So whatâ€™sÂ different?
The G810 was meant to be a no-nonsense keyboard aimed at any user who wants a high-end mechanical keyboard. It was a black rectangle with a few extra features to sweeten the deal. The G Pro somehow goes from â€œno-nonsenseâ€ to â€œeven less nonsense.â€ This is a spartan keyboard meant for playing games and nothing else. This is not a work keyboard, unless you consider gaming to be work.
First, Logitech dropped the tenkey over on the righthand side. I used the G Pro as a full-time keyboard for about a week and that was the main thing that set me off about it. I use my keyboard for work as well as gaming, and my tenkey gets constant use. Not to mention that I sign into my desktop computer with a PIN instead of a password. Yeah, thatâ€™s pretty annoying on a keyboard like this one.
But then, if youâ€™re picking this beast off the shelf, you probably know what youâ€™re getting into, so itâ€™s not a negative â€“ just a difference.
On the flip side of that, the G Pro features one of my favorite-ever features to come to a keyboard: a removable USB cable.
Oh man, you donâ€™t even know. I love this feature.
Thereâ€™s a good reason more keyboards donâ€™t use it, though. Any good keyboard will feature some pretty heavy-duty padding to keep you from twisting its cord too hard. A USB port, on the other hand, is more likely to break down over time, resulting in a loss of signal.
Logitech solves that pretty cleverly, though, by carrying over the proprietary winged USB input they use on wireless mice like the G900. The keyboard, like that mouse, still accepts any old Micro USB cable. You can plug whatever cable you like in there, and be rolling without a complaint. When you use that cable, though, what you get is a sturdy fit that isnâ€™t going to wiggle and is easier to plug in than most USB cables. I plugged and unplugged the keyboard plenty of times and never once was the victim of the USB Superposition problem.
The G Pro also features a little bit of onboard memory. Using this memory, you can save a lighting scheme to the keyboard that will stay the same regardless of what computer you plug it into. For some gamers, that might mean setting up a lighting scheme that highlights the important keys for their game of choice. For others, that might mean flying the team colors on-stage at an eSports event. For most of us, it just means a bit more consistency.
The lack of a tenkey, the onboard memory, and the removable cable all point to one of the G-Pro: portability. The G Pro assumes that youâ€™re the sort of gamer who is simultaneously on the go and yet playing at a full-sized desktop PC. In other words, an eSports gamer. This keyboard isnâ€™t meant to stay in one place.
Logitech took a few other measures to make the keyboard as spartan as possible. Dedicated media keys are gone. Instead, thereâ€™s an FN key to the right of the space bar that you can use to manipulate a set of media functions on the F9-F12 keys. Volume controls are handled the same way on the Print Screen, Scroll Lock, and Pause keys.
One of my very few disappointments with the keyboard is that while the F1-F12 keys can be reprogrammed with custom functions that can be enabled and disabled by game and application, there isnâ€™t a way to program in customizable FN combinations. The FN key serves to add media functions to those seven keys and nothing else. I think Logitech missed a great opportunity here. Iâ€™d love to be able to program in combinationsÂ for some of the things I do regularly. The possibility is just sitting there, and Iâ€™d love to see them add it in the future â€“ if thatâ€™s possible.
But thatâ€™s one gripe among many strong points. Keyboards do not get simpler or more plain than this â€“ thatâ€™s a compliment.