Logitech continues to release new products aimed at the PC gaming market, following up the announcement of the G633 and G933 headphones with a new gaming keyboard, the G410 Atlas Spectrum. Using Logitech's exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, it apparently will have 25% faster actuation than "standard" mechanical keyboards as well as improved durability.
The most unique part of the G410 Atlas Spectrum is that is a TKL (tenkeyless) design, removing the number pad to shorten to length of the keyboard. Many gamers in today's market covet the TKL designs both for their form factor as well as their weight and portability. During a live stream with Logitech G's Chris Pate, he hinted that many gamers had been requesting a tenkeyless keyboard and to look forward to future releases. The Atlas Spectrum is the result of that kind of feedback to Logitech!
For those technical keyboard fans that want a bit more information, Logitech G provided details for us:
- The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum features exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches that register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches receive commands more quickly, giving you an edge in competitive games where every millisecond matters. With improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, you can play with confidence knowing that your keyboard can survive.
- With all the vital keys for gaming, the Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum can be easily carried to LAN events or a friend’s house, and fits into smaller gaming spaces. Without the number pad or macro keys, you get extra space to make wide motions with your mouse. Plus, the compact design brings your hands closer together for improved comfort, which is particularly important for low DPI-gamers.
And let's not forget that, as the Spectrum name implies, the G410 has full RGB backlighting that can be configured using the Logitech Gaming Software package. You can customize each key to the full palette of 16.8 million colors and even synchronize lighting patterns across Logitech mice and headphones.
The keycaps on the G410 are not cupped and formed in the same way that they are with the G910 Orion Spark – those keys have a bevel on them that I liked for gaming but wasn't ideal for typing out emails and articles. The G410 uses standard molded keycaps that all users should be comfortable with.
Finally, the G410 includes a Arx Control dock, a phone and tablet dock that you can remove from the keyboard and place anywhere on your desk. You can use it simply for convenience or you can install the Logitech iOS and Android apps to display in-game information or system statistics including CPU utilization and more. This differs from the integration on the larger G910 keyboard that has a fixed location Arx Control dock.
The G410 Atlas Spectrum will be available in early October in the US and Europe with a starting MSRP of $129.99. In a market that has exploded on pricing for high end keyboards, that price is very competitive and should help the G410 find its way into many PC gamers' hands.
I currently am typing up this news post on a sample of the G410 Atlas Spectrum, so expect more coverage of this mini but powerful keyboard in the near future!!
Read on for the full press release after the break!!
Logitech G Unveils Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Features Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches, Intelligent RGB Illumination and Arx Control Integration
NEWARK, Calif. — Sept. 29, 2015 — Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the Logitech® G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, an ultra-light keyboard featuring Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G™ mechanical switches. Offering 25 percent faster actuation than standard mechanical keyboards, the Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features improved durability and intelligent RGB illumination in a tenkeyless design. It also includes Arx Control Integration, a Logitech G app that displays a wide range of in-game information on your mobile device.
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“We worked closely with gamers of all ages and our eSports teams to create this ultra-light keyboard that is durable and comfortable,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of gaming at Logitech. “The result is something that we think meets the needs of eSports athletes, but is also great for younger gamers looking to buy their first gaming keyboard.”
Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches
The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum features exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches that register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches receive commands more quickly, giving you an edge in competitive games where every millisecond matters. With improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, you can play with confidence knowing that your keyboard can survive.
Ultra-light, Tenkeyless Design
With all the vital keys for gaming, the Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum can be easily carried to LAN events or a friend’s house, and fits into smaller gaming spaces. Without the number pad or macro keys, you get extra space to make wide motions with your mouse. Plus, the compact design brings your hands closer together for improved comfort, which is particularly important for low DPI-gamers.
Intelligent Full Spectrum RGB Illumination
Central backlighting makes it easier to find the right keys in-game and in the dark. When paired with Logitech Gaming Software, you can individually customize the lighting in every key from a palette of 16.8 million colors. With the software you can synchronize lighting patterns across Logitech G devices, mark keys by color to keep track of spells and other commands, change colors to match your setup, or create customized game profiles. You can also control the brightness to create the perfect lighting for your gaming environment. The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum delivers uniform lighting coverage on the keys for a clean, readable look.
Arx Control Integration
Logitech Arx Control is a free mobile app for iOS® or Android™ that allows your mobile device to display in-game information, vital system statistics and more. The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum comes with an Arx Control dock − a convenient phone or tablet stand that can be pulled out and placed anywhere on your desk − to use while you access Arx Control.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in October 2015, for a suggested retail price of $129.99 and €149. For more information, please visit gaming.logitech.com or our blog.
Logitech designs products that have an everyday place in people's lives, connecting them to the digital experiences they care about. Over 30 years ago Logitech started connecting people through computers, and now it’s designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitechat www.logitech.com, the company blog or @Logitech.
So Logitech went back to
So Logitech went back to standard keycap styles. Curious to know if these key caps will be available for sale separately so they can be swapped out on my G910.
I wouldn’t count on it.
I wouldn’t count on it.
I can’t find a single example of Logitech selling swappable / upgradeable components as an aftermarket kit on any of their products, ever.
If you go to the support page
If you go to the support page for the G910, they actually sell replacement parts at the bottom of the page. a full set of keycaps is $24 (P/N 993-001006).
They don’t have the support page up for the G410 yet, but if they sell those keycaps as well, I bet they would fit on the same Romer switches
hmmm… i think i just found
hmmm… i think i just found my new keyboard
Nice looking keyboard!
Nice looking keyboard!
Been waiting for a TKL. Not
Been waiting for a TKL. Not sure about the romer G switches tho. Thoughts on them anyone?
I have been using the G910
I have been using the G910 for a while on my gaming test bed and now I have been using the G410 on my primary PC for the last day and half. The keys are a good mix of traditional Cherry mechanical and standard keys in my view – noise is lessened and the feel for both gamign and typing seems to be spot on.
Everyone has their own preference these days it seems. 🙂
A Google search reviels that
A Google search reviels that the switch takes 45g pressure just like cherry reds and browns. It’s also stated that they are a tactile switch. One review of this keyboards big brother stated that they felt similar to cherry browns with O rings installed. I’m in the market for my first mechanical and have been eyeing the Max Blackbird. If the wrist rest on this TKL can be removed so I can use my own then I may consider giving this one a try.
The wrist rest is a part of
The wrist rest is a part of the molded body of the G410.
Does anyone else think the
Does anyone else think the trend of physically differentiating the WASD keys is a negative? I’m talking about the blatantly different color, highlighting, and/or contour of the keycaps themselves. The product already allows one to “individually customize the lighting in every key”, so why embed such an overt physical emphasis on the WASD layout?
Many PC users like the freedom to tweak things and as someone who takes the time to rebind key layouts from WASD to ESDF, I find this an unappealing “feature”. Not to mention that perhaps the keyboard is likely to be used for something other than simple FPS games. The brief doesn’t mention if they include a set of “normal” WASD keys, but that would be a nice way to leave the choice up to the customer who has ponied up $130 for the privilege of using your product.
“The product already allows
“The product already allows one to “individually customize the lighting in every key”, so why embed such an overt physical emphasis on the WASD layout?”
I think that’s called marketing