Me­chan­i­cal min­i­mal­ism

Log­itech G Pro

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - By Koh Wanzi

A ca­pa­ble and well-de­signed gam­ing key­board for those who fa­vor sim­plic­ity.

If you’ve grown weary of large, over-sized gam­ing key­boards with os­ten­ta­tious de­signs, the Log­itech G Pro tenkey­less me­chan­i­cal key­board will feel like a breath of fresh air.

It is de­signed ex­pressly for pro­fes­sional play­ers, which means that form takes a back­seat to func­tion­al­ity. Su­per‚uous bits are thrown out, and if it doesn’t serve a pur­pose, Log­itech hasn’t in­cluded it.

The re­sult is a fairly min­i­mal­ist key­board that is bliss­fully free of gar­ish brand­ing or other pro­trud­ing bits of plas­tic. It fol­lows a tenkey­less de­sign, and its smaller foot­print means you’ll have a larger mous­ing area – good for low-sen­si­tiv­ity gamers – and makes it eas­ier to cen­ter. The key­board it­self is built mainly out of plas­tic, but it feels ro­bust and well put to­gether. The de­tach­able, braided ca­ble also speaks of qual­ity, and goes a long way to­ward mak­ing trans­porta­tion eas­ier.

It uses Log­itech’s own Romer-G switches, the re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween Log­itech and Ja­panese switch maker Om­ron. The ra­tio­nale be­hind many gam­ing key­board man­u­fac­tur­ers’ opt­ing for their own switches is that the more com­mon Cherry MX switches were never de­signed with gam­ing in mind (though there are newer Cherry MX Speed switches with shorter ac­tu­a­tion dis­tances, but those are still quite un­com­mon).

Romer-G switches have an ac­tu­a­tion dis­tance of 1.5mm, com­pared to the 2mm on Cherry MX switches. This al­lows for quicker ex­e­cu­tion of key presses in the­ory, but there isn’t much of a tan­gi­ble di er­ence in our ex­pe­ri­ence. The switches are also fairly light, with an ac­tu­a­tion force of 45g. They are best com­pared to Cherry MX Browns, but with a lighter (ac­tu­ally barely per­cep­ti­ble) tac­tile bump at the be­gin­ning of ev­ery key­stroke. Ul­ti­mately, we found the keys to be fairly com­fort­able, al­though we’d have pre­ferred a crisper feel.

And even though we said that the G Pro fo­cused mainly on the es­sen­tials, it does still come with cus­tom­iz­a­ble per-key RGB back­light­ing and the Log­itech Gam­ing Soft­ware adds a ton of func­tion­al­ity. This in­cludes a pro­gram­mable func­tion row, cus­tom game pro­files for a wide range of ti­tles, and the abil­ity to as­sign com­plex com­mands to spe­cific in-game con­trols.

You get two sets of key­board feet for two diJer­ent an­gles of el­e­va­tion.

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