inches3.73x2.24x1.54-inches
Weight3.28 ounces2.4 ounces
Sensor TechnologySmooth Optical TrackingAdvanced Optical Tracking
DPI10001000
CompatibilityWindows 10, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 7, Mac OS, OS X 10.5 or later, Chrome OS, Linux kernel 2.6Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 7, Mac OS, OS X 10.5 or later, Chrome OS, Linux kernel 2.6
Battery Run Time18 months18 months
LED IlluminationNoneSingle Color LED
Pros• Unique visual design
• Ambidextrous
• Well-built
• Micro-gear scrolling
• Tiny unifying Nano receiver
• Ambidextrous design
• Vibrant color options
• Unique back-and-forward clicking feature on the scroll wheel
Cons• Dated optical sensor
• No direct access to receiver storage
• Scroll wheel is a bit too sensitive
• Might be too small for many hands
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Logitech M325 vs Logitech M325c Design and Features

The Logitech M325

These are small and lightweight mice – they should be on the wish list of any user with small hands. The first thing you’ll notice is that holding either feels like it has a more compact size than a typical computer mouse.

You’ll also find that the Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 has an ergonomic design with soft rubber grips and a glossy finish.

The left and right mouse buttons along with the scroll wheel produce a sound that’s neither too loud or too soft for an overall satisfying tactile click. And the scroll wheel allows for comfortable scrolling. The rubber textured grip pattern on the sides follow the Logitech M325’s contoured shape. Except on the back where you’ll find another Logitech logo.

The mouse is comfortable to use for hours whether you have a right- or left-hand grip. There’s also an on/off switch: green tells you the mouse is On and red means the mouse is Off. On the back of the mouse is a USB holder to keep the receiver safe.

The Logitech M325c

The unique characteristic of the M325c is that you can get it many vibrant colors and patterns. Other than that, it has the same basic two-button with scroll wheel design as the M325.

The left and right-click buttons are slightly concave to conform to your fingers. And like the M325, it’s designed for Web scrolling. It’s also perfect for right- and left-hand grip.

The sides of the mouse are also textured with a rubbery kind of feeling. The mouse is made of a glossy plastic. But the glossiness makes the mouse feel slippery. The sides are very comfortable though. The fact that it’s quite compact makes it a great candidate for travel and commuting.

And if you happen to prefer a clicky mouse, you’ll be happy to know that the left and right mouse buttons make also make a satisfyingly clicky noise. There’s an on/off button on the backside of the mouse.

Logitech Unifying Receiver

Logitech M325 Mouse Receiver

The M325 comes with the Logitech Unifying Receiver. It’s identifiable by the little “sunshine” logo off to the right of the receiver. This type of receiver allows use of the Logitech Unifying Software.

Why is this important?

The Logitech Unifying Software allows you to use several devices over a single receiver (like a mouse, keyboard or printer). Although setup can be easy or involved depending on what you have going on, it provides a strong signal for uninterrupted use. And saves limited USB slots on your laptop.

But to take advantage of this technology, all devices must be Logitech Unifying Devices, which means anything you connect must have the little sunshine logo.

Logitech M325c Mouse Receiver

The M325c, however, doesn’t come with a unifying receiver. Instead, you get the standard USB receiver – and only the Logitech M325c mouse will work with the receiver. (This is another account for the price differences you’ll see when shopping these computer mice.)

Complicating things is the fact that the M325c mouse is itself a unifying device. So, it bears the unifying logo on the bottom of the device. This allows you to use the M325c mouse with a unifying receiver without any issues.

But since the standard USB receiver only works with the M325c mouse. If you have an external keyboard – for example – that you’d like to connect to your laptop. You wouldn’t be able to (even if it has the sunshine symbol).

Mouse Driver

Setup is fast and easy! Since the mice offer plug and play functionality, there are no drivers to mess with. The moment you plug in the receiver to a free USB port on your laptop, the cursor springs into action.

Scroll Wheel

The M325 and M325c both have an excellent 4D scroll wheel with micro-precise scrolling. Although the micro precision scroll wheel delivers a smooth experience, you might find that it’s a bit sensitive on the M325c.

Other than that, both will let you scroll through the Google search results and they’re easy to use with your laptop or notebook.

The Logitech M325 and M325c are equipped with a 2.4GHz frequency for unwired mouse use of up to 33 feet (or 10 meters).

Sensor

Both the Logitech M325 and M325c mouse use an optical sensor with good movement and a great response. But since the M325c uses an Advanced Optical Sensor, it will work on most surfaces, except glass. We’ve used this type of mouse before. You’ll need a mouse pad to use it on a glass desktop.

DPI

Interchangeable with the term CPI, Dots-Per-Inch represents mouse sensitivity. Mouse sensitivity is important for activities like photo editing, gaming and any job that requires accurate mouse movements. Both the M325 and M325c have a maximum DPI of 1000. (The best DPI range for every-day use on an HD screen is 800 to 2000 DPI.)

Battery Life

The Logitech mice both have 18-months of battery life. Of course, this number changes based on usage. To help with battery endurance, the M325 comes with an Auto Sleep Power Mode to help conserve battery life automatically. On the back of the M325c is an on/off switch to conserve the battery manually.

When you receive either mouse, you’ll find a single AA battery already inside. To activate the battery, simply take off the cover on the back of the mouse and pull out the tab and the mouse will start working. Press the back to release the battery when it needs to be changed.

On the M325 mouse is an LED indicator to let you know if the mouse needs charging: green = charged, red = needs charging.

In the battery compartment is where you’ll find the receiver for both mice, along with a Logitech USB dongle for the M325c mouse – plug the dongle into any of the USB ports on your laptop and turn on the mouse and you’re ready to go.

In Summary

There you have it! That’s the big difference between the Logitech M325 and M325c. Both have an identical design, and the features and performance are similar. Even battery stamina is identical, but prices vary depending on design, color and features.

The differentiator is the wireless receiver. The M325 comes with a Logitech Unifying Receiver allowing you to use the mouse with any peripheral bearing the sunshine logo. Since the M325c only comes with a standard receiver, this mouse is the only peripheral with which it will work.

Both mice are quite comfortable to use. And either option makes for an inexpensive wireless mouse. But the M325 is a better option if you need to connect other devices. The M325c is the best choice if you desire to make a personal statement with your mouse.