Logitech finally makes a wireless mechanical keyboard with a true Mac design

Logitech finally makes a wireless mechanical keyboard with a true Mac design
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Logitech MX Mechanical for Mac has an Apple-friendly design.
Enlarge / Logitech MX Mechanical for Mac has an Apple-friendly design.

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Logitech has macified its Mini Mechanic MX Wireless keyboard. That is, it has created a version of the truncated keyboard for people who use Mac computers. Logitech MX Mechanical Mini for Mac joins a small number of mechanical keyboards that are designed for macOS, from the use of option and command legends to software support and an Apple-like aesthetic. It’s designed for a wireless setup and has nice typing, but it’s not a good choice for mechanical keyboard Enthusiasts who like multiple switch options, premium keys, or high programmability…or number pads.

Real Mac Design

Logitech released the MX Mechanical Mini, a 75 percent keyboard, alongside the full-size Logitech MX Mechanical In May. The Portable Bluetooth LE Keyboard can be wirelessly connected to three devices, allowing users to choose which device they are controlling by pressing Fn and 1, 2, or 3. Officially, those devices can run Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Linux, Android , iOSor iPad OS. That’s why the key legends are suitable for both Windows and Mac users. The bottom row includes a key that can be Option or Start/Windows and another that serves as Command or Alt.

MX Mechanical for Mac is not so neutral. Its design includes only Mac legends, making the bottom row look cleaner than the original MX Mechanical Mini.

There is no Windows key here.
Enlarge / There is no Windows key here.

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The MX Mechanical for Mac still supports Bluetooth LE pairing with up to three devices and worked perfectly fine when I used it with windows 11 and 10 computers, as a Logitech representative told me. However, Logitech only lists macOS, iOS, and iPadOS as officially supported platforms for its MX-for-Mac series of peripherals, so support may not be as helpful if the keyboard starts acting weird with any other operating system. .

And unlike the original MX Mechanical Mini, the Mac version doesn’t include a USB-A dongle. You can still pair the keyboard with a separately purchased Logitech USB receiver, but Logitech doesn’t make a USB-C dongle for Mac users who prefer the simplicity of a dongle or the potential for lower latency and don’t have any USB-A ports.

All Mac users like white and grey, right?

You’ve probably also noticed that the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac looks whiter and brighter than its more platform-independent counterpart. At a news conference, a Logitech representative said the company was looking to better fit Apple’s aesthetic. The keyboard added a sparkly touch to my desk, and the gleaming silver metal top plate sitting atop the gray plastic base provided subtle pizzazz. Still, it seems limiting that Mac users don’t have at least the darker color scheme of the original MX Mechanical Mini (and vice versa). Logitech assumes that since you’re using a Mac, you want a whiter keyboard.

However, white keycaps aren’t easy to keep clean, especially when they’re made of ABS plastic, which is known to attract fingerprint smudges more than good PBT. The keys are less slippery and slimy than typical ABS, but are still fairly soft and lack grip. The legends are laser etched with a protective layer added on top, but they should still fade after heavy and frequent use.

Unlike the original MX Mechanical Mini, which you can buy with Kailh’s low-profile linear, tactile or clicky switches, the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac only has Kailh’s low-profile tactile switches. A Logitech rep told me this is because Mac users tend to want something quieter and with strong tactile feedback.

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