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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

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.

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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.

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Once you assign commands to keys, they'll show up as floating titles over their assigned keys in the macro definition screen.

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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.

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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..."



 

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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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