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