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Logitech MX Keys Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 09:11 am
Logitech MX Keys Picture
7.7
Mixed usage
7.7
Gaming
7.4
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.

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.
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.

7.4 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech MX Keys is decent 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. However, if you're often on the move, it can connect to your devices via Bluetooth and it's not too heavy to bring around. On the downside, its full-size design might be a bit hard to fit in a backpack.

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
  • 7.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.9 Office
  • 7.5 Programming
  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.

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. For something similarly well-made that has a built in trackpad, check out the Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard.

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 ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard.

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. If you prefer RGB backlighting, consider the Keychron K1.

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. If you want a near-identical keyboard that has a unique creative input dial that can be programmed to undertake different tasks, check out the Logitech Craft.

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
1.26 mm
Total Travel
1.84 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. If you want a keyboard with outstanding typing quality, check out the IBM Model M.

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 Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight 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 Advanced Wireless Illuminated Keyboard 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

The Logitech MX Keys is one of the best non-mechanical office keyboards we've tested to date. Even though it doesn't offer the same ergonomics as the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard, fans of traditional, straight keyboards should be happy with it. The typing quality is great and the low profile means it doesn't get too tiring typing on this keyboard. Also see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards for writers.

Logitech Craft

The Logitech MX Keys is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech Craft. The two keyboards offer a very similar experience. While the MX Keys lacks the Craft's unique dial, it may represent a better value for some people.

Apple Magic Keyboard

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 K780

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.

Logitech K800

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.

Microsoft Surface Keyboard

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 G915 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is slightly better overall than the Logitech MX Keys, but their differences come down to their uses. The G915 is a wireless gaming keyboard with mechanical switches, full RGB backlighting, and dedicated macro programmable keys. The MX Keys is designed for office use with very quiet scissor switches, a great typing quality, and Bluetooth pairing with up to three devices at once. The two Logitech keyboards have similar ergonomics and are well-built.

Logitech K380

The Logitech MX Keys is a much better overall keyboard than the Logitech K380. The MX Keys has a better build quality, better typing experience, and has white backlighting. The K380 is smaller and lighter so it's much easier to carry around and, like the MX Keys, has multi-device pairing with up to three devices via Bluetooth. The MX Keys is more suited for in-office use while the K380 is designed to be used on-the-go.

Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard

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.

Keychron K1

The Logitech MX Keys is a better keyboard than the Keychron K1. The MX with scissor switches that we tested offers a better typing experience. Also, it uses the Logitech Options companion software and is fully compatible with macOS and Windows. That said, the K1 has full RGB backlighting.

Keychron K4

For most uses, the Logitech MX Keys is better than the Keychron K4. Both are wireless keyboards and both have a multi-device pairing feature for multitasking. Although both feel great to type on, they provide very different typing experiences, since the Logitech is a low-profile keyboard with scissor switches, and the Keychron is a mechanical keyboard with a fairly high profile. The Logitech has software support, which the Keychron doesn't have, and it produces less typing noise, which is better for quiet offices.

Razer Pro Type

Overall, the Razer Pro Type is much better than the Logitech MX Keys. They're both designed with productivity in mind and share similar features like wireless connectivity, multi-device pairing, and a full-size layout with backlit keys. However, the Razer is a mechanical keyboard with Razer Orange switches and provides a significantly better typing experience than the scissor switches on the Logitech. The Logitech has better compatibility with various operating systems, but the Razer is more customizable because every key is programmable.

Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard

The Logitech MX Keys is better than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It feels more high-end, has white backlighting, offers a better overall typing quality, and can be connected up to 3 devices simultaneously. However, if you don't like scissor switches and prefer a bit longer travel distance, go with the Microsoft and its rubber dome switches.

Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech MX Keys but is designed for a different use. The Corsair has a built-in trackpad which makes it great to use on the couch while connected to a Smart TV. Its software is better than the Logitech's as it allows you to program the backlighting as well as set macro keys. On the other hand, the Logitech provides a better typing experience and is a full-sized keyboard with a numpad.

Logitech K350

The Logitech MX Keys is a better keyboard than the Logitech K350. It feels noticeably higher-end, can connect up to three devices simultaneously, and can also be used with mobile devices via Bluetooth. Its chiclet keys have a very short pre-travel distance and each key is individually lit. The typing quality is much better on the MX Keys, but some people might like the ergonomic board design of the K350 better.

Logitech K360

The Logitech MX Keys is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech K360. The MX Keys feels better built, has Bluetooth support, and has white backlighting. On the other hand, the K360 has equally comfortable ergonomics and is available at a much lower price.

Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech MX Keys is better than the Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard, but they're designed for different uses. The Logitech provides a much better typing experience as its keys feel light and it doesn't get too tiring typing on this keyboard. It also has a better build quality and features white backlighting. The Corsair has reprogrammable keys, it has six dedicated macros, it has full RGB backlighting, and it comes with a wrist rest.

Logitech K400 Plus

The Logitech MX Keys is a better keyboard than the Logitech K400 Plus. The MX Keys has a rechargeable battery and can pair with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth, unlike the K400 Plus that uses AA batteries and doesn't support Bluetooth. The MX Keys also has a built-in brightness sensor that will turn on backlighting to help you type even in darker rooms. However, the MX Keys has a numpad instead of a trackpad, so you would need to have an accompanying mouse if you wanted to use it with a home theater setup.

AmazonBasics K4R

The Logitech MX Keys is a better keyboard than the AmazonBasics K4R. The MX Keys is noticeably better built, offers a better typing experience, and has backlighting. It also connects to devices via Bluetooth, so it's a bit more versatile than the K4R as well. The only thing better with the K4R is the fact that it has an integrated touchpad.

Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad

The Logitech MX Keys is significantly better than the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad. The typing quality is much better, it has multi-device pairing, each key is individually lit, and it has a software that allows you to reprogram a few keys. The Brydge has a better build quality, and since it's a compact keyboard designed to be attached to your iPad, it's lighter and easier to carry around. 

Brydge Pro

The Logitech MX Keys and the Brydge Pro are two keyboards aimed at different uses. The Logitech is a full-sized keyboard meant for office use with multiple devices because it has multi-device pairing with up to three devices. It also offers better typing quality. However, the Brydge is meant to be used with your iPad, so it's smaller and lighter to carry around, and it has a better build quality.

Logitech Folio Touch

The Logitech MX Keys is better overall than the Logitech Folio Touch. The MX Keys a full-sized keyboard with multi-device pairing, individually-lit keys, and a better typing quality. On the other hand, the Folio Touch is designed to be used with an iPad, so it's much lighter and more portable.

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