With professional gaming now being a “thing” and eSports making its way on to TV once again, there’s ample opportunity for peripheral manufacturers to target gamers with high end or novel gear. And in gaming, it’s all about speed, which is why we have an abundance of very high DPI mice on the market. However, Logitech figures you can do the same with keyboards, and therefore has produced one that’s touted as being 25% faster.
The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has a very long name, but a very short key actuation. Keyboard actuation is basically the force and key travel distance required for a key press to be registered. With the G410 Romer-G switches, Logitech claims to have made this 25% faster than other mechanical keyboard switches, with the suggestion being this could give you an advantage when playing assuming your reaction times are already great.
Faster actuation is only the start of the features squeezed into the tenkeyless G410, though. It’s lightweight, 40% more durable (70 million keystrokes), and purposefully small due to the lack of a number pad and macro keys, which is meant to make it easier to transport to events or a friend’s house. Overall it weighs just 830 grams including the USB cable and measures 7.3 x 15.4 x 1.4 inches.
As for the backlighting, Logitech allows you to customize it for every key using the included software and the option of 16.8 million colors. You could spend more time adjusting colors on this keyboard than actually playing games. Logitech has also created Arx Control, a free app for iOS or Android devices that allows in-game information to be displayed on a second screen. There’s even a slide out dock hidden in the back of the G410 to allow you to rest your smartphone while running Arx Control.
The Logitech G410 requires a USB 2.0 port and Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7 to work. It is expected to become available at some point in October with a list price of 149 Euros (roughly $170). I also expect to see the G410 in use at some eSports events if Logitech can find a team or two willing to accept some free keyboards.