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Logitech launches G710+ mechanical gaming keyboard

Logitech launches G710+ mechanical gaming keyboard

Logitech's G710+ features Cherry MX Brown switches, dual-zone backlighting and 26-key rollover.

Logitech has announced the impending launch of a new mechanical keyboard based around Cherry microswitches: the G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

Built around Cherry MX Brown switches, with an actuation force of 45g, with dampening rings to reduce noise the keyboard is aimed firmly at the gaming fraternity: each key features individual backlighting, there's 26-key rollover and an anti-ghosting matrix, and six programmable macro keys - 'G-keys,' in Logitech's parlance - are included on the left-hand side of the keyboard. Combined with three mode keys, these provide a total of 18 individual macro possibilities.

To tempt gamers into the high-priced G710+ over cheaper devices in the range, Logitech has included some neat features with the backlighting of particular interest: a dual-zone control system allows the lighting of the WASD and cursor keys to be adjusted separately from the rest of the keyboard. A 'Game' switch also locks out the Super, or Windows, key to prevent accidental minimisation.

For more prosaic use, multimedia keys are included along the top of the keyboard, and the full-size design includes a number pad, cursor keys and six-key 'Home' pad - something which is unlikely to prove popular with the 'tenkeyless' crowd who prefer their WASD and mouse hands to be closer together.

While the angular design and relatively bulky chassis of the G710+ won't be to everyone's tastes, there's no denying that Logitech has certainly tried to cater to the needs of gamers with its latest keyboard. The removable palm-rest is welcomed, as is the USB 2.0 pass-through port, but there is one feature Logitech has missed off its checklist: the keyboard is USB only, meaning those who prefer to connect their mechanical over PS/2 to gain complete N-key rollover support are left out in the cold.

Logitech is launching the G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard in the UK this month, priced at £149.99, with full details available on the product page.

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Yslen 10th October 2012, 13:04 Quote
The price is ridiculous.
vampalan 10th October 2012, 13:07 Quote
it was all looking good till I got to the price point... I am sure some will buy that.
Shirty 10th October 2012, 13:08 Quote
Unless you have hands like Ben Grimm, I can't imagine why you'd ever wish for NKRO over 26KRO...

Too expensive too late and not pretty enough in my humble opinion. Logitech should stock to making really good membrane boards like they do best.
KriTip 10th October 2012, 13:10 Quote
"Cheery microswitches" Does that mean they are happy switches?

left0hand?
johnnyboy700 10th October 2012, 13:19 Quote
I get the idea but not at that price, even if I could afford it.
damien c 10th October 2012, 13:28 Quote
Regardless of whether I like it or not that price is just to high for a keyboard for me, I won't pay over £40 for a keyboard simply because I do not see the difference when using them between high price and low price keyboards.
Gareth Halfacree 10th October 2012, 13:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by KriTip
"Cheery microswitches" Does that mean they are happy switches? left0hand?
Bah. Sounds like *I* need a new keyboard. I wonder if Logitech is feeling generous... (Fixed, ta!)
[PUNK] crompers 10th October 2012, 13:40 Quote
Its fugly and more expensive than a Filco. Bad move logitech
Phalanx 10th October 2012, 13:52 Quote
I'll stick to Razer for my gaming peripherals. Thanks.
Ripitup121 10th October 2012, 14:06 Quote
One of these vs a Filco and 50 quid in the pocket.... Think the latter will win every time.
pbryanw 10th October 2012, 14:44 Quote
Hi, just wondering where the £149.99 price comes from as the linked page shows it will be 149.99 usd? Hopefully, Logitech wouldn't make the UK price a straight conversion from dollars.

Still, even if the UK price is lower then the dollar price, I suspect it will work out more expensive than other mechanical keyboards out there.
Phalanx 10th October 2012, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by pbryanw
Hi, just wondering where the £149.99 price comes from as the linked page shows it will be 149.99 usd? Hopefully, Logitech wouldn't make the UK price a straight conversion from dollars.

Still, even if the UK price is lower then the dollar price, I suspect it will work out more expensive than other mechanical keyboards out there.

http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/gaming/mice-keyboard-combos/g710plus-mechanical-gaming-keyboard?wt.ac=ps|10503|hp
suragh 10th October 2012, 15:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
I'll stick to Razer for my gaming peripherals. Thanks.

This.

Logitech need to rethink their prices. I wonder how many they will sell in the first few weeks.
GeorgeStorm 10th October 2012, 15:59 Quote
Laughable price, and it's not even as though it's a good looking board!
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Originally Posted by damien c
Regardless of whether I like it or not that price is just to high for a keyboard for me, I won't pay over £40 for a keyboard simply because I do not see the difference when using them between high price and low price keyboards.

Presume you've never used a mechanical keyboard then?
pbryanw 10th October 2012, 16:30 Quote
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Ah, thanks, that's a shame - still will see if the reviews are any good but it would need some very good ones to justify £149.99 on a keyboard (albeit mechanical).
fdbh96 10th October 2012, 16:57 Quote
I think Ill just stick with my £20 Logitech keyboard, as it works surprisingly well, doesn't cost a stupid amount of money and doesn't make itself look stupid by plastering LEDs and other "gaming" features all over it.
Anfield 10th October 2012, 17:03 Quote
Logitech products very rarely cost as much in shops as they do on their website, so don't worry about the price tag.
Shirty 10th October 2012, 17:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by damien c
Regardless of whether I like it or not that price is just to high for a keyboard for me, I won't pay over £40 for a keyboard simply because I do not see the difference when using them between high price and low price keyboards.
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Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm
Presume you've never used a mechanical keyboard then?

I'd still argue that if used purely for gaming, a decent non-mech keyboard is as good as a mech. Also, quieter.

Personally wouldn't be without one because I like the feel and sound, but for the non-typist it's probably a waste of money for most people.
Star*Dagger 10th October 2012, 18:30 Quote
Nothing more useless than a KB without an LCD readout. Logitech should know better.

Please list prices in other than boutique currencies. Suggested format € / $ / Any other currency you think relevant. List the newegg price for $ and the German hardware outlet price for Euros, enjoy.
Eiffie 10th October 2012, 19:57 Quote
I'm very impressed by how understated this keyboard looks for a gaming keyboard. Nice colors and nothing that looks like it was forced through a wood-chipper with a few copies of the Tron Legacy thrown in with it. It looks very functional and the lack of a LCD display isn't a big deal for me. Comparing this keyboard to say a stock Das Keyboard with MX Browns, I guess the extra price Logitech is asking for is due to the additional macro keys and some of the gaming flavor they added like back lighting for the keys. Seems legit if full N-Key Rollover is not something you need. It doesn't look cheap or tacky like most gaming keyboards but I wonder what color the back lighting on the keys is or can it be changed to different colors?
LordPyrinc 10th October 2012, 20:16 Quote
$150 is a bit much for a keyboard. Oh well, I'll stick with my circa 1996 NMB mechanical keyboard. It may look ratty as heck, but still works perfectly. I just never could get used to a lot of the newer, lighter weight keyboards. They tend to bounce around a bit on a pull-out keyboard drawer.
mars-bar-man 10th October 2012, 20:19 Quote
Christ it's fugly! Really really fugly.

They could have quite easily made something that doesn't look like that, take a standard rectangle, it's been fine so far, maybe throw in some Aluminium and then hey presto, a decent looking board.

Macro keys are fine (don't use them personally), but I don't think they're worth £150..
1ad7 10th October 2012, 21:18 Quote
I AM SO PISSED!!! I was so excited, Im addicted to the g series due to the LCD. Eyefinity means no extra monitor for TS or Ventrillo.. Ive been looking for a mechanical with a LCD for ever... and then I see this.... Id pay 200 or 300 usd even if it had even a mono chrome lcd hopefully a mono that is fairly large. 2 or 3x my g510's. Maybe next time Logitech you dirty temptress.
DriftCarl 10th October 2012, 22:29 Quote
I dont get mechanical keyboards either really.
I have been gaming for years, though my keyboard of choice is the first version of the Logitech G15.
I love this keyboard and it has done me well for many years now, I think I bought it at Christmas is 2005.
Logitech do make good keyboards, i can say that. and if this new one lasted the same time as the one I have, then that is just £20 a year
Jipa 11th October 2012, 06:25 Quote
I like the pre-installed dampening rings and dedicated media keys. Those are something you don't see every day. Fn + F for medi control is just annoying if you use it a lot, and I do NOT feel like installing the bloody O-rings myself!

price is a touch high, but after owning three different keyboards in the 130 € range, what's the fuzz all about...
The_Beast 11th October 2012, 06:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
I'll stick to Razer for my gaming peripherals. Thanks.

lol, razer
wafflesomd 11th October 2012, 09:50 Quote
1/4 of my rent just for a keyboard lol.
Maki role 11th October 2012, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Beast


lol, razer

Their keyboards may be cack for the most part but I've certainly enjoyed their mice. Have had a naga epic for what, 2 years now? I just really like the shape, it's supremely comfortable and the simple grid of 12 buttons is surprisingly usable, I'd much rather have them all in one place than dotted around for each finger or something. Funnily enough I don't even use it for MMOs, I just like to macro tools in photoshop and maya etc to the buttons to improve my workflow.
Shirty 11th October 2012, 13:11 Quote
Razer must do something right to have such a market share, although having owned several of their products over the past few years the only one I still use is a mousemat...
liratheal 11th October 2012, 14:57 Quote
I'll stick with my Filco, thanks anyway Logitech. If I was in the market for a new keyboard, I might entertain it - I quite like the look of it - But as it stands? Not a cat in hells chance I'll be parting with money over it.
Locknload 11th October 2012, 16:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
I'll stick to Razer for my gaming peripherals. Thanks.

This +1.:p
faxiij 11th October 2012, 19:22 Quote
Mh. Finally a keyboard, that is getting close to what I want. And then that Price. What a disappointment :(
If nothing better turns up, I'll probably buy it anyways - I assume the price will drop a fair bit after a while.

I still don't get it. Why is there no keyboard that...
- is ergonomic (i.e. has a handrest attached to it)
- has media keys
- has mechanical switches (cherry brown or clears preferrably)
- has gaming features such as disabling the windows key
- is not tkl or looks like it escaped from a museum
- has a proper enter key (unlike almost all mechanical keyboards), that is to say a big one.

I use my 3rd Wave keyboard from Logitech. It lacks in many ways, but i still love it. I think the perfect keyboard would be a wave with above mentioned upgrades (and perhaps improved media buttons) and optional USB connectivity. Hope dies last.
longweight 11th October 2012, 19:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by faxiij
Mh. Finally a keyboard, that is getting close to what I want. And then that Price. What a disappointment :(
If nothing better turns up, I'll probably buy it anyways - I assume the price will drop a fair bit after a while.

I still don't get it. Why is there no keyboard that...
- is ergonomic (i.e. has a handrest attached to it)
- has media keys
- has mechanical switches (cherry brown or clears preferrably)
- has gaming features such as disabling the windows key
- is not tkl or looks like it escaped from a museum
- has a proper enter key (unlike almost all mechanical keyboards), that is to say a big one.

I use my 3rd Wave keyboard from Logitech. It lacks in many ways, but i still love it. I think the perfect keyboard would be a wave with above mentioned upgrades (and perhaps improved media buttons) and optional USB connectivity. Hope dies last.

Because hardly anyone wants those things.

Why do you need to disable the super key?
mars-bar-man 11th October 2012, 19:39 Quote
You say proper enter key, but depending on where you are the smaller one is proper ;)

Although I actually haven't any issues with the smaller key, it's much easier to use tbh, also looks a lot better imo.
Fizzban 11th October 2012, 21:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Nothing more useless than a KB without an LCD readout. Logitech should know better.


I'm having trouble taking you seriously, mostly because an LCD readout on a keyboard is so far from required I don't even know how to voice it.

Even IF you look at your keyboard while typing you don't need a display on it. Surely a gaming pro like yourself has two or three screens??! Do you really need a puny little calculator LCD on your keyboard too? Looool

I usually ignore your comments but this made me laugh. I know you will respond, and I know you will troll. Go for it, I've had a **** week and I could use the laugh.
longweight 11th October 2012, 21:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fizzban
I'm having trouble taking you seriously, mostly because an LCD readout on a keyboard is so far from required I don't even know how to voice it.

Even IF you look at your keyboard while typing you don't need a display on it. Surely a gaming pro like yourself has two or three screens??! Do you really need a puny little calculator LCD on your keyboard too? Looool

I usually ignore your comments but this made me laugh. I know you will respond, and I know you will troll. Go for it, I've had a **** week and I could use the laugh.

+ sideways 8
Sloth 11th October 2012, 22:01 Quote
It might be worth noting that the price on their site is 150USD. The UK price might be incorrect, or at least other markets may be more interested in this board if their pricing is similar since it's much closer to other mech boards at $150.
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Originally Posted by Shirty
Unless you have hands like Ben Grimm, I can't imagine why you'd ever wish for NKRO over 26KRO...
Wondered the same thing. Only difference is bragging rights or pointless elitism at that point. I have a hard enough time finding a need for more than 6KRO.
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Originally Posted by longweight
Because hardly anyone wants those things.

Why do you need to disable the super key?
On the contrary, a large number of Logitech's customers want those things. Or more accurately, they think they want them. The whole rubber dome gaming keyboard market is based on those (gimmicky) features and somehow still thrives. Logitech are carving themselves a nice little niche with this board, they get to ride the mechanical bandwagon while making themselves unique by offering all those 'gam3rz' features.

I'm just surprised they didn't try to fit an LCD screen on it as they seem to love doing.
Ficky Pucker 11th October 2012, 23:48 Quote
i'm surprised it took them so long to release a mech keyboard, as far as features go it is the best gaming mech keyboard imo (unless of course you don't like cherry browns :D ) but the price and the typically ugly "gamer" design are massive let downs.

i like Logitech (legendery customer support) but i think i'll keep my Topre Realforce ;)
longweight 12th October 2012, 00:20 Quote
[QUOTE=Ficky Pucker;i like Logitech (legendery customer support) but i think i'll keep my Topre Realforce ;)[/QUOTE]
longweight 12th October 2012, 00:20 Quote
You can do no better than Topre ;)
Elton 12th October 2012, 06:12 Quote
Model M meet Logitech.

Model M. Laugh.
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