As mechanical keyboards become more and more commonplace amongst the gaming community, every peripheral developer continues to try and innovate in ways that will bring gamers to their devices over the competition.
The Orion Spark G910 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from Logitech is the company’s attempt at doing just that.
The G910 boasts a brand new style of key switches called Romer-G. These new switches, which are exclusive to Logitech, claim to have 25% faster actuation compared to the preview mechanical keyboard offering from Logitech, the G710+.
The keys don’t have the “POP” that mechanical keyboard lovers are used to with the cherry switches, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a nice sound in their own right albeit a silent pop. To the experienced user, the response time difference is noticeable, especially when playing titles like StarCraft or League of Legends. However, the average user won’t really be able to tell much of a change.
The keys, well most of them, have grooves to help better fit your fingers as well as make it easier to blind navigate the board. That being said, the grooves are weird due to some keys having three, some having two and others having none. Also, for users with bigger hands, they may cause problems in terms of feeling. Those with smaller hands, like myself, should welcome the design of the keys.
The G-keys return, offering users up to 27 different macro keys to set. Also available is a full set of media control keys as well as a rubberized volume wheel on the upper right of the board.
Cosmetically, the G910 offers individual RGB LED key lighting. Users can set the colors of almost every single key on the board to an individual color of their choosing. For those who don’t want to spend the time setting their own color scheme on the board, the Logitech Gaming Software has a number of default options for you to choose from to get your color fix. They can also create different profiles for different games.
Now, on to some of the coolest features to every come with a board. First, when playing a game like Grand Theft Auto V, as a player is being chased by police, the board will flash red and blue. Secondly, when playing a game where your character has abilities with a cooldown – DOTA 2, League of Legends, Diablo, and others – players can create key profiles for each game that will inform you on the board when your ability is on cooldown, and when it’s ready to use.
It’s a bit of a pain to setup if you aren’t comfortable using an SDK, but you can find premade profiles online that will set everything up for you. Including one that informs you of the direction you’re being shot at when playing a shooter.
The last major selling point of this board involves an app that you utilize on your cell phone that doesn’t even require the board to use. The Logitech Arx Control app allows you to view your PC stats, manage your media controls and even change your macros and profiles on the fly without switching to the Logitech Gaming Software on your PC. It’s a cool app that helps replace the old LCD screens that appeared on older keyboard models like the G15.
As far as the negatives of this board are concerned, it’s kind of a bummer that the dock for your phone when using the Arx Control doesn’t have a charging port attached to it. So, unless your phone has a nice battery life to it, you may not want to use the application due to it potentially draining your battery pretty fast. The aforementioned grooves can also be a negative for some.
Other than that, however, it’s pretty tough for me to find anything negative to really say about the performance of this keyboard. It’s quick, stylish, fully customizable and very comfortable to use. I’ve used a number of different mechanical boards over the years, and I have no problem in saying that this is the top board I’ve had the privelage of using. I’d definitely pick it up if your in the market for a new keyboard and have the extra coin to do so.
VERDICT: The G910 is a great base for the new Romer-G switches, and this is definitely the keyboard of the future from Logitech. That being said, the lack of a port for the phone in order to fully utilize ARX Control as well as the key grooves that can become a nuisance for some keep this from being perfect. Still, it has to be one of, if not, the best keyboards you can buy right now.