Logitech’s new gear is perfect if you like quiet computer accessories – KXAN Austin

Why Logitech’s MX Master series is worth it

Logitech is the most recognizable name in mice, and has been for a long time. In recent years, it has also had a presence in the keyboard space. On May 24, it launched a new pair of high-end mechanical keyboards and a new iteration of its popular MX Master series of mice.

Along with premium build quality and robust wireless connectivity, the keyboards come with three mechanical switches. Whether you prefer linear key action, a satisfying click sound, or a tactile but nearly noiseless bump, Logitech’s new keyboards have something for you.

How Mechanical Keyboards Work

Most keyboards use a membrane system consisting of a single rubber pad that acts as a spring for all the keys. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this system, and there are plenty of interesting membrane keyboards out there. But if you type a lot or enjoy playing video games, mechanical keyboards can be much more satisfying.

Membrane keyboards can feel soft and may not be suitable for fast types. Instead, mechanical keyboards have a separate spring mechanism supporting each key. For years Cherry has made the most reliable and consistent mechanical switches. But many companies have cloned their designs. After the Cherry MX switch patent expired in 2014, even more manufacturers copied the classic components and released essentially identical versions. Today, many of these copies function identically to the originals.

Types of Mechanical Keyboard Switches

You will come across three main types of switches when looking for a mechanical keyboard. Logitech’s new MX mechanical keyboards are available in all three variants.

  • Red switches: Often referred to as red switches, linear keyboard switches have no tactile feedback, and the only noise they make comes from the key itself hitting the faceplate of the keyboard. Since they operate a key faster and with less effort than others, red switches are ideal for fast-paced games.
  • Blue switches: At the other end of the spectrum, blue switches provide tactile feedback as the switch is activated and the signal is sent to the computer. They also make a lot of noise. Therefore, they’re not ideal for busy workspaces or for home use where you want things to be relatively quiet.
  • Brown switches: Brown switches have a tactile bump similar to blue switches at the point of actuation but make very little noise in comparison. They are perfect for all-purpose use at home or in the office. While they don’t quite have the same lightning-fast response as the Red Switches, they’re also popular among gamers.

Logitech MX series mouse

Far too many wireless mice feel cheap and insubstantial, but not the ones in the Logitech MX line. They combine great build quality with advanced sensor technologies and durable mechanical components. But, unlike some Logitech Mouseclicking their buttons always made a decent amount of noise.

That changes with the new MX Master 3S. It builds on the flagship quality of the nearly three-year-old MX Master 3, but comes with a higher resolution sensor, more defined tactile feedback and 90% quieter operation.

Like the previous MX Master 3, the MX Master 3S is a complete mouse with new inclusions like a scroll wheel in addition to the traditional scroll wheel. It can reliably track unconventional surfaces such as glass or even mirrors. It also offers multi-device connectivity and software called Logitech Flow that allows you to instantly switch between up to three computers without touching a single button or changing any settings. You can use this versatile connectivity feature using Bluetooth, a 2.4 gigahertz USB dongle, or a combination of the two.

Logitech MX mechanical keyboard

This full-size keyboard features a numeric keypad, a low-profile design, and your choice of three popular switch types. It charges via USB-C, works with almost any operating system, and sports a bright backlight.

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Logitech MX Mechanical Mini Keyboard

Logitech MX Mechanical Mini Keyboard

If you’re not concerned about placement of a numeric keypad or inconspicuous arrow key, this compact option can save space on your desk and reduce wrist and elbow strain compared to full-size models. . The short key actuation distance makes it perfect for faster types.

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Logitech MX Master 3S Mouse

Logitech MX Master 3S Mouse

As long as your hands are medium or large in size, this is one of the most luxurious mice you’ll find. It features state-of-the-art technology, including a top-of-the-line sensor and the most reliable wireless connectivity available.

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Other low-noise Logitech mice and keyboards

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Mouse

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Mouse

It hasn’t been updated in a few years, but it’s still the company’s most premium compact mouse. It’s ideal for all but the biggest hands and incorporates some of the best hardware on the market.

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Logitech M590 Mouse

Logitech M590 Mouse

It has two thumb buttons, a tilting scroll wheel, and dual-device connectivity with Logitech Flow support. All in all, this is an impressive compact option, ideal for working in congested spaces while on the go.

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Logitech M220 Silent Mouse

Logitech M220 Silent Mouse

There’s not much to this one – it has two buttons, a scroll wheel and that’s it – but it’s small, affordable, precise and reasonably durable. However, anyone with large hands should look elsewhere.

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Logitech M650 Mouse

Logitech M650 Mouse

This relatively basic model has two thumb buttons, multi-device connectivity and not much else in terms of specific features. More importantly, it comes in large and small sizes, as well as left-handed and right-handed models, making it one of the most versatile choices.

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Logitech G915 gaming keyboard

Logitech G915 gaming keyboard

Its faceplate, switches, and wireless connectivity are all excellent, and its keyless design takes up minimal desk space and is good for ergonomics. Its only real downside is the price.

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Logitech MK295 Mouse and Keyboard Combo

Logitech MK295 Mouse and Keyboard Combo

If all you want is something reliable and quiet, these affordable devices have you covered. They’re not the most responsive in terms of tactile feedback, but they work well and cost next to nothing.

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