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Logitech G610 Orion Brown Keyboard Review

Final Analysis

All in all, the Logitech G610 Orion Brown provides an alternative for those who wish to spend less money, who do not require RGB backlighting, or just those who prefer Cherry MX switches to Logitech's new Romer-Gs. Its looks are sleek and conservative, and it wouldn’t stand out terribly even in an office environment, though I wouldn’t call it elegant.

The cyber-looking font on the keycaps doesn’t fit the conservative styling of the case, and the white backlighting feels more functional than engaging. With only white LEDs, the various effects and patterns don’t look particularly interesting. It seems confused: it looks partly like a typing keyboard, but it’s compulsively marketed as a gaming keyboard. 

Certainly not all typists will elect one of these for use at work, however. Because the keyboard is available only with Cherry MX Brown or MX Red switches, Logitech has rather limited its market potential with this keyboard. All three switches are lightweight (45gf) with little or no tactility, so keyboardists who prefer medium- or high-weight, clicky, strongly tactile, or ergonomic switches are therefore left behind. Moreover, although the board is built fairly well, it comes with little in the way of extra features for a board costing $120, being limited to the usual: media keys, a gaming lock button, high-key rollover, and not much else.

The keyboard offers Logitech's LGS software as well as its FRAPS-like Overwolf application. The software grants you significant key programming and macro capabilities, although it's hampered somewhat by a confusing interface and the fact that only the F keys are programmable.


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  • dstarr3
    Huh. This looks promising. I just got an MX Brown-equipped keyboard at home, and am severely missing a good keyboard at work, so I've been looking for a (relatively) inexpensive, basic Brown keyboard for the office. This might just fit the bill.
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  • DookieDraws
    Great timing! I was just looking at reviews for this keyboard online yesterday! While it does look nice, I've read where the plastic sides tend to scratch very easily. I don't understand why any keyboard manufacturer would want to use a glossy plastic housing for their keyboards, unless to cut cost, of course. I prefer a textured housing, myself.
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  • DocBones
    Argh - when are they going to release a gaming update for the k740!
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  • Adrian_106
    I just got this board to use at work and it's fantastic for typing while not annoying my co-workers. Also the lighting effects are cool ;)
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  • rthomp
    I still believe Magniforce has the upper hand in build quality, aesthetics, and price.
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  • mac_angel
    what Logitech doesn't seem to like telling people, or admitting, is that all of their G series peripherals are not always compatible with each other. I have a legal case against them because their G13 controller doesn't seem to be compatible with their G933 headphones (possibly a combination of G13 controller, G602 mouse, and G933 headphones). I've proven to them that they do not work together, and after 4 months of legal correspondence, they finally admitted it, but refuse to fix it, offer me my money back, or any sort of resolution.
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  • BigBoomBoom
    It's not $120 though, it's almost always on sale for <$80 which is great.
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  • NamelessBryan
    what Logitech doesn't seem to like telling people, or admitting, is that all of their G series peripherals are not always compatible with each other. I have a legal case against them because their G13 controller doesn't seem to be compatible with their G933 headphones (possibly a combination of G13 controller, G602 mouse, and G933 headphones). I've proven to them that they do not work together, and after 4 months of legal correspondence, they finally admitted it, but refuse to fix it, offer me my money back, or any sort of resolution.

    I feel like most people wouldn't have too many issues with the Logitech Gaming Software or compatibility. Still, if you ask for a refund you should probably get one.

    FWIW, I'm rocking the g13 keypad, the g910 orion spark, and the g700s mouse in addition to some logi speakers and webcam - no compatibility issues here, all working like a charm.

    Maybe the solution is for Logitech to refresh the g13? I'd bite.
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  • mac_angel
    I feel like most people wouldn't have too many issues with the Logitech Gaming Software or compatibility. Still, if you ask for a refund you should probably get one.

    FWIW, I'm rocking the g13 keypad, the g910 orion spark, and the g700s mouse in addition to some logi speakers and webcam - no compatibility issues here, all working like a charm.

    Maybe the solution is for Logitech to refresh the g13? I'd bite.
    from what I understand, there was a refresh of the G13 a long time ago. One that supports a firmware flash, and one that doesn't. Mine doesn't support new firmware.
    The issue with mine is really odd. Everything will work fine for so many keystrokes, and then it will stick on the last one - so, if you're walking forward, or strafing, all of a sudden, you're stuck walking forward, or strafing. Only happens in game, and when you close the game, it's back to normal. This happens on more than one computer, on more than one game, but only when I'm using the headphones. If I'm just using the G13 and G602 there's no problems.
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  • EarbudsRobot
    This keyboard looks very promosing. Think I'll get one for my brother as I think he'll like it. Typing speed fast too with this type of keyboard.
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