When my old wireless keyboard packed in and I discovered it was no longer available I needed to look around for another. By this time I had also acquired an M1 Mac Mini and a Logitech MX Master 3 For Mac wireless mouse and so it seemed to make sense to look for a compatible wireless keyboard to go with it. The MX Master mouse works just as well on my Windows 10 PC and so it made sense to find a keyboard that worked equally well on my Mac. The MX Keys is by no means the cheapest option available and cost nearly three times the price of my old backlit wireless keyboard with at first sight few advantages. I bought it for £76 but the prices fluctuate wildly and at the time of writing is priced at £95.24 on Amazon.
In the box is the keyboard itself, the dongle, a USB-C charging cable and a large amount of useless na dirrelevant paperwork.
The MX Keys can connect to up to three computers and can do so either using Bluetooth or with the included 2.4Ghz dongle. I decided to use the dongle to connect to my PC and Bluetooth to the Mac. Switching between them is simple using the three dedicated selection keys, just a touch instantly and seamlessly changes from one computer to another each with separate custom keyboard configurations using the excellent Logitech control software. The MX Keys can be used with either Windows or Mac and has dual markings on some keys to allow for this. Setup on the surface is easy enough but I had to struggle a bit to pair it to my Mac but since then it has been entirely trouble-free and connects automatically on startup or when using the keyboard selector. There was no trouble at all when setting up the dongle connection to my PC.
The keyboard is battery powered with a built-in Lithium Polymer cell charged using the USB-C port with a status LED to confirm charging and for low battery alerts. The keyboard can be used perfectly normally when charging if needed. It takes a couple of hours to charge it and one charge should give up to ten days or regular use with the backlight on.
The keyboard is very nice to use with good positive action and very decent key travel. There are audible and visual alerts for caps and numbers lock and for low battery status. There are no rear legs to change the keyboard angle but this is perhaps no bad thing as there is nothing there to break with the slight address angle produced directly from the rear lip of the keyboard base. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the proximity sensor built into the keyboard which turns the backlighting on when it detects a finger about a centimetre away from the keyboard and off again when typing finishes. This works well and has given me no trouble whatsoever which is just as well as I find the keyboard markings themselves to be rather dim and hard to see in low light. The backlighting can be switched off through the Logitech software.
In short, I have to say the keyboard has worked flawlessly every time for me with great battery life and is probably the best wireless keyboard I have used. However, it is not without issues, There is a large amount of paperwork included but no actual user guide and this has to be downloaded via the rather hard to navigate Logitech website. More importantly, there is nowhere on the keyboard itself to store the small and easily lost dongle, a nuisance for those who connect only using Bluetooth.
This is a great keyboard although entirely free of issues, that works well but is expensive with cheaper rivals available.
Good Build Quality
Good Typing Experience
Supports 3 Computers
Bluetooth or Wireless Connection
Good Configuration Software
Integrates With Other Logitech Products
Hard to Use Without Backlighting
No Dongle Storage Option