The Logitech G910 Orion Spark is an RGB Mechanical Keyboard which has been around for a while now. We received a review unit a few weeks ago and compiled our own review.
Logitech G910 Design
Ok, we have to admit … we don’t really have a ‘true’ gaming setup yet. Most of our gaming is done on a Mac Pro, using bootcamp to switch to Windows of course. Now … if you go from the default Mac keyboard to the Logitech G910, it’s a big difference. The Logitech G910 is bigger, and looks a bit clumsy compared to the stylish Mac keyboard, but then again … have you ever tried gaming on a Mac keyboard … ?
The Logitech G910 is an RGB backlit mechanical full size keyboard with 113 keys. On the keyboard you will find a separate numeric keypad, but there is much more. First of all there are 9 G keys, 5 on the left side of the keyboard and 4 above the first set of function keys. Each of those keys is fully programmable using the Logitech Gaming Software. You also have to possibility of putting those programmable G Keys into a Macro bank using the small keys on the top left. With 3 macro banks, you have 27 programmable keys at your disposal.
Special Key Shape
The WASD keys have a special design. Those keys have 3 slightly raised edges (left, top, right) which make sure that your finger is always in the center of the key. We have read that some users had problems with that when doing normal typing work. Personally, I didn’t have any issues with that. The only issue I had was that I placed my hands incorrectly on the keyboard in the beginning. After years and years of muscle memory, my hands reach out to the far left of the keyboard, where the CAPS LOCK key is supposed to be. Supposed to … since the Logitech G910 Orion Spark has a set of 5 G Keys to the far left of the keyboard. The result? I was putting my hands on the keyboard without looking and my left pinkie was resting on the CAPS LOCK key instead of the A key.
Some additional keys are available for media playback, turning of the backlights, a game mode key, a mute button and a volume wheel. The mute button and volume wheel come in quite handy when you quickly want to lower the volume of your game or mute it completely. The Game Mode key can be used to turn off some keys when gaming.
The Logitech G910 Orion Spark doesn’t use the popular Cherry MX switches. Instead Logitech worked together with Omron to develop their own Orion-G Switches. The switches have a similar audible and tactile feedback compared to the popular competitor switches. The big difference is actually the design of the switches, which allows the distribution of force to be entered more on the keys and have entered LED lighting which provides more light in the center and less leakage.
According to Logitech the switches are accurate at a distance of 1,5mm, which is up to 25% shorter than the leading competitors. They only require 456g actuation which results in near instant responsiveness. Additionally the keys should be lasting up to 40% longer than competitors. Good for up to 70 million keystrokes! We hope we have the opportunity to see if our keys last for 70 million keystrokes.
Logitech Gaming Software
Fully customisable RGB Illumination
Using the Logitech Gaming Software you can of course add some lighting effects to your keyboard. You have a choice between a few default effects Fixed Color, Color Cycle, Color Wave, Key Press, Breathing and Star Effect. We played with those … once …
The real power of the RGB Illumination actually lies in the fact that you can set up profiles for specific games or applications and color each of the keys individually. You can mark specific keys with one of the possible 16.8 million colors! The Logitech Gaming Software even has some presets for popular games ready for you to download and use. Important to know is that the software works on Windows and also on Mac, though we noticed that the Windows people have a ton more presets available to choose from.
We tried it out and set up a profile for Black Desert Online (See our Let’s Play series on that). We quickly set up some zones for the movement keys and basic action keys, gave them a color and painted the zones on some keys. The zones come in quite handy if you want to change the color of the movement keys later on. Of course you can set everything up for individual keys as well.
Programmable G Keys
The Logitech Gaming Software also allows you to program the 27 G Keys. Each of these keys kan trigger a keystroke, a key combination, a series of keys, a text block, a mouse function and much more! What’s even better is that you can set those up differently for all your gaming profiles (if you enable that option). Want the Capital View to open up when pressing the G1 key in Civilisation? Have the same key trigger your Pet Action Button 1 in World of Warcraft? Or have it launch note pad when using Windows? Using the Logitech Gaming Software you can do that, and much more!
ARX Dock & ARX Control
One last thing we have to touch on is the ARX Dock in the keyboard. First, let us specify that it’s really just a Smartphone stand, and not really a dock. There is no connector in there which connects your smartphone to the keyboard or charges it. It’s just a convenient stand for your smartphone, nothing more.
The ARX Control software can be downloaded to your Android or iOS device. It communicates with the Logitech Gaming Keyboard via Wifi and allows you to display some additional information on your mobile phone. We didn’t have a game available with ARX integration so we couldn’t check that. What we could do using the ARX Control software is have a look at the CPU and Memory usage of our Mac. On the windows side, it even showed us the temperatures of our CPU. Of course you can also use the ARC Control app to change the keyboard profile and launch a game.
I actually fell in love with the RGB lighting of the keyboard. Something I missed was additional USB ports on the keyboard though. Some users had troubles with typing on the keyboard, personally I had nu issues. The only issue I had was when placing my hands on the keyboard without looking. The Logitech G910 isn’t a cheap keyboard, but at around 150 to 160 euro I would even buy it myself. I quite love the keyboard.
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