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Logitech MX Keys Mini Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 28, 2021 at 11:20 am
Logitech MX Keys Mini Picture
8.1
Gaming
8.6
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
7.7
Programming
6.8
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is a low-profile, 65% compact board with a dedicated F-row and arrow keys. It's very similar to the full-size Logitech MX Keys, but it's missing some keys, like the numpad and navigation keys, but it also has some new functions like a Dictation key, an Emoji key, and a Mic Mute key. You can use it via Bluetooth and pair it with up to three devices, and it's compatible with most common operating systems, though some keys don't work on certain devices. Unfortunately, while it's compatible with Logitech's new Logi Bolt USB receiver, you have to buy it separately. Also, it isn't compatible with Logitech's unifying receiver, so if you already have Logitech devices and prefer using the receiver, you'll have to have both plugged in at once.

Our Verdict

8.1 Gaming

The Logitech MX Keys Mini scores well for gaming, but it isn't intended for this use. Its latency is fairly high for gaming, and you can't set macros to any key. While you can remap some function keys, you're limited to a list of preset options. Also, it doesn't have mechanical switches, which some gamers may not like. On the bright side, its scissor switches have a short pre-travel distance, giving the board a responsive feel. It feels well-built, and it has nice white backlighting to help you see the legends in the dark.

Pros
  • Great typing experience.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Bright white backlighting.
Cons
  • High latency.
  • No macro-programmable keys.
8.6 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is excellent for mobile devices. You can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth and pair it with up to three devices. It's compatible with most common operating systems, though some keys don't work on certain devices. It's very thin, which is great for sliding into a laptop bag, and it feels well-built, so you won't need to worry about it breaking while traveling.

Pros
  • Great typing experience.
  • Compatible with most common operating systems.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Bright white backlighting.
Cons
  • Some functions don't work on mobile.
7.8 Office

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is good for office use. Its scissor switches feel light and responsive overall. The board is quiet to type on, and while it doesn't come with a wrist rest, it's very low profile and doesn't need one. You can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth and pair it with up to three devices, and you can also use it with the Logi Bolt USB receiver if you buy it separately. Unfortunately, while you can remap some keys, it's limited to a preset list of options, and you can't set any macros, which may bother some people.

Pros
  • Great typing experience.
  • Compatible with most common operating systems.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Bright white backlighting.
Cons
  • Not compatible with Logitech unifying receiver.
  • USB receiver is sold separately.
  • No macro-programmable keys.
7.7 Programming

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is good for programming. The scissor switches feel light and responsive overall. The board is very low profile and comfortable to type on, even without a wrist rest. It feels well-built and has white backlighting to help you see your keys in the dark. You can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth and pair it with up to three devices, and you can use it with the Logi Bolt USB receiver if you buy it separately. It's compatible with most common operating systems, but some keys don't work on certain devices. Unfortunately, you can't set any macros, and while you can remap some keys, it's limited to a preset list of options.

Pros
  • Great typing experience.
  • Compatible with most common operating systems.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Bright white backlighting.
Cons
  • Not compatible with Logitech unifying receiver.
  • USB receiver is sold separately.
  • No macro-programmable keys.
6.8 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is okay for a home theater PC setup, but it isn't designed for this use. It doesn't have a built-in trackpad, meaning you also need a mouse to navigate the interface, and there isn't a volume control wheel. On the bright side, it has media hotkeys and white backlighting. Also, you can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth or the Logi Bolt USB receiver if you buy it separately, and it's compatible with many operating systems, though some keys don't work on certain devices.

Pros
  • Great typing experience.
  • Compatible with most common operating systems.
  • Bright white backlighting.
Cons
  • USB receiver is sold separately.
  • No macro-programmable keys.
  • No built-in trackpad.
  • 8.1 Gaming
  • 8.6 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 7.7 Programming
  • 6.8 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Oct 28, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 25, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width 11.7" (29.6 cm)
Depth
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.11 lbs (0.504 kg)

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is a 65% compact board with a dedicated function row and arrow keys.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The Logitech MX Keys Mini feels very well-built, thanks to its metal chassis and base plate. The keys are stable, with very little rattle, and while it isn't stated on the product page, the keycaps feel like ABS. There are five rubber pads on the underside that keep the board in place.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech MX Keys Mini has decent ergonomics. It's a straight, flat board with no incline settings. While it doesn't come with a wrist rest, it's low enough that you shouldn't need one.

8.9
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
White
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
White Only
Effects
No
Programmable
No

The Logitech MX Keys Mini has white backlighting with individually lit keys. You can control the brightness settings by using the dedicated hotkeys, F5 and F6. There's a built-in sensor that turns the backlight on automatically in the dark and turns it off when you haven't typed for a while.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Charge Only)
Length 4.6 ft (1.4 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The Logitech MX Keys Mini has a standard rubber USB-C charging cable. You can only use the cable to charge the battery, meaning you can't use the board in wired mode.

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

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. Unlike the full-size Logitech MX Keys and many other Logitech devices, the Mini isn't compatible with Logitech's unifying receiver.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

The Logitech MX Keys Mini lacks some of the function keys that its full-size version has, like those for monitor brightness control, desktop swap, workspace organization, and quick app launch. It's also missing a numpad and navigation keys, and while it does have dedicated arrow keys, they're small. On the other hand, it does have some new function keys, like a dedicated Mute key, a Dictation key for talk-to-text, and an Emoji key.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech MX Keys Mini
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
58 gf
Actuation Force
29 gf
Pre-Travel
1.3 mm
Total Travel
2.0 mm

The Logitech MX Keys Mini uses scissor switches, which have a short pre-travel distance and feel pretty light to type on.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Logitech MX Keys Mini feels great to type on. Each key has a rounded indent that helps you hit the key in the center and reduce typos. While the board is compact, the keys are well-spaced and don't feel too cramped. All of the keys feel stable and even, but the spacebar feels a bit different when actuating and makes a bit more noise.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is quiet and shouldn't bother those around you in a noise-sensitive environment.

6.9
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
16.2 ms

The Bluetooth latency is low enough for general tasks, but it's likely too high for gaming. While it's compatible with the Logi Bolt USB receiver, the board doesn't come with it, meaning we couldn't test it.

Software and Operating System
5.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Logitech Options
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The Logitech Options software offers some customizations, like creating multiple profiles and creating custom settings for specific applications. You can also remap some of the F-row keys, but you're limited to a list of preset functions.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is compatible with most common desktop and mobile operating systems. However, some keys don't work on certain devices. On macOS, the Mute key and Dictation key don't work. On Linux, the Dictation, Emoji, Screenshot, and Mute keys don't register. On Android and iOS, the Emoji and Mute keys don't function, and only the Mute key doesn't work on iPadOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Logitech MX Keys Mini in Graphite, but it's also available in Pale Gray, Rose, and Black, though the Black isn't available at all retailers. There's also a Pale Gray variant dedicated to Mac, which excludes the Windows-specific functions from the keycaps. There's also a business variant that comes with the Logi Bolt USB receiver. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech MX Keys Mini is a good low-profile wireless board for office use. It's a smaller version of the Logitech MX Keys, without the numpad and navigation keys, and some other functions are replaced by a Dictation key, a Mute key, and an Emoji key. It's very similar to the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017, which is also a thin and compact office board made for Mac. Like many office boards we've tested, you can use the MX Keys Mini over Bluetooth and pair it with up to three devices. You can also connect it with a USB receiver, but unlike most other Logitech keyboards we've tested, the USB receiver isn't included with the board.

See our recommendations for the best wireless keyboards, the best keyboards for typing, and the best ergonomic keyboards.

Logitech K380

The Logitech K380 and the Logitech MX Keys Mini are both compact wireless boards, but the MX Keys Mini is better overall. It has a rechargeable battery instead of disposable AAA batteries like the K380, and it has white backlighting to help you see the key legends when in the dark. Also, you can remap a few more keys on the MX Keys Mini than on the K380, and you can also create profiles for specific programs.

Apple Magic Keyboard 2017

The Logitech MX Keys Mini and the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017 are both compact, low-profile, wireless keyboards. The Logitech has a few more features, like white backlighting, multi-device pairing via Bluetooth, and customization software to remap some keys. Also, the Logitech is compatible with more operating systems, including Android, which the Apple isn't compatible with at all. On the other hand, the Apple is fully compatible with macOS, iPadOS, and iOS, since it's made for Apple products. Also, you can use the cable for both changing and wired mode, while the Logitech is a wireless-only board, and you can only use the cable to charge the battery.

Logitech MX Keys

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. Comparatively, the Mini isn't compatible with the unifying receiver, and while it's compatible with the Logi Bolt USB receiver, you need to buy it separately. Also, the Mini includes some new function keys, like a dictation key, a mic mute key, and an emoji key, but some don't work on certain operating systems.

Keychron K3

The Keychron K3 and the Logitech MX Keys Mini are both low-profile wireless keyboards with multi-device pairing via Bluetooth. If you prefer compact mechanical boards, the Keychron K3 is a better choice since it's available with a variety of Gateron Mechanical and Keychron Optical switches. You can also use it in a wired mode with its cable, while the Logitech only lets you charge the battery with the cable. Also, it has RGB backlighting and some navigation keys that the Logitech lacks. On the other hand, the Logitech is a compact non-mechanical board with scissor switches. It has white backlighting and customization software to remap keys and create profiles. Also, unlike the Keychron, you can use it with a USB receiver, but you need to buy it separately.

Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad and the Logitech MX Keys Mini are wireless, low-profile boards. The Apple is a full-size model, though it also comes in the same compact size as the Logitech. The Apple has a Numpad, a Touch ID key in the top right corner, and full compatibility with macOS. Also, you can use its cable for changing and in wired mode, while the Logitech is a wireless-only board that only lets you use the cable to charge the battery. That said, the Logitech has a few more features, like white backlighting, multi-device pairing via Bluetooth, and customization software to remap some keys.

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