Logitech G15 (New Updated) KeyboardMakaveli - December 14, 2007
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The best way to test a keyboard is to take it for a spin! I’m going to be critiquing this keyboard against the old G15 to see which prevails as the better keyboard. I’ll be testing this keyboard in multiple scenarios such as gaming, word processing, and everyday use. To test the backlight feature, I’ll be testing both keyboards in the dark to see which I like better for night use.
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
- Abit IN9-32 Max Wi-Fi Motherboard
- Mushkin XP2-6400 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 Memory
- Sapphire HD 3870 Video Card
- Ultra X3 800watt Modular Power Supply
- Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
- Sony SATA 3.0GB/s DVD Burner
- Windows XP Professional w/ SP2
The first thing that I noticed about this new G15 is how the keys felt. They felt the same as the old G15’s keys. That’s definitely something that I was pleased to see because I enjoyed the old G15's keys. When I’m gaming or writing an essay, I need to move as quickly as I can and these keys certainly help.
One thing I noticed about this keyboard is that the LCD screen is slighty smaller than the previous version’s screen. You can’t adjust it either, so that might be a con for some people. The media keys around the LCD screen are nice to have and I like their new place. I do miss the volume dial that was on the older G15 because that was easy to use and I just loved being able to spin it.
If you’re looking to customize the hell out of a keyboard, the older G15 has your name on it because this new G15 cut down the number of “G” keys by twelve. I personally like the cut down because a lot of the “G” keys on my old G15 were left unused. Even six customizable buttons are too much for my style of gaming. With twelve of the “G” keys off of the keyboard, the new G15 is smaller than the old G15 – definitely a plus because the old G15 took up tons of space.
Logitech still hasn’t gotten it right with the USB ports on either keyboard, because they never seem to be able to give enough power to the devices you plug into them. Maybe the next revision will have USB ports that can fully support USB 2.0?
During use in the dark, I definitely liked the new G15 better, because the orange color was much easier on my eyes than the obnoxious blue backlight on the old G15.