Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Review
Reviewed by: BluePanda
Reviewed on: December 12, 2013
Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Introduction:
So it wasn't too long ago when we took a look at the Logitech G510s gaming keyboard, and here we are again looking at another new lovely from Logitech: the G19s. I may have hinted at it a bit in the last review, but this has a bit of a screen on it. It is full color and has a little more to offer in apps than the 510s. However, not to spoil things early, but is more always better? I guess you'll have to read on to find out yourself.
Before we dig in too deep, here are a few things to get you a bit interested: first, we already covered it – it has an adjustable color gaming panel LCD. You can customize the different screens and even create your own apps. Next up you get full custom color backlighting; yes that means the full RGB spectrum. The Logitech software lets you play with each color to get your G19s exactly what color you want it to be. There are also twelve ADDITIONAL keys on the keyboard just for your programming desires. Set them to whatever macro you want or just have them run specific applications at your fingertips; it is completely up to you.
There's so much more to offer, but before you get too excited let's note the price tag: $149.99. That is quite the pocket change for a keyboard, however let's not be discouraged just yet. Let us read on to find out more about this crazy keyboard and what that amount of coin gets you in the end.
Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Closer Look:
Starting off with the box pictures it is near déjà vu from the G510s we looked at last; a similar techy, half X-ray keyboard image showing the keyboard internals. As a mechanical person I really like seeing how things work – this ALMOST keeps me from wanting to take it apart; but beyond that it just looks cool. The left side of the keyboard kept out of reach of the Superman X-ray vision you've gained overnight is in full color and a near replica of the keyboard itself. It leaves no stone unturned while giving you a full look at what you are getting into before opening the box.
The back of the box goes on to point out key features of the keyboard and give you another full look at the keyboard. This time the keys are lit up in red (the front was blue) giving the subtle hint to those who skip reading that this keyboard has color changing LEDs! The box is sealed with two clear sticky circles and are easy sliced with a knife to open; you definitely know that no one else has played with it first!
Inside the box the keyboard is wrapped neatly in a plastic bag keeping out dust and foreign matter. The upper left and upper right corner sport some extra beef for packaging (though there isn't much at the bottom) that hide the rest of the keyboard cable and included power adapter. Wow, yes, I did just say there is a power adapter included – this keyboard plugs into the wall, so I hope you have an extra outlet or plug open on your power strip; I had to make one available. I guess we'll see how that plays out later, but I think it's pretty obvious that the extra power is needed to power this 2 by 1.5-inch screen – I hope it's PURDY! Anyway – there you have it; pulling the G19s out of the plastic and everything out of the box it's an odd collection with a small power adapter and keyboard coming from the same box. Head on to the next page to see more.
Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Closer Look:
Keeping a distance at first, we take a full look at the entire keyboard before really diving into its details. The G19s has a very dark blue base plate around all the keys. If you look closely and at the right angles it actually has a bit of a metallic appearance, like metallic paint on a car (I only wish my car's paint looked this good!). The WASD and arrow keys stand out with their grey-silver color and draw your attention to them as they scream out "gaming keyboard" to you. It makes me think of the low end keyboards that try so hard at having the "gaming" appearance with gawdy red WASD or "special" keys. Though these stand out, they still feel the same as the rest of the keys and visually don't hurt your eyes too much. Besides the LCD screen attempting to reflect a shot of me taking its picture, the only other big item that jumps out at me from this distant view is the big shiny "G" logo as part of the keyboard's center. Do note here that the wrist rest is affixed and shall be for the remainder of the review. It does attach quite easily and does add a substantial amount of comfort in use.
The back of the keyboard is full of regular Philips screws and around eight or so pegs that help alight the keyboard in assembly. This brings us back to me wanting to take it apart – but I guess I should leave it together long enough to review. You can see there are three rubber feet on the lower edge of the keyboard with nothing at the upper edge (I said much about this with the G510s if you need a refresher); but ultimately it's not too bad even on a glass desk. The wrist rest itself has three additional feet that add more than enough support even if you have heavy wrists. The rest also has four clips to hold it on to the keyboard, meaning it isn't going to pop off all the time – and if you break one, well you've got three more (though I don't think this will be a problem).
Looking a little closer at the top of the keyboard, where you are lacking the rubber feet, you can see the little feet folded neatly into the keyboard. They fit cleanly with a "like a glove" feel", which means they actually lay flat when folded in. When flipped up they don't seem super beefy by any means, but so far they have stood up to my incessant banging of keys with no problems. However, I will say that with the feet folded in the keyboard has quite the rake down and away from yourself. I felt it a necessity to use feet out.
Taking a shot of the left of the keyboard you can really see the blue, metallic plate behind the keys. There is a little bit of silver detail marked in around the three sets of macro keys to help outline and accent their existence. The G510s also had this little bit that really seems to add a little class to the keyboard. We'll talk about the profile buttons up top a little more in detail in a bit (I know you are curious). You again see the silver "walking" keys: WASD. They look pretty nice – but as the same problem as the G510s the LED lighting struggles to come through the caps well without looking directly from above. It's not really a big deal in a darker room – but quite noticeable otherwise. Looking at the rest of the keys you can notice that things are layed out in a rather typical key layout, something I just LOVE.
Moving to the right side of the keyboard there is more here for you to question and desire more for – we'll discuss the media keys ahead, I promise. But in this shot focus again on the blue, shiny, metallic plate behind the keys. This is quite a bright room for shooting pictures obviously, so it really shows its full color. I will say once you are in a darker room it is a lot more subtle. It still looks great, but it doesn't scream quite the blue you see here; unless you have a very bright office. I know you red lovers are asking where the red is, but us BLUE people win this round. Your standard indicator lights for caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock are just above the INS, HOME, and PAGE UP keys, and glow in an orange-ish light (much like a check engine light color honestly). There is another indicator that lights up the same color to show when power is sent to the keyboard just near where the keyboard connects.
The big "G" logo is cut into a small piece of aluminum on the wrist rest, giving it a step up in materials from the Logitech G510s. It looks pretty, but honestly has no function. Sometimes the little things can make a difference, but honestly to me this isn't one that really makes me say "woo". I find it more of "how much of the cost is in this?". I like purdy things, don't get me wrong, but I find this unnecessarily and with the wrist rest having a cutout to show it, there's just a hole. It's luckily, or perhaps planned, to not be where your hands actually sit, so I guess there can still be a bit of positive. The logo block gives a nicer overall look, but not much other than that.
Okay, now I can end (some of) your curiosity – we're moving on to the upper portion of the keyboard with all the buttons and fun stuff; progressively towards the LCD screen you are DYING to see. Starting off with the upper right section you get a full set of discrete media keys. Again we don’t have to deal with some "shift" key option or function button to access them. They are just there, not taking up space as full keys, but nice, cute little buttons of their own kind. A big mute button is located right next to the volume scroll for quick "off" options when you think you heard a ghost in the house (or maybe it's just the TV in the other room). It's nice to be able to quickly mute no matter the reason; usually it's a phone call for me, but the big button is nice and easy to find.
Just for fun I took a closer picture of the arrow keys. Again the different silver color really sets them apart from the rest of the keys. The nice, lighter silver color accents the right and left arrow keys like it does on the macro keys. It's a nice touch that carries through the entire layout – something I appreciate a bit more than the aluminum chunk on the wrist rest (sorry guys, I just don't dig it). A little black plastic rectangle the width of the full arrow key set reads the model "G19s" on it, giving it again a nice subtle touch without over doing it.
Before we jump back to the left of the keyboard, sorry to drag you along, but I wanted to point out a couple more things. Here you can see where the cable connects to the keyboard – it has two cables fixed together (much like new headphones, though they don't peel apart like them). This branches further on to go one way to a USB plug and a second for an additional connector from the wall power plug. Like I said before, the indicator light next to the cable lights up orange when power is provided via the power brick. You can also see the USB symbol just to the right of the keyboard. There are two USB 2.0 ports that gain additional power from that tackily plugged in power brick – so you do gain a little more than just powering that LCD screen from it. I should also point out the button that looks like a little settings or gear button. This toggles the keyboard lighting on or off; this also includes turning on/off the LCD screen.
Now moving to the left side you can see the M1, M2, M3, and MR buttons, which relate to your profiles for your configured setups. The MR button allows you to set macros on the fly no matter what you are doing without opening the software to change things up, which I did find a bit useful when I just didn't feel like tabbing out of a game to set up something new. The little toggle button that has a symbol designed to look much like an old Atari joystick toggles your Windows key on or off. When slid to the right the LED behind it lights up to match your color selection. This indicates that it is toggled "on" and the Windows keys are disabled. For many of you this is a granted wish to prevent you from accidental presses that take you to your desktop in the middle of an epic battle. No MORE!
Last, but not least, is the Menu key, arrow keys, back button, and settings type button to describe; though I think most of this will make more sense when you see some pictures of the apps – but consider yourself prepared for the final exam. The menu button functions to bring up the configuration options for those apps that have the option. The configuration panel will pop up on your monitor for you to configure rather than the LCD (it relies more on Explorer for some things – so I guess it makes sense it's not on the LCD). The back button does exactly what you'd think; it takes you back! The arrow key are pretty straight forward as well – you can move up, down, left, right, and select using OK in the center. It reminds me of old BlackBerry track ball options. The little settings looking button is the only one that might not do what you think. It doesn’t really take you to settings options. It is what you would call "switch app" and allows you to go back to the menu/list of available apps. Pretty simple really once you play with it. These don't double tap like the ones on the G510s, but do still require quite the bit of force for a reaction.
So before we start to wrap up with some pictures of the LCD screen in action as well as the LED lighting, let's take a good look at what it takes to power up and run this keyboard. First the cables. In the first picture you can see the two ends of the cable as it splits off. The USB cable has a tag on it to tell you NOT to plug it in first. Following the diagrams shown and the instruction manual, Logitech tells you to install the drivers first, then you can plug the keyboard in via USB. The other plug you see is the female end of the power brick connector. Pulling away the tag and USB cap you can see it is just a standard USB plug – nothing too special.
So if you don't recall the power "brick" from the first page – well here it is on its own. It is unfortunately one of the annoying ones that houses all its parts up close to the wall. So if you need to plug something below it – too bad. Make sure you put it in the bottom outlet if you have the option. It is a little bit of a short cable if you don't have a plug near the back of your desk; you may need to consider a power strip if you don’t already have one in the vicinity. Just remember it's going to take up two plug spots depending on your strip. It appers to be a standard Nalin AC adapter providing an output of 5.1V and 2.4 A. It is UL listed and rated to be in the home safely – so no worries on off branded odd cheap stuff from China. The little power plug end connects quite nicely and almost appears, and at least acts, as a single cable.
Now let's talk about the LCD screen finally. While off it clearly appears to be some sort of screen. It's about 2 by 1.5 inches and just leaves you to wonder how it will look when on. The metal bar it sits on actually lets it rotate to different viewing angles. So depending on how tall you are, or how tall you sit in your chair, you won't have to worry about the viewing angles. You can put it exactly at the angle you need to see it with a nice, smooth, continuous rotation. It doesn't lay quite flat or reach quite a full 90 degrees in angle, but there are plenty of angles to grant you the proper view.
Powering up the keyboard and plugging it in for the first time (and you will see this every time you boot up), a lovely Logitech logo and G series logo display on the screen in white with a black background. If you are quick you will also see it display "G19s" across the screen; it is just a bit harder to catch with the camera. It will boot to either the "Switch to Program" screen or whatever the last app it was you used. We will just bring up one app at a time to give you an idea of what comes by default. I will say there are some configurable options for some of these within the software, but for the sake of time we'll just go over the basics. First up is the LCD Clock – quite simply, it's a clock. Next from there is a timer and countdown dial. You can run one or the other or both at the same time. You can time just how long you've been kicking ass, or perhaps set a timer for when you need to stop playing and head off to work or class. I will say the countdown timer doesn't exactly do anything when it reaches zero. It doesn't flash, doesn't make noise, or really do anything – so if you aren't watching it don't count on it having a meaning.
One of my faviorte apps is the next one – videos! You can actually watch movies on the little screen. It will play the sound through your speakers/headset. You need to point a folder to it within the software/configuration to tell it where to look for movies. It seems to play .avi files and .mp4 files just fine. It will not display .mkv files in the list – so at this time there appears to be no support for them. Once you do point the software to a folder you can see a list of movies, TV shows, or whatever videos you have in that folder. You can then play them just like on your computer. I had to use an old favorite and display the only true captain of the Enterprise.
You can equally point the software to a pictures folder to cycle through a specific set of pictures or all of the pictures you've ever taken. Like the video player you can have the software include subfolders so pointing it to "Pictures" will include your "Grandma's Visit" and "Pron" folders – so keep this in mind. You do have a few other options in the pictures app, allowing you to change the time each images is displayed and choose between four different transition screen patters (or select random like me).
Looking back at the list of apps we are slowly making it to the bottom of the long list that comes included by default. The next item up is the Logitech LCD RSS reader. In the configuration you can actually subscribe to your favorite news feeds and have it automatically switch between them on a given time interval, allowing you to stay up to date without ever stopping your game.
The next app is the Performance Monitor. I was using my EEPC to power up the keyboard for pictures so you can see the true dual core with two meters – one for each core. Plugged into my main machine with it shows only one CPU meter. Perhaps the eight cores it sees with Hyper-Threading enabled is too much for it to display. I don't know what the cut off would be – I imagine four cores, but unfortunately for you I did not turn off Hyper-Threading to see. The RAM meter at the bottom is a percentage of total RAM, so it appears the same despite what machine you are using.
The last app in the default list is the YouTube app. Opening it up you can select from various top video options based on popularity, recently added, etc. You are then able to scroll through a list of videos and pick something to watch while you are waiting on a friend to join the game or whatever the reason you may want to do so. You don't have the option to search for a specific video, but you can get more from a specific author or have it open up what you are watching in a browser on your monitor. So it's a little fun I suppose. The final shot of the screen I share with you is the profile selector – this allows you to quickly switch between profiles you have saved without opening the software. It's quite nice – mine is a bit more populated after booting up on my main rig.
Depending on other programs you have installed on your machine you may have additional apps show up. I later discovered a Logitech Webcam Viewer option (since I have a Logitech Webcam installed) and an additional app from Core Temp! So I'm sure there's other out there as well. You can also create your own or download others have created – just do a quick Google search.
The last couple pictures of the keyboard I want to share with you are some of the backlighting. Lit up in white with the room lights on – this is about what it looks like. My office is a bit darker (as I'd imagine most of yours are) and you are able to see the lighting and different colors much easier.
Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Closer Look:
Before jumping right into the software, I happened to actually look at the quick start guide. It asks you to download the drivers from the support page at Logitech BEFORE plugging in your keyboard to the wall or USB. I happened to still have the driver from testing the G510s (and yes they are the same – it's just smart enough to change the graphics) so I didn't get to try plugging it in without the drivers – though I feel nothing too catastrophic would happen. But, I did like this little picture to show you in the most simplistic way what to do. So if you can't follow these directions – I won't say more.
Moving on to the software itself. All keyboards that have discrete macro keys or customizable lighting usually come with some sort of software. The Logitech driver we looked into last with the G510s is technically the same for the G19s, and just has some slightly different graphics to match up with the keyboard. I liked the last run through of the software, so I imagine this will be good, too.
The software opens up to a main page showing the full layout of the entire keyboard. It glows green (or the color of your current selected profile) for the main keys and lights up the unchangeable profile keys (M1-MR) in their respected orange/yellow color. The house icon at the bottom of the screen is underscored with a blue dash indicating selection.
Clicking the next tab over, the key cap with a capital G gets you to your profile settings and your main macro key control panel. Here you can set your macro keys to whatever you desire. You will also notice several games listed at the top. The software will do a search of your computer and give you a profile for each game it recognizes. There are 273 games listed, all with pre-loaded commands. Although you'll have to assign the commands to the keys of your choice, the list of what you have available in-game is quite nice. I always seem to forget an action key when setting up macros, leaving me to die in a game. You can always refresh the search list and add or save new profiles for different games not on the list.
You can, of course, create your own macros with: keystrokes, multikey press options, text blocks, mouse functions, media key buttons, hotkey options (i.e. Alt-F4, or ctrl + mouse scroll for zoom, etc.), shortcuts to open folder locations, function keys to open a calculator, mail, My Computer, and a whole category for Vent commands. There's quite the variety (and more not mentioned), and I'd be a bit surprised if you couldn't get about exactly what you wanted with a couple macro keys. I had some fun spamming text blocks in chat – annoyed my friends, but works seamlessly.
The next picture icon for the next page of options looks a bit like an old school BIOS screen or just a simple text editor in blue. Here you can manage your applets (the little things that appear on the mini screen). If you are creative enough Logitech provides some basic examples of making your own applets with its included Software Development Kit (SDK) with the software download. Just visit the Logitech website for more information. I will warn you it isn't just simply type what you want, but if you know a little C/C++ you'll be just fine. It will take some playing with in Visual Studio, but at least Logitech gives you full rein on this keyboard.
When you right click on some of the apps you can select "Configure". For example when you configure the Clock app you get something like shown below. You can pick the type of clock face you'd like to look at as well as a few options of how the clock works. Here you can also tell it to display a counter for your unread emails. The movie player app has a simple pop up that allows you to point to a folder directly in which you want it to pull videos from; just remember the sound will play through your speakers/headset – so if you are multi-tasking be aware!
The next page is easiest to guess - a colored light bulb equates to you guessed it, your color options! You get a fun Photoshop-esque color wheel to really pick your colors. You can also choose based on a full 0 to 255 color scale for red, green, and blue. And for those of you who are a little lazy, there are a set of 22 color presets to pick from. Choose one and it instantly sets the color of your keyboard. Cycle through your profiles and set different ones for each mood. The only thing here that seems to be a little annoying is the fact that once you click on a color it is an instant change – so if you click without meaning to, you may have to find that perfect color again. Just keep this in mind; while it's super nice to have immediate response, in can be frustrating if you don't know the RGB numbers to get back to where you just were.
The last icon showing a common chip gets you to the "save" feature. This allows you to save up to five profiles for on the go. It allows you to transport your profiles from PC to PC by simply dragging your profiles from the top down to the empty slots below. A little circle fills in like a pie chart to show you how much memory is available on the keyboard still. If you try to copy a profile already on your keyboard (perhaps having the same name), it will prompt you to Copy and Replace, Don't Copy, or Copy and Keep both items – your typical Windows response. It keeps you from accidently wiping out your favorite settings by accident.
Clicking on the little Gear icon brings up another window with four tabs of settings: General, Notification, G19s, and Profile. The General tab gives setting options to allow the program to run when Windows starts, quick marcros, illumination, graphics and an automated scan for games. I'll let you play with the settings – we don't have all day to go into explicit detail on each of these, but I think you get the gist.
The Notifications tab allows notifications to display on the keyboard panel if you so choose. The G19s tab shows you your firmware version for trouble shooting if need be. Though it does say "This device does not support firmware update." – so I'm not sure if this means it never can update firmware or if this means there is no update available. Either which way – at least you can look to see/say what you have when/if you have problems and need to troubleshoot.
The last page you can bring up is actually the last little icon. The one between the question mark and settings gear allows you to visit the Twitter and Facebook pages for Logitech; I guess so you can "like" it? The question mark opens up the Logitech Help menu – your typical Windows help with contents, index, and a search.
Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Specifications:
3-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
Windows® 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista®, Available Hi-Speed USB port, Internet connection for optional software download*
Keyboard Palm rest User documentation
Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Features:
- ADJUSTABLE, COLOR GAMEPANEL LCD: Extend your cockpit with the G19s GamePanel LCD. Stay informed with real-time game stats, background system information, VoIP communication data, video playback and image slide shows. Add community-developed applets to work with your GamePanel monitor or create your own.
- CUSTOM-COLOR BACKLIGHTING: Locate keys in any room with custom backlit keys. Choose 1 out of 16 million colors and assign a unique color to each profile, profile mode, and mode style in the same game. You can tell, without looking down, which mode you’re in to ensure your setup is optimized
- 12 FULLY-PROGRAMMABLE G-KEYS: G19s includes 12 programmable G-keys** that simplify complex actions by allowing you to configure up to 36 unique functions across three different modes with three macros per key. With G-keys, instant access to a variety of customizable functions is just a click away. Program G-keys to interact with your mouse to change DPI levels on the fly and instantly switch from lightning-fast speed to pixel-perfect precision. Assign a G-key to open microphone channels and talk to friends through Ventrilo or to record your play on the fly. You can even assign a G-key to send a text broadcast to your team. Harness the power of G-keys to configure single key presses, complex macros or intricate LUA scripts on the fly, and quickly simplify actions to stay immersed in your game and never lose a step.
- ADVANCED SURFACE MATERIALS: Using infrared technology, we studied the interaction between hand and keyboard, and then added advanced surface materials to strategic zones for improved durability and comfort. A hydrophobic coating helps keep hands from sticking to the palm rest. Double UV coating on the keys provides extra long life durability. In addition, fingerprint-resistant coating on the faceplate helps maintain a fresh look. Details make the difference.
- TWO HI-SPEED USB PORTS: The powered USB ports let you transfer data to and from peripherals, like MP3 players and flash drives, while also charging battery-powered devices.
- SIX-KEY ANTI-GHOSTING: Anti-ghosting means every key you press is registered even when you press more than one key at the same time. G19s not only includes anti-ghosting on common multi-key inputs such as control-alt-delete, it includes it over all 26 keys so you can perform multiple complex actions, such as pressing six keys at once, without interference or ghosting.
- GAME MODE SWITCH: You’re about to record a record high number of perfect headshots when an accidental keystroke sends you on an unplanned, unwanted trip to your desktop. Don’t let this kind of mistake ruin your streak or your game—easily disable the Windows key with one button so your game won’t be interrupted. You can thank us later.
**G-key programming requires Logitech® Gaming Software, available at gaming.logitech.com/support.
Information provided by: http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g19s-lcd-gaming-keyboard
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.
Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Conclusion:
In the end the Logitech G19s was quite the spin on keyboards. It's not quite what Razer has with its touchpad screen, but it is quite fancy when it comes to just being a discrete screen. Other keyboards on the market (at least in the past) either lacked color, lacked so many app choices, and were just a neat, clunky, expensive add-on. I will say I'm not sure that I'd choose the G19s over the G510s despite the full color display and additional apps. The upcharge to get such effects is almost a full $50 from the G510s (and more depending on where you are shopping) making this keyboard quite the costly chunk of keys.
It is a great keyboard – don't get me wrong. It has a lot to offer: full RGB color, LCD screen, macros, Windows key toggle, media keys, number pad, and a nice wrist rest. It has the quality Logitech build and isn't hard on the eyes either; however it is NOT mechanical. That is a pro in some ways – some don't like mechs and it is a hell of a lot quieter than a mechanical. But for the price, the gimmicky screen isn't enough to get me – I expect mechanical keys or at least the option at this price.
- It is gimmicky! The screen is neat and has lots of apps and the ability to make your own
- Full RGB backlighting – get your dream color across the board
- Nice discrete media keys and full number pad
- 12 discrete macro keys and multiple profiles for all your games
- Not mechanical
- Powered USB ports
- PRICE! $$$$$
- Not mechanical
- Needs a power adapter to operate the LCD screen – find an open one!
- USB ports are 2.0 – new enough to have 3.0