Geek Pick: The Logitech G Pro X Is an Excellent Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Logitech released the Logitech G Pro mechanical gaming keyboard back in 2017. Built with esports athletes in mind, the keyboard contained features players wanted and removed those they didn’t. Its main features included a tenkeyless design, removable cable, and RGB lighting effects. While users have generally been happy with the G Pro keyboard, some wanted more switch choices and customization options. To that end, Logitech is releasing an updated version of the Pro that allows users to completely swap out its keys.

My review unit of the Logitech G Pro X came with GX Blue Clicky keys out of the box. Users can also purchase keyboards with GX Brown and GX Red keys. You can compare these keys to Cherry MX keys. Of course, because of the modular design, you can swap out each keyboard’s respective keys. You can find switch kits containing the keys you desire over on Logitech’s site for $49.99. If you’re so inclined, you can use Cherry MX switches and other standard third-party keycaps. This gives users a great amount of freedom and customization.

GX Blue Clicky keys produce an audible click and have the most tactile feedback when pressed. The GX Brown keys have the same tactile feedback but without the clicking. The GX Red keys have neither tactile feedback nor do they click. I’m personally a fan of the GX Blue keys since I like to hear and feel when I press keys. But if, for example, you live with people who don’t appreciate loud keyboard clicks, the other keys provide excellent alternatives.

Each switch kit comes with a switch and keycap puller. This removes soldering from the equation. All you have to do is slide the puller over a key and pull it out. The process is relatively straightforward, though it will take some time to remove and replace every single key (roughly 30-45 minutes). Yet, you don’t need to remove all the keys if you don’t want or need to. Because of the modular design, you’re free to mix and match different key types as you see fit.

While removing/replacing keys is easy, you need to be aware of a couple of things. As I mentioned above, it takes a while to remove all of the keys. If you’re like me, you may not have the patience to do this. The other potential issue is dropping keys. There were a few instances where I dropped keys which decided to go under my desk or bed. I’d say I should have been more careful, but I’m human and dropping keys is inevitable. Neither of these are deal-breakers, but it’s something users should be aware of.

Logitech isn’t the first company to release a mechanical keyboard that lets you swap out keys. A number of smaller companies have released such keyboards for years. However, Logitech is the first major keyboard manufacturer to hop aboard the swappable keyboard train. According to the company, this iteration of the G Pro is a test of sorts. If it proves successful, we may see this feature become standard across all of Logitech’s mechanical keyboards.

The idea behind releasing a modular keyboard of this kind is to spare users the need to purchase an additional keyboard with different keys. That’s sound logic. However, some may find it makes more sense to buy two keyboards for $100 each rather than spend $150 for the Pro plus the $50 switch kit. However, if you’re a fan of Logitech’s keyboards, you may find the price justifiable. After all, not only are you getting a solidly-built keyboard, but its robust RGB software is second to none.

The Logitech G Pro keyboard was already one of the best keyboards on the market. As such, this new variant only makes it better. While ultimately a keyboard for a very narrow spectrum of users, it’s great to see Logitech releasing such a highly customizable and modular device. It would not surprise me if keyboards like the G Pro X become standard for the company in the near future.

You can pre-order the Logitech G Pro X mechanical keyboard for $149.99 from Logitech. You can pre-order a non-swappable variant of the keyboard for $129.99.

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