- Product Dimensions: 51.4 x 22.4 x 4.9 cm ; 1.6 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
- Item model number: 920-000379
- ASIN: B000UHE8YM
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: July 15 2009
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,476 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
- Connectivity - USB
- Cable Type - USB
- Warranty - 1 year warranty
- -- Illuminated characters: Choose from three levels of brightness. Locate keys easily in both bright and low-light conditions.
- -- Six programmable G-keys: Perform single keystrokes or complex macros with six fully programmable G-keys. Create macros on the fly, without having to pause the action.
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard - New 2007 Version
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer
Good intel and the proper gear are the keys to victory, even in gaming. The Logitech® G15 keyboard keeps you informed and outfitted to win.
With the Logitech-exclusive GamePanel™ LCD, you can easily find out what server your friends are using to play Battlefield 2142™, or receive notification when your World of Warcraft® battleground becomes available. You can even identify who’s speaking in Ventrilo™. Create useful macros on the fly and play them back with a single press of a G-key. Backlighted keyboard allows you to play late into the night.
The Logitech® G15 gives you a winning advantage, and everyone knows it’s more fun when you win.
|High-visibility GamePanel™ LCD: Displays game stats and other important system information.||Backlit keyboard: Choose from three levels of brightness. Locate keys easily in both bright and low-light conditions.||Six programmable G-keys: Perform single keystrokes or complex macros with six fully programmable G-keys. Create macros on the fly, without having to pause the action.|
|Intelligent cable management: Keep mouse, headset, and other cords out of the way by routing them through channels on the underside of the keyboard.||Instant media access: Use the convenient one-touch controls for volume and media playback.||Detachable palmrest: Can be used with or without palmrest, depending upon user's preference|
- Windows® XP, Windows Vista™
- 256 MB RAM
- 20 MB available hard disk space
- USB port
- CD-ROM drive
- Logitech® G15 Keyboard
- Palm rest
- Software CD
- Installation Guide
- 1-year limited hardware warranty
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Top Customer Reviews
I would highly recommend this keyboard or any of it's replacements as it worked flawlessly for me for years and even when partially broken it was still a pleasure to use.
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As a gamer, I only need about 6 macro buttons, and they work just fine for that. The orange glow may not be quite as bright as I would like, but looks nice and does help gaming in the dark when you get the fingers on the wrong keys. The LCD is handy just in telling me the time if I'm playing some game that doesn't support the G15 (no more playing till 1AM accidentally) and in the games it does support, it's actually very handy - especially so in Lord Of The Rings Online or WoW, laying out stats in an easy to see way.
The downside to this kind of keyboard is you do miss some things. No volume knob, though you do get buttons. Been using a knob/wheel for years, so I'm really missing it. No calculator button, though I suppose I could make a macro for it. None of your usual Home or Web or buttons of that nature, though you do have a nice big satisfying mute button, and another to kill the Windows Button. Typing is fairly smooth, though since Logitech kept the New G15 the same size as a standard keyboard, certain buttons are smaller, like Tab, and it does take a second to get used to it. But it's not clicky at all, and is in fact one the quietest keyboards I've ever typed on.
Overall, I am very pleased with this keyboard after about a month of use. I could wish for a volume knob or calculator key. It took me a week before I realized when I was turning down the volume, it was actually showing on the little LCD display. It's a little quirky. But it's very handy for the gamer, without taking up the space of the older model.
First of all, I'd like to point out that just because an older version of this board had a few features that were cut doesn't automatically make this one suck. Secondly, I'd like to point out that this board technically has 18 macro keys if you take into consideration that it has three different modes, and on top of that an unlimited number of profiles you can switch between with the software. Third of all, I'd like to remind everyone that a company's policies and its products are not the same thing, and should not be treated as such.
Anyway, I sincerely don't mean for this review simply to be about bashing other peoples' opinions, so now I'd like to get to explaining why I do like this keyboard. For one thing, the LCD is a lot more useful than people are giving it credit for. Combined with Trillian, answering ANY instant message from within ANY program without having to alt-tab becomes a piece of cake, which is especially nice for anyone who runs fullscreen applications and IMs a lot. The same thing goes for media playing; whenever you have a media player open it automatically switches to an iPod-like view, which is also handy when in fullscreen.
The macro keys and modes are another huge plus. They aren't limited to just emulating a few keystrokes; they can also act like shortcuts, enter a block of text, or even be assigned to a script (I haven't messed with scripts that much, but they're in Lua and are fairly easy to write. There's full API documentation included as well).
Those are the main benefits for me; there's a couple of other neat things, like the switch to turn off the windows key and the USB ports in the back, but those aren't as major. As for durability, I don't know how other people have been abusing their boards to make them break, but I've even dropped mine a couple times and there's barely a scratch on it.
Overall, what I'm trying to say is that it's simply a great investment, especially if you're intending to buy one good keyboard for the long-run.
Here's my beef with Logitech: The number one purpose of a decent gaming keyboard is rapid and precise response. And that's where this keyboard falls flat on its face. This is a non-mechanical, rubber dome membrame keyboard (examples of mechanical switch gaming keyboards are the Deck Gaming Keyboards, Steel Series 7G, or I-rocks KR-6230-KB). So what does this rubber-dome membrane "thingy" mean?
It means this keyboard uses two plastic membranes with circuit traces printed on them. There is a rubber dome membrane sitting atop, that the keys plunge down upon to make the key contact. To properly register a key, the key is squished down into the rubber dome until it collapses and the membranes contact. It's a very inexpensive way to build a keyboard, compared to the mechanical switches, but it's going to make your game suffer.
1. Key press/release latency
2. Poor tactile feedback
3. Keys unstable in movement
4. Rubber domes wear unevenly (keys WASD and whatever ability you spam, for example)
5. premature breakdown
All of these are remedied by using mechanical switch technology, like the competitors listed above. With all the other great features from the largest keyboard manufacturer on earth, with the best drivers and software, we should all be asking the question, why they are building this keyboard for a user base that is all about accuracy, speed, and reliabilty?
I think the answer was that until recently there was little user education on this topic, and there were no strong competitors in the gaming market.
That's all changed - but will Logitech rise to the changes in the market? It remains to be seen.
I take very good care of my hardware so I was quite surprised, tried the keyboard on another computer without any Logitech software installed and it did the same thing, indicating a hardware problem with the board. A search of Logitech's forums found that several people have had this problem, and it seems there is no fix but to send in for warranty replacement - if you're still in the warranty period. Although ultimately I only have myself to blame for not paying close enough attention to the warranty terms, after paying $85 for a keyboard I expect better than a one-year warranty, especially when their $20 keyboards go for 3-5 years. The fact that Logitech chose to offer a shorter warranty on this product is, to me, an indication that they were aware of quality issues and opted to act in their own interest by offering a shorter warranty instead of taking care of their most lucrative customers. That's just bad business. While almost all of my PC hardware is Logitech and I am happy with the quality of most of their products, I am extremely disappointed in them after this experience. I now have an $85 paperweight because I can't even use it to type accurately. The long-term life of these keyboards seems suspect, and I have a feeling that's why they suddenly introduced a newer model.
Anyway, this keyboard has a GOOD feel to it... as an old Sun person, it's a feel I'd expect from a high-quality keytronics keyboard - good firm keys with a "sharp" key click, but smooth and solid down to the bottom of the stroke. The keys are a little bit smaller than I'm used to, even though part of my daily grind includes a laptop (but I have a desktop keyboard and, as I said, my home machine was an ergonomic keyboard that I enjoyed using).
The backlighting on the keys is "pleasant" -- it's not terribly bright (particularly in a dark room with a bright monitor / white background). It IS bright enough, however, to be able to glance down so-as to "clarify" where your hand position is... I don't think I'd want to be looking at it if I didn't at least have a somewhat reasonable touch-type ability (I'm not a touch typist/purist, but I also don't need to look at my fingers once I'm "set" on the keyboard, either).
As far as integration goes, so far I'm impressed with the functionality... simply being able to glance down and see things like CPU load, RAM usage, and clock are nice (no more looking for the systray on Windoze). Furthermore, the keyboard integrated directly in to EverQuest II and Ventrillo *without* me really needing to do A THING (for the gamers, that includes nice hooks that essentially move part of your UI down on to the keyboard -- such as character stats for your MMO or channel/talker info for Vent). Also, any quick search on the net would seem to reveal just how-much-more really is possible with this keyboard with "support by the masses."
My only real "critique" with this keyboard is the fact that, even with the keyboard "jacks" extended, the keyboard fees like it's laying "flat" across the desk. Again, having run slanted laptop "cooling" pads and ergonomic keyboards for a good number of years, I feel I'm more used to the numbers being "higher" than, say, the space-bar. However, I think I can deal with this...
I also like the fact that this keyboard comes equipped with /two/ USB ports in the top of it... now between it and my flat panel, I have four ports within easy reach for the inevitable memory stick I have in my hands (though honestly with three monitors on my desk, the ports in the side of the monitor aren't always easily reachable -- so these are a welcome addition for me).
So, after only a few hours... I see myself liking this keyboard -- and here I thought I'd "always" use an ergonomic/split keyboard (even to the point that I have run separate keypads at work). I've always wanted a good backlit keyboard and this fits the bill nicely... can't wait to see what else I can do with it!