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MX Mechanical Mini & MX Master 3S Review: Push up your work game

MX Mechanical Mini & MX Master 3S Review: Push up your work game

I learned to type on old Remington typewriters, so I can safely say that I’m old enough to get excited at the thought of switching to a mechanical keyboard, even if it’s only for a week. The new MX Mechanical Mini from Logitech gave me just that ability with the MX Master 3S wireless mouse, an update on an icon in itself.

The MX Mechanical Mini is, as the name suggests, a very compact wireless keyboard that you can easily pack in your backpack. But it is also quite heavy, which suggests that this will be different from other keyboards of this size. The base is what makes the piece heavy and there is a metal plate under the keys that gives it a very serious look.

The keys are reasonably well spread and there are minimal fake clicks, even for me coming in from an iMac keyboard. The keys are backlit and this can be adjusted thanks to the dedicated keys in the function bar. There are more dedicated keys, such as for taking screenshots or opening the search box along with those that are older keys. The keyboard can be connected to up to three devices simultaneously and you use the keys here to switch. It can be charged with the USB-C port on the back.

What I like about the mechanical keyboard is the right amount of resistance and travel keys provide when typing. With some of the new keyboards I’m used to, the keys are almost uninterested, as if they are doing you a favor. However, mechanical keys make you type more.

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The mechanical keyboard has the right amount of resistance and travel. (Photo credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

Since the pandemic almost completely awaited me from Windows devices, I tested the MX Mechanical Mini on the new iMac. It works pretty well here, although there are many things that do not work, such as using commands to increase the font size while typing on Bear. Some of the dedicated keys are also confused in the Mac environment. So I would suggest that you reconsider this if you are not working on Windows devices, as I’m not sure Logitech offers a Mac version of this keyboard.

However, the MX Master 3S had no such issues and worked like a dream on the iMac, but as with the keyboard, I had to use an inverter to connect the dongle to the USC-C port. Like previous versions, this MX Master 3S also offers a good hand rest that does not wear you out even after many hours at work. The mouse has two scrolls, one for scrolling up and down and another for scrolling sideways. There are back and forth keys right next to where you want to keep your thumb as right-handed. There is also a movement key just below the thumb, although I did not have much use for it.

MX Master 3Stoo provides a good rest for the hand that does not wear you out even after many hours at work. (Photo credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

Working with really large spreadsheets is very easy with a mouse like this, thanks to the two-way scrolling options. This is also when you realize how fast the mouse responds. I liked how you can switch scroll mode to be more plate-like so you get haptic feedback as you scroll down rows on the spreadsheet.

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Working with really large spreadsheets is very easy with a mouse like this, thanks to the two-way scrolling options. (Photo credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

The MX Master 3S is also very quiet and works on all surfaces from glass to leather. The rubberized finish makes it comfortable for long hours together with the ergonomic design. Again, it can be paired with multiple devices and can be easily switched from one to the other using a button on the base. This also comes with a charging port at the front.

The Logitech MX Mechanical Mini keyboard and MX Master 3S are great options for workaholics who want to improve their professional gaming. For others, I would say that these are really big investments that need some return to make sense. The Logitech MC Mechanical Mini is priced at Rs 17,495 while the MX Master 3S has a price tag of Rs 10,995. But for those who want to improve their work, and play, with this accessory, it is well worth it.

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