- Keyboard Switches: Cherry MX Blue
- NKRO: 26
- Interface: USB
- Others: Multimedia keys, volume control
- Dimensions: 444 x 34 x 153 mm
- Weight: 1.26 kg
- Great tactile feedback
- Easily accessible media keys
- Very basic backlighting
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In the days when mainstream gaming was mostly MMORPGs, a good gaming keyboard was a keyboard that looked fancy and had a bazillion of dedicated macro keys. However, most mechanical gaming keyboards these days prefer the more minimalistic look. Logitech has transition its gaming keyboards from the former to the latter, with one of the more recent models being the G610 Orion Blue.
Similar in design to the G413 Carbon we’ve reviewed before, the G610 Orion Blue sports the same black body. In fact, it’s almost identical if not for the extras at the top-right of the body. It comes with easy access media controls, which includes the standard play/pause, mute and a volume controller. There’s also a Windows key lock button and a button to control the intensity of the keyboard’s backlighting. These buttons aren’t mechanical, but they require solid presses to register, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally pressing one.
Aside from that, this model retains the same slim profile and solid build that is typically found with its mechanical keyboards. It has the standard set of four feet to keep it firm on any surface, as well as a pair of feet that has two tiers of elevation. There’s no USB passthrough on this model, nor any cut-out to route cables.
Backlighting on this keyboard is very basic, as it only has white LEDs instead of the RGB lighting that’s so prevalent these days. Some might not even want to have it on, so the backlight brightness button is there to let you quickly adjust it. There’s not much else you can do with the lighting, except use the Logitech Gaming Software to change lighting patterns. On the other hand, you can still use the software to customise macro keys and even use Game Profiles to assign specific actions/functions in different games to the F1-F12 buttons.
Unlike many of its current keyboards, Logitech decided to fall back on Cherry MX Blue switches for the G610 Orion Blue, while the keycaps are made using doubleshot ABS. The keys require more force to actuate, making them a bit less ideal for gaming. However, this does mean that they won’t easily register keystrokes if your fingers are just resting on the keys. Also, the keys are the loud clicky type, so your friends will be able to hear how noisy the keyboard is over VoIP programmes.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A good keyboard with all the buttons you need and hard tactile keys that are great for typing work.
(previously published in issue January 2018)