The latest addition to Logitech’s keyboard lineup is, like the company’s other G Pro peripherals, such as the G Pro Wireless mouse, a hyper-focused gaming tool first and foremost, or at least that’s what Logitech would have you believe. In practice, the Logitech G Pro keyboard is simply a compact tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard with very little in the way of extra features, but crucially it also comes with a surprisingly modest asking price.
One area where this keyboard strongly nods towards its gaming peripheral brethren is that its removable cable has the same strengthened microUSB plug on the end as fits into the G Pro Wireless mouse, so in theory you can use the same cable to charge and use the mouse. Except that the keyboard isn’t battery powered so if you unplug it to use the mouse, the keyboard is useless. With this in mind, it seems like a strange thing to have done, rather than just provide a normal microUSB socket and cable (or, even better, a USB-C socket). You also miss out on a USB pass-through port.
Elsewhere, we have a very simple set of features, with the tenkeyless (TKL) layout that eschews a numpad, joined only by two buttons in the top right for switching the backlighting on and off (it doesn’t even adjust between brightness levels like on some keyboards) and a gaming mode (Windows key lock) button. They’re undeniably two very useful one-touch buttons for gaming, but there are no dedicated macros keys here, for instance.
The rest of the keyboard is a modest affair, with a simple all-black plastic chassis surrounding the slightly sunken keys. It’s a smart, nicely designed board with a reasonable heft and rigidity to it but lacks any of the premium touches of some other options. The TKL layout does make for more room for your mouse and a more comfortable mousing position, though.
All the keys, extra buttons, and Logitech logo in the top left are RGB backlit, so you can sync the whole lot up. Logitech’s G Hub software provides options for per-key lighting, grouped key lighting, built-in whole-board effects or even the ability to create your own custom effects. You can also specify which keys are disabled when the gaming button is pressed and create macros and custom key binds, but binds can only be assigned to the F1-F12 keys.
The G Pro keyboard is equipped with Logitech’s latest Cherry MX keycap-compatible GX switches – a change from previous proprietary switches. Moreover, they’re hot-swappable switches too, so you can mix and match the three switch types (linear, tactile, clicky). This will no doubt have niche appeal, but key sets are only $43 and it’s nice to have the option.
We tested the linear keys and they felt great. Slightly stiffer than Cherry MX red with stats of 50g, 1.9mm and 4mm, but they felt every bit as comfortable to type and game on.
Logitech G Pro specs
Logitech G Pro pros and cons
- Simple, compact design
- Cable works with G Pro mouse too
- Modest price
- Basic feature set
- Plastic build
- No wrist rest
Logitech G Pro price
The Logitech G Pro is $150, making it a mid-priced board at the time of review. However, its TKL layout means you lose several keys for that price, and it has few extra features otherwise.
Logitech G Pro review conclusion
This is a nicely thought-out, gaming-centric mechanical keyboard. However, complicating our verdict is that Logitech lists both the G Pro X and G Pro on its website, despite there being no difference between the two. The G Pro can be had with clicky switches for £110 with a UK layout (with stock widely available) but the G Pro X with all three switches available is £130 and doesn’t have a UK layout option and is only available from Logitech. At £110 it’s a decent buy at £130 is a little on the pricey side.
A great little keyboard for esports gamers but pricing is middling and this keyboard’s feature set is basic.