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Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard Review
Logitech Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is a compact TenKeyLess mechanical keyboard designed upon eSports performance specifications.
Built with durable Romer-G switches and optimized Keystroke Signal Processing, this wired peripheral offers best in class performance over the competition.
At the time of publication the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is available at online retailers for $109.99 USD — an unparalleled value for any high-end gaming build.
The moment you pick-up the Logitech G Pro there is a good indication of sturdy construction. Holding the device in two hands, giving it a slight twist from both ends there is no flex or creaking of plastic parts.
Keyboard foundation is very solid with a hefty weight to it thanks in part to a reinforced steel back plate within the housing.
From an aesthetic perspective the composition of the housing is matte black, including all of the keys. Outer edge of the board features a thin glossy piano black finish with text branding of "Pro" on the right side corner.
Unlike a full-sized keyboard with 104+ ANSI keys the Logitech G Pro is a Tenkeyless (TKL) design. This type of layout removes the integrated number pad found on the right side, resulting in 87 keys, or 80% of the width of a full-size keyboard. All key arrangements remain the same so there isn't a need to relearn placements.
Tenkeyless keyboards offer several advantages such as occupying less physical space on your desktop, allowing for center positioning and more natural ergonomic posture. Dimensions of the board are 153mm x 361mm x 34mm (L x W x D).
Speaking of posture, on the underside of this keyboard are two positional feet for height adjustment of 0, 4, or 8 degrees angles. Also, thick rubber pads to prevent slippage on smooth surfaces while the keyboard is laying flat.
Connectivity is provided by a standard Micro-USB to USB-A male to male connector cable (USB 2.0 protocol). Length measures in at 6 foot and is detachable to improve long-term durability when transporting or store the keyboard.
The keys are blue mechanical switches, more specifically branded as Romer-G switch by Logitech. Romer-G is documented to have a short actuation distance of 1.5mm with an average actuation force of 45g and full travel of 3.2mm. This all translates to 25% shorter and faster than the leading competitor. Delivering speedy signal processing, precision and quiet performance.
Blue mechanical switches have a rating of 70 million key presses up to 40% more durable than the standard mechanical switches which in comparison is around 50 million keystrokes. This translates to a high Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) and one of the highest rated keyboard switches in production — all covered by a 2-year limited hardware warranty.
Tactile sensation is excellent in both gaming and productivity scenarios. Keystrokes are audible, but not overly obtrusive.
While on the topic of input I should mention 26-key rollover. This feature allows you to simultaneously press any number of keys, in any order, resulting in execution exactly as entered.
LED lighting covers a spectrum of more than 16.8 million colours as illumination intensity of the keys is uniform and keycap legends are crisp.
Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) must be installed to take full control over programmable function keys (F1 to F12), lighting effects and gaming hotkey profiles. On-board memory also allows for a lighting profile to be saved and applied in a scenario where the keyboard is used on another PC without the required LGS. But as you may have suspected, this propitiatory software is only supported under Windows & Mac, leaving limitations for Linux users.
There is an independent project on GitHub which allows for control over Logitech gaming keyboards under Linux. I personally have not evaluated this particular software package, but will link it in the HowTo document below for your consideration.
On a positive note, the Logitech G Pro has several lighting effect options that can be cycled with simple key combinations under Linux. Along with Game Mode toggling which disables the Windows and Menu keys to prevent unwanted key press interruptions.
I've documented my findings in a supplementary article HowTo control Logitech Keyboard LED lighting in Linux without Logitech Gaming Software.
ConclusionThe Good - Pros
- Romer-G switches 40% more durable than the standard mechanical switches
- Illumination intensity of the keys is uniform
- LED lighting covers a spectrum of more than 16.8 million colours
- Keycap legends are crisp when lit
- Long 6 foot cable with protective prong & sheath
- Tenkeyless occupies less physical space
- Excellent build quality
- 2-year limited hardware warranty
- Manual LED configuration works with Linux
The Bad - Cons
- Logitech should strongly consider a LGS build for Linux
The Ugly - Issues
The Verdict - Opinion
The Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is excellent in both gaming and productivity scenarios — solid construction along with premium features are contributing factors.