At first glance, it is clear that the Mechanical belongs to Logitech’s MX range, from which it takes the main lines. We find the dark gray chassis with the anodized aluminum plate which gives it its premium appearance and excellent rigidity. The keys are however much tighter and the design less airy. This is an aesthetic detail that does not interfere with the quality of typing – which we will come back to below. It weighs 828g and measures 43.4 x 13.2 x 2.6cm.
The MX Mechanical is sober, maybe even a little too much, but that’s still a matter of taste. The two gray tones used to separate the keys according to their uses are dull and the keyboard clearly does not brighten up an office. Small detail, the keys are not quite anchored, which creates a slight misalignment, as we noticed on the Cherry MX 10.0N RGB.
We also note that the keyboard is slightly higher (2.6 cm) than the MX Keys (2 cm), the fault of the mechanical switches which are thicker than simple scissor switches. This isn’t really a problem, because Logitech has chosen models low profile which are still much thinner than conventional mechanical switches. In addition, retractable feet allow the keyboard to be tilted by 8° to raise it.
Connectivity is always excellent on most of the brand’s high-end products and the Mechanical is no exception. It can be connected via Bluetooth or using the Logibolt radio receiver. Small flat on this subject, there is no dedicated housing to store the dongle, which must therefore be carried with care so as not to lose it. Easy-Switch technology — which allows you to connect your keyboard to 3 different devices — is of course present, as is Swift Pair compatibility — which means that a PC should detect the keyboard automatically as soon as you activate Bluetooth for the first time.
There are the same shortcuts as on recent Logitech keyboards, namely the “dictation” shortcut, the one that opens the emoji window or the screenshot tool and the handy multimedia shortcuts. As is often the case with the manufacturer, PC and Mac serigraphs have been applied, which can confuse a user who is looking to type a specific character, especially when he is not used to this double presentation.
Like the MX Keys, the MX Mechanical is backlit, which is very valuable and rather rare on wireless keyboards on the market. Smart Lighting saves battery; the keyboard adapts its luminosity according to the ambient lighting and is deactivated when the hands are no longer above the keyboard. You can manually increase the brightness with the F2 key or in the Logi Options+ software and even set some light effects there as on keyboards gaming (pulsations, waves, static lighting, etc.). The interest is quite limited it must be admitted, since the lighting is only white. And given the asking price for the keyboard, we would have liked to be able to customize it a little more with colored LEDs – which always leave the choice to stay on white lighting.
Autonomy is otherwise announced at about 15 days with the backlight, and nearly 10 months if it is off. What to see coming. The keyboard is usable anyway while charging with its USB-C cable that plugs into the back, next to the on-off button. Above the numeric keypad, there is a small LED which lights up red when the autonomy becomes low. Note that the battery is not accessible and therefore cannot be easily replaced if necessary.
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