Logitech has announced the impending launch of a new mechanical keyboard based around Cherry microswitches: the G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
Built around Cherry MX Brown switches, with an actuation force of 45g, with dampening rings to reduce noise the keyboard is aimed firmly at the gaming fraternity: each key features individual backlighting, there's 26-key rollover and an anti-ghosting matrix, and six programmable macro keys - 'G-keys,' in Logitech's parlance - are included on the left-hand side of the keyboard. Combined with three mode keys, these provide a total of 18 individual macro possibilities.
To tempt gamers into the high-priced G710+ over cheaper devices in the range, Logitech has included some neat features with the backlighting of particular interest: a dual-zone control system allows the lighting of the WASD and cursor keys to be adjusted separately from the rest of the keyboard. A 'Game' switch also locks out the Super, or Windows, key to prevent accidental minimisation.
For more prosaic use, multimedia keys are included along the top of the keyboard, and the full-size design includes a number pad, cursor keys and six-key 'Home' pad - something which is unlikely to prove popular with the 'tenkeyless' crowd who prefer their WASD and mouse hands to be closer together.
While the angular design and relatively bulky chassis of the G710+ won't be to everyone's tastes, there's no denying that Logitech has certainly tried to cater to the needs of gamers with its latest keyboard. The removable palm-rest is welcomed, as is the USB 2.0 pass-through port, but there is one feature Logitech has missed off its checklist: the keyboard is USB only, meaning those who prefer to connect their mechanical over PS/2 to gain complete N-key rollover support are left out in the cold.
Logitech is launching the G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard in the UK this month, priced at £149.99, with full details available on the product page