Logitech MX Keys Mini : Like the Original, But Smaller

Logitech MX Keys Mini review: Honey, I’ve shrunk the keyboard

MSRP $99.00

“The Logitech MX Keys Mini delivers the same great typing experience in a smaller, more ergonomic experience.”

Pros

  • Comfortable typing experience
  • Compact and lightweight for travel
  • Ergonomic
  • Advanced features
  • Sustainable design and packaging

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can’t be used as a wired keyboard

How do you improve on a near-perfect keyboard? It’s a good problem for Logitech to have with its MX Keys peripheral, which quickly became a fan-favorite keyboard on retailers like Amazon.

The solution Logitech adopted was to release a more compact version of its widely acclaimed keyboard in the form of the MX Keys Mini and MX Keys Mini for Mac. Both the standard and the compact keyboards share similar layouts, with the made for Mac edition coming with Apple-specific keys, like the option and command keys. Versions with international keyboard layouts will also be available.

It’s not for the serious mechanical keyboard lovers out there, but most everyone else will find a lot to like about what Logitech has done with the MX Keys Mini.

Design

Smaller doesn’t mean cramped. Like the regular MX Keys, the MX Keys Mini boasts full-size keys for easy typing. To shrink down the dimensions of the keyboard — the standard version measures 131.63 x 430.2 x 20.5mm — Logitech essentially removed everything to the right of the enter key and repositioned the arrow keys to an inverted T layout. This reduces the width of the MX Keys Mini by 134.21mm to 295.99mm.

This equates to a reduction in size of just over five and a quarter inches — or 30% in size. The compact dimensions make the MX Mini more portable, so it’s easier to slip it into a smaller bag when you need a better keyboard to type on while remote. The real advantage, however, is that a narrower keyboard makes it more ergonomic to type on.

As a result of the new size, the weight of the keyboard drops from 810 grams to 506g, or 1.16 pounds. A lot of the weight can be attributed to the keyboard’s solid construction, which features a full metal shell on the top side that surrounds the island-style keys. There’s a slim plastic strip that extends from the top of the keyboard, and that area houses the sensors, battery, and circuitry. The other dimensions also changed slightly, but they’re mostly similar to the original model.

Like the original, the Mini edition features individual keys with a circular dimple on the keycap, a design feature that helps with comfort when typing. The chiclet key arrangement are decidedly more modern in appearance than the 1990s-style keycaps on mechanical keyboards and looks like it could have been taken straight off of a laptop. The company claims that the dimple on each key contours to your fingertips when you’re typing, and automatic backlighting is also available for working at night.

The MX Keys Mini comes in three colors — rose, graphite, and pale gray — and features white LED backlit keys. A built-in battery delivers up to 10 days of use on a single charge with the backlight enabled or up to five months of usage sans lighting, Logitech claims, and it can be recharged via the included USB-C cable. The keyboard version that we received for review is graphite and comes with slightly darker gray keycaps and white character lettering.

Our model isn’t the one that’s made for Mac, but it also comes with dual keys that support Mac and Windows — for example, the Apple Option key can be used to activate the Start menu on Windows, while the Command key can also serve as the Alt key on Microsoft’s OS. If you’re a Mac user looking to adopt the MX Keys Mini, the big downside is you won’t find a Touch ID fingerprint scanner on this third-party keyboard.

As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, the MX Keys Mini is made with up to 30% post-consumer recycled plastics, however, the level of recycled plastics found in the lighter hues will be far less than what is implemented on the darker graphite colorway. The company says this is because it’s far too difficult to extract and recycle plastics from existing keyboards — which oftentimes are made from darker materials — and turn them into lighter colors as found on the rose and pale gray keyboard.

Typing and features

Many of the key features found on the larger MX Keys are carried over to the MX Keys Mini,