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Hey everyone, this is Ian, tech reviewer at JimsReviewRoom. I love my cherry MX mechanical keyboard I have at home – it’s a great clacky keyboard for late night gaming sessions on Fortnite or Subnautica. But in other situations, when I need to be productive, quiet, or when I just need wireless convenience, I have to look elsewhere. As a long time Logitech user, I am a big fan of their K850 keyboard, M720 Triathlon Mouse, as well as their MX Master line. Logitech just released their newest keyboard and mouse combo, the MK540. They were nice enough to provide a couple review units for my testing, though my review was not altered in any way. The MK540 keyboard/mouse combo can be found on Logitech’s website for 59 dollars. As always, I’ll provide our affiliate link at the top of the page, be sure to click on those links for the most updated prices.
Beginning with the physical description, with the MK540, you get an extremely sleek, streamlined keyboard. At under two pounds and less than one inch tall, it seems about as minimalist as it can get. The body and keys are matte, textured plastic, I found them great for maintaining grip on the keys and feeling your way as you type. Backing the keys is a shiny plastic that provides both contrast and a bit more class. The keys themselves are extremely quiet – one of the most subtle clicks I’ve tested. If you’re pumping out an essay late at night, you’re probably not going to wake anyone, even if you’re typing right next to them.
The keyboard is a 107-key layout, providing a few extra buttons above the numpad. Even so, the entire feel of the key layout is extremely familiar. It took no adjustment period at all to become confident typing at full speed. You also get media controls with the keyboard, great when you’re binge-watching a show and want to turn up the volume, or need to skip a couple songs without switching back to your media player – really handy additions here.
Flipping over to the bottom, you have non-skid rubber pads, along with adjustable keyboard feet, both to 4 and 8 degrees, though I honestly thought it felt best at its natural, flat state, really easy on the wrists. Speaking of which, there is a wrist rest built into the keyboard, nothing fancy or padded, but a good place to rest the base of your hands, making long-term typing comfortable.
Finally, I did want to mention, the keyboard is spill resistant up to 60 mL of water, about a fourth of a cup. So if you spill a drink and some liquid gets on the keyboard before you’re able to grab it, the keyboard should be just fine. I tried this out in our office and drenched it right along the home row keys and it’s still functioning great. Along with that, the keys are printed with abrasion resistant material, so even after a long period of use, the letters will still be easily legible. I gave them a good scratching, just to simulate wear-and-tear, and no letters showed any sort of peeling or fading.
Moving over to the mouse, you get a simple, contoured design, with ambidextrous use for either hand. It feels really nice in the palm – not too small, but definitely not oversized either. The sides have a rubberized coating for grip, the same material found on the scroll wheel. The wheel is the traditional ratchet spin, so no infinite scroll capabilities, but it certainly did its job well. On the bottom are four skates which glide extremely smoothly, it feels like there is almost no friction at all. I tried the mouse out on several alternative surfaces – rough wood, veneer, even my denim jeans, and it always provided a smooth, predictable experience.
Though the keyboard is intended much more for productivity, typing, or general computer use, gaming key combinations aren’t really a concern. Even so, I did want to just touch on ghosting. On average, the keyboard could catch all characters up to about six simultaneous key presses, then it did struggle slightly. This should be more than enough keys for the average consumer, and even enough for most gamers.
Honestly, what impressed me most about the performance of the MK540 was its ease of connection. In the past, even with “plug-and-play” peripherals, I have had some trouble when it comes to the initial connection. Logitech’s unifying receiver has been a big help in that regard, and with this product, it’s no different. Upon plugging in the receiver and switching both products on, within a few seconds, they were functioning correctly. No driver installations or compatibility issues – just instant functionality. I did find myself slightly wishing the keyboards had Bluetooth, just because in the office environment, USB ports can be sometimes limited, but for that option, you can always go up the price chain in Logitech’s inventory and find a suitable option.
Lastly, with 2.4 GHz wireless, Logitech claims the keyboard and mouse will have virtually no dropouts or delays up to 10 meters away. In my testing, this was absolutely no problem – using both at a length of 30 feet from my computer, I experienced no jumps or jittering, nor any lost keystrokes. This is useful if you’re using the keyboard for a bigger display which doesn’t have a traditional desk, or when you’re maybe using the keyboard from the couch or bed.
As for battery life, these products are both phenomenal. I can’t say I have fully tested either out, because the claimed battery life of the keyboard is three years (36 months), and the mouse comes in at a year and a half (18 months), though I will update this post when (if) they ever do finally die. I did find it pretty convenient that both two double-A’s for the keyboard, as well as one for the mouse, were both provided and installed by Logitech, so you won’t have to worry for quite some time. As for checking battery life, one LED just below the power switch provides battery life status when the battery key is pressed, lighting up green when your battery level is good, and switching to red when it reaches critical.
Overall, with so many options for wireless keyboard/mouse combos on the market, it can be tough to find a distinguishing factor that would make your purchase decision. With Logitech, you are getting a sleek, quality build with an extremely easy, quick connection. No fiddling around in the Windows control panel or settings menus. Along with this, reliability is another huge factor. In my 40 or so hours of use so far, I have never had the keyboard or mouse need to be reconnected, just a smooth experience every time. And with splash resistance and 36 months of battery life, this keyboard will just keep on going, no matter what you throw at it. Definitively a great deal at 59 dollars. So that’s it for this review, I hope it helped you in some way. Be sure to check back for more website-exclusive reviews coming very soon.
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