Published on Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:20
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As far back as i can remember keyboards have always been my favorite PC peripheral followed closely by speakers and not mice as some of you would expect. Still since back in the 90's we practically had to count on Microsoft and in smaller part to IBM for new keyboard models i never expected that the time would come when there would be a virtually infinite number of models in the market by both large and small manufacturers from all over the globe. The same of course goes for all the features we've seen introduced since then and I’m not necessarily referring to mechanical switches since they've been around for too long already. What really surprised me was that instead of sitting around idly and just using what's already there some manufacturers took it upon themselves to further improve mechanical switches and backlight illumination for gaming and professional use and one of them is obviously Logitech with their Romer-G switches which we first encountered when we reviewed the G910 Orion Spark and the G410 Atlas Spectrum gaming keyboards a while ago. With us today we have the latest gaming keyboard to also feature their Romer-G switches called the G810 Orion Spectrum.
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 mentioned already exactly like the G410 and the G910 before that the G810 uses Logitech's proprietary Romer-G switches which they developed jointly with the well-known and respected Japanese OMRON. With the Romer-G switches Logitech wanted to create the world’s fastest gaming switch (just like SteelSeries and their QS1 Switches) without sacrificing endurance and so they set them to actuate at 1.5mm (3mm travel distance) with just 45g of force (unfortunately at the cost of tactile feedback) and made them last for up to 70 million keystrokes. Another thing Logitech wanted to improve on was LED backlight design and their solution to that was to place a RGB LED pipe directly at the center of the Romer-G switches which could then focus the light more evenly through the etching on the keycap thus minimizing light bleeds. The G810 Orion Spark also features dedicated media controls, individual key RGB lighting, 26-Key rollover (does not support NKRO), dual height-adjusters (4 and 8 degrees angle), macro-recording and is compatible with Logitech’s ARX Control (although it doesn't come with a smartphone dock like the G910/G410 models).