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Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard review: Elegantly simple

Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard review: Elegantly simple

Logitech MX Mechanical

There's plenty to like about the low-profile Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard. For one, it's wireless. Secondly, it comes in two versions, a 75%-layout compact mini, and a full-sized version with numpad and all. Thirdly, battery life is great, I've still to charge the keyboard even after three weeks of use. The low-profile design, though, is not to my taste, and there's no wrist rest.

Quick specs

  • 15-day battery life, 10 months with backlight off
  • Tactile Quiet, Linear, Clicky options
  • Bluetooth or Logi Bolt
  • Proximity activated backlighting with auto ambient

Personally, I prefer a raised keyboard. Trying to type on a low-profile keyboard makes my wrists ache after a day of writing reviews. But I know people who actually prefer one. Thankfully, typing on the MX Mechanical Keys is a pleasant affair. There are three switch types to choose from: Clicky (Blue), Linear (Red), and our test keyboard, the Tactile Quiet (Brown). Note that Logitech doesn't actually use Cherry MX switches. The colours are just what we think are the equivalent Cherry MX switches.

Logitech MX Mechanical
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Key travel is great, you don't really need much force to type, and the Tactile Quiet switches have a nice responsive bump. I prefer a switch with a higher actuation force for work, though. Unlike the Razer Pro Type Ultra which comes a wrist rest, the Logitech doesn't. But the MX Mechanical Keys do work with both Windows and Mac computers, unlike the Windows-only Razer keyboard. Both keyboards will let you connect a mouse to the dongle, in my case, I connected the Logitech MX Master 3S‘s receiver.

Logitech MX Mechanical
The foldable feet prop the keyboard up by just eight degrees.
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As a work-centric keyboard, similar to the MX Keys, there are keys that offer an easy way to type emojis, take screenshots, or even mute your mic. You can also launch the calculator app, too. Because the keyboard is designed to work with both Windows and macOS, the keys come printed with both Command and the Windows Start key. I also liked the ability to choose from a variety of backlit modes. Logitech's Flow is also available — it lets you switch between Windows and Mac machines seamlessly with your current keyboard and mouse. You can also pair up to another three devices with Bluetooth.

At S$299, the Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard is a bit more expensive compared with its Razer rival. But it does support both Windows and Mac. The MX Mechanical Mini is cheaper at S$259. Get it from Shopee.

See Also
Asus VA24EHF

Note: Review unit provided by Logitech.

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