Logitech Gaming Software

Logitech’s Gaming software is well designed, offering very good options and flexibility while being easy to use. The main screen has no practical purpose, as it merely illustrates the selected Logitech peripheral, the G910 Orion Spectrum in our case. Access to other devices and features is possible via the buttons docked in the bottom row of the user’s interface.

An entire screen is dedicated to the keyboard’s “Game mode” button. From this screen the user can select any keys of the keyboard that wants to have disabled once the game mode button has been pressed.

The lighting button allows the programming of the keyboard’s lighting mode and effects. The keys can be individually programmed to a specific color or keyboard-wide effects can be initiated.

The heat map button is purely informative, allowing the user to record the number of keystrokes that the software will then present into a “heat map” that will indicate which of the keys are getting more keystrokes than others. Note that the recording has to be manually initiated, by default this option has been disabled.

The G button leads to the most important section of the interface, the section that allows for the programming of profiles, modes and advanced commands (macros). Profiles can be linked to specific applications/games and automatically initiate once they have been launched. Sadly, only the nine extra “G” keys of the G910 Orion Spectrum can be programmed, severely reducing the versatility of the keyboard.

The command editor is simple, yet flexible enough. The first tab simply inserts a normal keystroke, with or without modifier keys. The sixth tab virtually offers some popular keystroke commands and we feel that it should just be merged with the first in a future version of the software. The fourth and fifth tabs are also similar, only they respectively insert single mouse key presses and media control commands instead.

The second essentially is the macro editor, which allows the programming of multiple keystrokes, with or without time delays. Once a macro has been programmed, the events or delays can be manually edited. It cannot record mouse clicks or movements, but at least mouse clicks can be manually inserted into the macro once it has been programmed.

The third tab inserts a string of characters, making it ideal for both short and long repetitive messages or code. It does not paste the characters into the application, it has the keyboard virtually typing it (with or without delay between the characters), so there should not be any compatibility problems.

The seventh tab allows the programmed G key to launch an external application. This could be any virtually any file, from external macros compiled with third-party software to games and applications, or even non-executable files such as a picture or a music file. The eighth tab offers some popular application shortcuts. The ninth and final tab includes the most basic functions of Ventrilo, a freeware VoIP software.

ARX Control Application

We also had a quick look at the ARX Control, the application that Logitech provides for Android and iOS devices. The software is relatively lightweight and responsive, offering informative screens and direct access to some of the keyboard’s advanced functions, but it feels that it still needs a lot of work to live up to the hype Logitech raised about it.

The first screen of the software is a real-time system report, indicating the overall performance of the CPU, GPU and RAM. The second screen offers direct access to manually initiate any programmed profiles (except the default profile). Assuming that there is an advanced Logitech mouse present, the third tab allows for the monitoring of its battery life and programming of its DPI settings. The fourth tab offers sound and media controls, but it did not work as intended with our device, as nearly all of the icons were extremely tiny and gathered to the left side of the screen. The corresponding buttons of the keyboard itself are just centimeters to the right of the ARX Dock anyway. Finally, the fifth tab allows for the basic programming of the G keys, but with simple or preprogrammed commands only.

The basic features of the ARX Control software do seem unimportant, but the application can actually tap into the game and act as a secondary information monitor. For example, it can display information about the car in a racing game, health/ammunition info in an FPS, or a panel for the VoIP software that is currently running. The catch is that there are very few games and applications that currently support the ARX Control software and even these available applets are, in their vast majority, unofficial packages that have been developed by individuals.

The Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Per-Key Quality Testing
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  • Death666Angel - Thursday, October 06, 2016 - link

    So they fixed the horrible key caps? Couldn't type on the G910 Orion, even after a week or use. Had to send it back. Reply
  • MyNuts - Thursday, October 06, 2016 - link

    Its 2016 cant we make a keyboard right ? Reply
  • Sushisamurai - Thursday, October 06, 2016 - link

    Great keyboard. I didn't have a problem with the Orion Spark keys, so I'm not sure why they'd change the key design for the spectrum. I don't have the spectrum and I bought the spark for $60 USD on black friday. Best keyboard purchase ever. The per game and dynamic key lighting is fantastic. Major downside IMO is the lack of a USB passthrough, since the cheaper offerings sometimes offer it. No lateral key wobble that I've experienced on the Spark Reply
  • BurntMyBacon - Friday, October 07, 2016 - link

    Here I thought I got mine for a pretty decent price. Nice catch for $60. Reply
  • garrek99 - Friday, October 07, 2016 - link

    Could someone shed light on whether this keyboard's keys are as tightly packed as the G710 models?
    One of the biggest issues I have with the G710+ is that the keys are too densely fitted.
    I just measured the distance between the left and right Shift keys and it is 11 and 1/16 inches long. Would really appreciate a measurement. Thanks.
    Reply
  • erple2 - Saturday, October 08, 2016 - link

    Any chance you could get one of the original model M keyboards in for review? U icomp still makes them. I'd be interested in how it stacks up with modern mechanical keyboards. Reply
  • erple2 - Saturday, October 08, 2016 - link

    Unicomp. Available at www.pckeyboard.com or www dot pckeyboard dot com Reply
  • Zim - Sunday, October 09, 2016 - link

    Is it just me or is this site going to the dogs? This is the second uninteresting keyboard review I've read here in recent weeks. I guess this is a gamer's review site now, huh? I'll pass. Reply
  • Silma - Monday, October 10, 2016 - link

    180 $ is way too expensive for a plastic non-cherry mx keyboard.

    Regarding macro buttons, I know of no gamers using them, and I'm really wondering if I simply do not know enough gamers, or if it's the ultimate non used feature.
    In many games, it is forbidden to use macros keys, and in even more games on professional encounters.
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  • SeanJ76 - Monday, October 10, 2016 - link

    I won't switch from rubber dome to mechanical for just too many reasons, my G15 is still lovely and will try to keep it alive as long as I can. Reply

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