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Logitech returns to professional-looking gaming keyboards with the G810

Say goodbye to “How do you do, fellow kids?” Logitech and hello again to trusty ol’ “I’m an adult” Logitech. After spending the last two years making slightly gaudy gaming keyboards—and hearing the resulting complaints—the company’s debuting the new G810 Orion Spectrum. It houses the same Romer-G mechanical switches and RGB lighting Logitech’s used previously, but in a much sleeker, more understated casing.

With it, the era of the “gaming keyboard” may be well and truly behind us. You know—jagged edges and extreme angles and lopsided wrist wrests. Like the uh...well, like the Logitech G410. Gaming-centric companies like Razer have spent the last few years moving away from keyboards that screamed “Made For Video Games,” but Logitech’s last two keyboards (the aforementioned G410 Atlas Spectrum and G910 Orion Spark) have leaned into those old design cues.

The G810 seems like a capitulation, an acknowledgment that most people want a keyboard equally useful for gaming and typing. No macro keys. No wasted space. No weird edges. It’s just a keyboard, albeit packing mechanical switches and per-key lighting under each cap.

And it’s damned gorgeous, in person. I got a few minutes with it recently, and although I’m still not a fan of Logitech’s proprietary Romer-G switches I love the new aesthetic. It’s similar to something we’d see out of Das Keyboard—very sleek and professional. Not the updated G710+ some of you are holding out for, but certainly a step in the right direction.

One caveat: the price. The G810 goes on sale later this month for a whopping $160. That’s a Das Keyboard-esque price to go with that Das Keyboard-esque design. Apparently “sleek and professional-looking” comes at a high cost.

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