As we already know, when it comes to peripherals, Logitech always delivers when it comes to providing quality products at affordable prices. The G710+ is a full-sized keyboard that is packed with all the features you would expect.
Where the real performance counts, Logitech has gone with Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches. This keyboard not only looks the business, it feels the business too. But can it stack up against the best gaming keyboards in a busy market?
We’ll take a closer look in our in-depth Logitech G710+ Review and also find out if this ranks as one of the best Logitech keyboards available.
When taking your new keyboard from its packaging, you are met with a largish, ready-for-battle keyboard. A mixture of mostly black and a few silver keys are combined with an orange border around the single vertical row of macro keys running up the left side.
You’ll notice three smaller orange and a red button horizontally laid out in the top row. Logitech has done a good job of keeping this keyboard understated, yet still with a few touches of flare.
When size matters…
First impressions are that this is a large keyboard with so many features crammed into it. As it turns out, it measures just under average for a keyboard in this class. It measures 20 x 8.7 inches (51 x 22 centimeters); while not tiny, it is probably smaller than you expected.
This is when you begin to realize what a great job Logitech has done with the use of space on this keyboard. Construction is solid and sturdy, as you would expect when using high-quality ABS plastic to place your switches and keys within.
Take a rest…
At the very bottom of the keyboard is a magnetic detachable wrist rest. It does provide some additional comfort but is a little soft and squishy, offering only limited support. Finally, we may have discovered a chink in Logitech’s armor.
In addition to the macro keys running around the left extremities, there are some media controls added too. Horizontally along the top right are play, stop, and skip buttons. Above the numeric pad, you’ll also find a roller for quickly adjusting the volume on the fly.
The key to success…
The keys on the G710+ are finished in a matte black color, apart from the WSAD and Arrow keys, which have a silver finish. Upon placing your fingers on each key, you’ll find they have a slight indentation allowing them to easily find their place.
There is no choice in switches, so Cherry MX Brown it is. Not that that’s a bad thing, they’re fantastic, but if you prefer something clicky, you’re out of luck. The Cherry switches are very responsive, and their operation is almost silent. For those looking for the best Cherry MX keyboards, this is a nice option.
Users can save up to three different profiles, each with different button configurations and macros. Unfortunately, you can’t link the profiles to games like what is possible with some of Logitech’s other gaming accessories.
However, switching between each profile is very easy. There is a shortcut key just to the left of the media controls. Next to that is one other gaming shortcut key that activates gaming mode. It deactivates the Windows key, so you don’t accidentally end up on the desktop.
Easily record macros…
You will be pleased to know that recording macros is a straightforward, simple process. Hit the macro record button, followed by your choice of macro shortcut button, enter your sequence, then hit the macro record button again.
This is extremely useful during gameplay, as you can record and plan your macros on the fly. Especially when adding multiple functions, there is a lot of planning required. Adding macros as you go feels more natural and fluid. As a result, this is one of the best macros keyboards you can buy.
There is a USB 2.0 port available right next to where the cord exits the keyboard. Thankfully this feature is present, as the keyboard requires two USB ports on your PC. One for data. And the other for power, so you still essentially lose a USB port.
The cord is of high quality and feels very strong. Perhaps a little too strong, particularly around the rubber collar. It is very difficult to bend, which could provide some difficulties with your cable management, especially for those short on desk space.
Lighting the way…
There is no RGB or special effects here, but the backlighting is still very good. Bright white LEDs are used to provide illumination, and each key is easily detectable in low light situations. The legend is large and easily read on each keycap.
There are two zones where the LED brightness can be adjusted independently. The first zone is the silver keys, and the second zone is the rest of the keyboard. Five different levels are available from full brightness to completely off.
Customizing and personalizing your G710+ is all done using the Logitech Gaming Software, which can be downloaded from Logitech’s website. It is the same software used for many other Logitech keyboards and mice.
Fortunately, the software is one of the better packages available on the market. It is lightweight and doesn’t take up too much processing power. The platform is very stable, well-designed, and user-friendly to navigate.
An awesome feature of Logitech Gaming Software is its ability to automatically detect what games you have installed. It then allows you to program macros with game-specific commands. Such a shame you can’t also save your profiles to specific games.
If you prefer to manually set individual key mapping, that, of course, can be done too. The process is simplified into selecting a key from the keyboard image on the screen, then either pressing the key or selecting from a drop-down menu.
If you have only used a membrane keyboard previously, then switching to this keyboard will feel incredible. Especially since Logitech has gone with the increasingly popular, industry-leading Cherry MX switches.
It is surprising how responsive each keypress feels with the little amount of noise that they make. Think somewhere in between an old-fashioned typewriter and a brand-new laptop keyboard, and it will give you a good idea.
Built to last…
The keys are promised to last at least 50 million presses each, which means they should withstand daily gaming abuse. Although constructed of plastic, this keyboard feels like it could be run over with a truck. This makes it one of the most durable gaming keyboards on the market.
One thing to keep in mind is that Logitech decided to label main functions on top, with secondary functions below. This makes locating keys occasionally difficult and takes some time to get used to.
Pros And Cons Of Logitech G710+
- Well laid out controls.
- Useful macro buttons and media controls.
- Record macros on the fly.
- Software is solid and user-friendly.
- Tough and long-lasting construction.
- Variable backlighting controls.
- Cherry MX Brown switches.
- Requires two USB ports on your PC.
- Wrist rest could be a lot better.
- No choice in mechanical switches.
- The main and secondary legend is reversed.
- Stubborn USB cord can be frustrating.
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Logitech G710+ Review – Final Thoughts
While there is still value here, this is not a cheap keyboard by any means. The performance and features available are fantastic but do lack certain levels of customization. For example, a choice of colors or mechanical switches.
If the color and Cherry MX Brown switches are what you would have chosen anyway, then this is a sound option. With their years of experience, solid support network, and robust software, you can be confident in this product.
Has Logitech marked another one up on the board? In this case, yes, but it won’t be the same for everyone.
Until next time, it’s game on.