Logitech’s MX Keys Mechanical is a satisfying, wireless introduction to mech keebs – Ars Technica

Enlarge / Logitech’s MX Keys Mechanical (bottom) and MX Keys Mini (top) keyboards.

Scharon Harding

Specs at a glance: Logitech MX Keys Mechanical
Switches Kailh low-profile tactile, clicky, or linear
Keycaps ABS plastic
Connectivity options Bluetooth Low Energy or 2.4 GHz USB-A dongle
Backlighting White
Size 17.08×5.18×1.03 inches
(433.85×131.55×26.1 mm)
Weight 1.35 lbs (612 g)
Warranty 1 year
Price (MSRP) $170

With an office-friendly appearance, tasteful backlighting, multi-PC wireless control, and simple software all backed by a reputable name, the Logitech MX Keys Mechanical ($170 MSRP) wireless keyboard was announced Tuesday, as well as the smaller MX Keys Mini ($150), are solid, serviceable entry points into mechanical keyboards.

If the new keyboards look familiar, it’s because they take inspiration in appearance and features from the MX Keys ($120) and MX Keys Mini ($100) membrane wireless, respectively, but with satisfying, low-profile clicky, tactile, or linear mechanical switches. It’s the kind of design that leads plenty of people to try a mechanical keyboard for the first time. But when comparing it to other wireless mechanical keyboards, you can find more features, including some that power users will miss, from rivals for less money.

Keeping a low(er) profile

I tend to be wary of low-profile mechanical keyboards. Some subpar options I’ve tried with shallow, mushy, linear low-profile switches and flat keycaps have scarred me a bit. They’re popular among gamers, due to a perceived speed advantage, but you’d have to be quite competitive (I’m not) for that to make a huge difference.

But with a little more height than other low-profile options and higher actuation force specs, the switches in the MX Keys proved to offer a nice middle ground. They still actuated quickly, as in laptop keyboards, while providing healthy travel for those used to full-sized mechanical switches.

You can get the MX Keys Mechanical with what Logitech told me are proprietary tactile, clicky, or linear switches made by Kailh. All three types have 3.2 mm total travel, actuate at 1.3 mm, and require 55 g of force to actuate. The switches’ travel specs make them similar to Kailh’s Choc line of low-profile switches but require more actuation force (compared to 45 g).


I primarily used the tactile version of the keyboard, and they felt far from mushy. Compared to a full-size Cherry MX Brown switch (4 mm / 2 mm / 55 g), the MX Keys Mechanical’s brown switches felt quicker to actuate and return, likely due to the shorter travel.


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