REIN­VENT­ING THE­WHEEL

Log­itech G310 At­las Dawn

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Peter Chu

If you had a dozen dif­fer­ent me­chan­i­cal key­boards man­u­fac­tured by a dozen dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies laid on a ta­ble in front of you, there's a very good pos­si­bil­ity that you could point your finger at ei­ther one of them and cor­rectly claim that it's fit­ted with key switches that are made by Cherry, a Ger­man­based key­board maker.

This is un­less one of the key­boards on dis­play hap­pens to be the G310 At­las Dawn, which has been fit­ted with Log­itech's own Romer-G me­chan­i­cal switches rather than Cherry's tried-and-proven ones. A very brazen move by Log­itech, no doubt, but will it be good enough to win over the fin­gers of the many Cherry switch purists out there?

But be­fore we delve into that, let's go ahead and talk about the G310's de­sign and fea­tures. First and fore­most, you won't find a num­ber pad on the G310, as the ex­tra length would only make it cum­ber­some to be car­ried with you to your next gam­ing tour­na­ment or LAN party. And with a mod­est weight of 765g, you re­ally shouldn't end up build­ing any mus­cles while you carry the G310 around. The only per­ceiv­able flaw about the G310's de­sign is its ca­ble, which un­for­tu­nately isn't de­tach­able.

Lo­cated be­hind the G310 is its re­mov­able Arx Dock, which can be used to prop up your smart­phone or tablet. There's a le­git­i­mate rea­son for this: if you were to down­load the free Log­itech Arx Con­trol app onto your iOS or An­droid de­vice, you'll be able to use it as a sec­ond screen to dis­play ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing your PC's per­for­mance or com­pat­i­ble games.

Now then, let's talk about the key (par­don the pun) com­po­nent of the G310 – its keys.

Each key is cen­ter­il­lu­mi­nated, which in lay­man's terms sim­ply means that they are fit­ted with their own in­di­vid­ual LED light, com­plete with four bright­ness lev­els. Un­like the bog-stan­dard key­caps that are fit­ted onto most me­chan­i­cal gam­ing key­boards, the Per­for­mance Facet Key­caps – yes, that's what they're ac­tu­ally called – of the G310 are in­ten­tion­ally de­signed with edges that are raised ever-so-slightly to im­prove your per­for­mance in-game.

While they're not go­ing to turn you into a pro­fes­sional gamer overnight, they will, how­ever, help guide your fin­gers back to the cen­ter of the keys as they scram­ble about while you're gam­ing, with­out you need­ing to take your eyes off what's hap­pen­ing on-screen.

As we've es­tab­lished ear­lier, the G310 is fit­ted with Log­itech's pro­pri­etary Romer-G switches, which sad to say, aren't par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing to type on. Yes, Log­itech says that they pro­vide “up to 25 per­cent faster key switch ac­tu­a­tion”, but the fact of the mat­ter is, the key­presses feel mushy and lacks any tac­tile feed­back what­so­ever. If we were to com­pare the ‘feel' of the Romer-G switches with one of Cherry's MX switches, we would prob­a­bly say that it feels some­what sim­i­lar to a Cherry MX Brown switch – but qui­eter and sig­nif­i­cantly less grat­i­fy­ing.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

Cord Length

The Game Mode but­ton of the G310 At­las Dawn can be mod­i­fied to dis­able cer­tain keys.

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