Logitech MX Keys Keyboard Review

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Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 09:11 am
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7.7
Mixed usage
7.7
Gaming
6.1
Mobile/Tablet
7.9
Office
7.5
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech MX Keys is a good well-rounded keyboard. It has a sleek design that feels more premium than most other options and looks great when paired with Logitech's MX line of mice. Typing on it feels great thanks to its indented keys, which help keep typos to a minimum while maintaining fast typing speeds. While there are quite a few programmable buttons, unfortunately they can only be set to a list of preset features and can't be assigned to macros. The ergonomics also are only decent, due partly to its non-adjustable incline. On the upside, it supports pairing to three devices at once, which allows you to pair it to your work PC, personal laptop, and phone, and quickly switch between the three with the press of a physical button.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed usage

The Logitech MX Keys is a good keyboard for a wide variety of uses. It's excellent for the office thanks to its decent ergonomics, and good typing experience that's nearly silent. While there are better gaming-centric keyboards out there, casual gamers should have no problem with this keyboard provided they don't require programmable macro keys. Programmers will also likely quite enjoy this keyboard thanks to its full size design, backlight and great typing experience; though again, its minimal programmability may be of concern.

7.7 Gaming

The Logitech MX Keys is a good keyboard for gaming. While it doesn't have a lot of features that gaming-centric keyboards have, like RGB lighting or the ability to reprogram keys with macros, it should be fine for most casual gamers. It feels quite well made and provides a great typing experience with a great amount of pre-travel.

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6.1 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech MX Keys is mediocre for mobile or tablet use. This keyboard isn't designed for this use, and will likely stay on your desk, whether it be at home or in the office. While it can connect via Bluetooth to all mobile operating systems, it's quite large and fairly heavy. It's also not fully functioning when used with a mobile OS, though every key apart from the Calculator one works as intended.

7.9 Office

The Logitech MX Keys is a very good keyboard for office use. While it may not be quite as ergonomic as some other options due to its straight design with no incline settings, it's a full-sized keyboard that's slim enough that you likely won't require a palm rest, though Logitech does make one designed for it. It provides a great typing experience, and its keys are practically silent, so you won't bother your co-workers. It also supports multi-device pairing, so you can pair it to your work PC, personal laptop, and phone, and switch between the three of them on-the-fly, which can be extremely helpful.

7.5 Programming

The Logitech MX Keys is a good keyboard for programming. It feel quite well-built and should be able to handle long work sessions, and it's compatible with every OS, though you lose control of the media keys on Linux. It offers a great typing experience thanks to its slim and silent keys that still offer a good amount of pre-travel. Unfortunately, you can't reprogram any of the keys with macros, which may be a problem for some programmers.

  • 7.7 Mixed usage
  • 7.7 Gaming
  • 6.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.9 Office
  • 7.5 Programming
Pros
  • Premium and well-built design.
  • Good typing experience helps keep typos to a minimum.
  • Works with any OS and supports multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • No macro programmability.
  • Minimal customization options through software.
  1. Update 1/29/2020: We discovered that Logitech's Options software supports Cloud Sync, as well as the ability to set different profiles for specific programs. The review has been updated to reflect these changes, and some scores have changed.

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Graphite MX Keys
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width 16.9" (43.0 cm)
Depth 5.2" (13.2 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

The Logitech MX Keys has a fairly small footprint. While it isn't as small as tenkeyless keyboards, it has minimal borders beyond its keys which helps keep it as small as possible without feeling cramped. For a smaller full-size design, check out the Logitech K780.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech MX Keys' build quality is good. The entire frame is made of metal, and the keys are made from dense and good quality plastic. Unfortunately, the keyboard does have some flex to it, and the metal beneath the spacebar feels loose and wiggly. On the upside, the keyboard feels quite sturdy overall and its feet are grippy enough to prevent any movement on the desk while typing.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics on the Logitech MX Keys are decent. It's a straight keyboard with no palm rest attached, though Logitech does make a companion low profile palm rest which can be purchased separately. Unfortunately, the keyboard has no incline settings, so its slight angle can't be adjusted. For a more ergonomic keyboard, check out the Logitech K860.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color White
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The Logitech MX Keys has excellent backlighting capabilities. Each key is individually backlit and there's a built-in brightness sensor that will turn the backlit on automatically in the dark, or you can manually adjust the backlight as well. Unfortunately, there are no RGB settings and the backlighting is only white, though this matches the keyboard's more professional design.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Charge Only)
Length 4.4 ft (1.3 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

This keyboard charges via a USB-C cable, and a 4-foot cable is included. When used plugged in, the keyboard still communicates to the PC via the wireless transmitter.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Multi-Device Pairing
3
Battery Type
Rechargeable

The Logitech MX Keys is an extremely versatile wireless keyboard. It can be used via Bluetooth or its proprietary unifying receiver, which allows you to pair several compatible Logitech accessories to the same USB dongle. This keyboard also allows you to pair to three devices and switch easily via three buttons next to the function keys, which is handy.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
No

The Logitech MX Keys has minimal extra features. There are media buttons along the top of the keyboard, but they double as the function keys by pressing the 'fn' key. On the upside, you can reprogram all the media keys to do a wide range of actions, as well as open any program or file on your PC, as well as set a second programmable layer that can be accessed by pressing fn+esc, though unfortunately, they can't be set as macros. This keyboard is also compatible with Logitech's Flow software which allows you to copy and paste files from one PC to another using the same keyboard, even if they use different operating systems.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech MX Keys keyboard
  • USB-C cable
  • Unifying USB receiver
  • Quick Start manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
37.1 gf
Pre-Travel
1.25 mm
Total Travel
1.83 mm

As is common with scissor switches, this keyboard's keys have a low actuation point that requires minimal force to actuate. The keys do have a bit more travel than similar keyboards, like the Apple Magic Keyboard.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Logitech MX Keys' typing quality is great. While the keys have a low profile, they are very quiet and stable, with an indentation on each key, making it much easier to hit the key in the center and helping to eliminate typos. Unfortunately, the material on the keys themselves doesn't feel as good as some other keyboards.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

Typing on this keyboard is very quiet and it shouldn't bother those around you.

Software and Operating System
5.9
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

This keyboard uses the Logitech Options software to set its programmable buttons. Unfortunately, while you can customize quite a few buttons to open various apps and perform different functions, they can't be set to macros. This will likely be fine for most daily or office use, but the lack of macros may be disappointing to gamers or programmers. On the upside, you can set different profiles for specific programs, and the keyboard is recognized in the software even when used via Bluetooth.

9.1
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Full
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

The Logitech MX Keys has excellent compatibility. This keyboard will work with any devices and all keys work fully with both Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, if you use Linux, the media buttons won't work, and on mobile devices the 'calculator' key doesn't work.

Compared to other keyboards

Apple Magic Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Logitech MX Keys is significantly better than the Apple Magic Keyboard in mixed usage, though they're both decent for general office use. However, the Logitech is a full-sized keyboard with a numeric pad and also has backlighting. The build quality isn't as good as the Magic Keyboard, but it has full compatibility with Windows and has software for customization. The MX Keys can also be paired with up to three devices at the same time, making it much easier to switch between them.

Logitech K800
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Amazon.com

The Logitech MX Keys is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech K800. 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.

Logitech K780
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Amazon.com

The Logitech MX Keys is a better keyboard than the Logitech K780 overall. It features backlighting, which is nice and is rechargeable instead of using batteries like the K780. Both use very similar switches, but the MX Keys' keycaps feel a bit better.

Microsoft Surface Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Logitech MX Keys is significantly better than the Microsoft Surface Keyboard. The MX Keys 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. The MX Keys also has programmable keys and can be custmomized using Logitech's Options software, however, the Surface Keyboard's build quality is much better.

Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard
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Amazon.com

The Logitech ERGO K860 is a better ergonomic keyboard than the Logitech MX Keys, which is more versatile. The ERGO K860 has a curved board a split key layout while the MX Keys has a more traditional straight board. If you're looking for an ergonomic keyboard, get the K860, but if you're looking for a more versatile option, then the MX Keys is better.

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