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Logitech upgrades popular mouse and offers 2 new mechanical keyboards

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The new Logitech MX Mechanical Wireless Keyboard pairs with the updated MX Master 3S Wireless Mouse.
The new Logitech MX Mechanical Wireless Keyboard pairs with the updated MX Master 3S Wireless Mouse.
Photo: Logitech

In its latest release, Logitech offers an upgraded MX Master 3S Wireless Mouse and two new mechanical keyboards. The new mouse is an update on the popular MX Master 3 mouse. The 3S has a quieter click and a more sensitive sensor.

And the new MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini keyboards feature mechanical switches, a departure from the existing MX Keys keyboards.

The MX Master 3S, MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini, which will ship by the end of May, all readily pair with both Macs and PCs.

Upgraded MX Master 3S Wireless Mouse

The Logitech MX Master 3S Wireless Mouse closely resembles its predecessor, the wildly popular MX Master 3. The new version has a sculpted right-handed design, a pair of scroll wheels — up-down and right-left — and three thumb buttons.

In terms of upgrades, the new mouse features an 8,000 DPI sensor, up from 4,000. And the left and right mouse buttons are now 90% quieter, Logitech said. You still feel a tactile bump when you click the mouse, but it’s more muted than before.

Even with a higher-resolution sensor, the mouse is mainly for office and productivity work rather than gaming. It has a comparatively low polling rate, at 125Hz. Gaming mice often poll at 1,000Hz and up.

Logitech indicated the increased sensitivity of the MX Master 3S DPI sensor should work well with newer, higher-resolution displays that are becoming commonplace (4K up to 8K). And the quieter click should benefit anyone using the mouse in a shared office setting, where other people can hear you.

The new mouse can remember three devices it pairs to via Bluetooth or USB wireless adapter and switch between them with the press of a button. The same goes for the two new keyboards.

The Logitech MX Master 3S wireless mouse will cost $99. It will ship in May.

Where to buy: Logitech

New MX Mechanical keyboards

As the new mouse gets quieter, the new MX Mechanical keyboards go the other way, in a sense. Logitech’s existing, productivity-focused MX Keys and MX Keys Mini have used quiet, low-profile membrane-style keys a little like those you’d find on a laptop.

But now the MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini add switches and keycaps to the MX lineup. They are louder than membrane keys, but they may not be as loud in Logitech’s new products as they are in many mechanical keyboards, including Logitech’s own gaming-focused mechanical keebs.

The new keyboards feature Kailh’s Choc V2 switches. Available styles include quiet brown tactile switches, clicky blues and linear reds. They’re still low-profile, however, so they don’t travel as far when you press down as full-height switches would. If you’re used to typing on a laptop, you may find these new mechanical keyboards quite comfortable.

And despite having low-profile keys, the new keebs enjoy the benefits of mechanical switches. Those benefits can include better reliability and a more tactile feel when you type.

The new keyboards are wireless. You should see 15 days of battery life with the keyboard’s backlighting turned on, or up to 10 months with it turned off, Logitech said. Then you charge via a USB-C port.

The MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini ship in May for $169.99 and $149.99, respectively.

Where to buy: Logitech