Logitech MX Keys Mini review: The better Magic Keyboard (2022)

Logitech’s latest productivity-oriented keyboard, the MX Keys Mini, is a 60% scissor-switch keyboard designed to be used across multiple devices at once.

The MX Keys Mini is basically Logitech’s take on the Apple Magic Keyboard. With a 60% layout, scissor switches, Bluetooth compatibility, and an imitation of the Apple aesthetic, the keyboard seems to mirror almost every aspect of Apple’s now-iconic keyboard.

So this begs the question: Does the original need improving? It’s stood the test of time and is generally accepted as “good enough” to keep using instead of swapping out for a better keyboard. But is “good enough” really good enough?

The MX Keys Mini answers that question: Priced at around $100, the keyboard matches the Magic Keyboard’s price and, despite some shortcomings, practically outdoes the keyboard in every way.

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Good scissor switches

The MX Keys Mini uses traditional scissor switches (similar to those found in a laptop keyboard) and sits at a 6.5-degree angle. This is a bit more than the traditional 5-degree angle of many mechanical keyboards, and a lot more than the average laptop, which sits at around zero degrees. In addition to this, the keycaps are sculpted to have slight spherical divots, which Logitech claims are “shaped to your fingertips.”

The actual switches are thin, easy to press, and have incredibly short travel. And unlike most scissor switches, they feel crisp and comfortable to type on. These switches remind me of Topre — a high-end mechanical switch that uses a spring underneath a rubber dome and is often considered a better version of traditional rubber domes, since they both have a more “satisfying” and tactile typing experience than their everyday equivalent.

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However, the MX Keys Mini doesn’t compare at all to the typing experience of a mechanical keyboard. I won’t say that it’s better or worse, but it is entirely different. The switches are light and quick, and the keyboard as a whole doesn’t have the feeling of a good mechanical keyboard. So if that’s what you’re looking for, then this isn’t the keyboard for you.

The keyboard’s typing experience is still miles ahead of most laptops, though. Both the slight angle of the keyboard and the sculpted keycaps.

The real comparison, though, is to Apple’s Magic Keyboard. And let’s be honest: The Magic Keyboard just doesn’t feel good to type on. It’s thin, awkward, and its incredibly short keypress makes it prone to typos. The MX Keys Mini’s larger, sculpted caps and deeper keypress make it smoother and more natural to type on. In addition, the keyboard’s elevated typing angle feels a lot more natural than the almost-flat angle of the Magic Keyboard. Unless you’re absolutely in love with the Magic Keyboard, you’ll probably prefer typing on the MX Keys Mini.

Clean design

Personally, I like the look of the MX Keys Mini. It’s simple, robust, and tunes into the Apple aesthetic without overdoing it. And in addition, the other colorways — graphite, rose gold, and black — all bring something to the table that the traditional white doesn’t. (Apple does have color-matching Magic Keyboards, but those are only available with the 24-inch M1 iMacs, and aren’t sold separately… yet.) Of course, the large battery/Bluetooth bump on the back is a bit awkward, but the keyboard’s overall clean and simple look more than makes up for it.

The keyboard’s backlighting and indicator LEDs both look great, too. They’re simple and to-the-point, and the smart illumination — which turns off the board’s lights until your hands come close to it — works incredibly well.

Works hard

The MX Keys Mini’s main selling point is its workflow optimization. The keyboard is able to swap between multiple Bluetooth-enabled devices at the press of a button. In addition, the keyboard uses multiple keys in the function row to increase/decrease volume, play/pause/skip media, screenshot, and type emojis.

In daily use, all of these features are incredibly useful, especially when they can transfer between devices and still function. In my testing, all of the function keys maintained functionality across Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS devices.

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The keyboard’s battery lasts incredibly long.

But if you’re primarily working on Windows, these keys won’t provide a massive benefit unless you have trouble remembering multi-key commands. Most of the function keys replicate pre-existing keyboard commands, such as Win + “.” for the emoji menu, and Win+Shift+S for taking a screenshot. Because of this, I’m also not sure whether these commands will continue to work across different builds of Windows.

However, if you find yourself regularly using both Windows and macOS while only being familiar with one (like I am), these options could be incredibly useful for maintaining a workflow across devices.

While Logitech advertises copying and pasting across devices on the MX Keys Mini’s product page, this doesn’t seem to be possible using the keyboard by itself. Instead, the keyboard has to be connected with a Logitech Flow-enabled mouse or trackball that can swap between devices, and both devices need to have the Logitech Options app installed. I spent about 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get this to work before realizing that I wasn’t able to use it, and was disappointed by the need for a second device for an option that would have been incredibly useful on a keyboard.

The keyboard’s battery lasts incredibly long. Logitech claims that the battery can last 10 days with the LEDs on, and during my testing, the keyboard never even came close to running out of power. Even if you’re using the board constantly, you likely won’t have to worry about it dying as long as you top up the battery once a week.

The main issue this keyboard poses is that it only works with Bluetooth. The USB-C port on the back is only for charging and can’t be used for a hard-wired connection to a device, which sucks if you’re going to be using an older workstation or a device that isn’t Bluetooth compatible. Instead, you have to use a receiver that’s sold separately ($15).

Built to last

Overall, the MX Keys Mini’s build quality is… good enough. It works, although I do have some concerns.

While the keyboard’s case is clearly designed to look like brushed aluminum, it’s actually made from a textured plastic. Because of this, the keyboard has a fair amount of flexibility and isn’t particularly rigid. While this isn’t great for typing, it also means that the keyboard’s case won’t crack as easily during transport.

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The keycaps themselves seem incredibly high quality, with a fantastic matte texture that both looks great and feels comfortable to type on. While I don’t know how well this texture will hold up over time — it could eventually turn smooth and glossy — it does seem to be fairly resilient. In the same vein, the legends on the keycaps likely won’t wear away anytime soon: Instead of being printed on top of the keys, the keys are made of a transparent plastic with a white coating on top of them to let light shine through.

The MX Keys Mini’s internal assembly doesn’t seem all that bad, from what can easily be observed: It has a metal plate that extends through the entire keyboard, which seems fairly promising, and it uses a separate daughterboard that contains the battery, Bluetooth, and a few other components. The rest of the keyboard seems incredibly difficult to get into, though — the cables, countless screws, and semi-loose parts prevent the back of the keyboard from being removed easily, which could make any repairs incredibly difficult.

The keyboard’s entire reliance on wireless is concerning. If the Bluetooth system inside of the board were to suddenly fail, it would become entirely unusable. That’s not the case with Apple’s Magic Keyboard, which works wired with a Lightning-to-USB-A/USB-C cable.

Beats Apple

Overall, the MX Keys Mini does a lot, and it does most of it well. Especially when compared to its primary competitor, Apple’s Magic Keyboard, it feels like a genuine improvement. More than that, the keyboard feels fantastic to use as long as you know what you’re getting into. It’s not a boutique mechanical keyboard by any means, so it won’t have the ultra satisfying mechanical feel, but it does have a high-quality typing experience that’s well above your typical scissor-switch keyboard.

The MX Keys Mini is a fantastic workhorse keyboard that can function across multiple systems and setups and fulfill multiple work cases. More than anything else, it’s a modern-day workhorse that can handle almost anything you throw at it.

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The MX Keys Mini is a fantastic workhorse keyboard.

While it’s not perfect, nor is it particularly exciting, it fulfills its niche and does so fantastically. If I needed a small, portable keyboard for working across multiple systems simultaneously, or even just a thin and simple keyboard to use as a daily driver, the MX Keys Mini would most likely be my pick.

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FAQs

Is there a better keyboard than MX Keys? ›

The Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard is the best choice if you want a keyboard with a number pad that's more compact than a traditional full-size model like the MX Keys.

Are MX Keys mini worth it? ›

The Logitech MX Keys Mini keyboard is another great keyboard from Logitech. I like that I have more desk space compared to using the full-sized version and it feels great to type on just like the full-sized version.

How long does MX Keys mini last? ›

CHARGE FAST, CONNECT FASTER

MX Keys Mini stays powered up to 10 days on a full charge – or up to 5 months with backlighting turned off 3Battery life may vary based on user and computing conditions. Use the USB-C charging cable to top up the power.

What keyboard is better than Magic? ›

What is the best Magic Keyboard alternative? We've picked the Typecase Magic-Style Keyboard as the best Magic Keyboard alternative overall. However, we've also listed some of the various options below. typecase Touch Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 12.9-6th Generation - 2022 - Touchpad, 360° Rotatable,...

Why is MX keys so popular? ›

It's better-built, can be used over Bluetooth with three devices simultaneously, offers better backlighting, and has a noticeably better typing quality. If your budget allows it, the MX Keys is better in almost every category.

Should I buy MX Keys or mini? ›

Our Verdict

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is a similar but more compact version of the full-size Logitech MX Keys. The MX Keys has a numpad and navigation keys which the smaller version lacks. Also, it comes with Logitech's unifying receiver, which you can use to connect with multiple Logitech devices.

Which MX key are best? ›

Cherry MX Blue is considered to be the best switch for typing. It has a “clicky” sound to it with a high actuation force and tactile feel.

Which is the best mini keyboard? ›

5 Best Mini Keyboards
  • Logitech K380.
  • Apple Magic Keyboard.
  • Keychron K3.
  • Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini Hyperspeed.
  • Samsers Foldable Keyboard.

Does Magic Keyboard last long? ›

Magic Keyboard delivers a remarkably comfortable and precise typing experience. It's also wireless and rechargeable, with an incredibly long-lasting internal battery that will power your keyboard for about a month or more between charges. ¹ It pairs automatically with your Mac, so you can get to work right away.

Can you keep MX Keys backlight on? ›

If you want backlight back, plug your keyboard to charge. When the environment around you is too bright, your keyboard will automatically disable backlighting to avoid using it when not needed. This will also allow you to use it longer with backlight in low light conditions.

Can I use MX Keys without software? ›

Does MX Master 3 work without software? Yes, you can use MX Master 3 mouse without installing software. however, to access customization options, you need to install Logitech Options software.

Should I buy MX keys for Mac? ›

Our Verdict. The MX Keys Mini for Mac costs about the same as Apple's Magic Keyboard without Touch ID, but you might prefer the way Logitech's keyboard feels. It's a good alternative to Apple's keyboards if you don't need Touch ID.

Which Cherry MX keyboard is best for typing? ›

If you need your keyboard to do a lot of typing and a lot of gaming, Cherry MX Browns are a better versatile fit. The switches are still plenty light and fast to do stand up to rigorous gaming, but also gives enough feedback to satisfy typers.

How long does MX Keys last? ›

MX Keys stays powered up to 10 days on a full charge – or up to 5 months with backlighting turned off. Battery life may vary based on user and computing conditions Use the USB-C charging cable to top up the power.

Is Logitech or Magic Keyboard better? ›

That said, the Apple feels sturdier and has better backlighting with individually-lit keys. It also has a somewhat better typing quality as its keys feel lighter and require less force to operate. On the other hand, the Logitech Combo Touch has a shortcut/media hotkey row the Apple keyboard lacks.

Why do people love the Magic Keyboard? ›

Comfort is King

First of all, this is the most comfortable keyboard I've ever used. Somehow, it's even better than the full-size one on my MacBook. It's got the perfect amount of tactile feedback, bounce, and spring, and when using it, my fingers just fly along.

What keyboard is most like Apple keyboard? ›

These are the best Apple Magic Keyboard alternatives
  • Keychron K2. Keychron K2. ...
  • Logitech K380 for Mac. ...
  • Logitech MX Keys Illuminated Wireless Keyboard. ...
  • Seenda multi-device Bluetooth keyboard. ...
  • Macally Small Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard. ...
  • Seenda backlit Bluetooth Keyboard. ...
  • Macally Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard. ...
  • Logitech K780.
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Which MX Keys are the loudest? ›

Cherry MX Blue

They are the loudest Cherry MX switch variety, but they're great for anyone who loves that classic click. The weight needed to press each key is a little more than the reds (50 centi-newtons instead of 45cN), but because of the very obvious tactile bump, touch typists love them.

Can I use MX Keys mini without Bluetooth? ›

You can only use the cable to charge the battery, meaning you can't use the board in wired mode. You can pair it with up to three devices via Bluetooth or the Logi Bolt USB receiver; however, you need to buy the receiver separately.

What is the most used keyboard key? ›

The most frequently used control keys are Ctrl, Alt, the Windows logo key , and Esc. Function keys.

Why are mini keyboards better? ›

They can be a wonderful alternative to the standard keyboard because it allows you to position the mouse closer to your body which can spare you shoulder, neck and hand discomfort.

Why do gamers use mini keyboards? ›

A TKL can look very small and compact in comparison to a regular keyboard. Some users love this minimalistic look, and prefer to use it in their setups. The smaller the keyboard for some, the better, as it fits better with their overall vision for where they work, play games, or stream.

Which Cherry MX Keys are the quietest? ›

Cherry MX Silents, the perfect pick for peace and quiet. The silent picks are nearly identical to the main lineup except they come with rubber dampening on the stem to lower the decibel output on each keystroke.

Which key is better red blue or brown? ›

The best switch ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you like the classic, clicky sound and feel, you'll love blue mechanical switches. If speed is a consideration, stick to linear (red) switches, and for a mix of both, go with brown.

Is red or brown keys better? ›

When it comes down to the application, red switches are generally preferred for gaming, while brown switches can be better for typing.

Which keyboard is best for professional? ›

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  • Powerful, Affordable Modern Workstation. Korg Nautilus. ...
  • Alternative Choice. Kurzweil PC4. ...
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  • Over 1,172 Sounds. ...
  • Korg Kross 2.
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What is the most reliable keyboard? ›

The best keyboards you can buy today
  1. Logitech K780. Specifications. Key Type: Membrane. ...
  2. Leopold FC750R PD. Specifications. ...
  3. Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard. Specifications. ...
  4. Apple Magic Keyboard. Specifications. ...
  5. Logitech K350. Specifications. ...
  6. Logitech Ergo K860. Specifications. ...
  7. Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard for Mac. Specifications.
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What switches are better than Cherry MX? ›

Cherry MX switches are one of, if not the most popular choice when it comes to mechanical keyboard switches. However, there are now dozens of options for mechanical keyboard enthusiasts to choose from.
...
The 5 Best Cherry MX Alternatives
  • Gateron Switches. ...
  • Kailh Switches. ...
  • Razer Switches. ...
  • Outemu Switches. ...
  • Gazzew Switches.
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Is Cherry MX the best keyboard? ›

Cherry MX switches are a great option because they are incredibly well-produced and have a lifespan of 100 million keystrokes. Not to mention, you have the option between the entire lineup, including the specialty switches. Kailh switches are also a good option if you're into clicky switches.

Is Microsoft keyboard better than Logitech? ›

Our Verdict

The Logitech MX Keys is significantly better than the Microsoft Surface Keyboard. The Logitech has better wireless versatility, as it can be paired using an USB receiver or through Bluetooth, and it can be paired to three devices simultaneously.

What is better than Cherry MX Red? ›

Cherry MX Browns are going to be better for people that do more typing, there's a smaller learning curve to type with Browns, while with Red's you have to get used to a lighter touch typing style to avoid accidental actuations.

Which switches are the most satisfying? ›

The Best Clicky Switches For Your Keyboard
  • Kailh BOX White.
  • Kailh BOX Jade.
  • Kailh Speed Copper (Best for Gaming)
  • NovelKeys Sherbet.
  • Cherry MX Blue/White. Runner-Up: Cherry MX Blue Clones (Outemu, Gateron, etc)

What is the most popular MX switch? ›

Cherry MX Red

These are the most popular type of mechanical switches. Cherry MX Reds are most commonly used for gaming. They are light to press, with a very mild click to them.

Should I get red or blue switches? ›

The best switch ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you like the classic, clicky sound and feel, you'll love blue mechanical switches. If speed is a consideration, stick to linear (red) switches, and for a mix of both, go with brown.

What is the best sounding keyboard? ›

If you're looking for a loud and clicky mechanical keyboard, we highly recommend the Drop ALT, Ducky One 2 Mini, Durgod Taurus K320, Redragon K552, or Keychron K6 with a loud clicky switch such as the Cherry MX Blue or Kailh BOX White switch.

Why is it called Cherry MX? ›

Cherry “Mechanical X-Point” technology, Shortened to MX, switches were developed and patented in the early 1980s and first marketed around 1985.

What is the best wireless keyboard for working from home? ›

  • Apex Pro.
  • Apex 3.
  • Apex 3 TKL.
  • Apex 7 TKL.
  • Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
  • Apex Pro Mini Wireless.
  • Apex Pro Mini.
  • Apex 9.
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What keyboard switches are the best? ›

The crème de la crème for most, Cherry (specifically, the Cherry MX line) is the most popular brand of keyboard switches—and for good reason. They're some of the most reliable switches on the market.

What switches are the quietest? ›

#1 Pick: Gateron Silent Red/Black

Gateron Silent Red and Blacks are both linear switches that are super smooth and super quiet. Gateron switches are known to be budget-friendly, so they make an excellent option for those who don't have a ton to spend on switches.

Should I get Cherry MX Blue or brown? ›

Cherry MX Brown switches are great for folks who don't like the loud click-click-click of the Cherry MX Blue switch but do like the tactile bump feeling.

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