Gaming keyboards are a dime a dozen. We’ve seen the likes of Razer, SteelSeries and Corsair dish out variants of mechanical keyboards over the past few decades. Logitech is another familiar name you can add to that list. The Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum is targeted to the more dedicated spectrum of gamers, with more buttons than one of NASA’s control desks. I mean, just look at it below and be awestruck!
Successful as the company may be, Logitech’s first endeavor to release top-tier mechanical keyboards was not quite up to the company’s well-earned reputation. The first few models that the company released had certain drawbacks and failed to convince reviewers and customers alike that they were deserving of their very high retail price. Logitech however did not sit on their laurels. After the company had amassed enough feedback, they released new keyboards, some based on older models with certain corrections, and a few others based on new designs.
Today we will be checking out Logitech’s new flagship mechanical keyboard, the G910 Orion Spectrum. It is largely based on the infamous G910 Orion Spark, essentially correcting the issues that kept the previous model from gaining traction. This review also marks our first look at a product with Logitech’s Romer-G switches, which are made by Omron and are exclusive to Logitech.
The Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum measures 210x505x34.3 mm and weighs in at 1.5 KG, giving it quite a hefty, heavy and sturdy build. This is the sort of keyboard you’ll take with you to LAN competitions without having to worry if it’ll snap in half as some flimsier models would, though it certainly does take up a lot of space. The sturdiness and build quality are excellent; at no point during my testing period did I feel the framework bend anywhere on the keyboard, unlike the G213. A palm symmetrical palm rest allows for your wrists to rest whilst typing or gaming giving an ergonomic feel.
The Romer-G switches are designed to have a softer, lighter action than most, which brings them directly up against the Roccat’s rubber-dome technology. It’s smooth, with markedly less travel – and the keys hit the metal base of the keyboard with a softer click than Cherry MX-based devices. The keys are consistent and comfortable, with no difference in feel between normal buttons and the larger keys such as Space and Return. The keys have a tiny tactile bump about 2/3 of the way down, but it’s barely noticeable – I only found it when I went looking. In the midst of an intense gaming session, it won’t be noticeable. Nine macro buttons can be switched between three different profiles with small buttons in the top-left corner, and there’s a gaming key on the right-hand side that disables the Windows button. There’s RGB lighting and 113-key anti-ghosting. A volume roller and a full set of media keys are also included, alongside a button that disables the backlight – although I’d have preferred it if it cycled through brightness levels.
RGB lighting is ubiquitous when it comes to gaming keyboards and the G910 Orion Spectrum is no different. Unlike the G213 Prodigy, every single one of the keys on the Spectrum can be colour coded – The only exception being the multimedia keys. With access to over 16.8 million colours, hues and shades, you can transform your keyboard into something that would make a rainbow-coloured unicorn nauseous. In my case, I went with the classic colouring of the primary gaming keys to stand out from the rest of the keys. However, to do any customization, one would have to download the Logitech Gaming software – a task I would gladly perform a dozen times over. The software suite is possibly the best I’ve ever worked with. The UI is clean and the animations are fluid. Everything is easy to access and allows for maximum customization which is instantly applied. Top marks for Logitech here.
In terms of aesthetics, the G910 Orion Spectrum is based on a modern design, with futuristic curves and rounded cutouts. Considering its purpose and target market, we feel that it has an excellent balance between elegance and extravagance. However, the excessive use of plastic is not going to be very pleasing for those seeking a premium look, especially when most top-tier keyboards are metallic nowadays. Nevertheless, the plastics of the G910 Orion Spectrum are of excellent quality and thus metal would only offer an aesthetic advantage here.
The palm rest is another part that Logitech decided to change on the G910 Orion Spectrum, as the uneven palm rest of the G910 Orion Spark had received much negative feedback for various reasons. Although the supports beneath the palm rest remain the same, the company designed a straight palm rest for it that ought to be comfortable for gamers and professionals alike. It is still not possible to remove the palm rest completely though, as the plastic supports beneath it are part of the keyboard’s main frame. This may annoy some people but we didn’t mind it much.
As we all own smart devices in some capacity or another the need for a second screen built into the keyboard has passed, and some way of utilizing your smartphone as the second screen is the way forwards. Enter the G910 Orion Spectrum, a keyboard which combines full RGB lighting, plentiful extra macro keys, and a very cool way of combining your phone into proceedings via the ARX dock. It’s a slide out dock where you can place your smartphone, which with the Logitech Arx Control app, serves as a secondary screen during your game sessions. Since the Arx Control app doesn’t affect the G910 Orion Spectrum’s performance massively, I won’t spend that much time covering it. You can use the app to monitor your computer stats, including CPU/GPU temperature and RAM usage. Its biggest performance changing feature for the keyboard is changing your keyboard’s profiles. However, one would have had to have saved the profiles beforehand via the desktop Logitech Gaming software application.
In the end, the Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum is a gamer’s dream of a keyboard. The low actuation points, RGB lighting and lack of hysteresis is perfect for dedicated gamers looking to get the edge over their opponents. The very slight tactile feedback and relative quietness of the keyboard is both a good and bad thing – on one hand, typists won’t be very pleased with the numb feeling, however on the other, your roommates/family/co-workers will surely thank you for giving them peace and quiet.