There is something genuinely great to be said about Logitech G’s near-constant hits. Thanks to superb quality assurance and unparalleled build quality, very few competing manufacturers manage to reach the same level of quality, even less so at the same premium price of entry. There is no looking past the fact of how Logitech G products are expensive, which oftentimes beckons an additional level of scrutiny whenever new products or model lineups receive annual updates. The latest lineup to receive an upgrade is the company’s “esports-focused” Pro Series, which is spearheaded by the Logitech G Pro X TKL – the successor to the exemplified 2020 long-term companion Logitech G Pro X.
The long and short of the product is that the Logitech G Pro TKL is a decent wireless gaming keyboard offering notable upgrades over its now-three-year-old predecessor. Most importantly, however, is how it fully doubles down on the mobile aspect so many esports-focused hardware products tend to advertise.
Out of the box, prospective owners will notice an immediate uptick in presentation. For one, the compact – and completely recyclable cardboard – box comes filled to the brim with a pretty solid carrying case, which, once unzipped and opened up, reveals the Logitech G Pro X TKL in a neat mobile-friendly package. The box also houses an included [and upgraded] Lightspeed USB dongle, and the usual braided Logitech G USB-A to USB-C cable.
Comparing the Logitech G Pro X TKL with its predecessor would, ironically, do both devices a massive disservice. The two are essentially two different products from two different ages. Esport has come a long way in recent years, and Logitech G has gained a foothold over many manufacturers in this regard. In this way, the brand has become a leading sponsor for players and teams “pushing the boundaries of performance in esports” in recent years. This is thanks in large part to the company’s excellent plug-and-play technologies, but also through enduring build quality.
The Logitech G Pro X TKL measures 1.34- (34mm) by 13.86- (352mm) by 5.91 inches (150mm), finding itself smack-dab in the middle of what is considered a true 60% keyboard and a full-size keyboard. This ensures its place as a mobile-friendly keyboard that can be picked up, packed away, and taken out once more, over and over again, with minimal fatigue. The keyboard is quite eye-catching as well.
For the longest time, Logitech G has often given their “esports focused” hardware the backseat when it comes to design and fanciful features. This time, however, things have changed. The Logitech G Pro X TKL comes in three colours, each of which features two possible combinations of switches, and the colours are nothing to scoff at either. While black most definitely is the tried and true colour (and the colour tested for review), the keyboard also comes in stark white and bright pink variants. It also offers a choice of Logitech G’s own CherryMX-like GX Blue clicky switches, or GX Red linear switches.
Moreover, users will be happy to find a plethora of additional functionality installed on the device. The keyboard features exclusive media buttons, a volume rocker, a connection switch, a Bluetooth button, a button to toggle Gaming Mode on or off, and a RGB backlight dimmer – all on its faceplate. Turn it around, and users will find two sets of feet for different heights, and a little hole specially made for the keyboard’s included USB dongle. It features no other buttons except for a power button and a USB-C port on the front of the device.
The keycaps themselves are also comfortable to the touch. Double-shot PBT keycaps keep fatigue to a minimum during longer gaming sessions, while also ensuring the keys hold up in the long-term. Each keycap also comes with a transparent letter and/or symbol, which lets the bright RGB shine through.
In terms of connectivity, the keyboard is pretty much plug-and-play via Bluetooth or included dongle. Connecting via the Lightspeed Dongle will offer the least amount of latency (not to mention do away with the need to do cable management), but including the option to connect via Bluetooth is a massive win over many competing keyboards. Like many other Logitech products, using Logitech G-Hub will give users access to macros and Gaming Mode – giving the keyboard a fair amount of additional usability.
As expected, the software suite offers pretty much all of the customisation options users can think of. Users can link certain RGB presets to certain games, or create their own unique RGB animations; change key functionality entirely, and even set up macro combinations with ease. Logitech G Hub also shows the remaining battery percentage, and allows for seamless integration with apps like Discord, Streamlabs, and OBS. The bigger issue with Logitech G Hub lies with the software suite itself and really has nothing to do with the hardware: while it has improved tenfold over what it used to be, the app is, simply put, still a crutch and honestly not-that-nice to experience… and no one wants that when they just paid a premium for a keyboard.
Software and physical features aside, one of the best additions to the package is the Lightspeed dongle. Logitech have included the ability to link multiple peripherals to their wireless dongles for a while now, but Lightspeed has always been too demanding of a technology to “share”… until now. The Logitech G Pro X TKL’s USB dongle allows for one additional device to pair to it, completely latency-free! This means if users buy into the entire upgraded Pro Series, they can save a USB slot by pairing both the Logitech G Pro Superlight 2 and the G Pro X TKL to a single dongle. For added functionality, the dongle also allows pairing to the newly upgraded G502 lineup of flagship gaming mice.
The Logitech G Pro X TKL is, ultimately, one of the manufacturer’s leading products. Users looking for performance over cost will be hard pressed to find a better ten-keyless equivalent thanks in large part to its bevy of connectivity options and the brand’s own long-standing quality assurance. However, gamers who are more financially conscious may have to look away while tapping on that buy button. There is no getting around how the keyboard comes with a $199 AUD / R2800 ZAR price tag… but perhaps its unprecedented focus on “esports mobility” is exactly what some gamers may want? The included carrying case sure scores some browny points!
|GX switch keys are interchangeable with Cherry MX keys||Can be a bit bulky for a 60%|
|Doubled down focus on mobility||Can be pricey|
|Great build quality|
Device temporarily provided for review by Logitech G.
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