Help Picking a Keyboard? 3 replies

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ikyojo

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#1 7 years ago

Well I have decided that i want a new keyboard I'm looking for one to do macro's and control my media on the hardware side of things. I've been looking at two at the moment the G510 from logitech and the G19 from logitech. They both have there pro's and con's in my opinion.

G510 Pros: 18 programmable G Keys. Has an inbuilt usb sound card. Doesn't need a separate power source Cons: More expensive than the G19. No usb ports on the computer. No fully color screen.

G19 Pros: Cheaper Fully color screen. Has usb ports but no 3.5mm audio. Cable management. Cons: Separate power source.

Now at the moment I am leaning towards the G510 just because of the amount of G-Keys. Anyway I would like a 3rd party opinion, before I go and spend nearly $200 on a keyboard. Anyone use the G19 or G510 here could they please answer for me the following.

G510 Can the G510 use G15 apps for its LCD?

G19 Is the Screen Attached really well and dose it tilt because it looks as if it may be attached really flimsy? Can apps from the G15 be used on the G19?

Finally if anyone has a keyboard they think is better and offers similar features to the two above please feel free to suggest it as I'm willing to look at anything to cater to my taste.

P.S I'm really after a lot of macros because I've started playing WOW a fair bit now and genrealy to speed up other tasks i do on the PC. Sorry for any spelling or terrible grammar in advance as I'm was so sleepy when in the process of writing this. Can't wait to see your feedback.:)




*Daedalus

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#2 7 years ago

I have the G11... Media controls, no display, USB ports, no 3.5 audio, no seperate power source...

3 banks of 18 keys for a total of 54 programmable buttons. ;)




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#3 7 years ago

Frankly, I'd avoid the Logitech G-series keyboards. They've got lots of macro keys, and the display is a neat concept, but the actual key quality is terrible. Seriously, I've had generic office keyboards from Dell and HP with more solid tactile feedback. The G-series keys have a very mushy feel to them. I've owned both versions of the G15, and demoed a G19 and G11 in a store.

Of course, if you don't care about that sort of thing, then I guess you're good to go. Still, I'd probably go for the cheaper one; it just makes no sense to spend $200 on a keyboard built on the same level as a $5 keyboard just for macro buttons and an LCD.

If all you really want is macro buttons, consider something like the Belkin/Razer N52TE or Logitech G13:

n52te-1web.jpglogitech_g13.jpg

I'm not 100% certain on the G13, as I don't have one, but you can bind any of the N52TE's keys to a macro. As for the G13, I'm not sure about macro capability, but I know for a fact the display is 100% compatible with G15 apps.

Also, both of these things are much cheaper than the G19/G510.




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#4 7 years ago

Have a look also at the Steelseries Merc Stealth. I think Junk Angel has one, and I've been thinking about it as a replacement keyboard for my G11 - I don't use the macros all that much - but I haven't bought it yet as I'm really fond of the volume dial on this keyboard at the moment.