The first mechanical keyboard in Logitech’s MX family, which is geared toward offices, is the MX Mechanical. It is a wireless model that includes the BOLT receiver from Logitech, which is intended to be used in tandem with specific Logitech devices, but you can also connect it via Bluetooth. The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini is a smaller version of this keyboard that comes with tactile Brown, clicky Blue, and linear Red Kailh low-profile switches as options.
The Logitech MX Mechanical marks the introduction of the MX series into the mechanical keyboard market. But it also has a tiny profile and continues the history of the earlier MX Keys keyboard. The low profile is supposed to make key presses register more quickly. The programs might allow for quicker typing and response times when playing video games. With the company’s Logi Flow function, you may move the mouse pointer from one desktop to another while working on multiple computers at once, and the wireless connection will change along with you.
It will even transfer the contents of the clipboard for copying and pasting. Up until recently, Logitech MX Mechanical Keys series was your only option if you wanted a wireless keyboard that would function with Logi Flow. But if there was a better option, nobody who takes their typing seriously would touch a non-mechanical keyboard. The MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini, two wireless MX keyboards that utilize Flow and offer a selection of mechanical switches, have now been released by Logitech.
The two-tone grey keycaps of the Logitech MX Mechanical ensure that it will blend in well with a home office environment. There is some deck flex in comparison to the MX Mechanical Mini, which is this product’s younger twin. Although it still feels solid and the low-carbon aluminum top plate it possesses contributes to structural strength, the MX Mechanical’s actual chassis exhibits a small amount of give when lightly pressed.
This Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard is small, measuring 26.1mm overall (keycaps included), which is consistent with the contemporary design that Logitech’s MX range of products has developed over the past few years. And the overall height increase over the common, scissor-actuated MX Keys is only 6mm thanks to the switches and keycaps. ABS plastic double-shot low-profile keycaps that are smooth to the touch are used in the MX Mechanical.
They generally feel excellent against the finger, but lack any texture, which some people may appreciate. But the ones listed here should be adequate for the majority of individuals. Given that the MX Mechanical is compatible with both Windows and macOS, it’s crucial to note that the important function keys available have both Windows and Mac functions on them. The MX Mechanical’s back interface is kept straightforward and practical, with just a USB-C connector for charging and an on/off button. Two flip-up feet that are fairly large and feel solid because they are made of durable polymers are located on the underside.
The keyboard is available from Logitech in two different sizes: the MX Mechanical Mini, which we used for testing, has 84 keys in a space-saving 75% arrangement, while the MX Mechanical is the bigger full-size model and has 110 keys, including a numpad. Other than the varied layouts, these keyboards are identical in operation.
With the Logitech MX Mechanical, typing is a pleasure. The ABS keycaps have a plush covering that offers some traction and is pleasant to the touch. Although the larger keys wobble a little more than the smaller ones when in use, the keys themselves are stable. The keys feel closer together than on ordinary keyboards because of the flat, low-profile keycaps, but not in an uncomfortable way.
It is flawless in terms of layout. It contains a full complement of F keys because it is a full-size keyboard, but because of its small surface area, those keys aren’t separated from the number keys below them. We didn’t find this to be an issue, but some pickier users might. At its right-hand extremity, there is a full numeric keypad, along with a set of arrow keys that have plenty of room around them. An assortment of practical keys, including Home, Ins, and Del, are located to the left of that. Despite having a little unusual layout, it seems completely rational and intuitive.
Logitech MX Mechanical has developed lighting patterns instead of the usual flashy RGB lighting, which is wonderful to see. You can switch between the six lighting patterns, one of which also has a static mode, by pressing the volume control key that also functions as a lighting key. When your fingers are off the keyboard for five seconds or more, the backlighting system automatically dims to save power, just like the MX Keys Mini (Review). Even though we don’t like RGB lighting, we would have liked to see some minor RGB customization on this front, especially in light of the keyboard’s high pricing.
The Logitech MX Mechanical delivers a similar construction and typing experience as the MX Mechanical while costing significantly more. With dedicated meta buttons, a volume wheel, and per-key RGB lighting, it is significantly more gaming-oriented. Speaking of keys, they have a single white colour for their backlighting, which complements the two-tone graphite key deck (which is the only colour option). You can have a little fun with the seven levels and six unique effects, but not quite as much as an RGB keyboard.
The Logitech MX Mechanical keyboards come with a single Logi Bolt dongle that is already connected to the device and ready to use straight out of the box. However, if you wish to couple with a Bolt dongle that you purchased elsewhere, such as one for an MX Master 3S mouse, you’ll need to utilize the Logi Options+ program. We mostly utilized Bluetooth, and I discovered that it was just as stable as the Bolt.
The Logitech MX Mechanical and previous Logitech products that require a Unifying Receiver do not connect with Logi Bolt dongles or Unifying Receivers, respectively. Regular Bluetooth LE requires no additional dongles or software to connect. When we turned to the right, the software was instructed to swap devices. Similar configuration options allowed me to tell Flow to place my laptop above, below, or to the left of my desktop. We simply had to activate the Link Keyboard setting to for the MX Mechanical to function with flow.
The Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard is designed to communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. In order to prevent the keyboard from eating up a lot of battery life when sending Bluetooth signals, especially when the device is sleeping or switched off, it communicates with the smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). However, the MX Mechanical keyboard offers more connectivity options than just Bluetooth. Either the included USB Type-C cable or a conventional Logitech dongle using the business’s exclusive Bolt fast transfer protocol are acceptable. These two techniques are useful if your gadget lacks Bluetooth.
Lower latency input is possible using a wire, which is advantageous for gaming. As an alternative, Logitech’s Bolt transmission, which is said to be as quick as a wired connection, would be a better option than both. Bolt receivers do not operate on the conventional 2.4GHz wireless transmission protocol, according to Logitech, therefore connectivity is unaffected even in areas with moderate congestion. Additionally, the transmission is encrypted, which guarantees that anything you enter and send to your device is safe from anyone trying to eavesdrop.
Battery life is a constant worry with any wireless keyboard. However, the Logitech MX Mechanical excels in that area as Logitech has worked hard to conserve power and promises that a fully charged MX Mechanical can last at least 15 working days before needing to be recharged. With numerous typing marathons in Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and other programs, we desperately tried to refute that, but we were unsuccessful. Additionally, choosing Bluetooth rather than wireless connectivity and turning off the illumination would significantly increase the battery life.
However, such austerity also seems rather pointless given that the Logitech MX Mechanical charges completely in less than an hour through USB-C while you can still use it, and a few minutes of fast-charging will provide roughly a working day’s worth of use. It charges as quickly as any other wireless keyboard, which is really helpful in the type of office setting for which it was intended.
And because to those mechanical switches, it feels fantastic as well. Three different switch kinds are available: Tactile Quiet, Linear, and Click. We chose the Tactile Quiet switches, which in one way lived up to their name they were undoubtedly tactile and were likely the quietest mechanical switches available. However, they still produced a significant amount of hollow sound rather than clicky sound. The MX Mechanical’s keys have relatively little travel compared to other mechanical switches, yet they still have that genuine mechanical feel.
According to the Logitech MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini have a 15-day battery life with the backlight on and a 10-month battery life without it. The MX Mechanical still has 95% of its battery left after a week of use with the backlight generally off, according to Logi Options+, however we didn’t have time to test these claims properly.
Both keyboards include a USB-C to Type-A connector included in the box and support USB-C charging. The keyboard can charge while connected wirelessly even if it cannot function as a wired device. So, while working, you may plug it into your computer’s USB port if you’re running low on power.
Everything is done to increase battery life. According to Logitech, the lighting will typically be used for 15 days while turned on and for 10 months when turned off. I left the backlight on but with a low setting, and after five days, the battery had only depleted to 85%. There is a single USB-C port in the back right corner for when you need to recharge.
The first mechanical keyboard from Logitech is quite amazing for productivity-style use. Given its cost, it is somewhat of a luxury, but one that will pay off in the long run by making even the most tedious computing jobs marginally less soul-crushing when you use it to do them. It has a logical layout, excellent battery life, and the backlighting may be useful in low-light conditions, which it automatically detects. The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini will appeal to users who want a more fulfilling typing experience over a flashy mechanical keyboard. It also serves professionals (creators and programmers) who will make the most of Logitech’s Flow and customization options.