Having that edge when gaming can help you reign supreme over being just another player. Whether its FPS Pro or RPG King, it’s not something that will just come to you but requires practice and mastery of the game. If you wish to become pro you will need skills but the “pros” don’t just use their skills to get them through. Why be master builder in Minecraft but use wooden tools over diamond? Why use “Green” two-handed axe instead of a “Epic” two-handed axe in World of Warcraft? Having the best tools for the job gives you the edge over others but this isn’t just about items in a game. Giving yourself the best tools for the job will reflect your in-game performance. We have looked at headsets and mice all which give you that “edge” but now we get to try out the Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard, will it give you the “edge” we talk of? Lets find out…
Just before we begin, as always there is a Unboxing Video of this product and a Review Video towards the bottom of this Review.
Back-lit Keys – The keyboard features back-lit keys with custom colour control. You can customise the colour selecting any colour within the blue to red spectrum. This means you can have colours including Reds, Purples, Pinks, and Blues. You can pick the colour using the Software provided and even apply different colours to each G-Key Mode (See Below). The keyboard features a button to turn the lights on and off too so no glare when watching movies.
G-Keys – Built into the left side of the keyboard are 12 “G keys”. This are fully programmable meaning you can use the keys to perform tasks in games. Also if you have a game that uses macros, such as WoW you can use these keys perfectly with your Macros. With the 12 Keys you would think you could assign 12 different macros/tasks. Well you would be wrong! Logitech have cleverly included 3 mode buttons above the G-Keys which switches their modes meaning you can in-fact add 36 different tasks/macros to the keys. For a game that has lots of options and buttons like RPG games including WoW and Conan, you can easily assign macros to the keys. The modes mean you can easily switch the keys roles too and even assign a different backlight colour to each mode. So if your just running around completing essential tasks in a game like WoW you could just assign general macros to mode 1, Raid specific macros to Mode 2 and Arena/PVP Macros to Mode 3! No more wasting time setting up your limited button bars in the game and tweaking them! You can record macros simply either using the direct record button on the keyboard or the software. I linked the G-Keys with a few games and they are brilliant!
Windows Lock – All gamers have experienced this during their gaming career, you are in the middle of a big fight mashing keys quicker than using a plain old faceroll when suddenly the game completely tabs out and your back at the windows desktop, loosing your killstreak, wiping the raid team or getting blown up by that chasing creeper. The reason you tabbed out? Because you hit one of the windows keys on the keyboard. Very few games actually lock these keys as it can often be the only way a gamer can get out the program if it crashes. Well Logitech has cleverly including a small switch which when flicked to the right completely turns off the Windows Keys so no more accidental tabbing!
Audio Controls and Input/Output – All gamers or just general PC users have probably had the issue where their headset is plugged into the back of their computer and they have moved a little backward or sideways and have ripped the headset right off their heads. Or they have a headset that doesn’t include a mute volume or mute mic switch. Logitech have come up trumps again including the ability to plug the headphones cables right into the keyboard meaning you now use the keyboards on-board audio which is great but also have full control at the same time. Plus plugging them into the keyboard means you get to use the full cable rather than half of it being wasted behind the PC! I Tested the audio with the Logitech G330 Headset (click for our review) and the audio and mic quality was no different than using the USB adapter supplied.
Multimedia Control –Lots of keyboards have multimedia controls built in but often gaming keyboards miss these out. Well not this one! Right above the Numpad are keys to Play/Pause, Stop, Forward and Back along with mute speakers and volume control. I have tested this with multiple media players including VLC, Windows Media Player and iTunes. It works perfectly in Windows Media Player and VLC however unless iTunes was the active window the controls failed to control it. This may just be a Windows issue but other keyboards have had this same problem in the past so Apple may not be implementing the correct software hooks into iTunes for Windows.
Software – The Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard also features some great software too. Allowing you to fully customise the backlight and G-Keys it is simple but powerful and is a must use for gamers unlike most bundled software that is usually useless. To see the software in more depth take a look at the video below!
Video – Here is the Cloud Bite Video Review of the Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
Overall the Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard is a great bit of kit for all gamers, from MMO players to FPS Killers! We give the keyboard 4.5 clouds loosing points only on a high UK price tag and a minor issue with the wrist rest which is shaped other than that it is a fantastic performing keyboard which is great to touch and is packed with features for gamers! If you want that “edge” over others this is they keyboard to get!