• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Keyboard Switches: Romer-G
  • NKRO: 26
  • Interface: USB
  • Dimensions: 443.5 x 34.3 x 153 mm
  • Weight: 1.18 kg
  • Pros:
  • Quiet switches
  • RGB backlit
  • Good for typing
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Lack accessories

Prismatic Excellence

The year 2016 seems to be the year of RGB lighting and Logitech is on this trend as well. Meet the Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum, the company’s latest mechanical keyboard.
Inside the box is just the keyboard itself and a simple user’s guide. Considering the G810’s asking price, we are quite disappointed that it didn’t come with more accessories. A keycap remover for future maintenance would have been great, as well as a wrist rest or covering cloth.

Its design approach is similarly minimalist, resulting in a compact keyboard that’s great for smaller workspaces. It has a braided cable with a single USB plug for power, so there’s no second port for audio or USB pass-through in the interest of keeping it small. At the bottom, you’ll find rubberised feet that keeps it from moving around on the stable, and rubberised feet with two ‘levels’ of elevation. Build quality is also solid, with barely any flexing.

Logitech’s G810 Orion Spectrum comes with a relatively standard layout of 104 keys, with the addition of a volume controller and some round-shaped buttons for various uses. The latter of which includes the button to disable the Windows key, switch the RGB lighting on or off, mute sound, as well as four more buttons for multimedia playback.

Our previous encounter with Romer-G switches was on the Atlas Dawn, which has oddly angular keycaps that we didn’t like much. Thankfully, the Orion Spectrum uses standard keycaps that are slightly textured so your fingers don’t slide off. It helps, because the actuation point of the Romer-G switches is about 2mm. Theoretically, you could train yourself to tap-touch with this keyboard to improve your WPM (Word Per Minute) and reduce finger fatigue. In practice, it’s really hard to avoid bottoming out the keys. But regardless, typing on the G810 was very satisfying for us.

For games, we find that the low actuation makes this keyboard great for FPS or MOBA games. While it’s debatable how big an impact it can make, faster actuation could mean you execute your combo or moves quicker, which could be what separates victory and defeat in an e-sports match. After all, those two types of games, especially FPS games, rely a lot on twitch reaction.

The Logitech Gaming Software adds to the gaming experience, allowing you to customise the lighting for each individual key if you so desire. You can also make it so that different games have different backlight settings, so for example you can play FPS with just the keys that are used lit up.

CHIP CONCLUDE: It’s a great keyboard but the asking price is steep for the average gamer. However, the Romer-G keys have longer lifespan, so that could somewhat justify the cost

(previously published in issue April 2016)

Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum