Logitech MX Mechanical Review : Logitech Makes a Keyboard Everyone Can Enjoy | Tech Review
The market for technological accessories has been able to maintain interest after the pandemic, and many brands began to propose hybrid solutions in which entertainment and work coexist seamlessly. Logitech had already surprised us with the MX Keys Mini focused on productivity and POP as a differentiator for the vintage lover and who seeks style on the desktop. Now, a third concept emerges by mixing both ideas in a balanced way in a consolidated one that, by right, earned its place on my desk. Is Logitech’s MX Mechanical worth it? This is Fadvices opinion.
LOGITECH MX MECHANIC: Technical Specifications
|DIMENSIONS||433.9 x 131.7 x 7.8 mm | 828 grams|
|MATERIALS||Aluminum cover, plastic chassis|
|SWITCHES||Kailh Choc V2 Blue, Red o Brown|
|KEYS||110 ABS | white backlight with six effects|
|CONNECTIVITY||3 bluetooth devices| Logi Bolt | Logi Options+|
|BATTERY LIFE||USB-C charging | up to 15 days with lights | 10 months without lights|
LOGITECH MX MECHANIC: Here’s what you need to know
An unfairly monochrome design. Ok, I want to start with the background. Before testing this MX Mechanical I was using the RAZER DeathStalker V2 Pro as the main keyboard , a similar device in height and response, but focused on gaming and RGB opulence towards productivity. This is backwards. It is a productivity team slightly inspired by mechanical keyboards and the bounce of the finger on the switches, without losing sobriety.
Unlike the MX Keys Mini, we find a complete keyboard that adds several functions to the keys. In addition to what we saw in the minor “MX”, full multimedia controls are incorporated, a direct access to the calculator, a button to minimize everything on the desktop, a search engine and a useful lock button.
On the back cover we find two supports to give height to the equipment, although they are a bit short for my use. The space between the keys and the edge is quite good and comfortable, especially when you need a little lateral support for your fingers.
The equipment feels robust and well built, although we have a block with various shades of gray and backlit in white. Eye, they are tastes in this case, and the sobriety of the team combines with everything. As an additional detail, we have an LED light in the upper right corner that notifies about the battery, giving an intense green tone at high levels and flashing red when a USB cable is required to be connected.
The low profile prevails. It’s what I like most about the team. I’ve shared several times that high keys make it difficult for me to type fast for notes, and having a Low Profile keyboard helps me a lot. In this case, the edition that I have to try is the one that has “Brown” silent switches, so the noise when recording or being in an office will not be a distracting element.
We are talking about a “travel” of 4mm, although the reaction can occur from 2.2mm, because these brown switches are activated with loads from 45 grams. The keys have a slight curve at the top, much like the curve of the keys on laptops. The bad thing is that the “glossy” finish causes them to look greasy when they are clean.
In my tests I have been able to score up to 45 words per minute and 86.82% accuracy, a little above my usual average. It is still a habit to constantly change the keyboard, although I must say that my adaptation process with this MX Mechanical has been faster since the DeathStalker V2 Pro than reaching that Razer model since the MX Keys Mini.
Inheritance of functions. It’s something I love about Logi’s peripherals: how quickly they hook up to a kit and how easy it is to pair them with others. We are under the “new” Logi Bolt system, the same one that the POP keyboard has and that allows a solid connection through the 2.4GHz band. In addition, we can pair via Bluetooth with two more devices, allowing interleaving between them using personal keys.
To customize the keys and choose the keyboard lighting, we have to install Logi Options+, the suite that Logitech offers from its website and that allows4 to adjust the behavior of part of the equipment, as well as the style of backlighting on the LEDs. Yes, despite being white lights and gray keys, we can choose between six different lighting options.
The functions of dictation, emojis, multimedia control, screenshot, mute, volume, screen brightness, session lock, desktop cleaning and all those that we customize to run with specific apps go like silk. It is a highly customizable team in options. Of course, remember that the Fn key allows you to enable the top row as long as you anchor the use with the padlock on the Esc button. This way you can use the F keys without problems, and activate or deactivate that function.
The backlight is configurable from the Logi app as well as from the keyboard itself. By giving Fn and the “volume down/bulb” key you can switch between modes without problems. Personally, I think that Logi has a really good solution with its lighting system by not having it on at all times, taking care of the load and consumption of the device. To be able to activate the LEDs, it is enough to approach the MX Mechanical so that the proximity sensors recognize us and start the lighting. In addition, the equipment integrates a light sensor to measure the energy dedicated based on the environment of the room.
An autonomy that requires no tricks. Very faithful to the omen, the theoretical promise of 15 days is maintained between 12 or 13 between charges, although it improves if you lower the brightness of the keyboard and if you play with the lighting to something less present, especially during the day. Charging your device is as easy as connecting a USB-C cable to the only port on your device and continue using it while charging. Zero friction at that point.
What I don’t like? The first is the absence of a USB connection for wired pairing, something that is usually an additive in other brands and that is better to have and not need than the other way around. The other thing is the height that the keyboard achieves with the rear support, a bit low for my taste and that I managed to remedy with an additional support.
Although I had already mentioned the issue of the material of the keys and the appearance of fat, the backlight does not seem as high to me as in other keyboards of the firm. An additional point is to have an indicator or combination of keys that shows us, on the screen, the battery level and without the need to open Logi Options+. Finally, a slot in the chassis to store the BOLT connector would have been great.
LOGITECH MX MECHANICAL: Worth it?
Here we must add a dramatic pause. It’s not a gaming keyboard to begin with, so you could check out the G Pro , or if you’re looking for something RGB Low Profile, Logitech has the mighty G915 in the catalog, or else look favorably on the DeathStalker V2 Pro if you’re looking for a Low Profile gaming keyboard with colorful RGB combinations.
So who should get it? To begin with, it is very robust for productivity, thanks to the options of screen capture, dictation and many others that complement the day to day. It is sober, portable, pairs quickly and is completely configurable. I think there are those who are still looking for something more oriented to efficiency and sobriety in the setups, instead of filling you with lights and high keys like heels.
It’s not a cheap keyboard, but it’s one that improves your productivity because it literally puts everything at your fingertips. I’d go for it if I had sobriety, build quality, and productivity in mind.