I’ve been fiddling with the Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum for the last few weeks, and I’m impressed. Like all of Logitech’s G-series peripherals, the G810 Orion Spectrum is an exceptionally well-engineered piece of gaming kit. Let me tell you about it.

Technical specifications

Keys: Romer-G mechanical switches, individually backlit

RGB lighting: in-depth customisation, up to 16.8 million colours

Anti-ghosting: 26-key rollover

Inputs: none

Macro keys: None, but function keys can be used for macros

Multimedia controls: yes

Windows key lock: yes

Price and supplier information
Supplier: Logitech South Africa
Website: gaming.logitech.com
RRP: R2,999


The Orion Spectrum is a mechanical keyboard, with all the clickety-clacking that goes along with that. If you prefer a completely quiet keyboard, now’s probably the time to walk away. It employs Logitech’s proprietary Romer-G mechanical switches, which I’m told are very robust and will survive pretty much anything that isn’t the nuclear apocalypse – and even then, the switches will give them nukes a run for their money. As far as the click-clacks go, I quite like the click-clacks of the Orion Spectrum. Obviously it ultimately comes down to personal preference whether or not you’ll like them too, but they do seem a bit less overpowering than the click-clacks of certain other mechanical switches.

The layout of the keys initially took some getting used to. It could be because the keyboard rests a little higher than what I’m accustomed to, or it could be that the Orion Spectrum seemed a bit cramped at first. Thankfully, after a few hours I was all over it. The typing and gaming experience provided by the G810 and its mechanical keys is top-notch, and I like that it’s equipped with adjustable stands that allow for three different possible resting angles to cater to a variety of usage habits.

Here, have an unboxing video, because why not.

Logitech has made it very clear that the G810 is all about that 16.8 million-colour RGB lighting, and to that end the excellent Logitech Gaming Software lets you customise the board’s backlighting to an impressive degree. There’s the usual array of lighting effects like waves and gradual colour cycling, and obviously you’ve got complete control over what colours are displayed where and at what speed the effects play. Backlighting for individual keys can also be applied, and Logitech uses the example of employing different lighting settings for different genres of game. This sort of control over the lighting of the board is obviously nice to have, but not essential to the core experience of using the keyboard.

The G810’s lacking any sort of dedicated macro keys, but there’s apparently a firmware update available that’ll let you customise the function keys to do whatever you’d like them to do. There is, however, a cool input analyser thingy that’ll record which keys you use most and for how long you press them. To me it’s nothing game-changing, but it is fascinating. The top-right of the board houses the convenient multimedia controls along with a button to toggle the lighting. Interestingly, the Windows key lock can be customised to disable any other keys of your choosing when it’s active, which is a nifty option to have at your disposal.

There’s no USB or audio pass-through, which is a shame given that the keyboard is quite pricey, but it’s not a huge issue. Other than that, I can’t really fault the G810. I’m a fan of its clean, minimalist look, and the user experience it creates is fantastic. The price is high, but given that you’re paying for the Logitech promise of quality, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue if you’ve got the cash to burn. It’s easily one of the best mechanical keyboards out there right now.

9Beyond all its flashy lighting options and nifty added features, the fundamental experience offered by the G810 Orion Spectrum is excellent. It looks great, it’s comfortable and the mechanical switches are a pleasure to use. It’s one of the best mechanical keyboards you can buy.

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