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Written by David Ramsey   
Monday, 22 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: Logitech G710 Keyboard
Gaming Keyboard Detailed Features
Logitech Gaming Software
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Let's take a closer look at this keyboard in the next section.



 

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# RE: Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming KeyboardG710 owner 2012-10-26 15:57
After looking for a full size mechanical keyboard for months, I purchased a G710+ because it uses Cherry Brown MX keys and offers a combination of features not found in other mechanical gaming keyboards.

1) Dedicated/separate media controls. I use my keyboard volume controls daily. Having to adjust or mute volume a combination keystroke of FN + another key by comparison is cumbersome and annoying. Neither the Razor Black Widow Ultimate (2013), nor Ducky Shine II, nor Max Keyboard Nighthawk (my original choice), nor Thermaltake mechanical keyboards offer designated media controls. Only the Corsair K90 matches the G710 here.

2) 100% Mechanical Full Size Keys. If I buy a mechanical keyboard, I want all the full size keys mechanical. While the Ducky, Nighthawk and Razor have this feature, the K90 does not. In the K90, some full size keys use rubber domes. Not sure about Thermaltake.

3) Game ("G") keys. A primary reason to buy a gaming keyboard is having a separate, designated set of macro or gaming keys. While, the K90 (in spades) and Razor BW have them, the Ducky, Nighthawk and Thermaltake (2 listed on NewEgg at least) do not. Even more so than media, combination FN + another key is bothersome and certainly less advantageous in fast paced gaming. Personally, I'd rather have a set of 5 or 6 G-keys with banks than a block of 18 or more keys. I've never needed more than six at once and the banks make it easy to organize.

4) O-ring dampeners. Not for everyone, but something I planned to do anyway. Logitech saves me $20+ (seriously, like $15 for the o-rings + ship :
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# RE: Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming KeyboardG710 owner 2012-10-26 16:09
(4 cont.) Plus I don't have to spend time on installation.

The G710 is not perfect by any means. I hate the orange border. It should come with matching versions of the WASD/arrow keys along with a cheap key puller. The USB cable is too thick - only one USB connection should be required. The second one (a pass-thru for the hub) should be separate and removable not to mention USB 3.0.

$150 isn't cheap, but the other 100% full size key mechanical boards (Ducky, Nighthawk, Razor BW, etc.) all run about $140-$145 when not on sale. The K90 is cheaper, much cheaper, but it should be since it has less premium components. Rubber dome keys are very, very cheap to make. Still, I can understand why some claim it's a better value - just depends on whether you don't mind mechanical/rubber dome hybrid. On sale, I think the G710 is a pretty food value given all the features it offers. It's the first thing I've really liked from Logitech since the G9 mouse.
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# Great ReviewChris 2013-02-05 10:34
Great review, spot on. I'm waiting for my G710+ to come in the mail. I almost got the GK-Osmium, but the Cherry MX Brown switches did the trick for me. I wanted the light touch, but, if you're going to get mechanical anyway, why not have the tactile response? Brown has the best of both. The addition of O-rings to minimize noise was genius, too.

The K90 looks beautiful, but, I heard they had a lot of of driver/firmware issues.

This is definitely the most expensive in its class, and I could've went with the Razer BW-U Stealth, but I like Logitech stuff so far. I use the Optical Trackman, and I think it's hands down the best trackball and superior to mice in general. I wish it had more gaming features (like high polling rate), but nobody makes a gaming specific trackball, and I refuse to drive a brick across my desktop. I've been using trackballs for many years, and my wrists thank me for it.
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