The past few years have brought large cost increases to basic computing accessories. E-sports, tariffs, and, to an increasingly lesser extent, the saturation of computing have driven up prices.
The cost of a keyboard and mouse in my area is now over $100, sending me on a distracting morning quest when I should have been working. It is my fault for stepping on my mouse and keyboard, obliterating the USB housing and contacts.
The result of replacing my AST keyboard with a Logitech G413 is an 8 of 10 at a cost of $59.99 at MicroCenter.
The Romer-G’s are cheaper than their domed counterparts, last longer by 10-15 million key presses, are potentially more productive, and are more enjoyable. Not spending $99-$120 on an ergonomic keyboard, a wrist pad is only $8.99, was a great decision.
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These keys are actually ergonomic. Logitech claims that the indentation on the key caps help fingers slide into position.
This is true. Where my hands used to lie flat, I now find myself typing with the curl my 8th grade typing teacher would slap a gold star on.
Logitech claims that the lower actuation point than domed and design can increase typing speed by 25 percent.
While the target consumer is a gamer, this concept should work both ways without producing redundant letters.
Never taking anything on face value, I ran a test.
I chose the Aesop Fables test on https://www.typingtest.com. The results:
- Dome switch keyboard typing speed: 77
- Romer-G speed: 86
According to the test, my speed increased a whopping 9 words per minute. The test claims that my speed went from fast to pro.
This seems embarrassing considering I know someone who can type at 110 wpm. Still, while this keyboard only gives a slight edge, less than 25 percent, the boost is almost noticeable. Also, my typing goddess of a friend is a former semi-professional Star Craft player, the one with all of the Koreans.
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Click Factor and Pleasure
No review of a mechanical switch is complete without the ASMR factor. These keys are clicky. They feel better than domed switches. The ergonomic factor plays a role in this as my posture is never great.
Overall, these keys are faster, cheaper than most of their domed and Cherry counterparts, and tend to wear out fingers less. Modern mechanical keyboards use a more human friendly plastic.
The Logitech keyboard works well and the switches have a better feel than their rubber domed counterparts. While not as great as their Cherry counterparts, the Romer-G supposedly lasts longer and costs less than the ergonomic domed key keyboards. Being more responsive than a typical keyboard, a Romer-G keyboard can also increasing typing speed while helping combat carpel tunnel disease.