The Logitech MX Keys keyboard has a very successful manufacturing quality with curved keys and a pleasant texture, a well-thought-out backlighting system, but also many customization options thanks to the Logitech Options software.
It is most often the use that will decide the choice of a keyboard. Mechanical for gamers or fans of the tactile sensation of old-fashioned typing, office users or those who spend many hours typing text may be looking for something softer.
Logitech offers an “MX Keys” keyboard model from the same range as the MX Master 3 mouse that we recently tested. Its appearance leaves no doubt that it will primarily interest office users or creative people rather than gamers. Its price will put off casual users who only use a keyboard for entertainment purposes.
The keyboard is not delivered alone. There is obviously a classic USB-C charging cable and the very discreet dongle with the Unifying logo, a sign that it can be left out if you already have Unifying-compatible Logitech hardware such as a mouse. A wrist rest is also in the box and will appeal to those looking for comfort thanks to its very soft texture with memory foam that makes you want to handle it.
The charging port is located at the top right of the device, near the button to turn the keyboard on or off when not in use or to easily clean the keys. A rim allows you to create a slight inclination but unfortunately, it is neither removable nor adjustable. The rubber pads are terribly effective and grip most materials. Once installed, the keyboard will not move by accident.
At the top right the only LED on the keypad warns the user of the need to recharge. We won’t see it often if we don’t use the backlight since the manufacturer announces 5 months of autonomy, against 10 days when it is activated. The keys are slightly curved and, combined with the texture, make typing very pleasant. The sensation is difficult to describe but associated with the very discreet noise, it could be described as a “velvet hit”.
The backlighting, which illuminates both the letters and the outline of the keys, is visible even in broad daylight but does not attack in the dark. It is adjustable on 7 levels and to save energy is only activated when you approach the hands of the keyboard. This also ensures that the user is not disturbed by stray lights when the keyboard is not in use.
The connection to the PC was carried out with an already existing Unifying device without any difficulty. The keyboard can be used as is, but the Logitech Options software allows you to configure interesting options such as the customization of the function keys to which you can assign actions different from those configured by default.
Even better, this customization can be done according to the software installed on the PC. Creatives or developers will appreciate assigning shortcut keys to their applications such as zooming out in Photoshop or launching a file open etc.
Those who have several computers can also use the “Easy Switch” function to easily switch from one computer to another with a simple press of the three dedicated keys to the left of the numeric keypad. An indicator is present on each key to indicate with which device the keyboard is paired.
A warning light is also present on the caps lock key. Certain actions such as raising the sound or changing the brightness of the backlight trigger the appearance of transparent information on the Windows desktop.
The keyboard was quickly tamed and did just as well as a typing quality on its big brother ” Logitech Craft ” which had the particularity of having a wheel that creatives could use with editing and editing software. It is not present in this edition but the device is not intended for exactly the same users.
The only criticism that can be made of this keyboard ultimately concerns the foot which creates a non-adjustable inclination and which could put off those who like to type flat or who would like an adjustable inclination. The orientation is however quite natural and the pleasure of typing quickly makes you forget this little detail.
In addition to ease of use, and sound discretion for those who enter a lot of text, intensive users of creative software or who need to do repetitive tasks will appreciate the possibilities offered by Logitech software. Ditto when you have several nearby machines thanks to the system of switching between devices. Sold around 100 euros the Logitech Mx Keys will replace up to 3 keyboards.