The latest computer accessories from Logitech offer a quieter or more tactile way to use your computer, depending on your preferences. The new MX Master 3S mouse is a minor upgrade to the existing MX Master 3 mouse with a quieter click and a more sensitive sensor. Meanwhile, the MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini are a pair of keyboards whose mechanical switches should make them a more tactile (albeit slightly louder) counterpart to existing MX Keys devices. The MX Mechanical, MX Mechanical Mini, and MX Master 3S models will be available this month for $ 169.99, $ 149.99, and $ 99, respectively.
MX Master 3S is a device with a very similar appearance to MX Master 3, which it replaces in Logitech’s offer. It has an aggressively sculpted right-handed design, a pair of scroll wheels (one for up / down, one for left / right), and three thumb buttons. The big changes are that it now uses an 8000 DPI sensor, up from 4000 the last time, and the left and right mouse buttons are now much quieter – 90 percent, according to Logitech. There is still a tactile bump when you click the mouse, but it’s more muted, almost like pressing the Cherry MX Brown switch instead of the MX Blue switch.
Despite the higher resolution sensor, it is a mouse that is heavily geared towards office work and productivity, not gaming, thanks to its relatively low 125Hz polling rate. Gaming mice, on the other hand, typically poll at 1,000 Hz, and in some cases as much as 8,000 Hz.
Logitech says the higher resolution MX Master 3S sensor should help display increasingly higher resolutions like 4K and even 8K people use on their computers, while the quieter click should benefit anyone using the mouse in the shared office. Personally, I like the tactic of the louder click, but I can see Logitech’s argument. The MX Master 3S will replace the MX Master 3 in the Logitech mouse lineup, so fans of loud mouse clicks may need to act quickly to grab one of the old models before they’re gone.
While the MX Master 3S keyboard is aimed at users who prefer silence over touch, the new MX Mechanical keyboards do the opposite. Previously, keyboards in Logitech’s productivity-driven MX range – the MX Keys and the MX Keys Mini – had quiet, soft-touch, laptop-style keys. But thanks to the MX Mechanical, which will be sold along with the MX Keys in the range, Logitech uses switches that are more, well, mechanical.
They use Kailh’s Choc V2 switches in particular, and the styles available include tactile silent brown switches, clickable blues, and linear reds. These switches are low-profile, so they don’t have the long stroke of a Cherry MX full-height switch. If you are more familiar with typing on a laptop keyboard, you should feel right at home here. While they are low-profile, they have some of the benefits of mechanical switches, including being tighter and more reliable.
Both keyboards are wireless, and Logitech’s long battery life is fully active here. You get 15 days of battery life with the keyboard backlight on, or up to 10 months with the backlight off. The keyboard is equipped with sensors, so its backlight turns on when you have your hands nearby, and the USB-C port supports charging when the power drops. Both the keyboard and mouse can remember the three devices they are paired with (they can connect via Bluetooth or the included wireless USB adapter) and switch between them with the press of a button.
I have been using the MX Mechanical Mini and the MX Master 3S for a few days now and so far have been impressed with both as office tools. Of course, neither is intended for high-performance gaming peripherals, but instead as an option to upgrade the standard keyboards and mice that many employees use in their offices and homes. Stay tuned for my full thoughts later this week.