Logitech G710+ Keyboard Review
Alec Levine / Oct 22nd, 2012 No Comments
Logitech is one of the biggest names in PC hardware. From mice to keyboards and everything in between, they have always provided great products with unmatched quality. Logitech has now thrown their name into the arena of mechanical keyboards with their newest creation: the G710+. Will this keyboard be able to contend with the famous Black Widow and the classic Rosewill line?
The mechanics of the G710+ are sound. They keys have an almost hard rubber feel to them, which are sure to withstand even the most intense gaming sessions. The keys are very responsive, and fingers seem to dance between keys. The keyboard itself is very heavy and obviously metallic, which is a nice change from the standard plastic keyboards. The mechanical keys deliver an ultra-responsive gaming experience and are designed with rapid command entry in mind. There are non-clicking key switches that have a built-in dampening ring underneath each keycap that will reduce noise coming from key presses without giving up any responsiveness. This keyboard feels like a master craftsman spent hours designing and building it from the ground up.
Ease of Use
The most important thing of a keyboard is how easy it is to use it. A lot of higher end keyboards have elaborate software and complex layouts. The G710+ is not one of those keyboards. The G710+ is very intuitive to use, with all of the extra features built into previously unused areas. The most surprising feature of the G710+ is the small volume knob built in above the number pad. In addition, the keyboard has a row of “G” keys located on the left hand side of the keyboard. For people who are not used to having keys over by their pinky, this can cause a bit of confusion.
The software is really easy to configure as well. It’s as simple as clicking on the key you want, and entering what you want the key to do. With it you can replicate multiple keystrokes, or even have it display full messages. The “G” keys also help MMO players; with more buttons to bind spells to, the MMO player won’t have to leave the WASD area nearly as often. The software allows you to assign macros and Lua gaming scripts to these G-keys. All 110 keys feature anti-ghosting and 26-key rollover to make sure that key-commands can be executed as smoothly as possible. The only thing the G710+ has against it is the lack of software included in the packaging, though this is solved by simply heading to the Logitech website and downloading the software from there.
What good is an expensive keyboard without amazing extra features? As previously stated, the G710+ has a row of “G” keys and a small volume knob located above the number pad. Additionally, each key of the keyboard is backlit by an LED. The brightness of the LEDs can be adjusted by a key found right next to the Insert key and if you so choose can be turned off completely. The WASD and Arrow Keys are on a separate button meaning that users can adjust these keys independently of the rest of the keys on the keyboard. This allows gamers to have only the most important keys illuminated during their late night gaming sessions.
The G710+ requires two USB ports, however it has a built in USB located right next to the wire on the topside. While this USB port shouldn’t be used for a mouse or anything that requires a lot of power, it is perfect for charging a phone or using a USB drive.
Compared to other keyboards on the market, the G710+ is an amazing product. As always, Logitech has done absolutely amazing. The keys on the keyboard are of the highest quality, and are incredibly easy to use. The keyboard is borderline plug and play, and has great features. The G710+ is a perfect purchase for any hardcore gamer and definitely beats out the competition!
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