Continuing our look into Logitech’s PC gaming peripherals, we’re moving straight from mice to keyboards with a review of the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This compact TLK keyboard is one of the smartest looking “gaming” grade boards you can buy with its small stature, matte top, and glossy edges, but do looks point to in-game greatness?
The Logitech G Pro keyboard is expensive at around £130 and, from what I can gather, is only available in the US key layout. It’s sad that less physical product tends to increase the price in the PC space like with ITX cases and motherboards, SODIMM memory, and other TKL keyboards, but from an R&D standpoint, I can see why that is. With most opting for full-sized peripherals and components, smaller versions are essentially enthusiast products.
Being a mechanical keyboard, the Logitech G Pro keyboard can’t really be compared to many other mechanical keyboards on the market due to its proprietary Romer-G switches. Nope, these aren’t your usual Cherry or Kailh brand buttons.
I picked up the Logitech G Pro when the lack of a Windows key on my trusty Thermaltake eSports Meka finally pushed me over the edge after about 4-5 years. Equipped with the Cherry MX Black switches throughout, I was used to the heavy presses and springy returns the keys offered. Every session was like a workout for my dainty typing fingers, and, as Black switches are linear, they had no audible click, instead regularly hitting the deck with a solid thud.
I wanted something to match them, but the Cherry Black switches are increasingly absent in newer boards. After trying out a few budget options from some questionable brands on Amazon, I was forced to say goodbye to the trusty Black switch and instead devoted myself to moving away from them entirely. No longer shackled by specific switch types, but still very much attached to the tenkeyless design due to my old board and my incredibly limited desk space, I picked up the best looking keyboard I could find; the relatively muted Logitech G Pro.
I’ll just come out and say it; the Romer-G switches on the Logitech G Pro keyboard aren’t my favorite. I still miss my Cherry MX Blacks. The Romer-G switches are incredibly fast to bounce back up after actuation, but getting them there just doesn’t feel quite as smooth as I expected from such a premium product.
With noticeable wobble as you run your fingers over them, I half expected them to dip down and up with little effort, and, in a way, they do. It feels like the softer you hit them the easier they’ll bow to your strokes, but if you’re used to typing at high speeds and find yourself hitting the keys too hard, you’ll feel the keys almost clipping their neighbors and refusing to actuate before a sharp scratch.
What I mean by this is that the keys sometimes feel as if they’re scraping other keys or getting caught on their sides. The key will go down, stop, and then slam into the deck. It’s like they almost feature a sweet spot right in the middle and hitting them slightly off centre causes a harder press to be required to get them to trigger. Given the amount of keys a typical gamer will make use of, there’s a fair chance you’ll come across this specific problem when reaching for keys around the WASD cluster in the heat of the moment.
And things don’t end there. Another issue that rises up when striking the keys with little more than a feather touch is the audible metallic ping as a key returns to its natural position. I can’t confirm whether this is down to the spring in each key aggressively bouncing back or a consequence of hitting a potentially metal deck underneath the visible plastic exterior, but it’s enough for your ears to pick up on between sentences if you happen to be messaging friends or typing up a document.
Lastly, while the
They’re individually addressable, too, so expect to create and share any number of illumination themes and patterns through Logitech’s own unified software suite. I tend to leave my on a centre-out variant of the rainbow cycle to make the most of the 16 million + colours this thing can output, but the memory-style illumination would be a close second if I was forced to change things up.
But the beautiful LED array isn’t just limited to fancy light shows; specific games can also make use of them through profiles. One that stands out to me specifically is how the keys will all flash red when I pull aggro on a mob in an MMORPG like Final Fantasy XIV. That’s genuinely useful information that instead of being crammed into the side of a cluttered HUD is fed back to me through peripheral vision. I wouldn’t say it’s anything new to the Logitech G Pro, but
So, what’s the verdict? The Logitech G Pro is a
You’ll get a great looking compact keyboard (with a removable cable) for your money here, but those looking for a board to treat them well in-game might want to look elsewhere. If you’re unable to try this out before you buy, you’ll be better off going with a keyboard featuring a switch type you know and love.