Logitech recently announced the newest introduction to their G series mechanical keyboard product line, the G610 Orion. With the newest member, Logitech is now selling 6 different mechanical keyboards. If you’re feeling a bit confused as to what each keyboard has to offer then it’s okay… We’re all feeling a little confused.
Logitech’s keyboards have been all over the place since their debut of the G710 and G710+. After that they released the G910, followed by the G410, and this year so far we’ve seen the G810 and the G610. They couldn’t at least follow a logical naming scheme?
There seems to be a Logitech keyboard out there for everybody now, it’s just a matter of finding the one that suits you. Hopefully I can help you understand the difference between each of the models.
Let’s get started!
1. Logitech G710 and G710+ (Plus)
The Logitech G710 and G710+ were Logitech’s first mechanical keyboards, released in 2013 and are essentially the same with the exception of the switches underneath being different. The G710 uses Cherry MX Blue switches, and the G710+ uses Cherry MX Brown switches with o-rings pre-installed underneath.
The keyboards have white LED backlighting and the WASD and arrow keys backlighting can be adjusted independently from the rest of the keyboard. There are lots of media keys to control all your music and videos. There are also 6 programmable keys on the left side of the keyboard. There’s one “game mode switch” button which disables the Windows key.
Both keyboards have a very distinguishable colored stripe on the left side highlighting the function keys. A blue stripe for the G710, and an orange stripe for the G710+. Another very distinguishing feature is the big font right above the arrow keys that says G710/G710+. Logitech moved away from this branding in all their other mechanical keyboards. A detachable wrist/palm wrest is also included.
2. Logitech G910 Orion Spark
Logitech released the G910 “Orion Spark” in late 2014, it was significant in the G series product line for two reasons; the switches and the lighting. This was Logitech’s first keyboard to feature their exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, it was also their first keyboard to use RGB LEDs.
The switches are actually very good, some people like them and some people don’t but overall they’ve received great reviews. The other big and new feature was that it’s possible to customize each key on the G910 with over 16.8 million colors.
It’s possible to use your iOS or Android devices as a second screen to display game info, system statistics, etc. You just place your device into the keyboard’s dock and install the software on both your computer and device. I feel like it’s just a cheap gimmick but for completeness it’s included.
Media keys are included on this keyboard as well, although quite a bit more gamer-esque than the G710 and G710+. That can be good or bad, it comes down to personal taste, but if that appeals to you then all the better! The G910 steps up the amount of programmable keys to 9, and there’s still the game mode switch button that disables the Windows key
3. Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum
The G410 “Atlas Spectrum” was released by Logitech in late 2015. The G410 is almost exactly the same as the G910, the difference being that the G410 is smaller so it loses a few keys. Oh and it costs a little less too.
The G410 is a tenkeyless keyboard (TKL) meaning that it doesn’t include the numpad. Since the media keys on the G910 were above the numpad, the media keys disappeared as well. If you still need media keys don’t worry, the F9-F12 keys can be used in conjunction with the function key to control your media.
4. Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
Logitech released the G810 “Orion Spectrum” in February 2016. This keyboard is definitely a lot more minimalistic then all Logitech’s previous keyboards. Most of the gamer look is gone, replaced by a more “performance driven design”.
The G810 is a full size keyboard, it includes the media keys that all the other Logitech mechanical keyboard have (besides the G410). It keeps the same Romer-G switches and RGB key lighting that they’ve been using for the last few years.
The rubber keyboard feet now have 3 angles possible, 0, 4, and 8 degrees. Branding on the board is limited to a single G-series logo in the top left, a very sleek look.
5. Logitech G610 Orion
Finally, Logitech’s newest keyboard, the G610 Orion, it was released in March 2016. As you can probably guess from the name, the G610 is very similar to the G810. The differences between them make the world of difference though.
The G610 is Logitech’s first steps back into Cherry MX switches, it’s available in both Cherry MX Red, and Cherry MX Brown. This is the first time that Logitech hasn’t used their own Romer-G mechanical switches in years. The only other difference, besides price, is that the G610 opts for white LEDs instead of the RGB LEDs that all of their recent keyboards have used.
That’s all there is to Logitech’s mechanical gaming keyboards. They have really expanded their line to have something for everybody. Which one would you prefer?