Mechanical keyboards have become increasingly popular with eSport professionals, high-end gamers and typists due to the improved response time resulting in better accuracy and speed. Virtually every major hardware manufacturer including Roccat, Razer, SteelSeries, Corsair, MIONIX, Logitech and more offer at least one mechanical keyboard and some even have multiple switch options from Blues to Blacks. Logitech’s first foray into this market relied on the G710+ which utilized Cherry MX brown switches, white LED backlighting and a wide array of programmable macro keys. This package was very impressive and only let down by some cosmetic oversights like the garish orange plastic border around the G-keys. The latest trend in the keyboard market is RGB backlighting and Logitech’s G910 features customizable RGB illumination with 16.8M Colors which competes against the Corsair K95 RGB and Razer BlackWidow Chroma.
The packaging design, aesthetics and premium feel is superb and easily the best I’ve experienced to date. So what makes it so special? Firstly, the outer cover has a wonderful snapshot of the unit on a constellation background which draws you into the product. Once you have removed the outer cover, the main box is extremely solid and employs a blue and black theme. This colour scheme is beautifully complemented by the Logitech Gaming logo in the center. Inside the box is a moulded plastic section for the keyboard, instruction manual and two wrist rests which provides adequate protection against damage during transit. The only area of complaint is the lack of a key remover which is vital for cleaning the keyboard and maintaining it over a long period of time. Despite this, I have to commend Logitech for not only giving the product a designer feel but also using strong and durable packing materials.
After unboxing, the first thing you will notice is the enormous size measuring in at a colossal L505mm x W243.5mm x D35mm. As a result, it has a large footprint but this is required to house the macro keys, media buttons and mechanical switches without feeling too cramped. Furthermore, the weight is 1.5Kg and this adds a great deal of rigidity. To test this, I applied pressure to the plastic construction and noticed there was virtually no flex. Compared to other models, the G910 is up there with the SteelSeries 6Gv2 in terms of build quality..The plastic used is a lovely matte finish which feels luxurious and repels dust in a pretty efficient way. On the rear, there is a rubber coating on the feet and Logitech has positioned two high-quality rubber pads to ensure the keyboard doesn’t slide around if you hit the keys in a sharp manner during games.
While the main finish is matte, Logitech have used a glossy coating for the bottom portion which connects to the clip-on wrist wrest. This doesn’t seem like a problem at first as the wrist wrest is matte. However, there is a small visible 7mm glossy strip between these areas which collects dust and is a nightmare to keep clean. On a more positive note, Logitech include two wrist rests which vary in width where you rest your palm. This is a fantastic idea since you can alter the keyboard’s typing position and suit it to individual hand sizes. Overall, I am a little bit disappointed with the wrist rest as it feels quite thin and isn’t a patch on the SteelSeries 7G. It does have one benefit though as the lighter build makes it easier to remove. Judging the keyboard’s aesthetics is a subjective opinion and I feel this will become a fairly polarizing design.
The smooth black plastic works well alongside the illuminated media buttons. As you would expect, the RGB lighting provides a certain wow factor and means you can customize the unit to your own individual tastes. I also approve of the unusual design on the G keys, arrow keys and WASD. Those small graphical touches really add a certain flair to a professional looking keyboard. Other areas I particularly love include the RGB Logitech Gaming logo which looks sensational as it cycles through the various colours. I also thought the G910 text next to the wrist section was a marvellous idea and something I’ve not seen before. Unfortunately, since this part has an indent, it becomes dusty very quickly and is difficult to maintain. In my own opinion, I love the design but it still feels a little plain compared to Corsair’s K95 RGB model.
A large proportion of mechanical keyboards are quite basic and lack functionality such as media keys. Thankfully this is not the case here as Logitech include standard media commands such as play/pause, stop, mute, volume control and a windows key lock. These buttons have a blue illumination instead of RGB which makes them easy to find when glancing at the keyboard for a brief moment. The functions are perfectly positioned and all within a hand-span of each other. There is also a volume scroll which I couldn’t live without since it’s quicker to use than a thin, headset volume meter. There are other advanced features that are missing when compared to the competition, most noticeably the lack of a USB passthrough to connect a headset or mouse. The other area of concern is the USB cable which is a lot thinner than the G710+ and feels quite cheap. Logitech could have used the blue and black theme to finish the wire in a lovely cross-section braided finish. While this might seem frivolous, these small details are crucial when you take into account the hefty price point of £159.99.
Logitech have done something quite unusual with the keycaps and moulded each key with a concave indent. In theory, this allows you to glide over the keys during gameplay and feel the notches so you can’t miss keystroke. I tried a number of games including Bioshock Infinite, Red Orchestra 2, Metro Redux and felt like this innovative design worked fantastically as I rarely pressed keys by mistake or missed my intended command. Your fingers almost automatically position themselves into the key’s center and this means you are less likely to rub off the edges. While this was brilliant for gaming, it did become a little awkward when typing large documents. For some reason, it just wasn’t very comfortable and seemed to resist against my natural typing motion. However, this is always down to personal preference and the caps only reduced my words per minute from 90 to 85.
As a proponent of Cherry MX switches, I was extremely sceptical of Logitech’s new Romer-G switch type given Cherry’s prestigious reputation. The Romer-G switches require an actuation force of 45g, similar to Cherry MX Browns used in the G710+ and employ an actuation time of 5.0ms compared 6.7ms on the Cherry switches and 9.0ms if you use a rubber membrane keyboard. This makes a good marketing statement as the switches are up to 25% faster than the leading mechanical switch. In reality, I highly doubt even the most astute professional gamer could tell the difference. On a similar note, Romer-G switches have a tested lifespan of 70 million keystrokes which significantly outperforms Cherry MX’s rating of 50 million. In some cases, the G910 can have an improved durability factor of up to 40%. The dual-contact redundancy ensures the keys have an accurate and consistent actuation point which is an excellent addition.
Looking beyond the technical wizardry, I was surprisingly content with the Romer-G switches and found they performed magnificently. As mentioned previously, my words-per-minute dropped by 5 points to 80 but this is still a respectable score given my years of touch typing experience..The keys are ludicrous quiet, almost silent at times which is a big selling point if you live in a flat and do a lot of typing during the night. Personally, I love the clicky, loud sound of Cherry MX blue switches so I wasn’t completely enamoured with the Romer-Gs. Putting my personal preference aside, I can see how well they perform if you are looking for a semi-tactile, quiet switch which massively outperforms membrane keyboards. My main issue for typing isn’t the switch, it’s the key indentations which feel too harsh on the finger. Nevertheless, Logitech has done an exemplary job in creating a viable, high-quality alternative to the Cherry MX switch.
The letting is laser-etched and despite heavy usage hasn’t shown any indications of wearing away. Other keyboards like the SteelSeries 6Gv2 often contained signs of smudging and the letters could disappear within weeks. The centered, surface-mounted LED backlight design glows through the precise lettering and makes the individual colours seem vivid and quite distinct with virtually zero backlight bleeding. Logitech opt for surface mounted LEDs which prolong the lifespan and add a greater degree of reliability.
This is vital as Corsair’s early backlit mechanical keyboards were plagued with LED failures. Coupling all this technology together makes the LEDs look incredible and can be seen even in bright conditions. In complete darkness, the wide gamut of colours is stunning and a true sight to behold. Annoyingly, the brightness button only toggles the LEDs on or off and you can’t adjust the specific brightness settings. This can become a problem if you find the illumination to be too distracting but you don’t want to just use a blank unlit keyboard.
Logitech’s Gaming Software suite is possibly the best I’ve come across when customizing keyboard and mouse attributes. Corsair’s K95 RGB was criticized for the overly complicated software which seemed to bamboozle people with too many options.. Logitech have gone for the other end of the spectrum and made things a little bit too simple. You can adjust individual key colours, alter various zones like the top row and WASD in numerous colours, only illuminate usable keys in certain games and modify transitioning effects. The effects are based upon a breathing motion, colour cycle, colour wave, star effect and key press.
You can also change the individual base and secondary colour whilst determining the speed rate. Additionally, it’s possible to change the transitions from horizontal to vertical and create some pretty neat RGB transitions. It is user-friendly as creating your own colour scheme is a quick and easy process but the ostentatious colour waves are restricted. However, the LED Illumination SDK allows developers to make visual effects on the keyboard if you get hit by a grenade, or craft an item and has a huge amount of potential. The problem is I can’t see that many developers spending a lot of time in implementing this since the G910 is a niche keyboard.
The G910 contains 9 programmable macro keys which supports up to 27 commands across three profiles. This is wonderful for RTS or MMO players who need to quickly input commands without having to scroll through menus for commonly used actions. The macro record function is simple using the command editor and has a comprehensive set of options. The profiler currently has 282 pre-configured key setups for games including hit titles like Batman Arkham City.
Another component is the Arx dock which acts as a stand for your smartphone.The idea behind this addition is to use the Arx Control software and monitor statistics such as RAM Usage, CPU load and temperatures. That’s not all though as you can alter volume levels, check macros and even adjust your mouse’s DPI. Unfortunately, I was unable to test this as the app is only available on iOS and Android devices. Despite not being able to test the software, I found the dock incredibly useful as I could make notes during gaming and check guides to help me if I got stuck. It’s such a shame that the dock only acts a stand and doesn’t charge your phone.
Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Money?
The Logitech G910 is a very capable mechanical keyboard featuring programmable macros, RGB illumination, media keys and a unique switch type making it a viable choice for high-end gamers. This isn’t the keyboard for Cherry MX aficionados or those who enjoy a loud, tactile response. The UK price is a little bit inflated at £159.99 whilst the US MSRP is $179.99 = £120 + sales tax. As a result, I can recommend this keyboard to US customers but feel a £20-£30 price drop is needed within the UK.