Recently I finally dropped the bomb and upgraded my PC gaming system. I say upgraded, what I actually did was built a brand new system from the ground-up and replaced pretty much everything I had previously, including my mouse mat.
One of the things I really wanted to check out, was the hype behind Mechanical Keyboards. What’s the deal? Are they really all that’s cracked up to be? To be honest, I have no idea. But I thought I’d give one a whirl anyway, and thus Logitech sent over their Logitech G910 mechanical keyboard for us to try out and while it’s certainly built for gaming, it’s not really cracked up to much else.
Seeing as I’m the main man behind n3, it’s safe to say that I do my fair share of typing and gaming on a daily basis. Since having this new PC system, I’ve been hammering it to see how it performs, and along with that, trying out all aspects of the G910.
Prior to this I’ve been used to membrane keyboards, from the crappy low-profile keys of the keyboard which came with a PC from around 7 years ago, to a very entry-level gaming keyboard, the Cooler Master Devastator Keyboard and Mouse bundle. Both of which performed really well with every day tasks, but what about gaming? Honestly, I never really saw a problem with them. But switching to a mechanical keyboard was apparently the way to up my game, so to speak, so I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
First impressions of the Logitech G910 was that it had some weight to it. The box was heavy, and upon removing the keyboard, I found the keyboard itself had some real weight to it. It’s build was fantastic, and it felt like a truly meaty bit of kit. The cable itself is also chunky, but not too chunky that it’s rigid. It’s actually fairly malleable and allows you to shove the wire behind your desk with ease.
One thing I did almost instantly notice however is that the keyboard layout is tight. As in, the Logitech G910 is the same size as the Devastator keyboard, but manages to squeeze the keys in much tighter to allow for additional programmable keys and, presumably, less distance to move your fingers while gaming.
For typing however, it definitely takes some getting used to. The additional G-Keys down the side are fantastic in-game, but for every day use, they became more of a hassle than anything causing me to actually program the keys identical to their adjacent ones so I didn’t end up missing keys while typing. That’s not to say you can’t get used to the keys, it just takes a little time to do so.
The Logitec G910 is built for gaming, it’s as simple as that. It has programmable keys, custom lighting configurations, and gaming profiles to suit any avid gamer. Even the keys themselves are designed so that your fingers rest comfortably in the centre. One thing the keyboard really isn’t built for is every day use. The concave key design, while comfortable in first person shooters and the like, is also a pain while typing as you’ll often catch your fingers on the raised edges. As mentioned before, the key layout is much tigher, which is great for reaching far away keys, but not too great for those of us used to much larger keyboards while typing.
That’s not to say that I dislike the Logitech G910 because when it comes to gaming, it’s fantastic. It’s also really quiet too, despite being a mechanical keyboard, which is definitely a plus for me and those who work and live around me, but I know for some, a Mechanical Keyboard needs to have that telltale click. Compared to membrane keyboards however, the G910 is a silent assassin.
As for gaming, I really enjoy using the Logitech G910. Everything I mentioned above as a potential problem becomes a potential solution to many problems in video games, especially when it comes to custom configurations. Rainbow Six Siege was one of the games in which its keyboard layout is a cluster fuck, with the G910, those problems go away as you can program all 9 of the custom G-Keys to do whatever you want, something I’ve definitely made the most of.
One of the other great things about the G910 is the custom key lighting configurations. You can choose a number of profiles including a series of lightshows, showing off the keyboard’s 16.8 million colours, or you can set it to a single solid colour. You can also set it so that only a certain number of keys light up.
This was one of my favourite features of the keyboard as it allowed me to light up the only keys I used while gaming, allowing me to find the keys I needed at a glance, while hiding others I didn’t need. Though this is hardly a unique feature, it was definitely an enjoyable one.
As for the speed of the keys, I did find that the keyboard offered some improvement over gaming, but personally I think it’s my skill that’s lacking. The ROMER-G mechanical keys are lovely to use and require barely any force in order to register your key presses and I did also notice that I was moving slightly quicker than with my old membrane keyboard, but the difference, in comparison, is so slight, only someone who really wants that 2.0ms advantage will really notice. And as someone who’s more of a casual gamer than a hardcore gamer, barely felt worth it.
The Logitech G910 also comes with ARX Control Integration, a free mobile app which can be used along side the keyboard to further extend your gaming experience. There’s no need to tab out of games to adjust keyboard settings as it can all be done from the app which sits nicely in the pull-out dock at the top of the keyboard. It allows you to switch profiles on the fly, control your media when you’re out of the room, and even view your PC stats while playing games – perfect for those who like to push their systems to their limits.
Overall the Logitech G910 is a perfect addition to a gaming rig, especially if that’s what you’ll spend most of your time doing. If however you’re looking for something to make typing more comfortable or more precise, then I’d consider looking elsewhere. The overall design and feel of the keyboard is lovely, though its matte design does allow for dust to show up more easily. It is however a keyboard built with gaming in mind, and that’s about it.