Logitech's MX Mechanical for Mac has an Apple-friendly design.
To enlarge / Logitech’s MX Mechanical for Mac has an Apple-friendly design.

Sharon Harding

Logitech has a Mac MX Mechanics Mini wireless keyboard. That is, it has created a version of the cut-down keyboard for people using Mac computers. The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini for Mac joins the small number of mechanical keyboards designed for macOS, from the use of Option and Command legends to software support and Apple-like aesthetics. It’s built for a wireless setup and has nice typing, but it’s not compatible. mechanical keyboard enthusiasts who like a variety of switch options, premium buttons or high programmability… or numeric buttons.

A true Mac layout

Logitech has released the MX Mechanical Mini, a 75 percent keyboard in addition to the full size Logitech MX Mechanical in may The portable Bluetooth LE keyboard can connect to up to three devices wirelessly, allowing users to select the device they’re controlling by pressing the Fn and 1, 2 or 3 keys. Officially, these devices are compatible with Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Linux, Android, iOS, or iPadOS. That’s why Key Legends caters to both Windows and Mac users. The bottom row includes a key that can be Option or Start/Windows and serves as Command or Alt.

MX Mechanical for Mac is not so neutral. Its layout includes only Mac legends, making for a cleaner-looking bottom line than the original MX Mechanical Mini.

There is no Windows key here.
To enlarge / There is no Windows key here.

Sharon Harding

MX Mechanical for Mac still supports Bluetooth LE pairing with three devices, and it worked perfectly when I used it. Windows 11 and 10 computers as the Logitech rep told me. However, Logitech only lists MacOS, iOS, and iPadOS as officially supported platforms for its MX-for-Mac series of peripherals, so support may not be as helpful if the keyboard starts acting weird with any other OS.

Unlike the original MX Mechanical Mini, the Mac version does not have a USB-A switch. You can still connect the keyboard with a separately purchased Logitech USB receiver, but Logitech doesn’t make a USB-C dongle for Mac users who prefer the simplicity of the dongle or the potential for less latency and don’t have USB-A. ports.

All Mac users love white and gray colors, right?

You’ve probably also noticed that the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac looks whiter and shinier than its more platform-agnostic counterpart. At a press briefing, a Logitech representative said the company aims to better match Apple’s aesthetic. The keyboard added a bright pop to my desk, and the shiny silver metal top plate sitting atop a gray plastic base offered a subtle pizzazz. Still, Mac users are limited by not being offered at least the darker color scheme of the original MX Mechanical Mini (and vice versa). Logitech assumes you want a whiter keyboard because you use a Mac.

But the white keys aren’t easy to keep clean, especially when they’re ABS plastic, which is known to attract fingerprint smudges more than good PBT ones. The keycaps are less slippery and slimy than typical ABS, but still decently smooth and grippy. The legends are laser-etched and topped with a protective coating, but they should still fade after heavy, frequent use.

Unlike the original MX Mechanical Mini, which you can get from Kailh with low-profile linear, tactile, or click switches, the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac features only Kailh’s low-profile tactile switches. A Logitech rep told me that’s because Mac users want something quieter and with stronger tactile feedback.

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