Top positive review
why did I wait so long to buy this?
September 16, 2017
got it on sale. This seems to be the same as the G413 but without backlighting, and without the usb passthrough. I bought it to replace my 15 year old "windows 98 keyboard" that was originally $10. WOW. what a difference.
I didn't need this keyboard per se, but I was tired of the sticking keys and the general mushiness of my aging keyboard. I first bought a G610 with cherry mx brown keys. I hated the key switches. There was about two millimeters of travel before anything happened. I felt the strokes I had to make to type were much longer than normal, and frankly the tactile bump just felt wrong. So I returned it and my search for a new keyboard continued.
I tried out a few other boards at a local blue and yellow electronics store. Cherry reds, blues, browns, some razer boards, and this, the k840 with romer G switches. It's hard to tell how things will feel at your desk by trying to type on the displays, but the romer switches seemed the most familiar. After waiting a while I ordered one because it was on a good sale.
Some people say the romer G are between red and brown switches, with a slight tactile bump near the top of the stroke. I agree. The lack of any bump on the red's felt strange. I wanted some 'buckling' point during the keystroke, and the brown's was all wrong. Some people say that romer G switches feel like rubber dome switches. I disagree. The difference is night and day. This thing feels great to type on. The keys are stable, you can tell when you've pressed them, there is no wobble or mush to be found. The only complaint is that there is sometimes a slight ringing sound when certain keys are pressed (mainly the 'i' key and the spacebar). You will only notice this in a quiet environment. I also find it odd there are no num lock or scroll lock lights, but let's be honest, when was the last time anyone actually used one of those keys?
The keys are pretty quiet for a mechanical keyboard. Another plus. I think the people that like the super loud clicky boards just like the noise, and that the noise does not do anything useful for the typing.
So, if you can get this thing on sale, go for it. If you're looking for something quality, but all the gamery rgb boards and super expensive custom keycap snob boards just don't do it for you, this is likely the keyboard you want. It is a sweet upgrade from ancient rubber dome board. This thing feels well made. It looks nice without shouting. I think logitech has engineered a great key switch that is actually useful for typing and gaming (I've tested both), and not just a gimmick or novelty. It is nice to find it in a not too expensive board.