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Logitech reveals first mechanical keyboard especially for Mac

Logitech MX Mechanical Mini for Mac is the company’s first mechanical keyboard, “Mac optimized .” As its name guides, the keyboard is a tweaked version of the MX Mechanical Mini that Logitech unleashed earlier this year, with a few Mac-specific features.

It’s part of a quartet of new Mac accessories the company is announcing today, including the MX Master 3S for Mac mouse, the Lift for Mac ergonomic mouse, and the K380 Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac.

Specifically, the Apple features of the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac include removing the Windows and Alt legends on the original MX Mechanical Mini, leaving only the macOS Option and Command keys. Alongside its dark gray version, it’s also available in a new light gray color scheme that aims to offer a “consistent design aesthetic” when used alongside Mac computers, according to Logitech’s Delphine Donn.

There’s no shortcut to open macOS’s Mission Control by default. In addition, the keyboard is only available with low-profile tactile switches, with no sign of the linear or clicky switch options  for the cross-platform keyboard version.

The MX Mechanical Mini for Mac, the MX Master 3S for Mac, the Lift for Mac ergonomic mouse, and the K380 Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac, the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac come in lighter colors with Mac-specific keycaps.

Logitech International S.A. is a Swiss-American multinational computer peripherals and software manufacturer with headquarters in Newark, California, and Lausanne, Switzerland. The company has offices throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas. It is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of input and interface devices for personal computers and other digital products. It is a segment of the flagship Swiss Market Index.

The company generates and markets personal peripherals for PC navigation, video communication and collaboration, music, and smart homes. It includes products like keyboards, mice, tablet accessories, webcams, Bluetooth speakers, headphones and headsets, universal remotes, and more. Its name is anointed from logiciel, the French term for software.

Logitech obtained the mobile visual communications provider Mirial. Bracken Darrell became Logitech’s chief administrative officer; then-CEO Guerrino De Luca resumed as Logitech’s chairman of the board.

In January 2016, Logitech turned off the video conferencing equipment maker Lifesize. In April 2016, Logitech agreed to pay a US$7.5 million penalty related to accusations that it and some former executives improperly extended the company’s results for its 2011 fiscal year to satisfy guidance and other accounting offenses. The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission SEC told the alleged accounting cases left investors without an accurate sight of the Swiss company’s finances.

Logitech reported that they had agreed to acquire Jaybird, a chief in wireless audio wearables for sports and active lifestyles, for US$50 Mn, with an extra earnout of up to US$45 Mn based on achievement of growth targets. Additionally, Logitech announced they had purchased the Saitek brand and assets from Mad Catz for US$13 million.

The difference from the typical MX Mechanical Mini is that these accompaniments are Bluetooth only and don’t come with Logitech’s wireless USB dongles. That makes some logic, given that Logitech’s dongles are yet to complete the jump to USB Type-C, but the accessories are a little less versatile.

Like the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac, the K380 Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac also features Mac-specific keys and is available in a new light blue color. But the Mac-focused features of the MX Master 3S for Mac and the Lift for Mac ergonomic mouse appear to be limited to their light gray color schemes, with both mice otherwise identical to Logitech’s pre-existing models.

All four accessories are on sale this month and will retail for the same price as the pre-existing versions. For example, the MX Mechanical Mini for Mac costs $149.99, the K380 for Mac $39.99, the MX Master 3S for Mac $99.99, and the Lift for Mac $69.99.