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|Compatible Devices||Gaming Console|
|Number of Keys||104|
|Keyboard backlighting color support||RGB|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||20. 19 x 9.02 x 1.73 inches|
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Logitech G915 Lightspeed Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review: Wireless Mechanical Prowess
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Perfect mechanical keyboard for those looking to eliminate those pesky cables.
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Tom’s Hardware Verdict
A brilliantly devised, happy medium between quick and comfortable gaming performance and stable typing, with grown-up looks and all the gaming features you’d want.
Comfortable, low-profile keys
Good for gaming and typing alike
Beautiful slim design
Easy to switch between Lightspeed and Bluetooth
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Update 6/2/2020: Logitech now has a smaller, cheaper version of this keyboard. The Logitech G915 TKL, a tenkeyless keyboard without a numpad, is currently selling for $230, compared to this full-sized version’s $250.
Original review, 12/28/2019:
Keyboards are perhaps the hardest peripheral to gauge the gaming performance of. You get an immediate sense of a mouse’s agility and responsiveness, and you can certainly hear the difference in sound cue clarity between headsets. But hand on heart, have you ever attributed a poor K:D to dodgy mechanical switches or an inadequate rollover?
And yet, despite the absence of empirical performance data, you know when you’ve found the best gaming keyboard for you. Logitech’s preposterously expensive and just-as-preposterously luxurious G915 Lightspeed gave this reviewer that feeling of certainty from the first few taps. The low profile mechanical keys placed on an elegant slim top plate make for a much easier typing experience than you’ll find on other mechanical boards, and although the aesthetic doesn’t scream ‘gaming’ as loudly as Razer’s boards, for example, Logitech’s new flagship wireless keyboard performs as well as anything else on the market.
Retailing for $249, it’s priced beyond what most enthusiasts would consider reasonable for a keyboard, and thus the most important job it has is to justify that outlay by demonstrating why life is better with those low profile keys underhand. To that end there’s a choice of three mechanical switches – called tactile, clicky, and linear, since we’re not in familiar color-coded Cherry switch territory – a couple of lighting profiles, and three for macros, as well as hours’ worth of tweaking to be had in Logitech’s G Hub software.
It’s worth noting upfront that so much of a keyboard’s tactile experience is subjective — after all, that’s the reason for different switch choices and the very existence of a low profile board like this one as an alternative option to those with deeper keys and longer travel distance. What’s good for one person’s fingers might not be good for another’s, but it’s a bit more black and white when we get into build quality and functionality, so let’s start there.
Logitech’s GL switches have an actuation distance of 1.5mm, a total travel distance of 2.7mm, and an actuation force of 50g to register a key press. Compare that to Razer’s proprietary switches, which range between 45-50g of force and 3.5mm-4mm of travel, and you get an idea of what exactly ‘low profile’ means in this context. The keys aren’t set so low that they resemble an Apple keyboard and require the same amount of force, but with that shorter travel distance they’re notably zippier in their behaviour than other mechanical boards.
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When it comes to layout, everything is where you’d expect to find it, and ergonomically it’s spot-on. We’re also big fans of the look, which seems to draw on as many inspirations outside the gaming market as within it. Microsoft’s Surface keyboard and Apple’s Magic keyboard are obvious references, but the RGB lighting and additional buttons for macros and media give a subtle assurance that the G915 can cut it in PUBG and Google Docs alike.
The aluminium plate is tastefully brushed and colored in gunmetal grey. Above the regular keyboard layout lie membrane buttons for recording and accessing macros, buttons for Lightspeed and Bluetooth pairing, a game mode toggle and a lighting control. An RGB-backlit Logitech ‘G’ logo sits on the top-left, which like every other key minus the media buttons can be customised by color. Above the numpad, you’ll find what Logitech calls an edgeless volume scroll also finished in gunmetal grey (and unreasonably satisfying to use) above the rubberised media control buttons.
On the underside, you’ll find two sets of feet, allowing you to maximise the tilt angle or halve the angle it’s raised up at. There’s no wrist rest supplied, however, which is disappointing. Sure, it sits closer to your desk just by virtue of its proportions so your wrists are at a less acute angle than usual, but for $249 the option to smooth that angle out just that bit more wouldn’t have gone amiss. Particularly when boards priced well below this one from Corsair and Razer bundle them in.
Since it is such a slim board and it connects wirelessly, there’s no USB passthrough here so you’ll need to connect a mouse directly to your PC. Or, as we suspect Logitech would prefer, you could also use a wireless mouse too.
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|Switch||Logitech GL (low-profile; tactile, clicky or linear)|
|Onboard storage||2 lighting profiles, 3 macro profiles|
|Game mode||via Logitech G Hub|
|Interface||Lightspeed wireless (via USB transmitter), Bluetooth|
|Construction||aluminium alloy top plate, moulded plastic keys|
|Software||Logitech G Hub|
|Dimensions||18. 7 x 5.9 x 0.87 inches (475 x 150 x 22mm)|
|Weight||2.26 pounds (1,025g)|
The sample we tested had GL tactile switches, which feature a small notch in the switch and thus give a discernible ‘bump’ as you press down so you can feel exactly when the key press is registered. The closest analog in the Cherry MX fold is the brown switch, although GL linear (think Cherry MX red) and GL clicky (producing a pronounced ‘click’ like Cherry MX Blue switches) are also available on this model.
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Although there’s some lateral movement to the keys if you wiggle them, they provide a stable base when you’re actually typing which results in fewer mistakes in our copy. The shorter travel enabled me to type faster with confidence. Logitech’s official line is that since the travel’s 25% shorter you can type 25% quicker, but that sounds a bit optimistic.
As for wireless performance, dropout and lag are non-issues thanks to Logitech’s bespoke Lightspeed tech. Rather than outsource the transmitters and receivers, they engineered Lightspeed end-to-end in house, from hardware to firmware. The result is a 1ms report rate which, according to the manufacturer, outperforms many wired peripherals. We didn’t get a tangible sense of that higher performance specifically in the field, but it did feel as immediate as a wired board and we never had problems with dropout or dramas with pairing between multiple devices, even with multiple Bluetooth profiles.
In theory the low-profile design should mean you’re able to make and register inputs faster in-game, and gain an advantage over the competition as a result. In reality, we all know how that goes – no amount of kit can substitute years of fine motor skill training and game sense gleaned from thousands of hours in a particular title.
A more realistic expectation of this keyboard is that you’ll feel a little more lithe in your fingers, particularly if you never got totally comfortable with the traditional mechanical keyboard design. Our K:Ds in CS:GO and Quake Champions didn’t take a noticeable upturn or downturn with this board versus the Corsair K95 we usually use, and really that’s to be expected. What we did find was that our fingers stayed comfortable and, just as when we were tapping away into Google Docs, we didn’t make mistakes.
The G915’s game mode can be configured using Logitech G Hub, and the bank of G buttons on the far left also proves useful in-game for mapping to, say, mouse DPI adjust as an alternative to reaching for an awkward thumb button on the mouse itself. Or maybe you just want a handy one-button method for capturing video on Shadowplay or OBS. It’s also useful for streamers who flip between apps for broadcasting, communicating and playing.
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Especially commendable is the battery life. This board can go for 12 days, being used for eight hours per day, on one charge. Or with the RGB lighting off, 135 days.If you start running low at a crucial moment, frankly you only have yourself to blame. As for wireless latency, it’s simply not noticeable. A non-issue.
Lighting and Software
Logitech G Hub is pretty painless as peripheral apps go. In just a few menu clicks, you’re able to set up custom lighting schemes to replace or complement the three defaults, tweak the key-locking behaviour of game mode, and (with a few more menus to create a Logitech account) download other people’s layouts and presets. You’ll also need this software if you want to configure those G keys on the lefthand side.
The lighting itself could be sharper. Since there’s clear air between the key and the board, you do see some light bleed out from between keys, but it’s certainly not distracting or overbearing. You can even configure the lighting behaviour to sync up with audio if you like, an advanced feature for sure, but not terribly useful.
So is life really better with a $249 keyboard sitting on your desk? Well, you’re certainly not going to see it reflected in your stats, but the G915 brings a fantastic combo of error-free typing, speed, and comfort. It looks smart and mature in a manner that very few gaming peripherals are able to put off, and – short of a wrist rest – it’s replete with anything you could ask of a keyboard. You’re not exactly slumming it with Razer or Corsair’s slightly cheaper high-end boards by comparison, but for those who secretly miss the stability of the old membrane days, this is a dream come true.
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Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review. Guest from the future
This has never happened before! Full-size keyboard, and even mechanical, and even low-profile, and even wireless! Yes, even with RGB lighting. It seems that you can’t jump any higher than this, let alone other manufacturers who year after year mark time in one place, releasing only slightly modified game mechanics. In this light, the new Logitech looks completely futuristic compared to all other keyboards. However, as always. However, this keyboard has one ma-a-a-scarlet unpleasant feature: like any innovative product, it costs absolutely insane money, but you get all the best here and now. And if so, then I personally will ask her for all aspects of performance in the first category.
The Logitech G915 package is not so big: it comes with a keyboard, a braided charging cable and an extension cord, as well as an adapter and a radio connector. The papers come in a separate envelope, and I’m glad that there is a branded sticker. But nothing supernatural is attached. The Logitech G915 Lightspeed is a full-sized, low-profile keyboard with 5 extra macro keys, a bunch of extra keys for profile switching, brightness and wireless controls, media keys and a volume wheel. The keyboard is built around low-profile GL Tactile switches of our own design, and we will, of course, check this out. Also, the device is equipped with RGB backlight, and Logitech G Hub is used to configure it.
The design of the keyboard makes a lasting positive first impression – the keyboard is very thin and low, like a knife blade! And no wonder, because the height of the keyboard is only 22 mm. Moreover, due to the low profile, it seems at all that it is more compact than conventional mechanics, but this is just an optical illusion. And this effect is achieved through the use of a frameless case, when the switches are located directly on the base of the keyboard. But a rather modest mass of about 1 kg is no longer a joke! Taking into account the entire body kit, built-in battery and mechanical stuffing, this indicator is very modest for this device. But behind the design lies the excellent processing of the keyboard: the upper part is made of anodized aluminum, all its edges on the sides are neatly rounded, and even with all the bells and whistles, the keyboard does not look bulky, rather it turned out to be laconic and functional. True, the edges of the keyboard are not processed at the top and bottom, and you can inadvertently scratch them.
Unlike many other keyboards, Logitech has all additional controls placed in separate keys. On the top left are the keys for switching keyboard profiles, on which you can score various functions and backlighting. A little further – the ability to connect via radio or Bluetooth; there is also a game mode and backlight brightness adjustment. On the right is a massive analog volume wheel and a block of multimedia keys – there is simply no extra or unused space in the keyboard. There are five G-keys on the left side, which can be used for any function, and the downside is that only these keys will be fully programmable. On which in the overall standings it will be possible to score only 15 different values (3 profiles, 5 keys). All standard keys are not amenable to remapping, and this is once again an oversight, since most well-known manufacturers allow you to configure any keyboard keys at your discretion through software.
Logitech’s layout is also clever, but if you’ve seen the company’s previous keyboards, you’ll be familiar with the wild mixture of ANSI and ISO layouts: it uses long shifts and a full-fledged Backspace, but its Enter is double-deck and L-shaped. You have to get used to it, and at first I personally often smeared past it. I would also like to scold the rapidly aging Micro-USB standard, which is used to connect and charge the keyboard: in 2019year, with the total transition to Type-C, it is strange to see such a connector in one of the most technologically advanced innovations. From below, Logitech, as always, demonstrates chic ergonomics. To maintain stability on the table, six soft rubber pads are used, and two-tier rubberized retractable legs are used to adjust the angle of the keyboard, allowing you to raise it by 4 and 8 degrees, respectively.
Logitech G915 Lightspeed keyboard keycaps have a low, unsculpted profile (unlike OEM or Cherry profiles, all keys of all rows are made the same way, without additional angles), and they are made of ordinary painted translucent ABS plastic. But even here Logitech messed up: if the English character was engraved, then all Russian characters turned out to be somehow thin, and besides, they were applied over the keycaps with paint, and only the letters “B” and “Yu” were engraved. So almost all Russian symbols are simply not visible in the dark, and, willy-nilly, you will have to master touch typing. How a company like Logitech allowed this is still in my head. The backlighting of the keyboard also turned out to be not the brightest due to the use of SMD LEDs soldered directly on the board. Of course, they shine well through English characters and all other designations, but you should not expect any airy and diffused backlighting around the keyboard even in the presence of a frameless case.
But in terms of autonomy, the G915 staggers absolutely everyone: when fully charged and with full brightness of the backlight, it can work for about 30 hours (and it will come out even more, taking into account the decrease in brightness when idle), and – attention! – 1100 hours without backlight at all. This is an absolutely fabulous figure, which competitors will not reach again in the next at least a year. And all thanks to the use of a radio channel and Bluetooth low energy specifications. By the way, such a dual wireless mode allows you to use the keyboard both at home with a PC and with a laptop and even with some other devices, since most devices support a Bluetooth connection. True, when connected via a radio channel, the keyboard will work without delay, and this is the only competent choice in the case of games, but when connected via Bluetooth, you will not have to look for an additional USB socket, and the power consumption will be minimal. The reception signal at any connection at the keyboard is stable, and therefore you can safely sit with it on the couch without thinking about any wires at all.
Logitech G Hub is a bone in the throat of any seasoned gamer who has chosen Logitech peripherals as his weapon. But they also found justice for it, for which thanks to the guys from the official Russian-speaking community. In short, the main problem lay in the Cyrillic spelling of the username in the Windows system, which is why when loading the settings (which are stored along the path C:\Windows\Users\. ..), the program simply did not find them and went into eternal reboot. To solve the problem, in the vast majority of cases, it is only necessary to change the username from Russian to English, only by editing the account and registry at the administrator level, and not by simply renaming the folder. But in general, it was necessary to make the path for storing the program settings such that when G Hub was loaded, there would be no Cyrillic characters on the path. I don’t understand one thing: about 15 years ago, games and some programs sometimes suffered from similar problems, but now it’s 2019, and I have never seen such frank failures in any other software. By the way, this explains why in the foreign community I found a negligible number of questions in those. support with a similar issue.
So, the new Logitech G Hub software looks beautiful, functional and generally convenient, although many people still encounter various small jambs with settings not being saved and other bugs. Nevertheless, in the new software everything is done as functionally as possible. Up to 3 profiles can be stored in the keyboard memory, which can be associated with a specific backlight effect, as well as assign five G-keys, where you can record macros and in general everything your heart desires. In addition, thanks to the G-Shift function, all these keys switch to an alternative layout, which can also be assigned, so that the total number of possibilities, taking into account 3 profiles, is enough for everyone. The keyboard also has an advanced backlight editor, where you can not only have fun with standard effects, but also create your own – a kind of simplified analogue of Razer Chroma. And in the end, in order to switch to the built-in memory and make everything work offline, you will have to go to the settings and manually activate this mode.
But with Logitech switches, of course, they cheated. Their vaunted GL switches, which they promote here and there, are really just regular Kailh Low Profile (Choc Switches) that have been on the market for a very long time, except that they are rarely put in serial keyboards. Perhaps, in the case of the G915 Lightspeed keyboard, Kailh makes switches specifically for Logitech, since the specifications of Kailh LP Brown are slightly different from Kailh GL Tactile, which are used by Logitech. But in terms of design and characteristics, the switches are identical, which is why it is easy to conclude that the changes in the G9 switches15 minimum. The Kailh GL Tactile are short throw tactile switches with 2.7mm total travel and 1.5mm actuation travel. The force required for actuation is 50 grams; the total margin of survivability for pressing – 70 million times. Also, the keyboard is equipped with Cherry-like stabilizers, however, they are accompanied by a slight bounce and clang when pressed.
An interesting point: low-profile Kailh switches have their own keycap connector, so finding a replacement for them if something happens to them will be very problematic, although much easier than in the case of the very rare Romer-G mount. In general, Logitech go through some wilds, constantly releasing their keyboards on non-standard switches, where it is impossible to replace keycaps, not to mention all other operations. The sensations from the new switches also turned out to be very diverse: on the one hand, a short travel and a rather noticeable, but soft tactile response only contribute to high-speed dialing, but on the other hand, it is very difficult to adapt to such a short travel after dialing on conventional mechanics. Somewhere you don’t press it, somewhere the key sticks slightly, because you subconsciously think that you pressed it, and somewhere you just miss-click because you accidentally hit the next key. The only thing I can say is that such mechanics will please all lovers of laptop keyboards, because the Logitech G915 Lightspeed is like a laptop keyboard at maximum speed. But if you’ve been cuddling with classic mechanics for a long time, this transition can be a stark contrast to the familiar feel of typing on long switches. On the other hand, these switches have a lot of their positive aspects.
For example, they are pressed very smoothly and accurately, and they absolutely do not look like a typical membrane – it’s all the same mechanics in all its glory, which is in no way inferior to ordinary switches in terms of clarity of pressing and feels much more solid than membrane keys or Romer-G switches. Secondly, the keyboard turned out to be surprisingly quiet – a quality that haunts all Logitech keyboards. Slightly louder than on the Romer-G switches, but much quieter than on all other keyboards (except maybe Cherry MX Silent Red). This is partly the merit of the new switches, partly it is the merit of a short stroke, where the key simply does not have time to accelerate from pressing, and when it hits the substrate it makes a soft dull click. By the way, for the same reason, stabilizers work twice or even three times quieter than on any conventional mechanics. However, this will definitely take some getting used to. And for myself, in the first days, I concluded that playing on such switches is much more convenient than typing, but this is a matter of habit. However, the wireless mode, which actually turned out to be very good, did not give me any sense of freedom: I very rarely move the keyboard on the table, so the absence of a cable had little effect on my everyday experience. With a mouse, the absence of a cable is an obvious buzz; in the keyboard, a similar thing is just a nice bonus, nothing more.
The new Logitech G915 Lightspeed is the most technologically advanced keyboard of this year, and all its features are implemented with maximum user-friendliness, so this is not just another concept with interesting ideas that someone might want to use, but a full-fledged unit, ready to use. And she has a lot of positive qualities, skillfully combined in a single device: this is a relatively low weight, and an extremely pleasant low-profile frameless design, and the presence of new switches, and RGB backlighting. And, most importantly, the ability to work in any of the wireless modes, which are supported by remarkable autonomy.
Nevertheless, although this keyboard evokes mostly positive emotions, it has many small flaws, starting with the G Hub, which many users are still fighting with, ending with problems with stabilizers and localization. And when you see a prohibitively set price tag that outdoes absolutely all existing serial keyboards, you start to think about the need for all these goodies. So it turns out a compromise, where all the innovations and innovations are on one side of the scale, and on the other – a performance far from perfect, which you can’t expect in a keyboard for which you are asked to pay such a solid amount.
Logitech G915 TKL mechanical keyboard silver USB wireless BT/Radio slim Multimedia for gamer LED – 1513859
Logitech G915 TKL mechanical keyboard silver USB wireless BT/Radio slim Multimedia for gamer LED
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|Multimedia additional keys||Yes|
|Cable length||1.8 m|
|Keyboard reach||10 m|
|Keyboard depth||150 mm|
|Keyboard wireless connection type||Bluetooth/Radio channel|
|Battery type||own Li-ion battery|
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