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Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard Review

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My keyboard addiction struck again. This time, I had a hankering for a mechanical keyboard. I remember the days of old when I typed on the IBM Selectric typewriter. Oh, those were the days. The satisfying feel and clickety-clack of the keyboard made typing papers, proposals, and nonsensical jokes a joy. In an attempt to emulate that feel, I’ve tried several mechanical keyboards. The one I settled on this time is the Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard (affiliate link). It has a nice mechanical feel and a reminiscent clickety sound.

MX Keyboard Compatibility

The Logitech MX keyboard connects via Bluetooth to up to three devices and is not picky about platforms. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and more. If Bluetooth is not an option, the MX has a USB quick-connect dongle. It’s sleek looking with a silver background and smokey gray and black keys. This is a full-sized keyboard with media/F keys, a number pad, and navigation keys.

Since it’s a full-sized keyboard, I won’t be traveling with it (I’ve got other keyboards for that). However, the MX mechanical also comes in a mini size. Logitech calls the mini a “space-saving minimalist” keyboard. The mini does not have the number pad, but it does have the navigation keys, media, and F keys.MX Mechanical Keyboard

Because I’m using a Mac with an iPad, the MX comes in handy when the Mac’s Universal Control misbehaves. Normally, I can connect to both devices using the first Bluetooth connection. However, when Universal Control acts up, I quickly use the second connector, which is connected to the iPad, so I can finish typing while Universal Control is having its tantrum. When it gets over its hissy fit, I quickly switch back to connection 1.

Mechanical Keyboard Switches

I’m a keyboard junkie but not a mechanical keyboard geek. In other words, I don’t have a lot of knowledge about the various key switches. For those unfamiliar with key switches and mechanical keyboards, the various switches offer a different typing experience. Logitech offers the three switch flavors (red, brown, and blue) for the MX Keyboard.

Keyboard SwitchesAccording to Keyboard University, the red switches are tactile during keypress, brown switches are quieter without a tactile bump, and blue  switches are tactile, loud, and clicky. Logitech offers audio samples  comparing the sound of the keyboard switches on their website. That’s fine and dandy, but if you’re serious about your typing experience, you really need to feel the difference to make the proper selection. I chose the blue switches for the MX keyboard. I was trying to emulate the Selectric typing feel. It’s not the exact same, but I’m enjoying it.

MX Keyboard – Touch and Nuance

The keys backlight upon touch. You can turn that feature off to save battery life, but I leave it on. You can also choose from a variety of backlighting options. I’m not picky about how the keyboard is backlit, as long as I can find the keyboard and place my fingers properly on the keys.  I don’t need anything fancy as far as backlighting goes.

Caps Lock IndicatorThere’s no Caps Lock key on this keyboard. The Caps Lock notification is a slow flashing light on the Caps key. I found that out by accident. I thought there was a problem with the keyboard, only to find out that I had inadvertently turned the Caps lock on.

Charging and Battery Life

The MX keyboard uses USB-C to charge. According to Logitech, a full charge lasts 15 days and up to 10 months if the backlight is turned off. You can type while it’s charging.

I’ve had the keyboard for six months and charged it twice. I charged it when I first got the keyboard, and then I charged it a few days ago. The battery indicator on the Mac showed it had about 25% charge remaining, so I topped it off.

If you want a more accurate indicator of the keyboard’s battery life, download Logitech’s Logi Options+ app. Just for grins, I downloaded it to see what it was all about. The Logi Options+ app covers the latest Logitech products. If you have an older product, download the Logi Options app (no plus for you).

Logi Options+

Installation was easy. I had to enable a few permissions to allow it to monitor my keyboard. After browsing through the program, I confirmed the fact that I didn’t need it. Many of the customizable features were way out of my league. When it comes to writing, I’m just a smidge above pen and paper, so I wouldn’t use the Smart Actions AI feature to automate tasks.

In addition to automating tasks, with Logi Options+, you can adjust the backlight setting, reconfigure keys, and a host of other features. Many of the features were too high-tech for this low-tech grandma, so I decided to uninstall the app.Logi Options+

To uninstall Logi Options+, I did the usual of long pressing on the icon for it to wiggle and display the “x” to delete it. It wiggled, but no “x”. Instead, I had to go into Finder and then Applications to drag the installation file and app to the trash. Not a difficult uninstall, just different.

All in all, the app has interesting features for folks who are looking for more. Me, I’m not looking for more. I just want an accurate keyboard that feels and sounds good.

Logitech and the Environment

I was pleased to read that Logitech’s entire portfolio of products is certified carbon neutral. Unfortunately, when I clicked on the link to read about their 2022 Carbon Neutrality Report, I was told I didn’t have the proper permission to access the document. So, I guess I’ll have to take their word for it.Carbon Neutrality

The bottom line is I like the Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard (affiliate link).

About the Author: Felicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and low-tech blogger.

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