Logitech MX Mini Mechanical Keyboard for Mac

I’m squarely in Logitech’s sights with its latest release: the $149.99 Logitech MX Mechanical Mini Keyboard for Mac. I spend all day working on a MacBook Pro using an external keyboard, I much prefer the tactile feedback of mechanical keyboards, and I’m frustrated that virtually every mechanical keyboard in my collection is designed to Windows – so I have to keep remembering how to run macOS-specific commands with keys labeled Windows.

Small form factor, tactile quiet keys

I could go full or compact, but in this case we’re looking at a mini keyboard without the numeric keypad. This size is great for use in small spaces and is much easier to pack into a backpack if you’re on a hybrid work routine or traveling.

The build is very solid (it’s almost chunky) with an aluminum top case for added strength. It also has some green cred thanks to the use of post-consumer recycled plastic (47% in my Space Gray review unit and 36% in the Pale Gray version).

Let’s talk about keys. Logitech opted to go with low-profile, tactile silent switches. They offer superior travel to chiclet-style keyboards, but the click is very muffled. Good for working in a shared space, but for me at least, less satisfying than the distinct click sound offered by most mechanical switches. It was comfortable to type on, and there are flip-up feet to increase the typing angle, but I wish there was an option for ratchet switches.

USB-C charging, but wireless operation only

The MX Mechanical Mini for Mac charges via USB-C. Logitech says to expect a full day of use on a 15-minute charge. Fast charging might not seem like a priority for a keyboard with USB-C, but this one is wireless only. You don’t have the option of using it as a wired keyboard, so it’s best to charge it quickly if you accidentally let the battery drain.

By wireless, Logitech is primarily looking at Bluetooth. There’s no USB receiver in the box, and the keyboard doesn’t support the Logitech Unifying receiver that many people might have lying around. Logi Bolt receiver only.

For the majority of buyers (most of whom would just use Bluetooth anyway) this shouldn’t be a problem, but it is something to be aware of.

Great battery life for a backlit keyboard, but…

I had mixed feelings about what I thought was one of the real strengths of this keyboard: the battery life.

On a positive note, Logitech rates battery life at up to 15 days of use on one charge. And I was punching those numbers. That might not sound like much (Apple’s wireless keyboards will work for months on a charge), but it’s a backlit keyboard and the backlight makes all the difference. I’m used to having to recharge at the end of every week with my current wireless backlit keyboard. Going three times longer between charges is amazing.

However, Logitech accomplishes this feat by using sensors to turn off the backlight when your hands are away from the keyboard and automatically lowering the brightness based on ambient lighting conditions.

This I didn’t care about, especially turning off the backlight completely.

My problem is that I never learned to type on the keyboard, so I always look at the keyboard. I prefer dim lighting, so the backlight is important. And the way I work, I tend to type a few words or phrases and then pause for a few seconds to collect my thoughts. This pause is just long enough for the keyboard backlight to turn off. I’ve been using this keyboard for several weeks now and have ended up adopting a small wave or brush on the keyboard to wake up the backlight before I start typing. Having to do this is annoying and over the course of a day that extra time adds up. I’d gladly take a hit to battery life if I could set that timer to 15 or 20 seconds.

You can change the lighting effects using the keyboard itself, and you can turn off the backlight completely if you download Logitech’s Logitech Options Software, but as far as I could find it doesn’t There is no way to prevent the keyboard from automatically turning off the backlight. . Even if it was possible to adjust the time before it goes off, that would be a huge improvement.

Not everyone works like me, obviously, so how this feature works may not be an issue for you at all.

Support for multiple devices

Logitech has always done a great job of providing multi-device support, and the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac continues that tradition. You can connect up to three devices (Mac, iPad or iPhone) and switch between them at the touch of a button with Easy Switch. It also supports the cross-computer features of Logitech Flow.

Logitech MX Mini Mechanical Keyboard for Mac Specifications:

  • Connectivity via Bluetooth
  • White LED backlight with smart energy saving features
  • Easy Switch connectivity between up to three devices
  • Charges via USB-C with up to 15 days of battery life (up to 10 months with backlight off)
  • Works with Logi Bolt USB receiver (not included)
  • Aluminum top case, plastic components include 36%-47% post-consumer recycled plastic (amount depends on color)
  • Available in space gray and light gray
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C charging cable
  • Fold the feet
  • Switch
  • 12.30 x 5.17 x 1.02 inches, weighs 21.58 oz
  • MSRP $149.99

Recommendation

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini Keyboard will be a welcome option for many Mac (and iPad) users, at least those looking for a small form factor, wireless and/or mechanical keyboard. Having a native Mac keyboard instead of having to remember the Mac equivalent of Windows keys is a big win. So does the battery life of over two weeks, although that comes at a potential convenience cost. The deciding factor for fans of mechanical keyboards might just be whether Tactile Quiet Switches provide enough of a “mechanical” typing experience, or whether you want something a little more clicky.

Disclosure: Logitech provided a keyboard for evaluation purposes, but did not contribute to this review.

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