The Year of the RGB-Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard continues, but this entrant is a little different from the rest. Logitech's G410 Atlas Spectrum mechanical keyboard packs the company's own Romer-G mechanical switches into a compact tenkeyless package.
Size and weight are the main selling points for the G410. Logitech says the keyboard's compact design makes it light and portable. Weighing in at 1.8 pounds, the G410 is a little lighter than, for example, the Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i's 2.1 pounds. Despite its weight (or lack thereof), Logitech says the G410 is durable enough to survive being carted around.
Rather than using the well-known Cherry MX switches, Logitech outfits the G410 Atlas Spectrum with its own Romer-G switches. These clickers are supposed to register keystrokes faster than other mechanical switches, thanks to a higher actuation point of 1.5 mm, compared to the 2-mm actuation point of the various Cherry MX flavors. Each key has a programmable RGB LED underneath, and the included software can store profiles and automatically switch between them for use with different games and apps.
Besides its proprietary switches, Logitech also includes a unique slide-out "Arx Control" dock that can hold a phone running the company's Gaming Software app. This mobile app allows easy access to Logitech peripheral settings while gaming. The G410 Atlas Spectrum will cost $130 when it becomes available early next month in the USA and Europe.