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Originally Posted by stolemyowncar View Post

Alright, well... I'm using the Logitech G710+ at the moment; picked it up at Best Buy for 130 because why not. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. There's nothing particularly amazing about the feel... it's just "different", what with the noticeable latching when you get towards the bottom. Nothing earth shattering. Then again I wasn't expecting anything earth shattering. Not a life changing difference by any means, but I'll hold out the verdict for now until I get more used to it, I need to see if I actually prefer it. I kind of also wish to know why it requires two USB ports, but my MPower has plenty of them anyway so I could care less.

The build quality is obviously a good bit higher higher but I would hope it is, considering that it costs 4 times as much as my Sidewinder X4.

Now then let's check out the Logitech drivers for this thing....

It may have an active USB passthrough therefore needing the second USB hub. That is why my razer blackwidow ultimate has 2
post #12 of 13
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Yep, I just noticed it has a passthrough...

... One...

In the front where its cord is..

Kind of pointless, but whatever. o.0
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Originally Posted by zemco999 View Post

It may have an active USB passthrough therefore needing the second USB hub. That is why my razer blackwidow ultimate has 2

Yup, the second one's a passthrough. makes for neater cabling, in my eyes (I have my Corsair M95 plugged right into that USB port on my G710+)

As for actual health benefits, I'll second what another has said further up, although I'll ad this in: I have repetitive strain injury in both of my wrists (and it's actually fairly bad in my right wrist, since they treated for the common version instead of the rarer form that makes your pinky and ring finger get that pins and needles sensation). It's almost impossible for me to use the keyboards at work (some random Dell ones) for more than a few minutes. Hell, my old G15 v2 I could only type for maybe 15-20 minutes before discomfort started setting in. With my G710+, I've been able to type at upwards of 110-120wpm steadily for two hours, barely taking any breaks (stopping to get a glass of water isn't what I'd call a break), although nowadays I probably type around the 80wpm mark if I plan on sitting at the computer for long periods of time.

Or, to use first person shooters as an example, my eyes bugger out before my wrists do, which makes it really nice if friends want to play TF2, because I can now easily go two hours or so of solid FPS gameplay if I want to.

So, at least in my case, I'd definitely say there are health benefits. And for the record, I was incredibly skeptical of mechanical keyboards at first, even more so since the first keyboard I purchased I actually couldn't type on it (Cherry MX Reds and I don't get along apparently), and it took me a few days before I was fully content with my choice of the G710+.
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