Logitech launches a new line of keyboards for professionals: MX Mechanical. They combine all the know-how of MX Keys with a mechanical keystroke.
In the large family of Logitech keyboards there are on the one hand ergonomic products, to fit your hands at work, and on the other hand the MX Keys range which was more in the minimalist design. The brand is now adding a new series with the MX Mechanical Mini and MX Mechanical keyboards. As their names suggest, it’s about taking up the minimalist design, but incorporating a mechanical keyboard.
Combine MX Keys and a mechanical keyboard
This series is therefore primarily aimed at a public of professionals who need mechanical keyboards. It is the trendy technology that we have seen becoming popular for these applications, even among brands that are more associated with games. We are thinking, for example, of the Razer Huntsman V2. Logitech wants to seduce especially programmers with these two keyboards.
On the mechanical side, there are low-profile and Tactile Quiet switches, to minimize the noise from this type of keyboard and keep the design as compact as possible.
Logitech also offers its MX Series internal technologies, including a wireless Logi Bolt connection in addition to Bluetooth and compatibility with a wide range of software ecosystems: Windows, macOS, iPadOS, Android, Chrome OS and GNU / Linux.
We end the tour with the owner by specifying that 45% and 47% of the plastic parts come from recycled plastic (PCR), respectively, depending on whether we are talking about the Mechanical or the Mechanical Mini. The aluminum part is said to be produced with minimal carbon impact and renewable energy.
Good quality construction
The keyboard essentially consists of a fairly well-constructed plastic box topped with a nicely integrated aluminum frame. We are well ahead of a minimalist design, and Logitech knows its job. Compared to a mid-range keyboard like the Logitech MK470, this MX Mechanical shines with its high manufacturing quality. Even in comparison to an excellent Ducky Channel Shine 6, the MX Mechanical offers a very satisfying design. In short, it’s solid.
Minimalist design requires the Logitech keyboard to ignore the small ergonomic features that we like as wrist rests. We can even talk about a keyboard boundless at this level, both the keyboard keys reach the bottom edge and the sides of the device. This is an important element to consider for a keyboard designed for professional use, which involves many hours of use each day. With this minimalist design, Logitech has also not provided a slot for the USB dongle that comes with the keyboard. One must therefore be careful not to lose it.
In terms of keys, the MX Mechanical Mini is content with a minimum, with a full QWERTY keyboard, function keys F1 to F12 and direction keys. We are on something more compact than a TKL keyboard, as the directional keys and functions do not have their dedicated space to the right of the enter key. The classic MX Mechanical version takes up this space and also offers a complete numeric keypad.
We will return to typing comfort below, but at the moment we can still indicate a small problem with the readability of certain keys. The flaw in Windows and Mac compatibility without a dedicated version, forcing Logitech to overload certain keys with indications. So we end up with a key that combines the symbols “=,!, + And §” and even a key with no less than five symbols, it’s pretty confusing.
To identify the different areas of the keyboard faster, Logitech offers a small color scheme with more or less gray keys depending on the area in which they are located. It is understated and quite well thought out.
The function keys F1 to F12 are also used to activate certain multimedia functions or to act as a shortcut. For example, you can turn off your microphone, adjust the volume, or even quickly access the emoji keyboard. Logitech states that it was inspired by Bluetooth headsets for certain shortcuts: a double-click of the pause button allows you to go to the next song.
Last element to mention here, the integrated backlight. There’s obviously no RGB here, just a pretty bright white backlight that turns on automatically when your hands get close to the keyboard. It is very effective not to consume when you are not using the keyboard. On the other hand, it’s a little disturbing to see the keys go out as soon as you do not type for a few seconds.
To accompany these keyboards, Logitech finally offers the stable version of the new Logi Options + software. Again, the design and features are minimalist. Enough to update the keyboard firmware if necessary and access some options.
The software first introduces you to the functions of the keyboard and the role of specific keys. In particular, the three keys allow the keyboard to dynamically switch between multiple devices. It is convenient to use the same keyboard between a desktop PC, a laptop and even a mobile device. For this, the keyboard uses its Bluetooth wireless connection, which is offered in addition to the proprietary Logi Bolt (which uses a USB-A dongle).
In terms of customization, Logitech offers to change the function of certain shortcuts. If you never use the emoji key, you can replace it with another action or a preconfigured keyboard shortcut. You can also change the backlight settings to create effects such as RGB gaming keyboards. Thus, you may have a backlight that waves or responds to your keystroke. A little gimmick on a professional product, but why not.
Performance and autonomy
The input offered by the Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard is very comfortable. The device uses fairly discreet brown contacts with an advertised stroke of 19 mm. The activation power is quite light for a mechanical keyboard, and its low profile appearance really makes it a device halfway between the mechanical gaming keyboard with large keys and a more discreet office keyboard. The result is convincing to say the least. Good point, the keyboard continues to work even with more than 5 keys pressed at the same time, we find there the interest in modern mechanical keyboards.
With its wireless connectivity, the Logitech MX Mechanical is not a keyboard designed for high-end gaming. That said, if you are not a competitive player in the top leagues of Counter Strike or Valorant, this is a keyboard that will be perfect for video game use. In these cases, the latency induced by the wireless connection is invisible, and typing on a mechanical keyboard provides this very satisfying physical feedback to games.
Logitech promises 15 days of battery life using the backlight, or 10 months if it’s off. Obviously, we were not able to test the autonomy in this second case, and we left the automatic backlight on during the entire test. After about ten days of testing as the main keyboard, the battery dropped to 50%. Suffice it to say that the promise is perfectly kept. Charging is easy via USB-C.
Logitech MX Mechanical Price and Release Date
The Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard is available from 179 euros in France. The MX Mechanical Mini version is available from 159 euros or 20 euros less.