In light of all things recently, I decided to treat myself to a new piece of tech goody. It took awhile to decide which keyboard to buy because the new Corsair Strafe seemed to be quite a good pick. However, I’ve been eyeing the G910 for quite some time, and eventually the notion of getting a keyboard that had “better” switches than Cherry MX was too attractive.
Anyways, to cover some points of the Logitech G910 Orion Spark:
- It is a full size 10 key keyboard
- RBG lighting / individuals keys
- 9 G keys
- Multimedia buttons and volume scroll
- 3 onboard memory profiles
- Romer-G key switches
- ARX dock
- Angled Keycaps
Essentially those are the features that are offered in the G910. However, there are a couple of features that are worth a discussion (mostly because I couldn’t get enough information myself when I was choosing the keyboard).
Romer-G Switches & Custom Keycaps
One of the biggest controversial features that the G910 has is the “Romer-G” switch. I don’t really understand the naming, but actions speak louder than words. Personally, I always recommend trying out a keyboard in-store before you buy it. However, even then, you can’t exactly “try out” a keyboard for only a few hours and get the gist if you like the switches or not.
Personally I did a TOFTT and went with the G910. I did go to my local Best Buy and try it out for a little bit, but first impressions pretty much feel that the G910’s Romer-G switches have a similar feel to the Cherry MX Browns.
In reality, I would have to say that keys really do feel like a mix between the Cherry MX Red and Cherry MX Brown. It has the light and short actuation travel of the Red, but the tactile feedback of the Brown. While it’s not exactly “ultra-clicky” like Blue, it is a bit more subtle than the Brown, thus resulting in a quieter keyboard. In comparison to Cherry MX Brown on Corsair’s keyboard designs, the G910 is remarkably more quiet due to the design of the keyboard and the “bottoming-out” sound of the Corsair keyboard is usually pretty loud.
Onto the keycaps…I really do feel this is a love/hate thing of this keyboard. The angled keys do lower the “miss” rate of pressing keycaps. You won’t end up pressing 2 keys together anymore. However, if you now miss, you miss all-together and press the different button. Logitech claimed to have reduced the angled-ness of the keycaps already, but I still feel like it can be taken down a notch to be even better. Also, since the keycaps are proprietary and so are the Romer-G switches, you can’t actually get replacement keycaps…which I wouldn’t hesitate to try out.
ARX Control Dock / ARX Software
One of the key tipping points for me to buy the keyboard was the additional ARX dock that the G910 features. In order to lower keyboard pricing, Logitech took away the small monitor that used to be on their flagship models, instead, you can now put your own tablet/phone as a stats monitor or multimedia remote through the ARX software.
Key things I love about the ARX:
- Looks Cool
Key things I hate about the ARX:
- Needs updates all the time to update
- The dock itself is built in kinda flimsy
- A lot of room for progress in terms of the software, but a long way is a long time
So pretty much what I’m getting at is, if you don’t want a fancy looking gimmick for your keyboard, don’t bank on the ARX control dock.
Comparisons to Other Keyboards
Most of the people who read keyboard reviews looking to buy a keyboard aren’t always just exactly looking at “one” specific board. So I’m gonna do a quick round-up of some comparisons.
Corsair K70 series
The Corsair K70 is pretty much a household name for a lot of gamers looking to buy a mechanical keyboard. With the prominence of the Cherry MX switches, Corsair has a pretty good hold of the current market share. While Corsair promises authentic MX switches, true RGB lighting, and an aluminum finish, I do feel like the Corsair still seems a bit too expensive for what they offer. Personally I don’t feel like Corsair can really do much at this point to expand on their product depth, but the fact is that the MX switches are kind of “old tech” at this point. Arguably there are some pretty shoddy proprietary switches on the market, but with the rise of the necessity for a gaming keyboard, you would figure they would make something new.
To choose between the Corsair and the Logitech board would be asking yourself: Do I want the tested and proven or the new and improved, respectively? Technically it’s up to you, but for me, the deciding factor wasn’t some crap like “aluminum finish”, which is just a thin layer on the outside. The deciding factor was finding the right switch. And I think this should probably be the gold standard in deciding which keyboard is for you
Overrated, overpriced, and outdated. Sorry Razer, I know I loved the Blackwidow before and I was very happy with you before too…but that was freaking 5 years ago. Not one aspect of the design has changed then, and not even multimedia keys have been added. Don’t BS and say the Fn + F buttons can dual up as multimedia keys because the Fn functions don’t even light up on the keycaps. Okay, enough bashing about the age of the Blackwidow. One thing I really think was kind of slight-handed by Razer was to create their own knock-off Cherry MX switch. I say knockoff because they feel and react the exact same way. Pretty much a low-blow from Razer. If any other company had done that, the keyboard would probably be shunned and forced to sell for a lot cheaper. Thus, I can’t even fathom why the Blackwidow can be offered at $100+ for a non-RGB model.
In terms of age, functions, and proprietary-ness, I would definitely say that the G910 outclasses the Blackwidow in every sense. Not that the Blackwidow is a bad keyboard, but at the price they’re offering, I think I’m entitled to expect an update to their design. Obviously if you swear by MX switches (and their knockoffs), I would recommend the Corsair keyboards, but if you want something new and exciting, take a look at the G910.
One of the few keyboards that are essentially top-of-the-line but from an obscure company is the Cougar 700K. I’d honestly say, this is probably the best keyboard I’ve used, period. From the quality of the product, the build materials, simplicity, I would say if Cougar was a larger company, Corsair would probably be sweating right now. So in other words, if you’re a tech hipster like me, go with the Cougar 700K and be amazed. It is priced very high still ($149.99) for non-RGB lighting, but it is orange. Love or hate the color, but you’ll love the performance. As for the double space bar, I macro it so that the right space bar does the same function. Otherwise you normally wouldn’t hit it either.
Matching it up against the G910…is kind of the same dilemma as the one posed by Corsair. However, I switched from the Cougar because I wanted something “new” and the Cherry MX Reds I had in my Cougar just wasn’t cutting it for me. I like to type and I like to game, and frankly, I don’t have that much time to game. Thus, using a keyboard that’s fully meant for gaming would be a waste.
Notable Side Comments
- The G910 comes with 2 wrist rests. One small and one large. Both are in this weird shape that doesn’t give much support to your right hand when typing…so I guess you can still tell the keyboard is gaming oriented. On top of that, the wrist rest is extremely easy to remove. If you interpret that in a negative sense, you could say it’s pretty flimsy.
- Everyone seems to be on the hype-wagon about buying an “aluminum” keyboard that “shows” premium quality. I think that notion is completely BS. You can have good quality plastic, you can have a stable typing platform, and yet you can still have an aluminum trimmed keyboard that sucks and has its own drawbacks.
- The G910 is a sturdy and pretty heavy keyboard. Despite from the build of the keyboard, it does not shift at all when you type or try to push it around a little. One thing I actually really like is the matte finish on the plastic that they have; gives it a higher quality vibe.
- I’m not all too big on rating the packaging because that’s not really what a keyboard is about, but the packaging for the G910 is foolproof. In addition, the box seems to be quite high quality and all that. Always exciting to open a box that isn’t just standard cardboard.
Overall, the G910 is a pretty remarkable keyboard. No keyboard is without its flaws, but as I have outlined the flaws of the G910 above, I really feel like it makes the G910 a niche product. But then again, which keyboard and its variants aren’t? While the G910 MSRP is still sitting at a lofty $179.99 USD, I did get it for a deal on Amazon/BestBuy for $139.99 only. At $179.99, I don’t think I can really vouch that it will smash the competition (Corsair specifically), but at $139.99, the value is unbelievable. On top of that, Corsair’s new “budget” model, the Strafe, starts out at $159.99 MSRP for the RBG model. The Strafe looks nice and seems to be the update of the K70, but until the price for the Strafe lowers or my G910 proves not to be long-lasting, the G910 will enjoy its throne on my desk.
TL;DR You’re paying for a lot of premium features and a lot of proprietary tech. I would get it if you don’t like Corsair, don’t swear by MX, or want to find a more suitable key switch. And if you’re just attracted by the fact that there’s ARX, well don’t buy into that. Also, if you like Cherry MX Brown’s tactile feedback and the Red’s actuation distance/force, I highly recommend you try out the Romer-G switches.
God… it feels amazing to type a lot on the G910