Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Review
Something to note before we begin: I reviewed Logitech's G910 mechanical keyboard a few months ago, and didn't like it. Well, that's a bit of an oversimplification: I liked a lot about it, but the G910 had some major design flaws that ended upbeing a deal-breaker for me. You can go back to the site archives and read about my thoughts here, but the gist of it is that their proprietary Romer-G switches are super sensitive, and when these are paired with the G910's poorly designed keycaps, you end up with much higher incidence of mishit keys. To put it mildly, this could get really annoying over time.
Unfortunately for the Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn, it hails from the same product generation, and ergo has the same sensitive Romer-G switches and the same terrible keycap design. After using the G310 as my daily driver for four weeks I can personally confirm that same aforementioned deal-breaker flaw persists here. (If you're considering purchasing the G310, you may want to read that review first.) So for the sake of brevity and my own sanity I will not be addressing the flaw in this review, because like the G910, there's a lot to like about this keyboard.
The Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn is a tenkeyless (TKL) mechanical keyboard. Lookswise, it features the same loud asymmetrical design as the G910 and electric blue on black color scheme you'd find on the other peripherals in the Logitech G lineup. However unlike the G910 with its full RGB LEDs, the Atlas Dawn's LEDs are a single color: electric blue. To be fair, it's a very pretty shade of blue.
But you know what? If you're in the market for a TKL, you probably want to cut down on the frills anyway. Frills like fancy RGB controller PCBs take up valuable workstation real estate and add unnecessary heft. Oh, and they also cost more.
So enough about what the G310 lacks. What does the G310 actually have? Well, for its remarkably compact frame, they've managed to squeeze in a full qwerty layout sans numpad, F1-F12 top row keys with alternate media control functions, and two extra buttons: one to toggle the LED backlighting on and off, and the other to helpfully disable unwanted (read: Windows) key presses during gaming. You've also got a pull out piece of blue plastic with rubber feet that's meant to hold your Android or iOS device. When used with Logitech's Arx Control mobile app and with Logitech Gaming Software installed on your PC, this turns your phone into a second screen. Logitech calls this a "Repositionable Arx Control Dock." I call it a removable phone holder.
But the thing that's truly remarkable about the G310 is its weight, which comes in at only 765 grams. That's incredible for a mechanical keyboard! Heck, I've owned regular membrane keyboards that weigh more than this. And despite this lack of bulk, during the time I used this keyboard, I never once had a problem with slippage. And that's not to say that the G310 feels cheap. On the contrary, it benefits from Logitech's peripherals pedigree and feels really well constructed.
In conclusion, this is a very basic gaming TKL. It's light on features, but it has everything you really need in a gaming keyboard. It's also literally light: this is one of the lightest, if not the lightest keyboards I've ever used. The MSRP is a little steep at S$179 considering this keyboard's basic functionality, but that means you also get a standard 2 year manufacturer's warranty from a reputable company. It's not for me because papa needs his numpad for work, but if you're in the market for an entry-level mechanical TKL, you may want to give this a shot. Maybe just don't play Typing of The Dead.