Introduction and Packaging
Today we are taking a look at Logitech’s newest mechanical gaming keyboard, the G710+. The G710+ is Logitech’s first mechanical keyboard, and represents their initial entry into the growing segment of mechanical keyboards for gamers/enthusiasts.
The G710+ is somewhat unique among most mechanical keyboards on the market today in the sense that it uses Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches which represent a very small portion of the mechanical keyboard market. However, Brown switches are becoming more prevalent, with companies such as Cooler Master and Razer offering MX Brown switches on some of their keyboards.
For the uninitiated, the four most common types of Cherry mechanical switches are MX Blacks, Reds, Browns, and Blues. The most common switches available about a year ago were just the MX Black and MX Blue switches, but the mechanical keyboard market has grown significantly since then. The MX Red switches had been discontinued by Cherry until demand by gaming peripheral manufacturers drove them to begin production again, and the MX Brown switches were largely ignored by manufacturers due to their ‘in-between’ status which we will explain later on in the review.
The keyboard comes in standard packaging, the box touts many of the features of the keyboard. Included with the keyboard is a manual and warranty information, along with an attachable wrist rest.
The G710+ is a full sized keyboard, including a full number pad and a fully spaced set of F-keys. It also comes with a variety of features now standard on many gaming keyboards. It has six programmable “G-keys”, with three “M-keys” that allow up to three macro sets for a total of 18 programmable functions per profile. It should be noted that the software allows for a seemingly unlimited number of profiles that the user can assign to any application.
The keyboard also has separate backlighting controls for the ‘WASD’ keys and the rest of the keyboard. There are five different lighting settings, ranging from off to brightest. The keyboard also has a Windows Key Lock key to prevent accidental keypresses of the Windows Key during gaming. Finally, it has media buttons for ‘Play/Pause’, ‘Stop’, ‘Skip Back’, and ‘Skip Forward’, as well as a mute button and a volume roller. We are especially appreciative of the volume roller, as it is often much more convenient and natural to operate than the discrete ‘Volume Up’ and ‘Volume Down’ buttons that many keyboards have.
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