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Logitech's stylish G810 Orion Spectrum keyboard comes with a free copy of The Division

By midian182 ยท 9 replies
Feb 4, 2016
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  1. Logitech has revealed its latest mechanical gaming keyboard, and it’s an understated, sophisticated piece of kit that’s packed with features aimed at gamers - making it suitable for both work and play. And one of the best aspects of G810 Orion Spectrum is that is will be one of three Logitech keyboards to ship with a free copy of Tom Clancy’s The Division.

    While the G810 is a full-sized keyboard, it’s efficiently compact and sleek – no extra macro keys (the function keys can be used to serve as macros) or unnecessary bells and whistles taking up desk space. The minimalist design means it wouldn't look out of place in an office or any other professional work area.

    According to the press release, the Orion Spectrum features Logitech’s Romer-G mechanical switches to deliver near-instant responsiveness, registering key presses up to 25 percent faster than standard mechanical switches.

    The company says the Romer-Gs are similar to Cherry Brown switches – my personal favorite – and they even have dual actuation points, meaning that if there’s a failure in one, the other can still respond to the input.

    Like some other top-end keyboards, the G810’s individual key lighting can be customized, in this case using Logitech Gaming Software to display any of more than 16.8 million colors. It’s also possible to synchronize the lighting effects with other Logitech G gaming peripherals.

    You’ll also find the usual selection of dedicated media controls and a volume control wheel in the top corner – a feature common in many full-sized keyboards such as the Corsair K70. There’s even a ‘gamer mode’ button that disables any number of keys, determined by the user, so you don’t accidently switch out of a game – so no more screaming at the screen if you hit the Windows key during a multiplayer online game.

    The majority of today’s mechanical keyboards aren’t cheap, and the G810 is no exception; it’s expected to be available in the US from February 8 at around $160, although the fact that you’ll also get The Division (providing you order before April 1) does sweeten the deal. The promotion is also available in the US with the $180 G910 Orion Spark.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    As far as keyboards go it looks OK but it also looks to have glossy black plastic on the sides. The use of that material should be outlawed, it's nothing but a grease and fingerprint trap. RGB lighting? Meh! I'll leave that overpriced and frivolous gimmick/fad to the kids.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,518   +409

    I've been on scissor switch keyboards for so long that I don't think I could go back to a standard keyboard... I wonder when someone will make a low profile switch like the Cherry MLs, but with a similar height and travel of a scissor switch? Probably wouldn't mind a lighter actuation pressure...

    That price is pretty high too, at least compared to what I've purchased in the past. I thought I was paying too much when I bought the original G15 and the K800 back in the day, but $160? whew dem ArrGeeBees are es'pensive.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,433   +2,889

    $180 for a keyboard? Seriously? Do yourself a favor and buy a new iPhone ... so my stock goes up!!!!!
  5. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 338   +137

  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,591   +571

    I say, If I am a company and I can get some fool to fork that much for a keyboard...go for it. As a good capitalist...$40 is my max
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,654   +407

    I like the customisation but I'll stick with my boring white backlit G710+ thanks. I mean, if you need to look at the keys to press one of your custom lit ones for a particular game you have lost already :)
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,888   +681

    Not one for cleaning your keyboard regularly are you? For a mouse I would more than agree with the idea of outlawing glossy plastics, but for a keyboard body, not the keys themselves, I like the look far greater and have no problem keeping it clean. My secret, keep microfiber cloths by my desk, great for your monitor, your tower and your keyboard, best of all they're dirt cheap these days if you shop in the right place.

    For the G810, I'm actually considering it, give these mechanical switches a try. Really for the price it's not that bad if you compare it to similar offerings from the competition, most RGB keyboards start closer to $200. This being Logitech you know it'll last, my first gen G15 still works flawlessly to this day, granted the blue LEDs have faded substantially, but all keys still work, including the LCD. And I thought that was expensive back in the day at $120.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    "Not one for cleaning your keyboard regularly are you?"
    I suffer from OCD. I wipe my Keyboard clean a few times a day, take it apart regularly and wash the keytops and frame in warm soapy water. I'd do the same with my mouse but it doesn't come apart easily so I wipe it clean with soapy warm water regularly. I also wash my mouse pad and headphone cup pads as well hence I won't buy those pleather jobs. A microfibre cloth is a good idea, in fact I keep two right next to me at all times, I tend to wear them out rather quickly. I could carry on for hours but I'm afraid you'll get bored
    You're right, Logitech makes decent products so I can't see the Roamer G switches being rubbish, they should last a while except I'm not fond of soft, mushy key presses, I like firm switches like Cherry MX black, Blue and my favorite, green. Unfortunately they're as scarce as rocking horse faeces so I'm tied to black. Blue are too noisy but they do feel nice.
    Excuse me, I have to stop talking to you now, I see a fingerprint on my smartphones screen...
  10. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Booster Posts: 140   +16

    Release date?

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