New keyboard—Logitech MX keys

Logitech MX Keys on my desk

This week I took delivery of a new keyboard, the Logitech MX keys. It replaces my previous Logitech K750 solar keyboard model which I have been using for over 10 years, since April 2012.

OUT: Logitech K750 solar

I have loved the K750. It is slim, the key travel is light, and you don’t need to remember to recharge it as it’s solar powered. During that time, I have owned five of them. I always had at least two active at the same time: one at home, one at work.

My thinking was that I wanted to have the same keyboard model wherever I was using a keyboard. That way, I wouldn’t have to think about what keys to press, I would rely on muscle memory.

I’ve long been a fan of Logitech keyboards. I’ve owned at least 12 of them since I switched from Microsoft keyboards in 2012. Between January and April, I had a bit of a Goldilocks and the Three Bears experience trying the K360, then the K200, until settling on the K750.

But my work K750 has been failing recently and trying to keep it topped up on solar energy during a Scottish winter is a tough ask. It was time to replace it. But with what?

IN: Logitech MX keys

I had heard good things about the MX keys, it has a similar form as the K750 and it can be paired with up to three devices at the same time via either the USB Unifying receiver or Bluetooth. Ahh! That could save a lot of space on my already cluttered desk.

So far, I’m loving the Logitech MX keys.

It has taken me a few days to adjust to the slightly different sized and spaced keys (especially the function keys which don’t have a gap every four keys like most keyboards I have used). I have had to remap my media key shortcuts for MusicBee to match the printed previous, play/pause and next keys (F8 to F10). And I have had to relearn where the print screen key is (above the keypad).

This keyboard is significantly heavier, which I am loving. It is solid. Place it on the desk and it stays there. You really have to give it a push to move it.

The key travel is also heavier than the K750 which I am beginning to get used to. That was one of the things I loved about the solar keyboard, it was so easy and light to touch type on. I do have to take breaks more often with this keyboard as my fingers gets sore quicker. But I am sure I will get used to it.

Switching between devices could not be more simple. There are three keys marked 💻 1, 💻 2 and 💻3. Tap the key and you immediately switch to the respective device. Pairing devices, again, is simple. Hold the key for 3-seconds and start the pairing either via the Logitech Unifying Software app or Bluetooth.

One genuine niggle is that I wish there was an option to set the time out length on the keyboard backlighting. The keyboard has a proximity sensor which switches on the backlighting when my hands approach it, which is great, but it takes a little too long to switch on and I find myself waving my hand over the top-right of the keyboard to switch on the lighting before I start typing.

Apart from that annoyance, I am really enjoying this keyboard. I’m hoping this can be my main keyboard for the next eleven years.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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