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Logitech’s compact tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, the G410 Atlas Spectrum brings its line of gaming peripherals to a smaller form factor. While the numeric keypad is something that hasn’t been all that important in gaming, we see what the G410 Atlas Spectrum brings to the table in our review.
First thing we need to talk about is its focus on portability. The Atlas Spectrum eschews the traditional rectangular keyboard design in favor of something that looks to turn a few more heads. The keyboard features an asymmetrical design with a wrist rest jutting out on the left side. The bit of plastic on the side acts as a handle for gripping the keyboard, something you don’t see on most other peripherals.
You can clearly feel the emphasis given to mobility, for the gamer that’s always on the go. Whether it’s to LAN parties or tournaments, the G410 Atlas Spectrum will likely fit in anywhere. With its diminutive footprint, the keyboard can fit snugly into your backpack along with the rest of your peripherals.
The main crux of what the makes up the G410, apart from its size, are the mechanical Romer-G key switches. These mechanical switches are exclusive to Logitech keyboards and are comparable to Cherry MX Browns from what I could figure.
Romer-G switches have an actuation distance of 1.5mm, a little less than Cherry Browns. While they do have a bit of softness to them, akin to having rings attached to your keys, I have to admit that they’re not nearly as satisfying to type on. They’re not as noisy as the Razer Green switches and, as far as personal preference goes, I’m largely fine with that.
Being used to a full-size keyboard, the Atlas Spectrum felt a little congested while hammering out articles and my typing speed was hindered. But this would likely be alleviated overtime as my fingers get used to the smaller space.
But this is, first and foremost, a gaming keyboard. The G410 Atlas Spectrum cranked out great performances on most games I had tested it on and while it took some time getting used to some of the more demanding games, it had no problems proving its worth.
Getting down to what the keyboard has to offer, the Atlas Spectrum comes with a full range of RGB backlighting, which is probably why it’s a bit more expensive than most other compact keyboards. The keyboard and the accompanying Logitech Gaming software have no qualms about delivering the most fantastical color scheme you can cook up in your head.
There are a bunch of effects and layouts you can use to display any of the 16.8 million colors that the keyboard reportedly has to offer. Although my plebian eye could barely differentiate between the various shades of chartreuse, I found the lighting easy to tinker with to suit my PC’s color scheme.
The keyboard comes with a nifty attachment called the “ARX Control Dock” that is basically a phone stand. Using an app that syncs with the Logitech Gaming Software on your PC, your smartphone can act as a second display used to display important information about your system while you’re gaming. I would have found this surprisingly useful if it wasn’t for the second monitor I use (definitely not bragging). The app is still really good and I’ll definitely be testing it out in the future when I need to keep track of the system while benchmarking or stress-testing.
Last but not least, the keyboard also comes with a button on the top-right corner that turns off your Windows key so you don’t end up accidentally exiting a game in the middle of a team-fight. More and more gaming keyboards are coming with this feature now and it’s a delight to see. The F9 to F12 keys also act as media playback keys. I do prefer having dedicated keys for the same, but considering the purpose of the keyboard is to cut down on size, I have no real need to complain.