Review of the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini: A Hassle-Free Mechanical Keyboard That Is Not for Entrepreneurs

Review of the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini: A Hassle-Free Mechanical Keyboard That Is Not for Entrepr ...

Logitech has tried out a slew of mainstream keyboards along with several different versions of its gamer-friendly G-series keyboards. After testing the waters with the MX Keys and more recently, the MX Keys Mini in India, Logitech has boldly gone ahead with the launch of its first-ever mechanical keyboard in the MX series called the MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini.

At Rs. 17,495, it is quite expensive at first glance; whether you are a mechanical keyboard enthusiast or not. I think the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini is quite useful for anyone who prefer a work-from-home or an office configuration, especially if they want to carry their keyboard with them. Here''s what I''ve discovered before:

Prices for Logitech MX Mechanical Mini in India as well as box contents

The standard Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard, which is the full-sized one, costs Rs. 19,999, while the Mini is priced at Rs. 17,495. This makes the Mini feel a bit more costly than it should be. Logitech provides a USB Type-A to Type-C cable for charging, and a Logi Bolt dongle for wireless connectivity.

Logitech sent me the MX Mechanical Mini with linear switches which aren''t quite noisy (or clicky), but these switches have their own downsides as we''ll get to them in the next section. The linear switches were the only ones on sale at the time of this review, but Logitech claims that brown switches will soon be offered as an option in India.

Logitech MX Mechanical Mini design

Both the MX Mechanical Mini and the MX Mechanical are low-profile mechanical keyboards and are available in a single colour option called Graphite. According to Logitech, the bottom case of the keyboard is made of wood, while the top case, according to the company, is from low-carbon aluminium. About 47 percent of the plastics used to make the Mini are thought to be from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics.

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini keyboard has a 75 percent fit.

Despite its plastic bottom, the keyboard feels surprisingly sturdy and has no flex. Its weight of 612g mainly comes from the metal face plate and the mechanical switches. There''s a LED light at the top-right corner of the keyboard face which shows the pairing and the battery status. However, Logitech is recommending sending the battery to a service facility for battery maintenance.

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The MX Mechanical Mini, which I reviewed earlier, has two levels, the first one is with the keyboard on its three rubber stops, which although they do not incline the foot well. The second position with the feet removed adds a deeper incline, which some may prefer. However, the MX Mechanical Mini, which I found very similar to previously, does not require a wrist pad and is significantly more compact.

The keycaps on the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini have a two-tone finish. Logitech has used grey for some of its function keys (F1-F4, F9-F12), most of the alphanumeric keys and the cursor keys, and black for the rest. This two-tone effect, along with a subtle white-only backlighting, is very sleek and "corporate." It should be used in a workplace or a home office setting.

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini has six lighting patterns. The following is the ''waves'' pattern.

Since there is no flashy RGB lighting, Logitech has come up with lighting patterns which you can see. One of the volume control keys doubles up a lighting key and allows you to toggle between the six lighting patterns, one of which also includes a static mode. However, I''d have appreciated a little more subtle RGB customization on this front, especially keeping an eye on the keyboard''s hefty price in India.

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini keyboard has a 75 percent layout, which might be too large for some people with the cursor keys sticking to the alphanumeric keys. This is great for those who want to use their keyboard just at the office or abroad, but to avoid traveling with it.

Logitech MX Mechanical Mini performance

The Logi Options+ app, similar to the MX Master 3S mouse, is used by users as well as the mouse or keyboard with two systems, yet it also allows users to copy and paste files between them. However, Logitech''s Flow is not limited to the Universal Control feature on macOS and iPadOS devices.

Logitech''s software gives you the possibility to customize the MX Mechanical Mini. It is well-designed and extremely easy to set up, use, and add customizations. The keyboard customizations aren''t as advanced as other beginner-grade mechanical keyboards (read: advanced macros), but should be suitable for regular and professional users.

The back case of the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini is made of plastic.

This includes the ability to add app-specific profiles, assignkeys to a particular function (like launching an app), and customisekeyboard shortcuts to launch a specific function when you''re in a specific app. The Options+ app also allows you to check the battery status of a connected device by percentage and modify the function of the Function key. The optional key list includes the Delete, Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys, but does not include the F1, F2, and F3 keys which are

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini wireless connectivity was excellent. I did encounter some disconnections with my 2018 MacBook Pro, but these were quite rare. This is because those who utilize this keyboard would most likely end up customizing a slew of functions if the keyboard disconnects.

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini we reviewed included low-profile Kailh Choc Red switches.

The ABS keycaps have a coating on them that does not prevent them from sticking. They also have a nice texture. The low-profile keycaps aren''t intended to be replaced, just like switches soldered onto the PCB underneath. Indeed, this is not a keyboard for those who want to customize or modify their typing experience.

The typing experience with the low-profile Kailh Choc Red switches on the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini was exceptional. All keys, except for the space bar, were wobbled a bit and sound a bit scratchy while typing. These low-profile switches are also capable of a minimal actuation force, although they also require a minimum pre-travel of 1.5mm.

The extendable feet have a 0.8 degree incline.

The Choc Red switches aren''t quite tactile, but they''re shorter before going on holiday. I often ended myself making flaws while typing as they felt too sensitive. However, regular Red switches would have been better, but they would cost you money for portability and ease of use. If you are a typist, then you might choose Logitech to make it available in India or look for an alternative keyboard.

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini has a good battery life, largely owing to its intuitive backlight system. The keyboard lasts me about two months on a single charge, which is fairly good for a relatively light and compact wireless keyboard.

There is no choice when it comes to purchasing a low-profile mechanical keyboard in India. Apart from Logitech, there are a few brands that provide wireless keyboards, but they don''t sell a single low-profile keyboard. There are also several options (NuPhy''s Air 75, Keychron''s K3, etc.), but these are also available online or from a store. These companies are also capable of purchasing mechanical keyboards (with regular profileswitches), but these are designed primarily for gamers and not

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini is geared towards those who want a bright mechanical keyboard or a more satisfying typing experience. It also helps users (creators and coders) who will use Logitech''s Flow and customisation capabilities to the fullest. There''s no hot-swapping capability or modding to be done with this one, which appears to be Logitech''s strong point. Mechanical keyboard enthusiasts can steer clear of this one as there are alternate options available on the import route.

Out of 10, rating

  • Design: 8
  • Performance: 8
  • Value for money: 6
  • Overall: 8

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Good typing experience
  • Smart backlighting
  • Keyboard height is adjustable
  • Excellent battery life
  • Robust companion app, customisable keys

Consequences

  • Does not sound great
  • No option for RGB lighting
  • Soldered key switches, not swappable
  • Battery is not user replaceable