Logitech finally creates a wireless mechanical keyboard with a real Mac layout

Increase / Logitech MX Mechanical for Mac has an Apple-friendly layout.

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Logitech has modified the Mac with its wireless MX Mechanical Mini keyboard. That is, it has created a clipped version of the keyboard for people who use Mac computers. The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini for Mac combines a small number of mechanical keyboards designed for macOS, from using the legends Option and Command to software support and an Apple-like aesthetic. It’s built for a cable-free setup and provides a pleasant typing experience, but not suitable for a mechanical keyboard enthusiast who likes a variety of switch options, high-quality keycaps, or high programmability‚Ķ or number keys.

Real Mac layout

Logitech released the MX Mechanical Mini in May, a 75 percent keyboard, alongside the full-size Logitech MX Mechanical. The portable Bluetooth LE keyboard can wirelessly connect to three devices, allowing users to choose which device they control by pressing Fn and 1, 2 or 3. Officially, these devices can run on Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Linux, Android, iOS or iPadOS. For this reason, key legends are intended for both Windows and Mac users. The bottom row contains a key which can be Option or Start / Windows and one that serves as Command or Alt.

MX Mechanical for Mac is not so neutral. Its layout only features Mac legends for a cleaner bottom row look than the original MX Mechanical Mini.

There is no Windows key here.
Increase / There is no Windows key here.

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The MX Mechanical for Mac still supports Bluetooth LE pairing with up to three devices, and it worked great when I used it with Windows 11 and 10 PCs, a Logitech representative told me. However, Logitech only lists macOS, iOS, and iPadOS as officially supported platforms for its MX-for-Mac series of peripherals, so the support may not be as helpful if the keyboard starts working weird with any other operating system.

Unlike the original MX Mechanical Mini, the Mac version does not include a USB-A dongle. You can still pair your keyboard with a separately purchased Logitech USB receiver, but Logitech doesn’t make a USB-C dongle for Mac users who prefer the key’s simplicity or the ability to reduce latency and don’t have any USB-A ports.

All Mac users like white and gray, right?

You’ve probably also noticed that the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac looks whiter and brighter than its more platform-independent counterpart. During a press briefing, a Logitech representative said the company is striving to better align with Apple’s aesthetics. The keyboard added bright pop to my desk, and a shiny silver metal top plate placed on a gray plastic base provided a subtle pizza. Even so, it seems limited that Mac users don’t have at least the darker color scheme of the original MX Mechanical Mini (and vice versa). Logitech assumes that since you’re using a Mac, you need a whiter keyboard.

The white keys aren’t easy to keep clean though, especially when made of ABS plastic, which is known to attract fingerprint smudges more than the good ones made of PBT. The keys are less smooth and slippery than typical ABS, but are still decently smooth and have no grip. The legends are laser engraved and a protective coating is applied on top, but should fade after heavy, frequent use.

Unlike the original MX Mechanical Mini, which can be purchased with Kailh’s low-profile linear, tactile or click switches, the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac only has Kailh’s low-profile tactile switches. A Logitech representative told me it’s because Mac users usually want something quieter and with a strong tactile response.

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