Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard and MX Master 3S mouse

Review: Logitech’s MX Mechanical Keyboard, Master 3S Mouse

Review Logitech has completed its Master series with the MX Mechanical keyboard and MX Master 3S mouse. Both cost serious money, but are they worth it?

Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard and MX Master 3S Mouse

We’ve looked at Logitech’s before MX Keys Mini for Mac and was impressed with the compact unit. The mechanical MX keyboard is a completely different proposition, for better and for worse.

Keyboards are very subjective things. Some users prefer the short key stroke of a modern laptop-style keyboard, while others would let their old IBM Model M keyboards appreciate only from their cold, dead hands — regardless of the deafening clatter of keys being struck.

Tiptoeing into a middle ground, the MX Mechanical can be specified with one of three switches: Tactile Quiet (presumably with less noise and a “satisfying tactile bump”), Linear and “Clicky”. Our unit was the first and, to be honest, didn’t seem That quiet, especially compared to the MX Keys Mini.

But if key travel is your thing, the MX Mechanical won’t disappoint. The key spacing is 3.2mm and slightly less force is required to press a key than with the MX keys. Where the keys from MX keys are soft and curvaceous, those of the MX Mechanical are much more traditional, with a more matte effect.

The keyboard is full size and can switch between Windows and Mac machines without much effort (Logitech’s Easy-Switch feature allows up to three devices to be connected and fingers to venture near the keys.

The backlight has a number of settings ranging from nifty to pointless gimmick; For example, contact lighting makes modifier keys brighter (useful), while random lighting creates a “hypnotic pattern” (not so useful). All in all, there are six patterns to choose from, all selectable from the keyboard without being close to Logitech’s Options+ software.

The keyboard connects via the included Bolt USB receiver or Bluetooth (that’s how we hooked up ours.) According to Logitech, a full charge (via the included USB cable) should keep things going for 15 days if you turn the backlight on. used and 10 months if you don’t.

As for software support, the Options+ software allows custom actions for the top row of keys (although we were happy with the default settings) and setting backlight options and Easy-switch settings. Other Logitech devices (such as the mouse – see below) can also be configured.

Physically, the keyboard feels solid, despite its relatively small size. The MX Mechanical weighs almost a kilo and weighs 828 g (1.8 lb), while the more compact MX Mechanical Mini weighs 612 g (1.3 lb).

The materials feel like they are of high quality, although they still don’t have the granite-carved feel of IBM’s classic Model M

It’s also expensive; the device costs $169 (€179.99 in the EU and £169.99 in the UK*) on Logitech’s site. But again, this is the kind of keyboard that is aimed entirely at a business user.

And for fans of the technology, the mechanical action will be very satisfying, even more so than the membrane and scissors affair of the MX Keys Mini. However, keyboard preference is highly subjective. While this writer would probably go for the MX Keys Mini if ​​given the choice, a colleague would consider such a decision the height of madness.

Handy, then, that Logitech seems to have all bases covered.

Taking Directions

The mouse, the MX Master 3S, is much easier to be objective about. At first glance, it’s another oddly shaped mouse from Logitech, but it’s made from pleasantly tactile and high-quality materials and is a joy to use. As with the keyboard, the device comes with Logitech’s Bolt USB receiver if needed, but we reconnected with Bluetooth.

Like the keyboard, Easy Switch functionality is there (although you’ll need to flip the mouse to get to the switch — thankfully, the charging port doesn’t require an Apple-style inversion.)

The MX Master 3S is also where the Options+ software becomes essential. While the default settings out of the box all work well, you really have to dig into the software to pick an action to get the most out of the seven buttons, two scroll wheels (including a thumb wheel) and gesture button. The same goes for the DPI setting, which ranges from 200 DPI – 8,000 DPI, depending on how elaborate one needs to be. We found that 1,000 DPI was sufficient for most purposes, but changing it in the software (we tried the macOS version) was easy enough.

Logitech reckons users should have 70 days of full charge and three hours from just a minute connected to the included USB-C charging cable. The device is also almost silent when pressing the buttons or scrolling the wheels, while the feel is of a high quality.

Form follows function?

One aspect that may be divisive, however, is the styling. Logitech has opted for what it describes as “an ergonomic silhouette,” aimed at improving hand and arm comfort. Again, we would argue that this is highly subjective. Sure, my hand fits the mouse well, but there may be a muscle memory that needs to be relearned. And those with legs that are too big or small can have a hard time.

Still, it’s not that potential visually alarming as the Elevator though buyers should consider whether the user is right-handed or left-handed, especially since Logitech wants a cool one $99 (€129.99, £119.99*) for the device.

Keyboards and pointing devices were a standout in Logitech’s recent financial results even as demand for PC webcams tumbled. The company’s new devices are an acknowledgment that while a switch to a different way of working can lead to different offices, keyboards and mice will always be needed. And Logitech loves meeting buyers wherever they are.

*And yes, this pricing doesn’t match instant currency conversions, meaning both products are more expensive to buy in the EU than in the US, and even more expensive if you buy them in the UK.

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