Logitech has unveiled the G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL, a lightweight mechanical keyboard aimed at gamers that does away with the numeric keypad in order to make the device more compact and portable.
Designed by the Logitech G gaming division, the company claims that gamers have been calling for a smaller mechanical keyboard that would be ideal for LAN parties. The G410's tenkeyless design means it can be easily transported and is the ideal device for those with limited desk space. Its small form factor also enables users to have the mouse closer to the keyboard, meaning they don't have to stretch out as far to the right when moving the mouse. Logitech says this compact design brings users hands closer together for improved comfort, which is particularly important for low DPI-gamers.
The keyboard uses Logitech's exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches which the company claims can register key presses around 25 percent faster than those found on standard mechanical keyboards (they have a 45 gram actuation force and a 1.5mm actuation point, making them easier to press than most Cherry keys). Romer-G's also have a durability rating of 70 million keystrokes, 40 percent more than some rivals, according to Logitech.
The keyboard comes with individually customizable RGB keys. These don't just make the G410 easier to operate in low light; Logitech's software lets users assign different colors to each key to help them remember specific actions in games. The can be a useful feature in genres such as MMOs, where a lot of keys get used.
Another feature of the G410 is the removable Arx Control dock, a small plastic holder for smartphones or tablets. The idea being that a device in the dock can run the Android/iOS Arx Control app and act as a second screen to display in-game information and vital statistics.
"We worked closely with gamers of all ages and our eSports teams to create this ultra-light keyboard that is durable and comfortable. The result is something that we think meets the needs of eSports athletes, but is also great for younger gamers looking to buy their first gaming keyboard," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of gaming at Logitech.
The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL will be priced at $130 when it launches in the US and Europe in October.