LOGITECH PRO MECHANICAL GAMING KEYBOARD, 16

The Logitech G Pro X is novel, but it introduces just as many complications as opportunities.

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ByMarshall Honorofpublished 24 October 19

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The Logitech G Pro X keyboard ($150) is a bit of a mystery to lớn me. On the one hand, it"s a compact, comfortable & colorful gaming keyboard with an extremely creative sầu central concept. The G Pro X isn"t just a tournament-grade keyboard; it"s also a customizable powerhouse, letting you swap out every single key switch in pursuit of the perfect gaming thiết lập.


On the other hand, the G Pro X already costs quite a bit of money for a tenkeyless keyboard – and if you want to experiment with alternative switch types, the cost could balloon by another $100. And while swapping out key switches is a great feature on paper, in practice, it"s a tedious, exhausting process that"s somewhat prone to lớn failure.

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As a stand-alone hàng hóa, the G Pro X works fine, although not significantly better than cheaper keyboards from Logitech & similar competitors. As an experimental Model, it"s novel, but it introduces just as many complications as opportunities.


Design

On its surface, the Logitech G Pro X is quite similar to lớn the Logitech G Pro Keyboard from a few years baông xã. It"s a tenkeyless peripheral with a plain blachồng chassis and full RGB lighting. There are no extra keys, just two buttons up top for a game mode (which disables certain keys during gameplay) & brightness. There"s also a detachable USB cable, making the device easier to lớn transport.



The Logitech G Pro X is a tenkeyless peripheral with a plain blaông chồng chassis. (Image credit: Logitech)

Things don"t really get interesting until you pry off the key caps – and the key switches underneath. The G Pro X is Logitech"s first keyboard with swappable key switches, meaning you can customize the feel of each one of the device"s 87 keys.

The keys were quick và responsive, whether I was gunning down foes in a first-person shooter or constructing a base in a real-time strategy game.

When you first purchase the G Pro X, you can decide what kind of switches you"d like as a baseline: quiet, linear GX Reds; quiet, tactile GX Browns; or loud, tactile GX Blues. (I personally lượt thích the Blues the best; your mileage may vary.) But you can also purchase Red, Brown or Blue key-switch sets, which include 90 switches of the desired color. Each mix costs $50.

As such, if you want to lớn set & match Red, Brown và Blue switches to suit your play style, you can – as long as you"re ready khổng lồ dish out $250 for the privilege. The swapping process is simple in theory & a little complicated in execution.

Keys

As stated above, you have a choice between Logitech"s three types of key switches when you purchase the G Pro X, & you can further customize the peripheral with extra key-switch kits. Logitech sent us all three switch types, & they all feel pretty good.



You have sầu a choice of three types of key switches when you purchase the G Pro X. (Image credit: Logitech)

Compared with Cherry MX switches (the industry standard), Logitech G"s switches are a little bit stiffer and more resistant, but they"re still quite comfortable. On a typing.com kiểm tra, I scored 121 words per minute with 98% accuracy with the G Pro X. Compare và contrast with 109 words per minute with 97% accuracy on the Logitech G915, và it seems clear that the G Pro X keys take a lot less getting used khổng lồ than Logitech"s low-profile switches.

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Features

Since the G Pro X targets an esports audience, it features a removable micro USB power cord và a tenkeyless thiết kế for easy travel. That"s all pretty similar lớn the original G Pro model.



The Logitech G Pro X has a removable micro USB power cord. (Image credit: Logitech)

What"s new is the fact that you can swap out the mechanical switches. If you piông chồng up the GX Blue Model và later on decide that Reds would suit you better, you can spend $50 instead of buying a whole new keyboard. Or — và this is the fun part — if you want different levels of feedbachồng on your letter, number & function keys, you can mix and match three different key-switch types any way you see fit.

Granted, I don"t think most gamers would find this feature very useful. Everyone has tactility preferences, true, but I don"t know how many people feel strongly about, say, the A key feeling loud & clicky and the spacebar feeling quiet & resistant. It"d also be quite expensive sầu, particularly if you wanted all three types of switch.



Logitech G Pro X"s keys have sầu swappable switches. (Image credit: Logitech)

Then there"s the process of swapping switches. It"s relatively easy, that"s true. You get a plastic puller that works on both the key caps & the switches. You don"t need to lớn pull too hard, but you vì chưng need to position it pretty precisely each time. To swap a key switch, you pull a key cap, pull the switch, insert the new switch và replace the key cap. To make matters more complicated, it"s extremely easy to bover the switches" metal contacts by accident and extremely difficult lớn jimmy them bachồng inkhổng lồ place if you vì.

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Do it once, and you"ll think it"s a pretty novel feature for a big-name gaming keyboard. Do it 87 times, though, và you"ll wind up with a hvà cramp và tunnel vision. Swapping out every single key took me 50 minutes, almost on the dot. It"s not something you"d want lớn vì very often; you"re probably better off just picking a style of switch you like và sticking with it.


You can"t reprogram every key on the Logitech G Pro X, only the function keys. (Image credit: Logitech)

If you want different levels of feedbaông chồng on your letter, number and function keys, you can mix và match three different key-switch types any way you see fit.

The G Pro also runs on the Logitech G Hub software, which is a fairly simple way to program the function keys, control RGB lighting & phối up profiles for individual games and apps. My one criticism here is that you can"t reprogram every key, only the function keys. This isn"t really a problem in other Logitech keyboards, but the whole point of the G Pro X is that you can customize every key physically. It seems strange that you can"t reprogram them, too.

Performance

I tested the G Pro X with an eye toward esports, paying special attention to lớn games lượt thích Overwatch and StarCraft: Remastered. The keyboard performed as well as any other recent Logitech peripheral — which is to say, very well. The keys were quiông chồng and responsive sầu, whether I was gunning down foes in a first-person shooter or constructing a base in a real-time strategy game. Since you can choose your own switch type, every gamer should find something that suits.


The Logitech G Pro X"s keys were quiông xã and responsive sầu. (Image credit: Logitech)

My only criticism here is that the G Pro X isn"t that great for everyday productivity, particularly if you"ve become reliant on media keys & a number pad. That"s not really the audience that Logitech is courting with this product, but it"s something to lớn keep in mind before you drop $150 on a keyboard.

Bottom line

I don"t know how widespread the Logitech G Pro X"s appeal is. Being able lớn swap switches is cool, but $50 as well as 50 minutes is probably more than most gamers want lớn spend on the project. The peripheral works well for esports, but it"s pretty expensive, particularly considering that you can often get tenkeyless models for $100 or less.

But at its core, the G Pro X is a solid enough product, và at least it offers something that no other major gaming keyboard has tried yet. If you want a tenkeyless gaming keyboard, I"d try khổng lồ piông xã up an original Logitech G Pro, particularly since its price might decrease as the G Pro X becomes more widely available. But the G Pro X will get the job done, if you"ve got the money khổng lồ spover.