Review: Logitech G910 Orion Spark (No Score)

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As this is my first mechanical keyboard I can’t really fully score the G910 as I have no basis of which to score. As far as I can tell this is the best mechanical keyboard I’ve ever used, 10’s across the board, however that isn’t very ethical of a review. So instead this will be a hands on thoughts of this keyboard in comparison to that of my old G19 and other keyboards I’ve used in the past.

That being said this keyboard is still absolutely fantastic. First I’ll go over what most people are wondering in regards to this keyboard. Do the switches outperform or come close to that of the majority market share of the Cherry MX switches. Sorry, hate to burst your bubble, I can’t answer that. I can however talk about what the switches are. The Romer-G switches were developed in Logitech’s Swiss lab with a partnership with Omron. These switches were designed specifically for gaming as the Cherry MX switches were never designed for such and were somewhat old. The design has seven parts including the switch which has a spring inside, the dual contacts to register actuation and the landing pad at the bottom. However the big part of this design is that there is nothing in the center of the spring blocking what would be an LED. This allows each key’s center to be fully lit up with no light escaping like the Cherry MX RGB. I can say that this is the best lit up keyboard (short of having LCD’s replacing keys) that I’ve ever seen. The colors look brilliant and the keys look fantastic. The down side to this new design however comes at the cost of not being able to replace the keycaps and having to use Logitech’s less than stellar design of keycaps. The keycaps have no similarities to each other. There are several around WASD that have 3 bezels, some that have 2 bezels and even a few keycaps that are convex. The design of the keycaps is strange and took some getting used to however I did get used to it.

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There are several benefits to this design besides the center LED. For starters the actuation point (the point at which the switches connect sending a signal to the computer that a key has been pressed) is 1.5 mm compared to Cherry MX’s 2.0 mm and require the same amount of actuation force at 45 grams. This allows for 25% faster typing and response in gaming. Along with that Logitech guarantees that the switches will live for 70 million presses and has been shown to work up to 90 million. The 70 million is 40% more than Cherry MX’s  50 million key presses.

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Also included with the keyboard is 9 G-keys that allow you to set custom key strokes to each key. With 3 profiles also enabled this allows for a combination of 27 custom key binds. Though in the software it can be confusing setting it up it is pretty simple once you choose the game profile. In some instances within the gaming software that Logitech provides, there are already set profiles for various games based on what Logitech believes is the most commonly set binds to their G-keys. The keyboard also includes a media control with a great rubber volume control wheel that feels and works great, a light control for the LED’s, a windows button disabler for when you don’t want to get booted from a game for accidently hitting the windows button and the soft dock for your phone.

One of the features that have always plagued Logitech’s price on their devices in the past was their LCD screen on the G19 and other previous models. Well they’ve done away with that altogether and have created an app, ARX Control, for Droid and iOS to allow users to use their phone to access various features including profile settings, mouse settings, pc stats and even in game stats if the game developer developed for ARX integration. Though isn’t completely necessary I feel it is a great feature that can add a lot to their already stellar software. In fact you don’t even need to own a Logitech device to use ARX Control but the app was introduced as a part of the G910.

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Speaking of Logitech’s software, along with profile customization, they also provide different lighting modes for the keyboard and a heat map function that shows the prime location for hand placement along with customizable colors for that heat map.

Overall this keyboard is a great introduction to the Romer-G switches. The LEDs look fantastic, the keys feel great to type on and the software is impressive as always. However it doesn’t come without problems. The overall design of the keycaps and keyboard itself are quite lacking. Due to the two wrist rests provided they both extend more so out towards the left hand making it awkward to type on though this is a gaming keyboard and not primarily a typing keyboard. If I was to give this keyboard a magical score based on complaints and how this compares to my last keyboard (G19) it would probably be a 8 out 10 with a recommendation to wait and see if Logitech designs a new better keycap keyboard in the future. At $180, this is a hard keyboard to recommend as it is more pricey than a lot of other mechanicals but it is still a great keyboard with a lot of features.

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