So, why does it seems like you already saw this keyboard somewhere? Well the answer is pretty simple, it’s completely based of an existing model, Logitech tenkeyless model of a mechanical gaming keyboard, the G Pro, I actually did review it almost three years ago, feel free to check it out in the right top corner of this video if you wish to, while this G Pro X keyboard model gets a refresh under its hood, but more on that a bit later on.
With that said, basically nothing was changed in terms of its design, we have this clean looking, well build and sturdy tenkeyless keyboard, covered with some glossy details and sort of like a mat black finish which looks really nice, but it’s a complete fingerprint magnet, which makes the job much easier for Horatio and guys from the CSI. The key layout is also the same, there’s a total of 12 fully programmable F keys, some of which already have pre-set multimedia function on them, together with a couple of others which also work in combination with the FN keysl. Besides those, the only non-standard dedicated keys you’ll get is the one for turning the gaming mode on and off, as well as one for controlling the black-lighting of the keys, and yes, it still doesn’t offer different levels of brightness, it can just be on or off.
That said, of course, we still have the RGB backlighting for the keys, as well as the Light sync RGB feature which you can control in Logitech’s G HUB utility software, together with customizing your keys and different profiles, and other miscellaneous settings. On the other side we have this pretty cool looking bottom surface, with five rubber pads and standoff feet which have two angles of adjustment, and in the middle of the back sidewall there’s a micro-USB port for powering up the keyboard, onto which you hook up this spaceship looking like connector with a braided cable. Bottom line, everything is the same from the outside as with the original.
Logitech G Pro X looks familiar
Even the product box is done in a similar fashion, it’s a bit hard to notice that black G Pro X sign at the top, so at first you would think that this the original G Pro model in question, but thankfully, on the side of the box there’s another clear „G Pro X” sign, while this sticker on which it says „GX Blue Clicky”, reveals what’s this model all about – new switches.
That’s not to be confused with their regular GX Blue switch found in their G512 and G513 models, which have been available for just over a year now, or the low-profile GL switches which Logitech just recently introduced and which are coming with their G815 and G915 models, and I’m actually checking out the G915 as well, so be sure to stick around and subscribe for that one.
Back to the GX Blue Clicky switches, looking at the specifications, the Logitech G Pro X GX Blue Clicky has a 2,0 millimeters of actuation distance and 3,7 mm of total travel distance, with actuation force being 50 gram, so expect the actuation force, which is the same in both switch, the new GX Blue Clicky looks to be rather different from the regular GX Blue switch, as that one has a 1,9 millimeters of actuation distance and 4,0 millimeters of total travel distance. Judging by those specs, it’s somewhat similar to the Cherry MX Brown switch or even the Cherry MX Red, depending from where you look at it, since the GX Blue Clicky is right in the middle of those two when it comes to actuation force, although it has a bit longer travel distance. As I didn’t have a chance to even try the regular GX Blue switch, this was set to be a new experience for me, although I do have somewhat of an idea what it could be like compared to some of the other major mechanical switches that I’ve tried before.
Swappable GX Blue Clicky with Pro X Switch Kit
But, before I continue onto my user experience, what’s most interesting about this setup and switches is that you can completely hot-swap them and choose between three of them in total. They called this the Pro X Switch Kit.
Basically, it’s a complete set of different key switches, you just pull out the ones with which your G Pro X keyboard came and put in a new set. I’m improvising here with pulling them out, just to show you, since I didn’t get my hands on an additional switches kit in which you get a special tool for that, but it’s very easy to do it even without it. As of right now, they’re available to pre-order and have a price tag of 50$, and besides the GX Blue Clicky switch, as you’ve maybe already noticed, you can also get the GX Red Linear and GX Brown tactile switch, which are of course differently specked as you can see it here and with which they’re aiming to cover different preferences of users, before all ones who avoid membrane or scissors-type of keys like seen on their MX Keys model. Although this sounds nice to have and works in theory, I honestly don’t see a lot of users buying left and right different keys once they get so to speak board with the ones which are already on.
Logitech G Pro X GX Blue – same, but different
As for the performance, I really had no complaints in terms of the use, everything worked as expected, snappy and precise, plus I personally prefer something along the line of Cherry MX Browns, which turned out be pretty comparable with these performance-wise, but as I said, the GX Blue Clicky switches are much louder and tactile than them, which was no surprise, it says right in their name – clicky. As I do type a lot, that can get a bit tiresome noise-wise, so I think I would personally go for the GX Brown Tactile version. Since I have the G915 keyboard here, which has their low profile GL Clicky mechanical switches, I thought why not do a quick sound comparison for you between these two types of switches, so feel free to check it out in the video above.
As far as I can see, Logitech will still have the regular G Pro tenkeyless mechanical keyboard in their offer, with Romer-G Tactile switches, so you can choose to go either way. In the end, It was only natural for Logitech to make this transition, to broaden their offer of switches within an already well established and known product, but I do wish they did some minor improvements in other areas. For example, although it’s not a big deal since it’s a wired keyboard, I would still like to see a USB C port and cable, and support for different brightness levels, just to make everything that much easier, plus I think we all deserve that at this price point.
That’s it for this time, thanks for checking out my Logitech G Pro X GX Blue Clicky TKL Keyboard review, and if you have any question feel free to hit me in the comments section of my YouTube video listed above, you can contact me via my social media channels!