Joined on 11/23/05
In-Depth G15 Review
Pros: Perfect for gaming, the backlight makes it great for late night sessions, and when you need to look at the keyboard to type (like me). The G-Keys only have a few default profiles but you can make profiles for any program you want and not just games (i.e. Firefox, PhotoShop, Windows, ect) and with 52 macros per program per user, you'll just about have more then you can use. The G-Keys also help a LOT with slower games like RTS, RPG, MMORPG, and even some FPS games (like Counter-Strike). It also has a relatively small footprint using only 50 Mb ram, it really looks good at LAN Parties and it will also work with windows emulators for Mac and Linux. The keys pop off and go back on just as easy for cleaning (I game mine a though cleaning just a few weeks ago), just take a flat head pop each key off put it in some water then try it with a towel and set it out to air dry the completely for 4 or so hours then put them back on.
Cons: The play/pause, fast-forward, rewind, stop keys don’t seem to work for WinAmp, they were probably designed for Windows Media Player though. The handles on the top right and left are a bit small for my hands but I am a bit of a giant. The built in USB ports can’t be used for very much beacuse the G15 is a power hog, but if you really need extra ports you could get a USB hub for a few extra dollars. The G-Keys won’t work until you install the driver, but the rest of the keyboard will work just fine.
Overall Review: To all those people who are worried about the reviews that say the paint wore off the keys in a few months, Logitech fixed that problem in one of the 1st revises of the G15 and as proof of that, I’ve been using mine for over 7 months now and the only wear has been on my fingers and I play a LOT (60-70+ hours per week), so no worries there. Also make note that there is 2 different light brightness settings, the difference in the brightness inset much but there is a small difference in the amount life of the LEDs. But they are LEDs so thus they have an incredibly long life time as is. The disable winkey switch is a really good idea but I don’t find my self using it very much, probably because I’ve only hit the windows key a few time since I started gaming (4 some years ago) but I imagine some of you will find it very useful. The volume control dial below the LED display I have found to be incredibly handy, since I use professional headphones they don’t have any volume dial on th