Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard (Black)
Manufacturer: Logitech Part number: 920-000379
- Bottom Line:
- Logitech's revised version of its already distinctive G15 gaming keyboard adds polish and trims some of the fat. Throw in the now-mature user community that churns out lots of homebrew apps for the built-in LCD screen, and we'd recommend this keyboard to any PC gamer as a unique, useful, and customizable input device.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $139.99
- Reviewed by: Rich Brown
- Reviewed on: 05/06/2008
- Released on: 09/01/2007
The good: Refined design takes up less space than the original but keeps most of the same features; strong macro programming capability; broader support for homebrew LCD apps; more responsive-feeling keys; orange LED comes through better in the dark.
The bad: Expensive; still no USB 2.0 ports.
The bottom line: Logitech's revised version of its already distinctive G15 gaming keyboard adds polish and trims some of the fat. Throw in the now-mature user community that churns out lots of homebrew apps for the built-in LCD screen, and we'd recommend this keyboard to any PC gamer as a unique, useful, and customizable input device.
Great feeling keys and typing is tactile. Useful LCD.
by swordsmax on December 1, 2008
Pros: Lighted Keys (can be off, low or bright). Downloadable presets for games or manually programmed for personal keystrokes.
Cons: Ok.. How do I turn off these macro keys? Accidentally pressing one launches a barrage of keystroke series which I don't really need sometimes.
Summary: Pretty good keyboard. Feels great typing. 18 keys are plenty for me. But if you need more. Maybe you should think about a Strategic Commander or some other USB programmed ...
Summary: Pretty good keyboard. Feels great typing. 18 keys are plenty for me. But if you need more. Maybe you should think about a Strategic Commander or some other USB programmed left hand controllers.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Better looking then the original G15
by mjmercer on August 7, 2008
Pros: I like the look and the new design
Cons: What were they thinking in reducing the number of "G" keys!
Summary: I will hang on to my original G15 and when it goes bad I hope Logitech has added more "G" keys.Yes you still have 18 keys BUT for quick ...
Summary: I will hang on to my original G15 and when it goes bad I hope Logitech has added more "G" keys.Yes you still have 18 keys BUT for quick playing you only have six. Six keys is just not enough and the vertical stacking of the six keys is not ideal Blah!!!
I would recommend you find old stock of the original design. This revision 2 is a big step backwards...
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
A huge step backward
by scodavis on June 1, 2008
Pros: Same as the old G15
Cons: 8 Macro keys instead of 18
Summary: This is supposed to be an upgrade from the last G15 keyboard but ends up being a HUGE downgrade because of the lopping off of 10 macro keys. This is ...
Summary: This is supposed to be an upgrade from the last G15 keyboard but ends up being a HUGE downgrade because of the lopping off of 10 macro keys. This is supposed to be a gaming keyboard and while I like the LCD screen I'm taking this baby straight back to the store and get a G11. I can live without the lcd screen, I cannot live with 10 less macro keys. What was Logitech thinking?Duneti, you obviously don't understand what I'm talking about.
Updated on May 4, 2012
ALL of Logitech's keyboards have three setting at the top. 18 X 3 = 54 possible macro keys.
8 X 3 = 24 total macro keys. As I said in my review, this keyboard has far less (30, to be exact) programmable macros by only having EIGHT macro keys TIMES 3 than my current keyboard, a Logitech G510 which has EIGHTEEN keys times the 3 presets.
Math is really important in understanding these things.
3 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Would buy it again if i needed to!
by KHSgamers on August 2, 2013
Pros: To start off, the keys feel great and are half mechanical, half soft. The macro keys are easy to change profile and the program is easy to use. The back-lights look AMAZING how the logo lights up, and you can download different applets for the screen
Cons: The wrist-wrest felt like it was going to snap when you took it off. Also the low dimness level wasn't much different than the full brightness level. The screen didn't support enough games either.
Summary: Great for the money (i got it for $110 [AU] at Mwave.com.au as it was a clearance) Still working after a month and is completely fine. Feels great ...
Summary: Great for the money (i got it for $110 [AU] at Mwave.com.au as it was a clearance) Still working after a month and is completely fine. Feels great for typing, games or anything really. Don't know what you could really use the macros for as most games just use 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for the items or spells it was awkward going to the left to press them. It is a great keyboard and found the screen quite handy, but didn't support enough games for me. Also i would've preferred to get it $50 cheaper without the screen as it is pixelated and doesn't do much.
Good but a resource hog!
by yoakem53 on June 22, 2011
Pros: Great macro features, good feel, illuminated keyboard
Cons: The keyboard takes several system processes to power the on screen features each screen takes a separate resource and then the keyboard itself does.
Summary: Great keyboard for the hardcore gamer but not for the occasional weekend gamer
Summary: Great keyboard for the hardcore gamer but not for the occasional weekend gamer
Don't Count on Custom Macros to Consistantly Work
by jmesarch on May 12, 2010
Pros: Backlit Keys, Physical Programmable Macro Keys
Cons: Can't get the Macros to work properly
Summary: I have spent a lot of time with the Logitech G11, G15ver.1 & G15v.2 because I returned my first & 2nd boards because I thought they were defective. ...
Summary: I have spent a lot of time with the Logitech G11, G15ver.1 & G15v.2 because I returned my first & 2nd boards because I thought they were defective. It turns out that all these boards and other users have major issues recording/playback Multiple Keystoke Macros. I cannot speak for the preprogrammed macros assigned to games. I am using these macros for use with the TradeStation platform/program.
Th problem is that multiple keystrokes that are recorded into macros, rarely playback the same even half of the time. believe me I really wanted this keyboard's macro feature to work... I have tried everything, from recording with the "On the Fly" button to intensely using the Macro Editor with fine tuned keystroke delays. I am lucky that any 4 to 8 keystroke macro will play back half of the keystrokes half of the time. You never know what outcome you will get, so If a macro doesn't replay completely it will stop halfway through.... so at this point I have to nurse the macro to completion.
If you only need simple 2 Keystoke Keys such as Ctrl+1 or Alt+M then No Problem.
I can't give up on this keyboard because it has 18 physical keys. I need a lot of macro keys, especially after using the newer G-15 that has only 6 macro keys. It was way to complicated switching between the different mode/sets with the M keys (M1,M2,M3 produce 3 sets of 18keys of 54 programable keys on the G11).
I love the Backlighting of the keys, now I don't need to turn on any lights just to use my computer at night, I'm not a typist. The backlighting needs to be brighter even though the light button switches from Off-Low-High keylight.
The Volume Control Knob is not my preference, It's harder to control volume , unlike the knurled scroll knob on the newest G110 board.
I like the USB ports to plug in my corded Mouse.
Another great feature is the "Application key" similates aa Right-Click Mouse press. This helps to access some window/program functions for macro recording.
So my final thoughts are even though the custom multiple key macros will drive you crazy... the G11 keyboards pluses way out weigh the negatives....
Or at least until Microsoft comes out with a board that has a lot of programable keys... maybe they will make a macro work correctly.
by jahpeople on February 22, 2009
Pros: 18 programmable macro buttons (with in game on-the-fly macro recording ability
easy to read lcd that displays useful information
good tactile response on keys
other bells and whistles
Cons: none, except price maybe
Summary: Some of the other reviewers here are unhappy with fewer macro keys on the new G15's fewer macro keys, but I'm not one of them. For myself 18 ...
Summary: Some of the other reviewers here are unhappy with fewer macro keys on the new G15's fewer macro keys, but I'm not one of them. For myself 18 macros are more than enough, and with very flexible setup options, it's easy to configure those keys to your liking. One obvious draw to this keyboard is the LCD screen, which comes with a decent number of useful apps pre-installed. Depending on your gaming and other computing needs you should be able to find just about any app you could want, from stock tickers to virtual pets (some obviously more useful than others). The orange display is easy to read in both high and low light situations, and I personally prefer the built in design to the old flip up model. Two usb ports, a windows key lock, media controls and high and backlit keys round out the features of a very nice keyboard.
Other thoughts -
I know the Cnet staff docked this board a few points for not having usb 2.0 ports, but again for me this isn't a problem. I prefer to have usb powered devices plugged directly into the pc, or barring that a usb hub. I've found that the two top ports are ideal for charging my mobile and headset while sitting at the desk. The placement of the ports helps me cut down on desk clutter, and helps me avoid losing my two charger cables (which I routinely misplace).
If the loss of macro buttons bothers you and you're still looking for an upgrade, go ahead and purchase the new G19 keyboard. It boasts a similar feature set with more macro buttons and a full color lcd. Since I can only remember about 4 macros at a time, this keyboard definitely works for me. Any more buttons would be overkill, as I still haven't found a good use for the remaining 14 macro buttons. Personal preference.
Final Thoughts -
I just can't say enough good things about this keyboard. It has all the bells and whistles I've been looking for in a gaming keyboard, and it isn't over-the-top ugly. Let's not forget about the most important feature of any keyboard, the typing experience. Typing on this thing is a breeze, and while you'll find that some buttons have been shortened it doesn't hamper the tactile experience in any way. I have small hands and find that both the shorter tab button and macro buttons are very easy to reach. In other words this keyboard is just plain comfortable to use, a big plus if you plan on spending a good deal of time at your pc. The mod community has also been all over this thing since rev. 1 was released, so there are a ton of addons for your LCD to make it even more useful. Bottom line; if you want a great gaming keyboard, and think that 18 macro buttons are enough to satisfy your gaming needs, then there really is no better choice on the market today. Buy this keyboard.
Great gaming keyboard!
by Eddt on July 18, 2008
Pros: good backlight, readable LCD
Cons: no usb ports, pricepoint
Summary: Though some may complain that this keyboard is a step backwards from the first version, I can say that not having owned the first one I didn't have an ...
Summary: Though some may complain that this keyboard is a step backwards from the first version, I can say that not having owned the first one I didn't have an opinion on the topic when purchasing my version 2 G15.
At first, I was inclined to think that the 6 macro keys wouldn't be enough, but that just isn't the case. In fact, for my particular gaming style (heavy mmorpg) they are more than sufficient. The macros can be prebuilt using the Logitech tools, or you can even create them on the fly - actually record them live from the game.
Everything about this keyboard is easy to use and while the retail price is a little steep, overall I'm pleased with this keyboard - my new keyboard of choice!
Awesome. Really cool features.
by metaljonas on January 3, 2010
Pros: Has an LCD screen, with lots of different settings. You can see your stats while you play WoW. See your CPU, Read the News with the RSS feed.
Keys light up, and are very responsive.
Lots of keys for gaming customization. Macro keys, profile keys.
Cons: The media buttons around the LCD screen, (IE: Fast forward, Reverse, Stop, Play/Pause, Volume up/down, dont work correctly, or not at all.
Summary: Really great key board, but its getting dated, and its time logictech lowered the price, I mean, the is a whole new series of G. (G16, which is a HUUUGGGEEE ...
Summary: Really great key board, but its getting dated, and its time logictech lowered the price, I mean, the is a whole new series of G. (G16, which is a HUUUGGGEEE improvement.)
Some people may be deterred by the price tag of 160$ CAD, but if you want epic gaming gear, youll pay the price.
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- Manufacturer: Logitech
- Part number: 920-000379
- Description: Good intel and proper gear are the keys to victory. With the Logitech G15 keyboard, you get both. Now you can easily discover on which server your friends are playing Battlefield 2142, be notified when your World of Warcraft battleground becomes available and know exactly who's talking in Ventrilo with the Logitech G15 keyboard's exclusive GamePanel LCD. You can also create useful macros on the fly that play back with a single press of one of the six G keys. As every key features illuminated characters, with three levels of brightness, you can keep playing late into the night.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Keyboard - Wired
- Interface USB
- Localization English - US
- Form factor External
- Localization English:United States
- Input Device:Connectivity Technology Wired
- Hot Keys Qty 6
- Features LCD display ,
- Hot Keys Function Programmable,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces None
- Connections 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
- Microsoft Certifications Works with Windows Vista
Software & System Requirements
- Included Software Drivers & Utilities
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Cable(s) / Peripheral(s)
- Cable(s) Included 1 USB cable
- Port(s) / Connector(s) Required 1 USB 4 pin USB Type A
- Port(s) Total (Free) None
- Service / Support Details Limited warranty 1 year
- Slot(s) Provided None
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Microsoft Windows XP,
Microsoft Windows Vista
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