Aside from the excellent G Pro X Superlight 2, Logitech also introduced the Logitech G Pro X TKL wireless gaming keyboard to complement the mouse. Featuring the same Lightspeed wireless technology for reduced latency in wireless mode, there’s no denying that this is a fast keyboard.
But as fast as it is, the G Pro X TKL doesn’t exactly stand out in a market that’s increasingly dominated by more refined (and affordable) custom keyboards. Simply put, it is a fast wireless keyboard that is stuck in the past, both in terms of its feature set and refinement.
What It Is
One of the most highlighted features of the G Pro X TKL is its Lightspeed wireless dongle, which is said to offer “speed and reliability.” Aside from that, it also has Bluetooth connectivity, up to 50 hours of battery life on a single charge, along with a rather nice volume roller on the top right of the keyboard.
Rounding out the specifications of the G Pro X TKL are double shot PBT shine-through keycaps for the Lightsync RGB lighting, a very, very nice carrying case, as well as three switch options: GX Brown (tactile), GX Red (linear), and GX Blue (clicky). The review unit I received comes with the GX Brown switch, and I have more to say about it further down the review.
For the Malaysian market, the G Pro X TKL retails at RM799, which is…a decent price tag. While it doesn’t offer the best value for money, it’s certainly not the most expensive pre-built keyboard in the market either. That being said, it doesn’t exactly compare favourably to custom keyboards at a similar price point, though it does have a number of distinct advantages.
The Good Stuff
One such advantage is the G Pro X TKL’s fast wireless performance courtesy of Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless technology. I am by no means a competitive gamer, but as far as I can tell, I had absolutely no latency issue using the keyboard in wired or wireless mode with the Lightspeed dongle.
There’s also the flexibility of the G Pro X TKL in terms of connectivity. If you don’t need the low latency performance of the Lightspeed dongle, you can use the keyboard’s Bluetooth connection instead. This is especially useful if you plan to use the keyboard regularly with different devices.
And then we have the solid, robust carrying case of the G Pro X TKL. I bought my fair share of cases for my custom keyboards, and it’s no exaggeration to say that this carrying case is a step above in terms of quality. While there’s not much padding support inside the case, it does feel very well-built.
I also appreciate the different height settings of the G Pro X TKL. There are two separate feet that lift the keyboard up by either 4-degree or 8-degree, so technically, there are a total of three different height settings for the keyboard.
The different media keys of the G Pro X TKL are useful too. I can easily pause, skip to the next track, or mute my current playback with a click of a button. The volume roller is quite handy as well, which also feels nice and smooth to use.
Lastly, there’s the battery life of the G Pro X TKL. Logitech’s quoted battery life of up to 50 hours, based on my testing, is largely accurate. I easily managed to get this level of battery life while using the keyboard as my daily driver, though I did set the lighting to the dimmest setting.
I would’ve personally preferred to switch off the lighting altogether, but the legends on the keycap would not be very legible then, which brings me to the next section.
The Bad Stuff
Now, I’m sure there are folks who appreciate the RGB lighting of the G Pro X TKL, but with the lighting off, the legends on the double shot PBT shine-through keycaps are very hard to read. The keycaps themselves also feel too rough for my liking, negatively impacting the typing experience.
Speaking of which, the sound profile of the G Pro X TKL isn’t the best either. It sounds…well, decidedly like a pre-built keyboard with a plasticky sound signature. The stabilisers have a tendency to tick as well as there doesn’t seem to be any lube applied to them to minimise rattling.
As for the Logitech GX Brown switch on this review unit, it is not great. While I appreciate the light tactility of the switch – it’s manufactured by Kailh too – there’s a scratchy sensation throughout the downstroke with some pinging. Given that this keyboard has no hotswap support, you can’t even easily swap out the switches for an alternative.
While you can still desolder the switches to swap them out, it’s a time-consuming task that (probably) not many folks would want to endeavour on a pre-built keyboard.
Basically, if you want a refined typing experience or sound signature, a custom keyboard at a similar price point would be a better option. Granted, custom keyboards are not as readily available, which may not be ideal for some folks.
Is It Worth It?
If you want a fast wireless keyboard with RGB lighting, good battery life, and a solid carrying case, then yes, I do think the Logitech G Pro X TKL is (at least) worth shortlisting. It’s a different thing altogether if you also want a refined typing experience. For RM799, you can already get a custom keyboard with wireless support.
Of course, the wireless performance will not be quite as good as Logitech’s Lightspeed technology, but what you will get is a more refined typing experience with a slew of customisation options.
There’s no denying that Logitech makes good PC peripherals, and for the most part, the G Pro X TKL does deliver on what it sets out to do: a gaming keyboard with fast wireless performance. What would’ve made it that much better is the inclusion of features that puts it more in line with custom keyboards, such as a hotswap PCB or a more sophisticated mounting style.