Introduction & Closer Look
Model: G410 Atlas Spectrum
UK Price: £119.95 @ Amazon UK (At time of review) – Click here to purchase!
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Mechanical keyboards are now one of those niche products SSDs were a couple of years ago, but if you step back and look at the market, they are absolutely everywhere; dominant from every point of view. Most peripheral companies have already released their renditions for the consumer to lap up like a kitten does a saucer of milk, but how many companies are actually paving the way for the future?
Well following on from our review of Logitech’s G910 Orion Spark back in 2014 (that long ago?), we have Logitech’s latest mechanical offering which features their custom in-house made Romer-G switches. The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum takes a lot from the G910 in terms of design, build and switch type, but this particular keyboard is different on many levels; it features a tenkeyless design! Designed for gamers with restricted space, or for those who simply don’t care for a numpad, Logitech have set their sights on the more bespoke customers who will appreciate all the performance of a mechanical keyboard, but with needs such as easy portability and space saving features.
So what’s the big deal? Well the Logitech G410 has a very simplistic design overall, although not so much when compared to regular bog standard Filco or PKR models, but it does include a carry handle to the left hand side; useful? It depends on the situation. On first looks, it looks pretty regular, but the specifications really do suggest otherwise so it should make for some interesting testing!
One of the main features of the G410 is the support of Logitech’s Gaming software (we will take a look at this later on in the review) and the inclusion of the ARX application support for IOS and Android. We did take a look at it in our previous review of the Logitech G910 Orion Spark and in all honesty, not much, if anything has changed at all since we had last seen it. The G410 does however come with the same device holder, but like the G910, lacks any power inputs to make it as functional as it could potentially be.
At the top right of the G410, we have a “game mode” button which essentially disables the Windows key; many a time I have accidentally pressed it in League of Legends and tabbed back in to find myself dead!. There is also a button for turning the RGB LEDs on and off, as well as 2 different levels of brightness.
Virtually every keyboard has them, but we figured it would be best to point these out to you just in case it influences your buying decision at all; the back DOES feature retractable keyboard risers which put the keyboard in a more “ergonomical” position for typing on.
The back of the G410 Atlas Spectrum has a Logitech information sticker which aptly classes this as a mechanical keyboard; we also classify it this way! Also included is the model number, power rating information and of course all those European safety logos which are required by law? Or are they?
Touching more on Logitech’s choice of mechanical switch, the Romer-G, it isn’t your usual Cherry MX “copy” like a lot of recent keyboards have used. Instead, Logitech developed and created their own with the aim of being the best and producing the best performing boards. According to Logitech’s marketing information, the Romer-G switches feature a 5.0ms actuation time, where as a standard mechanical switch has a 6.7ms, with the traditional rubber dome featuring a 9.0ms time. It has to be noted that this is at a standard finger speed of 300mm per second according to Logitech, so it will vary person to person.
The Romer-G switches only require 45g of actuation force to activate each key stroke, which is very similar to Cherry MX Reds or Browns; these switches don’t have a “click” either.
What we have here is a tidy little tenkeyless keyboard with plenty of technological features which some others don’t. The question is, can they give the G410 an advantage and put Logitech ahead of the game? Let’s find out, starting with the specifications…