Logitech MX Mechanical review: the almost perfect office mechanical keyboard

At first glance, it is clear that Mechanical belongs to the Logitech MX range, from which it takes the main lines. We find the dark gray chassis with the anodized aluminum plate, which gives it its first-class appearance and excellent rigidity. However, the keys are much tighter and designed less airy. This is an aesthetic detail that does not interfere with the quality of writing – which we will return to below. It weighs 828g and measures 43.4 x 13.2 x 2.6 cm.

MX Mechanical is sober, maybe even a little too much, but it’s still a matter of taste. The two shades of gray used to separate the keys after their use are dull, and the keyboard clearly does not light up an office. Small detail, the keys are not fully anchored, which creates a small misalignment, as we noticed on the Cherry MX 10.0N RGB.

The keys are slightly misaligned.

MX Mechanical is underplayed.

We also notice that the keyboard is slightly higher (2.6 cm) than the MX keys (2 cm), the fault of the mechanical switches, which are thicker than simple scissor switches. This is not really a problem, because Logitech has chosen models low profile which are still much thinner than conventional mechanical contacts. In addition, the retractable feet allow the keyboard to be tilted 8 ° to raise it.

The feet make it possible to tilt the keyboard 8 °.

The keyboard is nice.

Connectivity is always excellent on most of the brand’s advanced products, and Mechanical is no exception. It can be connected via Bluetooth or using the Logibolt radio receiver. Small apartment on this subject, there is no dedicated dwelling to store dongle, which must therefore be worn with care so as not to lose it. Easy-Switch technology – which allows you to connect your keyboard to 3 different devices – is of course present, as is Swift Pair compatibility – which means that a PC should detect the keyboard automatically as soon as you activate Bluetooth for the first time .

There are the same shortcuts as on newer Logitech keyboards, namely the “dictation” shortcut, the one that opens the emoji window or screen tool, and the handy multimedia shortcuts. As is often the case with the manufacturer, PC and Mac serigraphs have been used, which can confuse a user who wants to write a particular character, especially when he is not used to this duplicate presentation.

Like the MX Keys, the MX Mechanical is backlit, which is very valuable and quite rare on wireless keyboards on the market. Smart Lighting saves battery; the keyboard adjusts its brightness to the ambient lighting and is deactivated when the hands are no longer above the keyboard. You can manually increase the brightness with the F2 key or in the Logi Options + software and even set some lighting effects there as on keyboards game (pulsations, waves, static lighting, etc.). The interest is quite limited, it must be admitted, as the lighting is only white. And given the offer price for the keyboard, we would have liked to have been able to customize it a little more with colored LEDs – which always leave the choice on white lighting.

Autonomy is otherwise announced in about 15 days with the backlight, and almost 10 months if it is off. What to see coming. The keyboard can still be used while charging with its USB-C cable, which is plugged into the back next to the power button. Above the numeric keypad there is a small LED which lights up red when the autonomy becomes low. Note that the battery is not available and therefore can not be easily replaced if necessary.

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