Cherry and its colorfully-named products are probably the first thing that pops into mind when discussing mechanical keyboard switches, but several other manufacturers produce those components. Logitech developed its own reduced-travel Romer-G mechanical switches back in 2014, and the unique clickers are used in the company's G Pro mechanical gaming keyboard. Gamers looking for short-stroke keys and customizability will find a lot to like in the G Pro.
The included Logitech Gaming Software lets users configure the backlight colors on a per-key basis. The lighting on individual keys can be disabled in the software, so that only critical keys are illuminated. While many gaming keyboards have modes that disable the Windows keys, the G Pro goes a step farther and lets gamers disable any key on the entire board in order to prevent inadvertent key presses during a gaming session. The software also allows users to add macros to the function-key block. Logitech's product page lists Windows 7 or newer in the system requirements, so fans of Unix-based operating systems like macOS and Linux may be out of luck there.
The G Pro boasts 26-key-rollover. We're not sure if someone at Logitech is a fan of Wade Boggs or if there's a technical reason behind the number 26, but given that most gamers only have ten fingers, 26-KRO probably isn't a limitation in any way. The Romer-G switches have the same rated actuation force as Cherry MX Blues, but the travel is reduced to 3.0 mm from the Blue's 4.0 mm.
The keyboard's feet allow the G Pro to sit at 0°, 4°, or 8° from the desk surface, which is one more option than most keyboards. The cable is a 6' (1.8 m) detachable number, terminated with standard Type-A and microUSB ends. The connection on the microUSB end is stabilized with a three-pronged tip.
The Logitech G Pro tenkeyless mechanical keyboard is available now from Logitech for $130. The company backs the keyboard with a two-year warranty. Logitech says each switch should last 70 million key strokes on average.
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