Logitech MX Keys Mini is one of the few keyboard models that can easily switch between three PCs, supports both MacOS and Windows, is also equipped with a backlight and can work on battery charge for over a month. As part of this review, I will share my impressions of the keyboard, which I have accumulated over almost half a year of use.
Versions and differences
The keyboard belongs to the top line of Logitech MX peripheral devices, and like some devices in it, MX Keys Mini is sold in two versions – universal and “For Mac”. I used both versions and in the photos in this review you see the version for Apple computers.
But this does not mean that the keyboard works only with Mac. No, it works with Windows in the same way as universal one. The differences are in the engraving of the keys and the configuration. Modifier keys (Cmd, Ctrl, Alt, Option) are labeled for both platforms, and the “For Mac” version labels are Mac-only. If you plan to switch between Windows and Mac, then I recommend paying attention to the universal version, given that the difference in additional keys between platforms takes some time to get used to.
The difference in the configuration is expressed in the type of charging cable included. For the “For Mac” version, it is USB Type-C — USB Type-C, and for the universal version, it will be USB Type-C on one end and USB Type-A on the other. The USB receiver is not included in any of the cases, it must be purchased separately. Note that the keyboard only supports the Logi Bolt protocol, not Unifying.
The keyboard is sold in two colors – white and dark gray. I have used both and can assure you that both look good. Dark gray is more suitable for dark surroundings and it has one difference.
The fact is that the keyboard is equipped with a white backlight, and in the dark gray version, the symbols on the keys look more legible when the backlight is on.
If there is at least some lighting in the room where you work, in the white version the inscriptions on the keys look less legible and can be read well only in complete darkness. Unfortunately, I was unable to convey this with a photo, but keep it in mind. The backlight is easy to turn on and off, so it’s not a big problem.
This is where the nuances of the white keyboard end. Both options are practical for long-term use. For several months, both keyboards have not changed their color and have not lost their presentation. Even white. And as we remember from the review of the MX Master 3S mouse, the light model begins to turn yellow quite quickly. The keyboard is as practical as possible, all its surfaces are matte and easy to clean. The maximum that is visible on it is dust.
Logitech MX Keys Mini case is completely plastic. It is tough and does not creak in the hands. It stands firmly on the surface, especially on the carpet. There are no problems on more slippery surfaces either. The keyboard is heavy, and its legs are quite sturdy.
The keys are one of the strongest features of this keyboard. They are equipped with a noticeable recess, into which the finger comfortably presses. Fingers do not slip on the surface of the keys and hold on to it very easily. Logitech MX Keys Mini is perfect for blind typing. In this regard, the keyboard is much more convenient than those supplied by Apple, both separately and in laptops.
Each press is accurate and requires light effort. These are not the “blue” or “red” switches of mechanical keyboards, you have to press them a little harder, but your fingers don’t get tired during the day. I work at the computer for 8-10 hours and I don’t have any fatigue in my hands during the day. As for the click volume, the keyboard is slightly louder than the average keyboard in any laptop. But again, you don’t get tired of the sound.
Functionally, the keyboard is a copy of the large MX Keys model. Here it is possible to save a maximum of 3 computers in memory and quickly switch between them. There are also additional functions assigned to a number of F-keys — adjusting the backlight, saving screenshots, controlling sound and the player.
Backlight is adjustable within several levels. I often have it turned off for the reason I mentioned above. But in situations when there is no light, it helps a lot.
As for battery life, there are no complaints. From one charge, the keyboard works for about a month with occasional use of the backlight. By the way, it can automatically turn off to save charge. It also turns on automatically when you raise your hands to the keys. This is done thanks to the motion sensor in the keyboard case. The Logitech MX Keys Mini is equipped with a USB Type-C port for charging. It takes a little more than an hour to fully charge.
To configure the keyboard, you need to install Logi Options+ proprietary software. But it is not needed for the keyboard to work, if you are satisfied with the standard functionality.
In this application, you can change the functions of the keys and bind them to certain programs. Also, thanks to the software, a feature called Logitech Flow will be available to you. I talked about it in detail in Logitech MX Master 3S mouse review. Nothing has changed since then and I still don’t find this feature convenient or necessary to use. It exists and that’s good.