Logitech G19 Keyboard for Gaming ReviewPropane - October 6, 2009
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The software that comes with the G19 will work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Macintosh OS X, albeit with limited support. One notable missing area of support is for Windows 7. However, by using compatibility mode work arounds, I was able to get it running on Windows 7 RC as well. There is no Linux support, even 3rd party, that I could find, and when running in Linux, the LCD usually just displays the Logitech logo. Since the Windows versions of the software are the most complete, I will be using it to show the configuration possibilities, although the Macintosh configuration is also very similar. It should be noted that all basic functions of the keyboard work fine without drivers, as would be expected.
The first part of the software I will look at is the "G-Key Profiler". This piece of software allows you to make the G keys do what you want them to do. You can assign profiles to the different memory buttons, and change the backlight color of the keyboard to any of the basic 16 colors (in Macintosh you can change it to any 24bit color, though some do not display very well).
Assigning a macro to a key is very simple. All that needs to be done is to press the key you want with the mouse to select it, then pick one of the options from the drop-down menu. Choosing to create a macro brings up a new dialogue box which allows you to create your macro and assign several different methods of running it.
The second piece of software that comes with the Logitech G19 is the Logitech LCD Manager. This piece of software allows you to adjust how the LCD behaves. The first screen allows you to set the programs ran on the LCD to rotate through automatically, so you don't have to do it yourself. This is handy if you want to alternate between a clock and performance monitor, but I have found it annoying with some of the applications, like the picture viewer. The next screen shows the programs that are running on the LCD. If you are not planning on using a program, it is highly advantageous to turn it off, as it takes up RAM and CPU on your main computer even if they aren't showing on the LCD. Some programs can consume upwards of 15MB of RAM, which, if you are limited on your machine's RAM, can be a significant amount.
The last four screens are less exciting. The Global Settings screen controls how the tray icon behaves and how the window sizes are handled from session to session. The help screen just allows you to launch into a Windows Help file, and the 'Internet Updates' screen just lets you quickly check for updates. Finally, the 'About' screen just gives you a little information about the software in use.