Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Keyboard Review
When our reviewer took a look at the first Logitech G Pro Mechanical Keyboard about a year and a half ago, he noted that it ‘didn’t really do anything revolutionary, but what it did, it did well.’
As if they’ve been reading that review, Logitech has now released their updated version of the G Pro mechanical, called the G Pro X Keyboard. This new version leaves everything that made the earlier version so well-loved by competitive gamers and adds some upgrades where it matters most. The switches in this new iteration aren’t only hot-swappable but they’re also brand new. Gone are Logitech’s Romer-G switches, in are the GX switches.
Is this board worth your money? Is it a worthy upgrade for existing G Pro keyboard users? Read our review to find out!
“The pros asked, we listened. With a compact design and user-swappable pro-grade switches, PRO X is pro-tested, tournament-assured, and built to win.”Logitech
Logitech G Pro X Mechanical Keyboard – First Impressions
The original G Pro keyboard wasn’t much of a looker, and the same is true for this one. That’s not a bad thing (these boards are aimed at competitive gamers, after all, and flashy looks don’t matter for that audience) but it’s just to say that, if you’ve seen the original G Pro mech, you’ll know exactly what this one looks like.
As far as I can see they’ve basically taken the chassis of the first generation and straight up used that, with some minor tweaks being made to the positioning of the lettering on the keycaps and what have you. You don’t hear me complaining about that, though, since I rather like this design.
The G Pro X is a tenkeyless keyboard with a detachable Micro-USB cable, rather thin bezels on the bottom and sides, and a matte finish, served with a pairing of gloss on the sides of the board. It’s unassuming, yes, but it does look sleek and won’t distract you when gaming so this is all good as far as I’m concerned.
As was the case with its predecessor, the G Pro X feels remarkably sturdy for being made completely out of plastic. I don’t really hear any creaks and I can’t bend it in a meaningful way either so the build quality is exactly what you’d expect from a keyboard meant to travel the world with pro and competitive gamers.
The keycaps aren’t the best out there but I don’t really have a problem with these either. Important to know is that the G Pro X doesn’t have a standard bottom row so if you do have a problem with these caps you might have a bit of trouble finding a set of replacement caps.
The RGB, then, does a good job and there are plenty of options to tweak the board to look exactly the way you want it to but it’s still not the brightest keyboard out there.
Inside the box of the G Pro X Mechanical Keyboard you’ll find (aside from the keyboard itself, of course) the cable, some documentation, a Logitech sticker, and a keycap/switch puller.
That’s pretty much everything you need but I would have loved to see some additional switches included in the package. I’m not talking entire sets here, but since these new Logitech GX switches are pretty much brand new for the brand it could have been a good idea to include an extra switch of each type in the box somewhere so people can try out different switches. I don’t know what the cost of that would be but it’s just something that I had in the back of my head when unboxing this keyboard.
Size & Dimensions
Features and build
The G Pro X is only available as a tenkeyless board. That makes sense because most competitive gamers don’t need a numpad so removing that entirely makes for a smaller board, resulting in more space for the mousepad and mouse. The bezels on the side and the bottom are pretty thin, which is ideal for a board of this type. The top is a bit thicker because that houses a couple of indicator LEDs (for caps lock and scroll lock) and a button to activate gaming mode (which turns off the Windows button and so on) along with another button to deactivate the RGB lighting.
On the bottom you’ll see the same five rubber pads that you saw on the previous iteration of this board, combined with two adjustment feet to allow you to get the perfect typing angle. This all works perfectly: the bottom parts of the feet are rubberized and the main rubber pads provide plenty of grip so there’s no need to worry about accidentally sliding your keyboard off of your desk during a particularly heavy key press.
Of course the hot-swappable GX switches are the stars of this board, and swapping those out is so easy that a child could do it. I wouldn’t really recommend to have an actual child swap your switches for you (the little contacts are sort of fragile, so you have to be a bit careful when placing new switches) but you know what I mean. There really is a market for hot-swappable keyboards (I get a lot of questions about this in the comments and on our social media) so it’s cool to see that Logitech has added this feature to their most popular competitive gaming keyboard.
Performance and every day use
The G Pro X might have hot-swappable switches, but that doesn’t matter if the switches themselves aren’t up to standards. Luckily these new GX switches (which are pretty much Kailhs; it even says ‘Kailh’ on the switch itself) deliver on that front. Whereas the Romer-G switches that Logitech used before this were kind of in a league of their own when it came to the overall feeling these are very clearly inspired by their Cherry MX counterparts (you can read our short switch guide if you’re getting a bit confused) as is evidenced by the smooth and linear feeling that I get from these GX reds. They feel a bit heavier than the Cherries but I can’t see anyone who loves typical red switches being disappointed by these.
Sadly I didn’t get to test any of these other GX switches but by reading the spec sheet it’s pretty clear what Logitech are going for here so I assume they’ll be very similar to their Cherry MX brothers and sisters.
The typing and gaming experience is pretty nice, too. Some of the larger keys can sound a bit rattly but there’s little wobble and I didn’t find myself getting annoyed by any particular key so all is well on this front. The keys do have a slightly ‘powdery’ coating on them though, and I’m not a huge fan of that. That’s something personal so you might feel the exact opposite, but due to this coating the caps also pick up on finger oils at a pretty steady pace, which is a bit less subjective.
I am nitpicking here though: the G Pro X offers a fine typing experience, and (contrary to what you can sometimes see with competing gaming brands) the keycaps don’t feel as if they’re made of a material that’s just slightly stiffer than a plastic bag so all in all I had a pleasant experience using this keyboard for gaming and productivity.
In essence this keyboard offers exactly what you’d expect out of it: it’s a great keyboard for competitive gamers who just want a reliable board that’s very portable without any frills. The same can be said for the G Pro keyboard that came before this, but this one has more traditional switch feeling and they’re hot-swappable so it’s a logical followup to its predecessor if you’re asking me.
Conclusion & Recommendation
The Logitech G Pro X is essentially the Logitech G Pro with upgraded (depending on who you’re asking, of course) Kailh switches that are hot-swappable to boot. What you’re getting is a solidly built gaming keyboard without any unnecessary frills that’ll last you a pretty long time and delivers everything you’d want out of a competitive gaming keyboard. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less either.
Is it the most amazing keyboard I’ve ever seen? No, not really, but it doesn’t set out to be something like that either. It’s clear that gamers have been aching for a hot-swappable gaming keyboard from one of the big manufacturers for a while now and Logitech delivers exactly that with the G Pro X. If that’s what you’re looking for this is a great buy.