Logitech G110


posted 1/26/2010 by John Yan
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As one who uses Logitech keyboards, I never did review the G11 from Logitech but it was pretty much the G15 sans LCD screen. Well, the G11 was getting long in the tooth and it's time to put it to rest with a successor. In comes the G110 that takes many features from the G19 and puts it into a more affordable package.

The Logitech G110 is billed at the next gaming keyboard from the company and it's a full size variant with some gaming specific features. In fact, if you removed the LCD screen and the LCD specific buttons from the G19, you essentially get the G110. On the left side are twelve programmable G keys where you can assign keystrokes or macros. As with the G19, the G keys are grouped in series of four with three groupings. There are also three modifier buttons so that you can essentially get three functions per G key for a total of 36 possible combinations. They rather come in handy for games such as Team Fortress 2 where you need a series of keys to for the engineer to build a sentry or a dispenser. By programming the key press sequence into a G key, you can easily plop down one of your items at a quicker pace. As with the previous gaming keyboards, the programming of the keys are saved even when you turn off your machine so no worries about losing a macro when the computer shuts down intentionally or unintentionally.

One of the more useful features of the keyboard for those that game in a Windows environment is the ability to disable the Windows key and context menu keys on the fly with a flick of a switch. Before this feature, I would sometimes kick myself out of the game by accidentally pressing one of those keys and it was pretty frustrating. The G110 eliminates this hassle by letting you manually disable the keys thereby ensuring you have a smooth gaming session without any button interruption. As a Windows gamer, you really do appreciate this feature and I'm happy to see it on the G110 keyboard.

Color makes it's way to the backlighting of the G110 which was introduced with the G13 and was also featured in the G19. You can customize the backlighting color to something you like so you're stuck with just white like in some keyboards. It's not a feature that affects your performance at all of course but it's a nice way to personalize your setup should you choose to do so. It's pretty easy to setup the color you want and you're not limited to a basic number of colors to choose from. As mentioned by a reader, you can set it to all black if you want to have the backlighting completely off. All the keys except for the profile buttons and the macro record button will switch to the color of your choosing.
Now the one differentiator of this keyboard from the other Logitech offerings is the integrated headset support. Two 3.5mm jacks for audio in and audio out sit in the center top of the keyboard. Personally, I would have made the connections sit in the bottom from or the side to minimize running the wires but you can easily tuck your headset wires underneath the keyboard and out to you. What happens when you use this instead of your sound card to connect your headset is that the keyboard will trick the computer into thinking it's a USB audio device. What's the benefit of this? Well, for one thing you don't have to route your headset to the computer which can be a problem if the computer sits far away and/or you have a short cord for your headset. It also might be possible to route voice through your headset, which wouldn't be possible if you were plugging it into your sound card.

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