Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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Introduction


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We’re back again with our latest Logitech review, and following on from the stunning Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse, we now have the G910 Orion Spark, the big brother of the also recently reviewed Logitech Atlas Spectrum G410 TKL Keyboard. The G410 was certainly unique, offering a lot of cool features that put it on a lot of people’s wish list. The G910 keeps pretty much every feature we loved about the G410, but it’s bigger and better, with even more cool features and, of course, a full-size keyboard design with a number pad.

With the G410 review behind us, I’m expecting equal performance from the G910 and hopefully even better performance courtesy of the added features. Equipped with the fantastic Romer-G mechanical switches, which are exclusive to Logitech, the Orion Spark is finely tuned for competitive gaming. Romer-G have a shorter actuation than most mechanical keys, meaning response times are lower and you can use less effort to deploy rapid commands.

“Exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches with up 25 percent faster actuation for an edge in matches where every millisecond matters. Improved durability allows Romer-G switches to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming for years to come.”

The keyboard is also compatible with the cool ARX Control system, a mobile app that allows you to track stats of your gaming, system and more. Even better, the keyboard has a built-in phone dock to help keep that information at your fingertips.

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Equipped with LED RGB 16.8 million colours lighting, you can tune every single key on a per-key basis, allowing for endless combinations that make it great to zone out your favourite gaming profiles, or just give it some cool visual flair.

Clocking in at just 1.5KG the G910 is fairly lightweight, especially given that it’s quite large, so best measure your available desk space if you’re rocking a smaller desk.

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The packaging is really nicely designed, showing off the RGB lighting effects, as well as some details of the exclusive Romer-G switches.

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Around the back, a little more detail on the same, so perhaps it’s best we just open the box and take a closer look ourselves.

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Take the slip cover off the box, there’s a very durable inner box with a cool G logo cut into it; doesn’t make the keyboard any better, but I thought it looked cool.

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A Closer Look


The G910 comes hard-wired with a black USB cable, and it’s plug and play ready, although the downloadable software is required to really get into the cool customisation features.

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The G910 is certainly a striking looking keyboard, with an extended chassis that provides a palm/wrist rest at the front, although that’s actually interchangeable with a second rest that’s included in the box, while we’ll see in a moment.

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The keyboard has a nice low-profile design, with a slight curve to the key layout from front to back, giving you some comfortable ergonomics.

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The base of the keyboard and the top cover are two separate parts, one gloss, the other with a matte finish, giving it a nice subtle two-tone effect.

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Down the left side of the keyboard, you’ll find five dedicated macro keys, these can be programmed to anything you desire using the downloadable desktop software, although all settings can also be stored directed to the keyboard should you need to.

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The WASD keys have been given a funky design, helping to highlight the keyboard gaming focus.

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What’s really special is the key caps, they’re certainly unique and have an angular design that gives your fingertips a great resting point and helps reduce finger slip or accidental keystrokes.

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Flip off the key caps and you’ll find the Romer-G switches, which are a mechanical form of plunger style switches. There’s a small matrix of lighting in the center

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You’ll notice the left macro keys have the game funky theme as the WASD, further highlighting the obvious gaming keys.

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Up top, you’ll find four more dedicated macro keys, as well as some memory and macro control buttons in the far left corner.

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At the top right, we’ve got the game mode button, when pressed it will disable the Windows key, as well as any other keys you have told it to in the software. You can literally use this button to turn off every key if you wanted, or even just leave WASD enabled.

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Further over, the master lighting control on/off, as well as some handy dedicated multimedia keys and an infinite-scroll volume wheel.

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A full-size number pad, thing fancy, just the usual keys. The arrow keys also have the same design as the other gaming-focused keys.

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At the top of the keyboard, you’ll see the ARX dock.

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It adds a nice hint of blue that looks cool, but it obviously does more than look nice.

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Slide it out and you’ve got the perfect place to store your phone, handy for using the Logitech mobile app or just your phone in general.

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The base of the keyboard looks pretty cool too and there are large rubber grips to ensure the keyboard stays firmly planted on your desk.

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The kickstands are nice and thick and extra wide, giving them added strength; they even have their own rubber grips so you’re not losing traction when using them.

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The stock wrist rest is nice, but since we have a spare one in the box, you can pick which one best suits your needs.

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Just unclip the pre-installed one.

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And clip the other one in place. As you can see, it’s a little larger, giving you added space to rest your left hand while gaming.

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A Closer Look Continued


The RGB lighting engine is pretty special, with really bold and vivid colours. A lot of RGB keyboards allow underlighting on the keys, but you’ll notice that only the fonts are illuminated here, which helps better separate each colour and that’s perfect for defining lighting effects.

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Rainbow colours are cool, but you can easily set any colour to any key. Want WASD in red, 1-5 in blue, arrow keys in green? Not a problem, it’s really up to you how you want to configure each profile.

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The colours are really nice, with a few extra touches in the G logo in the top left, and even the G910 logo in the palm rest is customisable.

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Gaming and working on this keyboard is absolutely fantastic. The Romer-G switches are fast and light, providing huge benefits to those who type a lot, but even more so for gaming. They’re like a blend of MX Red and MX Brown, giving you that fast and light speed, with a soft tactile bump. The most notable thing, however, is that they’re incredibly quiet.

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Playing fast paced games is certainly a strong point for the G910, the shorter actuation of the keys is certainly noticeable and gives the keyboard an action that sits somewhere between a standard membrane and a mechanical switch.

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The macro keys are a welcome bonus, and being able to configure any key to do whatever you want is even better. The top row of macro keys are great for program launchers, profile and lighting changes and other similar tasks, whereas the ones on the left are easier to reach while gaming; very handy for MMO and sim games.

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Final Thoughts


Price

The Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is available directly from Logitech for £159.99 in a range of languages. That’s obviously a lot of money, but looking at the prices of similar fully-RGB and mechanical gaming keyboards like this, it’s about on-par with the competition.

Overview

I absolutely loved the TKL version of this keyboard, it’s super lightweight and easily transported, making it a fantastic weapon for LAN gaming events. The G910 is obviously a lot bigger, but if you’re only wanting to keep it at home or in the office for gaming at your own desk, then you’re going to love the big size and the amount of extra features that have been packed into this bigger model.

There’s certainly no shortage of attention-grabbing features on the G910, the obvious one being that it’s mechanical and features those lovely Romer-G switches. Add to that, full per-key RGB lighting, as well as a powerful lighting engine that allows you to apply various effects. A range of macro keys, a powerful macro recording engine, dedicated multimedia keys and 114 key anti-ghosting, perfect for customising the keyboard to suit your needs for both work and gaming. There are two wrist rests to choose from, albeit fairly similar in design, but try both and find which one you like the most; it never hurts to have more choice. Finally, we’ve got the ARX dock, giving you even more features and options to play around with.

This keyboard isn’t cheap, but given the unique design, extensive customisation and excellent performance, it’s still competitive value when compared to the current crop of high-end RGB gaming keyboards, of which you’ll struggle to find many that are “cheap” anyway. As the old saying goes “you get what you pay for.”

This keyboard certainly isn’t for everyone with its fairly extreme styling, but I must admit that I’ve grown to love those funky custom key caps, even if their angular design did feel strange at first. You’ve got to take your gaming fairly serious to make an investment on a keyboard like this, but if you do, you certainly won’t regret it.

Pros

  • Full RGB per-key lighting
  • Powerful macro engine and dedicated macro keys
  • Dedicated multimedia keys
  • ARX dock
  • Dual wrist-rests
  • Quiet and fast Romer-G switches

Cons

  • None

Neutral

  • Quite expensive, but you do get a lot of features for your money

“Logitech has created a gaming titan with the G910, it has every feature you could ever need and more, making it a joy to use for work and play. With fast, quiet and RGB-equipped Romer-G switches, Logitech has got a fresh new contender for the very busy mechanical keyboard market”

Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Thank you Logitech for providing us with this sample.

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. A Closer Look Continued
  4. Final Thoughts
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