Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum - Keyboard Review

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 4:00 PM

A good keyboard is 'one of those things'. At first the difference between them can seem so innocuous. But once you've had a little time to really settle in to a new one, it can be hard to make the switch. And so it was with the Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum. I am no stranger to the manifold delights of the Logitech G510s, having reviewed it fairly favourably back in the sepia-tinted days of 2014. But the G810 is a different beast altogether. Get it out of the box and it could pass for a regular office keyboard - something the G510s never could, with all of its fancy widgets and buttons.

Plug it in, though, and that's a different matter. The keys light up, which I guess isn't big news in this day and age, nor is it a claim that can't be made about the G510s. But it's how they light up that makes the difference. Firstly, the luminosity is significantly upped against the perhaps slightly underwhelming backlighting of the G510s. These puppies really pop. And the default colour mode is a rolling rainbow of delight that washes endlessly across the keyboard. Suddenly, it doesn't seem so office-appropriate, unless you work for a unicorn recruitment agency.

This initial blast of colour is a masterful move by Logitech, because it's hard not to smile as you type away with a wash of pretty colours beneath your fingers. This is how the three consoles at the end of Deus Ex: Human Revolution should have looked. But that's not all! There are all kinds of ways you can change the colours on the board, and some of them are even useful. For instance, there are tons of downloadable layouts available through the Logitech G software that allow you to highlight the keys you need for specific games, and at the time of writing these profiles are pretty up to date with the latest games. I tried out the Star Wars Battlefront configuration and while I guess it's nice to be able to see the keys you need in the dark, I personally barely glance at the keyboard while I'm actually playing. However, for younger players or new gamers just getting to grips with things, it could be useful.

But who wants useful when you can have frivolous and awesome? Not me, that's for sure! I've set the keys to a moody blue colour, with a setting that changes each key to an angry red when it's pressed, slowly fading back through a bruised purple to blue when the key is released. Therefore, when I type, the red light sort of drifts around the keyboard under my fingers, and it's totally great. It lends a touch of extra gravitas to my typing (although to be fair most of what I type is already sufficiently grave).

Oh, and if you have other glowy stuff from Logitech (I'm using the G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse, as it happens), you can sync the colours of all your stuff with one click in the G software. It's such a simple feature, but another example of how Logitech have their heads screwed on right, and highlights their design philosophy that quietly provides inter-peripheral synergy.

Mechanical switches are all the rage, of course, and after using mechanical keyboards where things have not felt completely natural at first, I was really blown away by the G810's mechanical switches. They're Romer-G switches, specially designed for Logitech, and man are they nice. They feel natural without the deep depressions that sometimes accompany mechanical keys, and I found them to be more responsive and comfortable than any other mechanical keys... no, I'm going to just come out and say it. They're more comfortable than any other keyboard I've ever used.

The one thing that I'd got used to on a high-end keyboard that was missing from the G810 was the onboard headphone and mic jacks. This is a personal thing, I suppose, but I'd grown quite attached to the little blighters in my recent crop of keyboards, and I have to confess to having a little 'twenty-first century problems' tantrum when I saw that the G810 didn't have them, and I'd need to stand up and go round the back of my machine if I wanted to plug in my headphones. For many gamers this is a complete irrelevance, but I'd certainly want to know if I was looking to buy a new keyboard - so I thought you might too.

Also gone are the programmable G keys that sat unloved for months on my previous Logitech keyboard. Again, this is something of a personal preference thing - if you're a big customiser, lack of programmable keys might be a big turn-off, but to me it wasn't a major deal in my enjoyment of the unit. The media controls (including the oh-so-useful volume rolly thing) are still present and correct, allowing you to conveniently turn the volume to a nice low setting so as not to disturb your family when you're too lazy to get up and plug your headphones into your PC.

One more important thing. I reckon you could probably drop a house brick on this thing without it sustaining any permanent damage. Please don't try it. But you can tell a tough keyboard just by holding it in your hands, and the G810 Orion Spectrum feels pretty much un-killable. This is certainly a benefit that any gamer can use. Plastic-feeling, cheapo keyboards don't impress, but as soon as you touch the G810, the solid design is apparent. I was more impressed with the toughness than I have been since I got my hands on the SteelSeries 7G nearly five years ago. I've not tested it by drunkenly spilling beer into it yet, but rest assured I will eventually. It's kind of a right-of-passage for keyboards in my office. I'll let you know how it holds up.

Tough, pretty and responsive. I'm struggling to find anything I'd really want to change about the G810 other than onboard sockets. This is the best keyboard I've reviewed in a very long while. So good, in fact, that it made me use the phrase "inter-peripheral synergy" without even cracking a smile.

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07:11 Aug-29-2016

to expensif for a keyboard for me ;P

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15:11 Aug-23-2016

This keyboard is 265$ in my country wtf

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18:11 Aug-21-2016

I think I saw someone on Na'Vi using this at TI6 and I instantly wanted it because of the way the keys light up. Now I know what to look for.

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15:10 Aug-23-2016

What is Na'Vi...sry if this is a stupid question...i really dont know so out if curiosity

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16:06 Aug-23-2016

Ukrainian esports org with pro players in CSGO and Dota. I remember it was Na'Vi.Artstyle who was using it.

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15:10 Aug-21-2016

wow I'm still rocking the Logitech G15 with G keys and display in the middle

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08:02 Aug-21-2016

I have never used a proper gaming keyboard yet and i dont think i ever will this 20 buck keyboard with keys like rotten cheese has been serving me for about 3 years steadfastly.I even spilled coke and milk on it and still works.

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08:22 Aug-21-2016

no offense meant but thats coming from a pentinum user, alot of other people might be willing to buck 200 on a keyboard.

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08:31 Aug-21-2016

yeah but i think it has more to do with my preferred genre of gaming which is racing/driving simulation.
I just use my keyboard for typing and as a button box mainly.

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09:01 Aug-21-2016

No offense taken by the way :)

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21:17 Aug-20-2016

So it has loud clicks, right?

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21:34 Aug-21-2016

Actually Romer-G mechanical switches are quite silent in my experience.

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09:13 Aug-25-2016

I own a G910 with the same Romer-G switches. I agree that those switches are quite silent.

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20:02 Aug-20-2016

The volume roller is stolen from Corsair designs. My K95 RGB has it and many other COrsair keyboards have them.

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20:46 Aug-20-2016

The G510s also has it, but I don't know which was first.

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23:42 Aug-20-2016

I really don't think if volume roller is an innovation or invention!!!

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12:39 Aug-21-2016

But oh so much more comfortable than buttons, trust me :)

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18:30 Aug-21-2016

well that's a fact :P

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19:18 Aug-20-2016

I own a G110 and I thought it was expensive lol

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19:45 Aug-20-2016

G502 costs $120 in my country.Prices can change by marketing..

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17:44 Aug-20-2016

I just saw that this keyboard costs 215 USD in Belgium (already converted it) and yes the average loan in Belgium is smaller than in the US. Keyboards should never cost more than 70 USD even if they have mechanical switches.

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16:17 Aug-20-2016

I'm still wondering if a "gaming" keyboard is worth it over a normal one. Anyone know if i should get a gaming keyboard or a regular one without the backlighting?

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16:22 Aug-20-2016

Is just more comfortable and accurate, but i really donĀ“t care that much, im still with my 12 bucks keyboard :P

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16:33 Aug-20-2016

I guess ill just get whats comfortable and cheap lol. Mine is getting to the end of its life.

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17:32 Aug-20-2016

More expensive keyboards only (mostly) change the "cool" factor. Unless you work on keyboards a LOT, like coding and writing and stuff, in which case you might want to invest in a higher-end mechanical one.


A decent-to-great mouse, on the other hand, as mentioned by another poster below, is a must have for PC Gaming.

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16:34 Aug-20-2016

Honestly you only get mechanical keyboards for the feel, it doesn't help at all with gaming.


"Clicky" or tactile keys just help confirm that you've indeed pressed the key.


Now an accurate mouse will really help you, especially in FPS and RTS games.

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16:44 Aug-20-2016

I thought so. I have a cable mouse and the cable always gets in the way, i think thats were my money is going, a good wireless mouse.

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17:31 Aug-20-2016

@dadada4 its not really the clicky tatile feel for me but the smoothness of the key presses. i used to have a razer deathstalker with low chiclet keys. these sometimes felt like they scapped against the casing of the keyboard leaving me unsure if it had hit or not. mech keys on my k65 are perfect and wouldnt change it

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22:46 Aug-20-2016

It depends on the game and the person. For some, it might help because you don't have to bottom out the key for it to register like a membrane keyboard.

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20:05 Aug-20-2016

I have a K95 RGB from Corsair and while I love the keyboard and the customization options (which are endless) i the click of each key is annoying if you type a lot... Mech keyboards are too loud - you'd be better off buying a low-profile (laptop-like) keyboard for yourself - they still have the tactile click feel and they sound 10x quieter. I've got my keyboard dampened with o-rings and it's still fairly loud...


As for the gaming performance - no difference. A gaming mouse - yes, getting a Corsair Sabre RGB helped a lot vs the old wireless laser I had. A 165Hz G-Sync screen helped a lot. Keyboard - nah, nothing.

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08:36 Aug-21-2016

Just get comfortable keyboard. As long as it is comf your fine. It doesnt care if its 120$ or 12

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16:17 Aug-20-2016

NIce..is the office referred to here..GD Office?

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16:15 Aug-20-2016

does it have a 2mm actuation? also, can you feel the actuation point? If you can is it like a brown(not so loud) or a blue(very loud)

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20:07 Aug-20-2016

I've got a COrsair K95 with Chrerry MX Browns and that sh*t is loud as heck, even dampened with o-rings. The keyboard is nice, but after getting it and having used a mechanical for the first time again in almost 20 years - don't see the fascination. Rather they made low-profile laptop-like ones with RGB backlighting.

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21:56 Aug-20-2016

IIRC Romer G switches have a 1mm actuation. I have a G910 Orion Spark, and yes, I can feel the actuation point. As for loudness, it will probably be personal preference. It's not that loud for me, but I may be used to lots of noise since I live next to a major construction site.

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12:41 Aug-21-2016

In that case you probably don't hear your keyboard over the jackhammers :D

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15:34 Aug-21-2016

i think i am looking at the g910 orion spectrum that is just like the spark but a less flashy handrest and it doesn't have concave keys.

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