Logitech’s new mouse and keyboard deliver a quieter click and more clack, respectively

Logitech’s latest computer accessories offer a quieter or more tactile way to use your computer, depending on your preference. The new MX Master 3S is a minor update to the existing MX Master 3 mouse with a quieter mouse click and more sensitive sensor. Meanwhile, the MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini are a pair of keyboards whose mechanical switches should make them a more tactile (albeit slightly louder) counterpart to its existing MX Keys devices. The MX Mechanical, MX Mechanical Mini, and MX Master 3S will ship this month for $169.99, $149.99, and $99, respectively.

The MX Master 3S is a device very similar to the MX Master 3 which it replaces in the Logitech range. It has an aggressively sculpted right-handed design, a pair of scroll wheels (one for up/down, the other for left/right) and a trio of thumb buttons. The big changes are that it now uses an 8,000 DPI sensor, up from 4,000 last time, and the left and right mouse buttons are now much quieter – 90%, according to Logitech. There’s still a tactile bump when you click the mouse, but it’s quieter, almost like pressing a Cherry MX Brown rather than an MX Blue switch.

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Picture: Logitech

Picture: Logitech

Despite the higher-resolution sensor, this is a mouse aimed firmly at office and productivity work rather than gaming thanks to its relatively low 125Hz polling rate. In contrast, gaming mice typically poll at 1000 Hz or even 8000 Hz in some cases.

Logitech says the higher DPI sensor in the MX Master 3S should help with the increasingly higher resolution displays, such as 4K and even 8K that people use with their computers, while the quieter click should benefit anyone using mouse in a shared desktop environment. Personally, I like the tactility of a louder click, but I see Logitech’s argument. The MX Master 3S will replace the MX Master 3 in Logitech’s mouse lineup, so fans of loud mouse clicks might need to act fast to grab one of the older models before they’re gone.

While the MX Master 3S is aimed at users who value silence over tactility, the new MX Mechanical keyboards do the opposite. Previously, keyboards in Logitech’s productivity-focused MX line – the MX Keys and MX Keys Mini – had soft, quiet laptop-style keys. But with the MX Mechanical, which will be sold alongside the MX Keys in the lineup, Logitech is using switches that are more, well, mechanical.

Specifically, they use Kailh’s Choc V2 switches, and available styles include tactile silent brown switches, clicky blues, and linear reds. These switches are low profile, so they don’t have the long travel of full-height Cherry MX switches. If you’re more familiar with the typing experience of a laptop keyboard, you should feel right at home here. Although low-profile, they have some of the advantages of mechanical switches, including a more tactile feel and greater reliability.

Both keyboards are wireless, and Logitech’s long battery life is in full effect here. You get up to 15 days of battery life with the keyboard backlight on or up to 10 months when it’s off. The keyboard has sensors so its backlight can light up when your hands are near, and a USB-C port handles charging when the power gets low. The keyboard and mouse can remember three devices they’re paired to (they can connect via Bluetooth or an included USB wireless adapter) and switch between them with the press of a button.

I’ve been using the MX Mechanical Mini and MX Master 3S for a few days, and so far I’ve been impressed with both as office productivity tools. It’s clear that neither is designed as a high-performance gaming peripheral, but rather as an advanced option over the standard keyboards and mice that many workers use in their offices and homes. Stay tuned for my full thoughts later this week.

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