Australian Review: Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Gaming Keyboard - Clicky but quiet
Mechanical keyboard, such as Logitech's G810, are like the luxury cars of the typing world. Instead of using squishy rubber domes, mechanical keyboards make use of physical switches to determine with whether you've pressed a key. This results in a more tactile typing experience, longer keyboard life, and improved keyboard stability. The trade-off is a mechanical keyboard will almost certainly be louder than a non-mechanical option.
If you're coming from a non-mechanical keyboard (especially a chiclet style laptop keyboard), you'll almost certainly need to speed a day or so relearning to type on the G810. There's a high level of travel, and key strokes require a bit more force than they would on a chiclet style keyboard. That being said, you don't need to put too pressure on the keys when typing, but you still get satisfying physical feedback.
The G810 is quieter than most mechanical keyboards, although it still has a distinct click to it. It's not the kind of clattering that's going to everyone else in your home or office death stare you, but it's not silent either. I find the G810 can get a bit loud if you're typing away furiously, but even then, I'd still call it an acceptable volume for a work environment.
The G810 might be designed for gamers, but the design avoids the typical over-the-top tropes commonly associated with gaming hardware. I mean really, it's a simple rectangular keyboard with almost no embellishment. The only physical feature that gives the G810 is fully customisable RGB backlighting. Out of the box, the G810 is a uniform blue, but the companion software lets you create different profiles for each game, which in turn lets you pick and choose colours for each individual key. Alternatively, you can turn the backlight off entirely if starts to bug you.
Other than a couple of media keys (which feel a little flimsy when compared to the main keyboard), the G810 is a pretty stock standard keyboard. There's no built-in USB ports, and there's no macro keys (although you can reprogram F1 to F12 as alternative). As such, the G810 doesn't have too big a footprint (about 15cm by 44cm), which should make it easy to fit on most desks.
Officially, the G810 retails for AUD$249, but you can easily find it for as little as AUD$179. Either way, that's on the pricier end of the keyboard spectrum, so it's definitely worth seeing if you can test one out in store before you make the plunge, especially because keyboards are quite personal. That being said, if you're after a mechanical keyboard that's not-too-noisy but still satisfying to use, the G810 is a great choice for gaming that's also a more than capable day-to-day option.
Cybershack Score -
|Good feel||Bit pricey|
|Highly customisable lighting||No dedicated macro keys|
|Reasonably quiet for a mechanical keyboard||No USB ports|