Logitech G is in the midst of a refresh of a grand restructuring of their gaming peripherals. They're leaving behind their Greek name phase in favor of a three-tiered structure made up of Pro, G, and Prodigy lines.
The Pro gear is Logitech G's top-of-the-line gear aimed at e-sports professionals and those who want the same sort of gear that pros use. The Pro peripherals don't pack every feature you'd ever want into one device (the Pro mouse, for example, only has two extra buttons), but instead are focused on performance and reliability.
The G Pro keyboard is the newest member of the Pro line, and combines high-performance mechanical gaming switches with travel-friendly features. It's currently available on Newegg for $129.99.
The first thing you'll notice about the G Pro is that it's compact. It ditches the number pad in the interest of greater portability and increased desktop space for your mousework. The lack of a ten-key will immediately rule this keyboard out for some, and since I did about equal amounts of gaming and office work while reviewing the board, I definitely noticed its absence. It's not a flaw of the board, but the board is clearly focused on games first and foremost (and not the sort of games that might involve any number pad work).
But if your game of choice doesn't require a ten key, then you'll instantly be freeing up valuable space on your desktop. And what's nice is that the G Pro punches above its weight class in terms of lighting, offering the same bright, full-RGB, fully customizable lighting.
The lighting management in Logitech G's software suite is some of the best in the business, and while it doesn't allow you quite the same insane level of lighting customization as other boards (no fancy lighting timers or complex custom sequences here), it does come pre-packed with a number of eye-catching color options, allows you to tweak per-key color options, can effortlessly sync colors with other Logitech devices, and even offers pre-programmed lighting profiles that match popular games (such as Mass Effect: Andromeda).
The body of the keyboard itself is no frills, a flat matte black with very little in the way of wasted space. The lighting is the star of the show here, and without the RGB flashing away the G Pro doesn't look much different from a standard, compact mechanical board of the type that are so popular over on r/mechanicalkeyboards these days.
As previously mentioned, Logitech G's Pro line is all about high performance and portability, not feature overload. It's useful to compare the G Pro in terms of features to Logitech's G410, a10-keyless board the company released last year. Both include RGB lighting, Romer-G switches, media controls on the function keys, a button to turn the keyboard lights on and off, and a gaming mode toggle. The G410 also included an asymmetrical design with a small wristrest, specially-marked keycaps on the WASD and arrow keys, and a plastic dock to hold your cellphone (which would hypothetically be running Logitech's Arx Control app).
The G Pro doesn't have any of that extra stuff. Instead, it's main extra feature is a removable USB cable, a frequently requested feature from pros and others who take their keyboards with them on the go. This makes it easier to travel with the board without damaging the cable, though you still need to be careful not to wrap or twist the cable in a way that will damage it. Logitech's special pronged connector makes it a challenge to find a replacement if your cable gets lost or wrecked, though it is the same connector used on other recent Logitech G products.
The steel backplate in the board is a great touch for a form factor this small, as it lends the tiny board a weight and stability that is absolutely critical when gaming. The board also includes 26-key rollover to eliminate errors when hitting multiple keys at once and in close sequence.
Comfort and Performance
The G Pro is definitely a smaller board, and anyone who has ever felt a bit cramped by 10-keyless or space-saving board designs will likely encounter similar issues here. It's something you get used to, but my personal preference will remain full-size boards with extra spacing, wrist supports, and just a little extra breathing room all around. But again, the G Pro is small by design, so you shouldn't really be considering it if you have a problem with small keyboards.
The G Pro packs the latest iteration of Logitech's Romer-G switches, mechanical switches specifically designed for gaming. Rather than emulate the basic feel and functionality of Cherry MX switches, as many non-Cherry switches in the gaming scene do, the Romer-Gs are their own thing. Logitech brags of their "25% faster" short-throw actuation, which is something that might actually matter once you get into pro-level reaction times, so that makes the switch a good fit for this pro-focused board.
Romer-Gs are an acquired taste, and I found that the initial reaction of the majority of the mechanical keyboard fans in our office was that they feel a bit "weird" and "membraney." Even after spending several weeks with the G Pro, typing articles and playing games like Overwatch and Mass Effect: Andromeda, the Romer-G switches still feel a little odd to me, and I've never quite gotten used to how quiet and non-clicky they are.
That's not to say that Romer-G switches are bad, of course, because they clearly aren't. I recorded some of my fasted WPM typing times ever on the G Pro, didn't miss a click when gaming, and of course Logitech's pro teams use these switches to great effect. Mechanical switches are largely a subjective thing, and finding the right combination of sound and feel and speed can be a tricky process. If you like everything else you've heard about the G Pro, pick one up and make it your primary keyboard and you'll likely find other switches to be the weird ones before too long.
Logitech has also overhauled the way keystrokes are processed with the G Pro, optimizing every step in the process from the moment you hit a key to the execution in the game. The details of what's going on are highly technical (Logitech loves to take advantage of all their fancy engineering labs in Switzerland) and a serious challenge to test for non-pro gamers such as myself, but Logitech claims they've manage to improve their keystroke processing to be up to 10ms faster than the compeition. If you're the kind of gamer who knows the importance of tick-rate in CS:GO you might be especially interested in this aspect of the G Pro, though in practical terms you're likely to run into human reaction time barriers before the processing rate of your keystrokes is a significant obstacle to your success.