For a gamer the original g15 keyboard is quite the luxury, it uses a flip-up screen to display information about what program/game you are currently running.
Most games these days are fairly good at displaying the information that you require onscreen. For some applications though it is quite helpful. Using Mumble / Ventrilo or TeamSpeak you can see who is talking without having to tab out of the game you are running. In certain situations this is quite handy when you need people to be quiet for some all important information.
The keyboard also has 18 programmable macro keys that are very close to the WASD keys (usually for movement in games) and are very handy for applications that have a lot of bindings. The legs of the keyboard hold it at a reasonable angle so there is no pain in the wrists after prolonged use.
Logitech made a blunder when they tried to improve upon the Keyboard as they cut the number of macro keys down to 6, in my eyes really hurting one of the major selling points of the g15 keyboards. The screen was also no longer foldaway, again hurting the overall feel of the keyboard compared to the original.
The media keys are a real treat, meaning you can easily switch between songs without having to tab to the application. The G15 acts a USB hub with 2 ports which can be very handy for devices with shorter cords.
For the heavy gamers the G15 keyboard is a must have. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing to look at with its illuminating backlight, which I might add has three settings, it is ergonomically pleasing for the most of gamers who are used to using the left hand to work the keyboard and the right hand for the mouse type of gameplay. The LCD screen is somewhat useful, it can display the CPU and memory usage of your computer which helps determine where the ingame 'lag' is coming from, it can show the date and time, volume, and has specific profiles for games, and example of this would be World Of Warcraft - it shows you your gear durability base states and battleground info. You can also download profiles for individual games as not everygame is already programmed into its software.
The extra keys or 'G-Keys' can help with a variety of things, you can set up keystroke commands or create macro's, the user interface of the software that comes with this keyboard is easy to use, however in some cases, if you do get stuck there are pleanty of free help guides and coding for you online. Now it may seem that there is 18 extra keys on this keyboard to play with, but you would be incorrect as above the black keys in the top left hand side there are 3 extra round keys which will allow you to switch between different sets of the 18 keys! So in reality it gives you an extra 54 keys to play around with, no other keyboard has this!
Now the only drawback I can possibly find for the Logitech G15 keyboard is that the 2 extra USB slots they provide are only the standard USB and not USB2/3, which in affect makes them pretty useless!
I Beleive it hands down is the best gaming keyboard out there.
The G15 keyboard is perfect for gaming and also for serious multi tasking.
In addition to the normal keyboard it features an additional 18 programmable 'G' keys which each have 3 modes. These can be set to individual keys or you can record a Macro with the supplied software - ideall for games esp MMO's.
The other main feature, and reason for the high price, is the small flip up LCD screen. This can display text and stats from a variety of compatible games - for example Battlefield Bad Company 2 will display 3 pages of stats and server details which you wouldnt otherwise be able to see. The screen is crisp and clear and has three levels of brightness. Annoyigingly though the backlit stays on even when your PC is locked and not in use.
The only real issue with the keyboard is that some times it forgets your settings and will swap to a different application - other times it will freeze. This happens rarely though.
There is a new version with colour screen available but at a higher premium.
The G15 keyboard is yet another tool a gamer can add to their arsenal to give them the edge over their friends, enemies or just computer generated adversaries. Like others on the market, it is packed with features, but unlike the others it has that little bit extra. It is well designed and a quality piece of kit. With a comfortable wrist rest, illuminated keys for those dark nights of gaming and even a little LCD panel, its fun to look at and easy to use!
The LCD panel is the first bit worth mentioning. Unusual and unique, its a handy little thing for gamers to use. Programmable in different ways it can be used to show your score on the scoreboard or hold conversations from x fire or even used to show who is talking to you on Ventrilo or teamspeak. This allows you to keep your eyes on the game without too many distractions. A simple, yet handy feature.
Programmable G keys means all kinds of macros that you can assign yourself. Like others the G15 is capable of handling several quick keystrokes at once without letting you down. Crouching, strafing, moving and changing weapon has never been easier or smoother.
Its very compatible and easy to use.
Outside of games, it works well as a standard keyboard that even a non-gamer could use without worry.
All in all, a well designed package and worthy of your hard earned money. If you have the extra cash, you might want to splash out on G19, which has a bigger (colour) LCD screen capable of video playback!!!
- High-visibility GamePanel LCD shows game stats and crucial system information
- Use the GamePanel LCD to stay in touch with your squad
- Illuminated characters are easily visible in both bright and low-light conditions
- Perform single keystrokes or complex macros with six fully programmable G keys
- Create and save new macros on the fly - without leaving the game
- Windows XP or Windows Vista
- 2-year guarantee
I have the Logitech G15 gaming keyboard over a month now in my possession and I still like it very much.
The G keys:
I have the V2 in my possession and I therefore have 6 G keys to my disposal (with the 18 different modes). I use these buttons very often in Windows, for example to open Live Mail, or to start Battlefield 2. I still don't use these buttons that much during the game, since I only play Battlefield 2 and I know all the keys faultlessly. But if I once got the time to make a few macros such as Rifle> Grenade> throw> rifle, then I will make them. I know several people with such macros and they really have benefits from it.
In windows, I usually use the Logitech LCD clock to see what the time is, what date it is and whether there are unread e-mails. For Teamspeak (a communication program), I have downloaded a special tool that I downloaded from a site. This program is very handy, because you can see who is talking, who is in your channel and much more. I also downloaded a program for Battlefield 2, that gives useful info and I think that it gives me an advantage on other players without the G15.
Other features and design:
This keyboard also has the feature to shut off the windows keys, which is very handy. The placement of the buttons is just fine, it is the same with the other keyboards from Logitech and there are also other special buttons such as noise attenuation, brightness and volume. These are all very easy buttons. However, the media buttons are missing. The light is very useful, because you can keep on playing in the dark. There are many complaints that the light of the V2 is too weak and that the colour is ugly. However, I think that the brightness at highest level, is more than enough and I personally think that the colour is very nice. The keyboard is very solid.
All in all, I think that this is a very good keyboard. I bought it just because it had a LCD screen and fully satisfied. It costs a lot, but it is definitely worth it!
What's the difference between a standard keyboard and a gaming keyboard? Well, in this case, a honking great big LCD, 18 programmable macro keys, two USB ports and a bright-LED backlight!
The Logitech G15 is marketed as a Gamers keyboard when in fact, I think it would be more accurately described as a multipurpose keyboard. I don't really call myself a huge gamer - probably only clocking about 5 hours a week - however I bought this keyboard anyway, with the impression that it would help improve my general computer experience. This keyboard has perhaps been my most useful purchase to date.
Even by the small thumbnail picture, it's evident that this keyboard really is one of a kind. For starters, it appears to have twice as many buttons as a traditional keyboard, and it does! As well as the full range of characters on the standard British keyboard, there are 3 sections of 6 keys, each fully programmable and customisable (more on this later!). All of the keys on the keyboard are lit by a series of LEDS of adjustable brightness, are well positioned and comfortable to use. The keyboard comes with a detachable wrist-rest, which whilst useful, makes the whole keyboard result in using a lot of desk space - considerably more than a regular keyboard. The thing that Logitech seemed to miss from their design was rubber feet as although the keyboard has 2 small ones at the back, they are missing from the raising stands and it can make the keyboard slip around quite a bit, especially on smooth shiny surfaces. The wrist-rest has sufficient ones on, which adequately keeps the keyboard stable, but don't be surprised if you end up using blu-tac to keep the keyboard in place!
The backlight is a feature that appears in a lot of gaming keyboards now, and is more for show than anything else. To a touch typist, backlit keys don't really offer any advantage, however, it is invaluable on the LCD screen which enables you to see the display in the dark. For someone who sits in the dark until the early hours of the morning, this really is a priceless feature.
The backlight has 3 distinct brightness settings: off, low or high. These can be changed by a button at the top of the keyboard, which toggles between these three states.
The only bad thing I can find to say about this is that I wish there was a brighter option. I know it's probably limited by what the USB port can provide, but after the first week or two, the LEDs don't seem to look as bright as they did at first.
The LCD Screen is really what makes this keyboard unique. The large tiltable screen is capable of displaying numerous applications and applets, many of which are available online. Being a gamer keyboard, the primary intention of the screen was to display in-game statistics, though it works just as well for functions more beneficial to other computer users, such as displaying a clock, currently playing media or CPU and memory usage.
The LCD Screen is supported natively in numerous different games, and even more with patches. These include, but are not limited to: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, World of Warcraft, Neverwinter Nights 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004, with the list always growing. In addition to this, various applications have added support, such as the popular Xfire IM and Fraps.
As of yet, Logitech is yet to release a program to easily create your own applets, however, the screen is fully compatible with LCD studio, which is a third party application allowing you to do just that. Enthusiasts can look into their SDK which is released free of charge to help third party developers interface with the LCD.
The keyboard has 18 programmable keys - officially named 'G keys' - arranged in 3 blocks of 6 keys. Each of the keys can be programmed to perform up to 3 unique tasks: either a key macro which can be set directly from the keyboard or an action (such as opening an application) which can be set through the provided software. By arranging these functions into 3 key sets, you can unlock a possible 54 key functions which (if you can remember what each of them does!), saves a lot of time when multitasking or performing repetitive tasks.
Available on the internet is a card template to place on the keyboard, which can be downloaded and cut out to wrap around the 18 keys to identify them, which is when the 'G keys' show their full potential.
Just underneath the LCD screen are full media controls including fast forward, track skip, rewind, stop, play and pause as well as a large scroll wheel for precise volume control. With the media LCD applet, this makes it perfect for changing music in-game.
Next to the volume control is a toggle switch, which on its own seems to justify the price. In essence, all it does is disable two keys on the keyboard, but what it has done is saved hours of maximizing and minimizing windows. When on, the two most rarely used, but most often mishit keys - the Windows Keys - are disabled, meaning that when your little finger accidently swipes over them on the way to the control key, you don't end up out of the action for 5 minutes wondering what just happened.
Logitech has equipped the G15 keyboard with two low-power USB1.1 ports at the top of the keyboard. Whilst they can't really be used to power much more than a mouse or a headset, they're really handy for easy access and they serve their purpose.
On the underside of the keyboard are a few indented grooves leading from the USB ports to the sides of the keyboard. These are designed to let you feed the cables from the USB devices through, ideally creating a tidier workspace. A good idea, but in practice they really don't offer the grip and support required, and more often than not, the cables just pop out.
On the supplied CD are two pieces of software. One is the Logitech G-series Keyboard Profiler, which handles the macros associated with the programmable keys. The other is the Logitech LCD Manager, which handles what's displayed on the LCD on the keyboard. Both of these need to be running for the respective functions on the keyboard to work properly.
At the time of writing, there are software updates for both of these available on the Logitech website, offering bug fixes and additional features. Out of the box, the keyboard works with Vista - but just! If you use Vista, you'll want to get the latest software updates from the Logitech website.
Since the release of the G15 keyboard, Logitech has released a revised version of the G15, which looks to have a clearly inferior design to the original model. To begin with, the LCD screen cannot be tilted, and from what I can tell is significantly smaller. I can only assume this is to make the keyboard more sturdy and smaller; however I'm sure this must hinder the viewing angle of the LCD.
Also in the revised model, there are only 6 'G keys' instead of the 18 on the original model, the scroll volume wheel has been replaced in favour of two buttons, and the colour scheme has been changed from blue to orange.
With the arrival of the revised model, Logitech has discontinued support for the original model meaning the only place you can probably pick one of these up is either existing stock or e-bay. I really think this is a shame as the new model looks clearly inferior to the original, and for the same price, it almost looks like a bit of a rip-off.
The keyboard is great, and I was really hoping that the few problems I had in it would be fixed in the revision. It seems like Logitech has taken a step back, and I sincerely hope that the community response from it will see them reverting back to the original model.
If you can get your hands on the older model, by all means go for it - everyone I've recommended it to has loved it - but you might want to take a closer look at the revised model if you're really after a keyboard like this.
The keyboard seems robust, and it's certainly lasted me more than the 5 months that my old one did. I can see this staying on my desk for a good time to come!
Note: Also posted on Ciao, under the same name.
Logitech G15 keyboard was a recent purchase I have always been into pc gaming I used to have a Razer keyboard and a boomslang mouse. I decided to purchase this after looking at value for money
Logitech have released the "G" series of gaming peripherals , included in this is the G15 gaming keyboard.
On first impressions the keyboard is much bigger than your standard keyboard large desks required , with the possibility of not fitting under desk keyboard pull outs.
Every key is backlit when plugged into the USB , each key lights up blue which when playing at night is so much easier , the light setting for the keys have 3 settings including off.
Based at the top of this keyboard is a rubber lid upon opening shows the built in LCD screen , there are many uses for the screen but my preference at the moment is to notify me when new email has arrived or when in media player seeing whats playing.
Below the screen is the volume settings , usual media keys and four context buttons that are used for the keyboard screen. At the back of the keyboard is 2 1.1 usb ports these are usefull as I have my current mouse plugged into this and a usb card reader when needed.
A neat feature is the ability to disable the windows key when playing games , I have forgot how many times I have pressed the windows key instead of alt / ctrl.
The feature of the G15 is the 18 G keys on the left side of the keyboard these are the easily recordable Macro's , from a simple keystroke or multiple keypresses can be recorded there very easy to configure I have found. They are not limited to gaming for instance u could be wrtiting a simple email , configure it to send , print and archive in one key press thats Neat!.
The overall feal of the keys is responsive not as response as my old razer but still a worthy hardwearing keyboard.
A good gaming keyboard not the best but at the moment a nice new gaming keyboard from Logitech.