|Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 22 October 2012|
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Logitech Gaming Software
The first thing you'll want to do after plugging in your keyboard is go to Logitech's web site and download and install the unimaginatively named Logitech Gaming Software. Logitech provides this application to control and configure the features on their various keyboards and mice. The first thing this program will do when you run it is scan your system for games it knows about. As you can see from the image below, it even knows about Steam games. You select the games you want to define keys for by checking the box by the game title.
Clicking on the "G" key button at the lower right of the window takes you to the Profiles screen (a profile is a collection of key definitions for a given game or application). The games you selected in the previous screen appear in a horizontal list at the top of the window, and clicking on one populates the commands list at the left with a pre-filled list of game commands. To assign a command to one of the G keys, simply click and drag it to the desired key. You can select which "bank" the current definitions go into by clicking on the image of the M1, M2, or M3 selector keys on the picture of the keyboard. You can search your profiles by name, as well as save and print them. A "+" icon lets you add a new profile manually, but you'll have to be familiar enough with Windows to dig down through the file system and identify the correct executable. Logitech's software automatically loads the defined profiles when you run a game or other application, but you can also define a "persistent" profile that's always active. For example, you could use a persistent profile to define the G1 key as ALT-F4 so that pressing it would always close the current window. Of course this would exclude this key from being used in any other profile.
Once you assign commands to keys, they'll show up as floating titles over their assigned keys in the macro definition screen.
You're not limited to simply using the game commands the software knows about; you can also configure keys manually in the Command Editor. Logitech even allows you to assign mouse functions to a keystroke, such as a right click or even a scroll wheel event. Blocks of text, multi-key combinations, and even Ventrilo support are all present and accounted for. An interesting feature is the milliseconds-delay parameter you can set for repeating keys. This is handy for rapid single fire in FPS games without running ahead of your weapon's cycle time.
Although the Logitech software works well, its "all sizes" nature peeks through occasionally. Since the Logitech G710+ is delivered without any documentation (other than a flyer instructing you to plug in the USB cables and download the Logitech Gaming Software), the "Help" function in this software is all you have, and it's peppered with phrases like "If your device supports this feature..."