|Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 22 October 2012|
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Closer Look: Logitech G710+ Keyboard
The Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has a standard layout with the addition of six programmable keys arranged vertically on the left, and some smaller macro and media keys along the top. The smaller keys use rubber dome switches, but all full sized keys are mechanical. The keyboard comes with a snap-on plastic wrist rest (not shown in this image).
While many keyboards sport backlighting these days, Logitech has implemented a dual-zone backlighting system: you can adjust the brightness of the WASD cluster and arrow keys independently of the brightness used for the rest of the keyboard. Both "zones" have four levels of brightness, plus off.
You can always tell a "serious" keyboard: the slope of the keys, when viewed from the side, forms a gentle curve. There's a reason for this, and that's because it just works better for extended typing.
The G710+ is a USB keyboard, but the cable bifurcates at the end, so there are two USB connectors: one for the keyboard connection, and one for the USB pass through feature. The secondary USB port is on the back of the keyboard, near the center. This can save some cable clutter when plugging in your mouse or other USB accessory, but the port would have been more convenient on the side of the keyboard. You can flip down plastic feet at the rear of the keyboard to prop it up by half an inch or so if you prefer.
The six macro or "G" keys are arranged vertically at the left side of the keyboard, highlighted with a thick orange plastic bezel. This adds aboutg 2" of width to the keyboard.
Let's take a closer look at this keyboard in the next section.