I’m the proud owner of a Cooler Master Storm Quickfire Pro, but it has two problems – one, the backlighting covers a small subset of keys and two, the media controls require me to forgo the use of the function buttons, which seems a bit odd to me. It looks like both my problems would be solved by Logitech’s brand new G810 Orion Spectrum, which has almost no frills, no G-keys, no specialised software requirements, and standard key caps. I think they’ve finally hit the nail on the head here.
Internally, the G810 is very similar to the G910 Orion Spark, which is also a RGB mechanical keyboard using Logitech’s very lovely, custom Romer-G switches. When I reviewed the G910, I came away surprised at how quiet and responsive they were, but I was disappointed with a few factors in the design, chiefly the key caps which were stylised very differently to what I was used to.
Look at that. Such simplicity. The G810 features media controls and a volume scroller, as well as buttons to mute audio and turn off the Windows key. The key caps are now more standard and concave, made out of plastic and lacking the sharply defined depressions of the G910.
The G810 also has much less frills around the keyboard than the G910, omitting a wrist rest, the Arx control dock, and the standard “G” keys which Logitech used to allow users to assign macros and shortcuts to. That changes with the G810, which rather lets users remap the function of the “F” keys to perform some other action inside a game or application.
The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum goes on sale in SA in Q1 2016 with a suggested retail price of R3,479.99.
* Exchange rate calculated at R15.98 to U.S. $1 as of 9 February 2016