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Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Testing & Results:
The Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard was defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time it was used it in everyday use, surfing the Internet, ranting on forums, and of course some gaming. As a keyboard is personal to each and every individual so how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a keyboard through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Intel Fourth Generation Core i7 4770K
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 770
- Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 750W SP-750P
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
- Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-ray
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
For everyday use the G19s is right there with the G510s. With a similar base the keys feel almost, well actually completely identical. I've said this a couple times now after playing with a few non-mechanical gaming keyboards; I somewhat like the feel of standard rubber-dome clacking. If nothing else it is a hell of a lot quieter than my mech with Cherry MX Greens (noisy – but I love it). Besides the extra 12 keys stacked on the left side of the keyboard, the rest of the keys follow the standard keyboard layout. There's no weird "classic" return key forcing other keys to move and confuse you – nope it is just what I want to use every day, at home, at work, wherever. I don't think I need to say more here – but if you haven't figured it out, everyday typing is a breeze. Emails are not a challenge, there's no double letters from a single press, and you don't have to press overly hard to type what you want. Actually there is a good point to made from that – all the keys have a similar feel across the board. There's no soft spacebar, hard to press key, just smooth action all over.
I will go ahead and add media keys to the everyday section this go around. A lot of times I add it in the working section as I tend to listen to a lot of music while writing reviews, code, or homework assignments; but it really fits with the everyday use. Anyway (though I hate comparing directly to another product you may not know), less like the G510s, the G19s has a much better volume scroll wheel. It is about an inch wide with an aluminum body with about a 3/4" wrap of ribbed rubber on its center. It fits the gap tightly to make the scroll smooth and not so free flowing like the G510s. The G19s definitely has grasped the concept of controllable volume control
Moving on to looking at the G19s from a working perspective, I have one key focus. My biggest problem is that I often mistype things. It happens, my brain gets ahead of my fingers and I come up with new words. However, my fingers can usually feel when I've gone amiss even if my brain is a couple words ahead. I hate a keyboard where I can't "feel" that I've missed something or done it wrong. The biggest cause of that is lack of key response, or overactive key response. My fingers can't pick up a bad switch! The G19s has none of these problems; it is quite the opposite. I've caught myself many a times writing even just this little paragraph. One letter here, another there; it's quick to fix as I know I've done it.
That isn't all when working either. Many of you know my pet peeve of having a number pad. Though I've slowly become accustomed to using the numbers with my home row fingers, doing anything mathematical I still prefer that block of numbers to the right. The G19s gets another PASS here. It has a number pad and is fully functional; works great and makes spreadsheets a simple task. Last but not least, and I'll be brief as I've already mentioned it, is the key layout. A new layout is always frustrating to get used to and switching between weird at home and standard at work sucks. This stays with a standard layout and keeps my brain happy.
Gaming with this keyboard was exactly the same feel and overall interaction as the G510s, and yes I said I'd try not to compare the two so much – but it's hard! The two keyboards are nearly identical with the exception of the LCD screen and volume control roller (oh, and fewer macro keys to setup). So I guess with that being said the only real effect in gaming comes from the number of macros you get – 12 versus 18. So it really comes down to what you want. If you can handle fewer macros and you love the LCD screen, then this is your pick. The Windows key physical switch is great, since it's much easier to toggle without a "shift" key and without some software helping you get to it. But ultimately for gaming there are plenty of macros for your MMO-style games, great outlined keys if you have trouble finding your WASD or arrow keys, and best of all gaming in the dark. I found the LCD screen useful in watching my CPU load while playing games, and keeping up a clock or timer to see exactly how much time I've been wasting.