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Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • G110 Gaming Keyboard


Our Score:


The mark of a good keyboard - like a good butler - is that you shouldn't notice its presence. It may be the main intermediary between PC and user, but generally it's only when something goes awry that a keyboard gets noticed - often right before being thrown across the room.

Logitech has a good history of producing keyboards that aid, rather than hinder, frustration-free interaction with one's computer. I used a G15 for several years before finally upgrading to a Microsoft SideWinder X6, after it suffered an untimely death at the hands of a cup of coffee. I still regard the G15 as one of the finest keyboards I've ever used and the G110 follows in its footsteps admirably.

The design is unsurprisingly reminiscent of the G19, sans both the LCD display and the utterly ludicrous price. Logitech is asking £69.99 for the G110, a more reasonable proposition that the G19's £150-odd MSRP, even if not exactly cheap.

The G110 packs its fair share of features. There's a USB port on the back, but more interesting are the microphone and headphone inputs. The G110 includes built-in USB audio processing, letting you hook up a set of headphones and a microphone (or a combined headset, of course) without the need for a soundcard.

I'm not entirely convinced this is a particularly worthwhile addition. The quality seemed as good as the Realtek chip on my motherboard, but that comparison betrays the flaw: most PCs already have audio processing. It's only potential benefits are in bypassing integrated audio that's of particularly poor quality, but this is an increasingly rare problem these days. Unless you have a specific need for it, then it's hard to justify the cost.

Of greater use are the G110's built-in macro and multimedia keys. On the far upper right sit play/pause, stop, forwards and back buttons, with a mute button and a volume wheel placed beneath them. Leftwards from this is a toggle for the keyboard's backlight so you can turn it off when you're watching a movie, for example, and farther left are separate mute buttons for attached headphones and microphones.

Even more left-wise there's a switch for disabling the Windows and right-click menu buttons, so as to avoid frustrating minimising of games. Finally, to the left of the main keyboard, are macro keys (G-keys) above which sit the three M-keys that enable you to switch between different macro key profiles.


April 7, 2010, 11:33 am

How long are you allowed to test it for ? Received mine direct from Logitech in December, it lasted less than a month before the backlight failed completely. Hats off to Logitech though, they offered me a replacement unit straight away ( It's as though they knew there was a faulty batch ...) only there was none in their inventory, so they sent me a G15 instead....and I got to keep the G110 !


April 7, 2010, 1:17 pm

This is what you call gimmick free? Wow. Variable red/blue backlight is about as gimmicky as it gets (although it could be pretty funky if it's sync'd to the running music). And so is an integrated USB soundcard, even if it is useful to a very few people. Of course you could easily buy a keyboard and a couple of USB cards for the prize of this thing; or even better, a keyboard and a high quality PCI(e) sound card.


April 7, 2010, 3:23 pm

I can see the point of the built in audio processing. I use a ZBoard and in one of its two USB ports I put my Plantronics .Audio 645 USB headset and my mouse in the other. This solutions means I only need one cable going to my PC which I like when setting up for a (sadly infrequent) lan party. Logitechs approach would provide a similar benefit. It wouldn't be the first time that I've seen someone with headphones with a 1m cable having to play hunched over because the cable couldn't stretch comfortably from their PC to their lugholes :)


April 7, 2010, 5:11 pm

That seems like an awfully overcomplicated solution to a problem that can be solved with a $3 audio extension cable.


April 7, 2010, 10:30 pm

$3 ? - aren't dollars the currency used out in the colonies ?

Probably equates to £5 of her majesties finest sterling pounds ??

Tally ho - pip pip :D


April 8, 2010, 12:33 am

Maybe it subjective but a couple of USB connections don't strike me as "awfully overcomplicated".


April 8, 2010, 4:29 am

"Awful" and "over" is subjective, but a USB soundcard is objectively complicated compared to ... a wire. Which is all that is needed to avoid having to hunch over. Or alternatively, buying headphones with a longer cable in the first place.

And wrt $3 == 5 GBP -- not quite, but you're getting there. It's sometimes embarrassing how touchy people get about this stuff. For the record, I'm not from the colonies, it's just a currency everybody can relate to.


April 8, 2010, 1:40 pm

Please use Gil from now on, everyone understands that currency.


April 8, 2010, 3:48 pm

@Hugo: yep, now if only FF13 would actually let me earn some!

OT: For me personally the less wires the better, I see the benefit in having the wires there it means it doesnt need to trail and restrict your movements which it could possibly do, you have to remember this is a gaming keyboard so while something like that is frivilous on a normal keyboard it makes sense here, not to mention you dont need to spend an extra £5 for a wire for your brand new keyboard you just spent £70 on. This looks like a worthy upgrade to my g15, dont need the screen on it at all, pity theres only one usb port on it. My g15 tends to host my headphones/mic and the usb dongle for my mouse.

As for a usb soundcard being complicated, I think thats best left alone.


April 8, 2010, 7:25 pm

I think we could be missing the point of the USB soundcard; it's not just any soundcard. It's designed to be used solely with a headset, and employs hardware processing to improve the audio quality thereof. That's particularly important if you're one of those people whose poor quality microphone gives your fellow gamers the impression that you're really a water-dwelling sea monster.

Granted, most people still won't need it and if you use a USB headset it's superfluous, but it's still a neat trick that some people will find invaluable. I don't think it quite falls into the 'gimmick' category.


April 9, 2010, 12:57 am


It's called humour - you should try it sometime ;)


April 9, 2010, 7:43 pm

Moving on from the hyperbole of things being overly awful, it would be foolish of me to suggest that a USB soundcard is of similar complexity to an extension cord and were I concerned with the manufacture of such devices then the point would be well made. However, in terms of setting up my PC round a mates house for a spot of gratuitous FPS action - a scene which is a nightmare of cabling at the best of times - then the benefit of a plug-and-play USB device daisy-chained to my keyboard is an easier set-up for me. Which I think goes to Mr(s) kdot's point.

In support of Chris's point I can say that the Plantronics implementation of a USB soundcard (the headset I bought is a USB dongle bundled with a headset with 3.5mm terminals for mic. and audio but in practice they are seldom separated) yeilded better speech results than a microphone cadged off a mate and plugged directly into either my laptop or PC's soundcards.


April 10, 2010, 4:13 pm

I know this is a bit unrelated, but I would really appreciate if you guys could find an audiophile-level headset with a microphone.

I've been using AudioTechnica ATH-A900 headsets and the padding has worn out. The biggest problem I've had was the inconvenience of talking to an external microphone. I've seen some of the 'gaming' branded stuff from Logitech (G35) but it's USB and I don't want it - I've got an ASUS Xonar Essence STX specifically built for good headphones!

I don't think I'll get a new Logitech keyboard soon, in fact, I may start using my Unicomp M, no matter how loud it is. I had a Razer Lycosa and the media controls broke, I have a new Logitech G15 and the media buttons are noisy and crap... I wish there was something more universal and reliable, other than the Unicomp M..

Eagle Cot

April 17, 2010, 9:14 am

@Saltank . Hi! You could get a professional AKG headset. Either with dynamic microphone (AKG HSD) or small condenser mic (AKG HSC). Model no 171 or 271, where 271 has beside different headphone type, a on/off switch for the microphone.

You could also get a AKG or Shure headset mic to any headphones. Examples: AKG C 555, Shure WH20.


January 2, 2014, 10:10 am

The USB audio was a life-saver for me. I recently started doing Let's Plays of video games on my YouTube channel, and the built-in microphone port was far too quiet for live commentary, even with the mic volume MAXED OUT at 100. By plugging my headset into the ports on the G110, I could enable "AGC" and set the mic level to 10 in Windows Sound Control Panel, and it would actually be loud enough to hear my live commentary while playing the game. So yeah, without USB audio processing (at least specifically for the microphone) I would have to be screaming into my headset just to make my voice audible.

However, the USB port on the keyboard is a joke. It is under-powered and can't even handle powering a thumb drive, and is therefore unusable.

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