Love it or leave it, but Activison’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is easily one of – if not the – the most anticipated games of the holiday season. This means a wave of exclusively-branded peripherals to help kick off the excitement for the world’s most popular first-person shooter in appropriately-branded fashion. Logitech is once again bringing their experience to the hardened PC gaming crowd, and if for those serious about commemorating the event then look no further than their freshly-skinned Gaming Keyboard G105 Call of Duty: MW3 Edition and its matching G9X Gaming Mouse, which should keep the most discerning PC gamer out there locked ‘n loaded throughout the battle.
This review details the G105 Gaming Keyboard, and you can check out the full review for the G9X Gaming Mouse right HERE!
One thing about this wired USB keyboard that’s unmistakable is the large Modern Warfare 3 logo stampeded smack dab on the top; you won’t mistake it for anything less than the officially-licensed product that it is, complete with cool gunmetal-colored ASDW/directional keys and a utilitarian design to match. Beyond that you’re treated to four extra macro profile keys (M1/M2/M3/MR) on the top left for personally customized identities, on the left are specialized G keys (up to six) that can be used for streamlining saved macro shortcuts. Flanking the MW3 logo on top are a ‘game mode’ button (which disables certain unintended keystroke presses during gameplay) and a ‘backlight button’ that features bright “night-vision green” illumination for that extra MW-like feel.
The G105 benefits from being tactile enough for the most hardened players, yet is still comfortable for all your non-gaming needs (i.e. typing) thanks to a smooth finish on the keys that are surrounded by a fairly sturdy body. During our testing we noticed that it did take a few hours to break them in properly, but after that they responded with ease to frantic commands and the occasional pounding following defeat (damn campers). You’ll want to take advantage of the macro key shortcuts, unless continued failure against scores of seasoned pros doesn’t bother you all that much. This is definitely a keyboard built to withstand abuse by those more ‘spirited’ gamers who don’t take kindly to failure, and is unlikely to fall apart after a few grueling marathon sessions.
This leads us to our only real annoyance, which was with the optional software that’s required if you want to customize any of those helpful “G keys” to your liking. This would be fine if the software provided some additional features, but it seems like an awfully big digital footprint on your computer for something as simple as customized buttons.
Dedicated PC gamers looking to gain an edge in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 may want to recruit Logitech’s Gaming Keyboard G105 Call of Duty: MW3 Edition into their arsenal. Along with its similarly-emblazoned mouse counterpart, Logitech’s set may not make you a better player, but it’ll give you the proper tools to help get you there. Its tough-as-nails appearance and customizable macro keys will guarantee that hardcore Call of Duty veterans will have something to brag about to their console buddies. It may be little more than a skinned version of the G105 keyboard that’s been out for some time already, but we won’t rain too much on Logitech’s COD’s peripheral parade, as this is pretty good hardware overall, regardless of the pressed-on logo.
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