Logitech has remained competitive in the peripheral game for as long as we can remember as they provide some of the coolest up-to-the-minute keyboards in the market. One particular feature recognizable with older Logitech keyboards is that some of their models contain an LCD screen displaying certain system details. Those same keyboards could also be hacked to do a number of things.
While it may appear that the age of LCD-equipped keyboards from Logitech are already dead, that doesn’t entirely mean they’ve thrown out the idea out of the window. They’re simply evolving in terms of tech advancement by getting an app to do the heavy lifting.
Logitech’s latest iteration, the G910 Orion Spark, is a keyboard armed with newer switches and complete RGB backlighting made for gaming. It’s probably one of very few keyboards PC gamers talk about since it’s entirely unique on its own. How good is the Logitech G910? Let’s take a look in our Logitech G910 review.
Logitech G910 Review – What’s in the Box?
The Logitech G910 come packaged in the familiar Logitech Gaming packaging that we are used to seeing. On the front of the box there is a large shot of the keyboard on a space background. The front of the box showcases the Logitech Gaming logo along with imagery and details on the Romer-G keys. At the bottom corner is where you see the keyboard model and name.
Turning to the rear of the box you are presented with another large image of the keyboard that also includes an x-ray effect. The logo is once again at the top left of the box along with the product name. At the bottom of the box you are presented with the features of the G910 gaming keyboard.
The sides of the box contain Logitech logos along with features and specifications of the Logitech G910 Orion Spark keyboard.
Removing the outer sleeve of the packaging reveals a large cutout Logitech G logo which looks awesome.
Contents of the package include:
1x Logitech G910 Orion Spark gaming keyboard
1x basic start up guide
1x large armrest
1x small armrest
The Logitech G910 Orion Spark – A High Quality, Kick Ass Gaming Keyboard
The Logitech G910 is a great looking mechanical keyboard. The first noticeable aspect with Orion Spark is its huge body, measuring at 19.9” x 8.3” You can make the Orion Spark even bigger by going for the bigger of the two comfortable armrests included.
Even with the smaller armrest attached to the keyboard, it can still take up a bit of desk space — thanks largely to its macro keys situated on one side, a set of dedicated media keys running along the top, and a smartphone dock.
Other than its size, the G910 Orion Spark has an unusual appearance. Its keys and lettering are big — with each key having an indentation on each side. Such indentations are purposely done to give each finger a solid feel during work or game play.
The G910 Orion Spark utilizes a scallop-like shape on each keys. Basically, the top, left, and right sides are angled in an upward manner. Picture having a small hat for each finger. In addition, the “scalloping” design is a bit different for each key. The “WASD” keys tend to have slightly raised edges. This makes it easier to find them in a precise and quick manner. Such effect will fade as soon as you move further to the right side of the keyboard. The WASD and arrow keys resemble a striking design to remind players where to keep their fingers rested during the gameplay. It doesn’t directly influence gameplay, but it does add for a nice aesthetic feel.
The G910 Orion Spark is essentially a mechanical keyboard that ushers in a new type of switch. The manufacturer believes its Romer-G switches are several times quicker and lot more durable compared to other switches in the market.
The keyboard consists of three profile buttons, nine macro keys, a gaming mode button, a macro record button, media controls, and a backlight button. Such controls function exceptionally well including the volume rocker.
Based on the size, responsiveness, and indentation of the keys, the G910 Orion Spark is an ergonomic peripheral.
At the top of the keyboard in the middle is where you find the Arx dock which is where you attach your phone to use the Arx software. The Arx system allows you to download and install the Arx mobile phone app and manage your peripheral whilst in-game as well as trouble shoot your system.
The process of setting up the keyboard is as follows:
Keep the desktop PC turned on.
Connect the keyboard directly to the USB port.
Download and have the Logitech Gaming Software installed in your desktop PC’s operating system.
Possessing an actuation of TKg, getting keystrokes registered required little effort, and each key showed some tactility despite being quiet. Even if they don’t fully measure up to today’s Cherry switches, they’re not too far off. They should be enough to please gamers who downplay the tapping noise heard in today’s mechanical keyboards.
Typing felt swift and easy to do. Based on the test done to test the “ghosting” process, the result proved otherwise. The keyboard is very comfortable to use, requires light key presses, and performs numerous functions with its
Macro recording is worth noticing. Macro recording was perfect in terms of timing with no fuss after pressing the macro record button, selecting the G macro key, and inputting command. There have been some instances where keys from G6 to G9 were a lot difficult to reach compared to the first five keys.
The keyboard boasts an analytical mode that gauges the tapping frequency of every key and how long it can be held down during in a single gameplay.
The G910 comes with the Logitech Gaming Software that we have reviewed in our previous Logitech Gaming product reviews (G633, G810 and G413). The Logitech Gaming Software offers a simpler and sensible approach to programming macro keys, connecting games with compatible profiles, and managing the keyboard’s plethora of options.
One of the most important innovation the keyboard brings is its wide range of backlighting choices. Regardless if it involves making the entire keyboard blue, pulsate it in rainbow colors, or convert each key into another color (there a million of color combinations with their own distinctive properties), the G910 Orion Spark will work its own magic to accommodate each gamer.
Its gaming software ensures the entire process can be done with ease. While there’s only a limited number of lighting pattern choices available by default, a lot can be done with them. If a user wants the keyboard to randomly light up and darken, or change colors for every keypress, it can be easily done.
The software will scan a user’s PC system to check the games installed and then set up recommended color profiles. Game-specific commands can even be linked via macro keys, or in a majority of cases, get the software to generate preferred color frequency and output.
Logitech’s software offers a nice balance between accessibility and ease of use for any novice or experienced PC gamer.
Currently, the software is divided into four different lighting modes. They are: Freestyle, Zones, Commands, and Effects.
Zones allows for frequent utilization of a group of keys and switching the color per group such as in the case of WASD keys, Arrow keys, or Function keys. The user can settle for the software’s own default zones or can be customized according to preference. Basically, it’s a faster and organize freestyle version.
Effects allow for some beautiful options in which a majority of it contains presets which include: Breathing, Wave, Reactive, Star Effect, and Color Cycle. The Commands option is still being fleshed out by the manufacturer on a case-by-case scenario. But in the end, support will come down to the manufacturer’s deployment of key bindings for certain PC games.
Logitech recently unveiled its Arx Control, a free software download for both iOS and Android users. The software allows the pairing of a user’s device with a desktop PC, makes profile adjustments on the go, utilizes secondary media control, and even look into computer stats during gameplay. It’s a nifty application that allows launching of games on a paired PC via smartphone.
For serious PC gamers, the Logitech G910 Orion Spark is an engineered-specific mechanical keyboard made to look good through its LEDs. Some potential buyers may be turned off with its above-average pricing or missing tactile feedback, but this is totally understandable for certain gamers.The G910 Orion Spark is a dependable peripheral for any PC gaming genre. It may require some deep pockets to get the product, but in return, it offers an appealing functionality and appearance that’s guaranteed to light up any PC gaming for a long while.