Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 20:50
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2015 was a great year for gamers not only because we all witnessed the release of many interesting game titles for the PC (such as the Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Mortal Kombat X, Star Wars Battlefront, Mad Max, Just Cause 3, Batman Arkham Knight, Dying Light and many more) but also because there was a significant spike in the number of gaming peripherals released. That however was not as interesting as the fact that several manufacturers released mechanical gaming keyboards featuring their very own switches one of which was Logitech with their ROMER-G. The G910 Orion Spark was their very first mechanical gaming keyboard to feature their switches (co-developed with OMRON) and although it scored very high in all our tests it wasn't exactly what we'd call a compact keyboard. Well with so many manufacturers reducing the size of their keyboards just by removing the numpad (tenkeyless design) Logitech decided to take the same path and the result is the G410 Atlas Spectrum Compact Mechanical Gaming RGB Keyboard.
Focused on innovation and quality, Logitech designs personal peripherals to help people enjoy a better experience with the digital world. We started in 1981 with mice, which (new at the time) provided a more intuitive way of interacting with a personal computer. We became the worldwide leader in computer mice, and have reinvented the mouse in dozens of ways to match the evolving needs of PC and laptop users. Since those early days, we have expanded our expertise in product design beyond the computer mouse, with a broad portfolio of interface devices that are the “last inch” between you and your computer or your console game, digital music or home-entertainment system. With products sold in almost every country in the world, Logitech’s leadership in innovation now encompasses a wide variety of personal peripherals (both cordless and corded), with special emphasis on products for PC navigation, gaming, Internet communications, digital music and home-entertainment control. For each of our product categories, we study how our customers use their digital devices, and then our designers and engineers set their sights on how we can create a better experience with those devices – richer, more comfortable, more fun, more productive, more convenient, and more delightful.
As already mentioned the G410 Atlas Spectrum is basically a cut-down version of the G910 Orion Spark so aside the lack of a numpad and dedicated macro keys it pretty much shares the same features as its larger brother. So leaving out the obvious feature which are the ROMER-G switches (require 25% less actuation force compared to regular mechanical switches and are consider among the fastest ones in the market today) the G410 Atlas Spectrum offers individual RGB illumination for its keys, several lighting effects, anti-ghosting for all keys, media control keys and of course Logitech’s unique Arx Control Display which makes use of your smartphone or tablet to display various information screens. Once again Logitech decided to skip on placing USB ports on the keyboard (and we forgot to mention that unlike the G910 the G410 has no swappable wrist rests) but depending on the how good the end result is this may not impact our final results much (just like it didn't with the G910).