The Romer-G Tactile variant of mechanical switches used in this keyboard provide a hybrid between Cherry MX Red lightness and responsiveness, but still retain a tactile actuation point, giving you the ‘clicky’ mechanical sounds similar to Cherry MX Blue switches. This means they are a great in-between for gaming and typing alike. The keys require very little force to be pressed, but you will still feel the point when the actuation point is reached. Supposedly according to Logitech, theses switches are rated at an impressive 70 million keystrokes each, so it seems they’ve been made with durability and longevity in mind.
The overall typing experience is great, however for me personally I do feel that the key caps themselves are simply too small. I find myself accidentally miss-pressing a key quite often because there is a lot of space between the individual keys. I would have preferred the key cap size to be slightly larger, as this would greatly improve typing accuracy. The key caps themselves do have a nice concave to them so when your finger does meet the key it naturally fits the shape of your finger for more comfort. When you get into a typing rhythm it’s easy to start gilding across the keys. The adjustment period which can take a few weeks depending on how much you’re typing. In terms of typing noise, this keyboard is actually quite loud to type on and makes a considerable amount of noise, so I don’t think it’d be the best choice for an office environment unless you want to annoy everyone around you.
The G-Hub software is mostly easy to navigate and change lighting effects, but some of the more advanced features can be a little intimidating and setting up certain things can be overly complex, however if you’re willing to put in the work you can achieve a totally customised keyboard experience tuned to exactly you want it. The keyboard has G mode which you can activate that allows you to disable certain keys and adjust the function key assignments quickly. There is an indicator next to the CAPS Lock light that shows when this mode is active, and is easily enabled/disabled by holding down FN and pressing F8.
The LED lights Logitech have built into this keyboard gives you an intense array of colours to display & are probably the brightest LED lights I have seen on a keyboard. The lighting system can be customised by the G-Hub software, that allows you to not only build macros and gaming profiles but also to completely customise the LED lighting effects and even build your own lighting animations. Logitech also allows you to share your lighting profiles with the Logitech community so other members can download and use your lighting creations. If the lights are getting bothersome, you can change the brightness or turn them of all together. If you don’t want to use the G-Hub software, then you are able to change the inbuilt lighting effects directly on the keyboard by holding down FN and pressing F5 to cycle between them (you can only do this if G-Hub isn’t running)
A huge oversight with the keycaps and backlighting is that for some reason the backlight does not illuminate the symbols of the shift keys (e.g - £ $ % & ! symbols). You cannot see these symbols when using the keyboard in darker environments, so you have to squint and bend down right up to the keys so you can see them. It’s like Logitech forgot to make the symbols on their keycaps transparent to allow the backlight to shine through. Because of this major oversight, I have to deduct a star rating from this keyboard as I simply cannot recommend it for use in dark environments despite it having an amazingly bright RGB backlight.
The USB port built into the keyboard has a dedicated USB Pass-Thru cable, but what makes absolutely no sense is that the USB port built into the keyboard is only a USB 2.0 port, meaning that you will get extremely slow data transfer speeds if you wanted to use this port as a quick access point to plug in a portable SSD or smartphone. In my eyes this limitation effectively renders the Pass-Thru pointless & a waste of a feature that could have been more useful only if it supported USB 3.0. If your computer only has USB 3.0 ports, you're bottlenecking and effectively wasting one of your computers USB ports by using the Pass-Thru as its limited to USB 2.0. It’s baffling to think that manufacturers are still using USB 2.0 ports in 2019, and therefore the product gets a star rating deducted for using ancient technology to save a few pennies, especially considering the price of this keyboard.
Overall, this is a well-made keyboard that offers a great gaming & typing experience, but Logitech has made some oversights with the LED backlighting, key cap size and USB Pass-Thru features that make this more difficult to recommend. They may not be deal-breakers to most, but I feel they are valid points to be aware of when making your purchase decision.
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