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#1 11 years ago

Source Info: Logitech G15 keyboard gets a facelift

To me, this new g15 looks like a step backwards. Looks more like a g12 or g13. Meaning, better than the g11 since it has an LCD screen, but not as good as a g15.

About the only thing I do like is it's smaller, but even that's at the expense of 12 g-keys. The LCD is not adjustable for viewing angle, the volume wheel is gone, and I prefer the blue backlighting over the red. I'm really not sure what's to like here.

I can't imagine the cost of making the old one is the issue, as we are already gladly forking over a ton of dough for the current g15. I certainly hope they continue to sell the older version of the g15. I'd hate to have to replace my g15 one with one of those new ones. They should just call this new one something else and sell both versions.

It supposedly is going to be released this month for a suggested retail of $99.99 USD.

I hate unnecessary revisions. What do you other g15 owners think?

(new) g15 Version 2:

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G15_Top.jpg(old) g15 Version 1:

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#2 11 years ago

We sell these at work and everyones got one but me :/

First thing I instantly notice that I think I would like is the LCD display panel looks to now be a LED panel that will be more easy to read in the dark.




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#3 11 years ago
Anlushac11;3896141First thing I instantly notice that I think I would like is the LCD display panel looks to now be a LED panel that will be more easy to read in the dark.

The older g15 has a backlit lcd panel, so seeing it in the dark is not a problem. The backlit keys/lcd lighting can be set to off, and 2 levels of illumination (blue lighting).

This new shape of the g15 and the lcd placement looks alot like my Logitech mx5000 Bluetooth keyboard that I use as a backup and for my HTPC. It has an lcd screen too, though it's not backlit, and not nearly as functional as a g15 lcd.

Logitech MX-5000:

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#4 11 years ago

You know, I may take some sass for this but Logitech IMO is far from a gaming keyboard/mouse manufacturer. The stuff they make just makes me laugh. It's over-priced, overloaded with unecessary crap, and they still ignore the simple concept of being able to use Shift, Q, & A simultaneously, like many keyboards. This causes a problem not being able to strafe left while leaning left and crouching with Shift. One short conversation with them on the phone reveals their lack of gaming knowledge or concern. It was also a bad move to go away from indents on the mouse scroll wheel, making it very hard to select specific weapons and/or items in games. They have always been and still are primarily office oriented when it comes to keyboards and mice. Microsoft is certainly no exception, they seem to have the same mindset and drawbacks with their keyboards regarding the Shift, Q, A problem. Just look at this mouse they are now making: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/gaming/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=100&active_tab=systemRequirements Whatever happened to stuff that's practical and just works like it's supposed to?:rolleyes: What's odd is the Merc keyboard by Ideazon when mentioned on this forum got bad mouthed by most whom replied. If anything though it's a far more gaming ready keyboard than this Logitech stuff, and at 40% of the G15's price.




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#5 11 years ago

I want to get the new one. I have the old model and I like it but I want the new one.




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#6 11 years ago
...Logitech IMO is far from a gaming keyboard/mouse manufacturer....they still ignore the simple concept of being able to use Shift, Q, & A simultaneously, like many keyboards...

Riddle me this, Batman...

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I count seven. Nearly ran out of fingers. Note the "Shift", "Q" and "A" all being pressed at once. Threw in "O" "M" "E" "N" for good measure. :p

Not sure what you mean by mouse wheel indents. If you mean the little bumps you feel when you roll the wheel, then I can attest to every Logitech mouse I own as having them.

I can't argue with the prices being a bit steep. Never had a Logi device fail on me yet though. Can't say that for my Microsoft devices.

GateCrusher420;3896608I want to get the new one. I have the old model and I like it but I want the new one.

It's good to want. It builds character.

btw - I forgot to mention, the [COLOR="Red"]red down arrows[/COLOR] indicate a keypress, the [COLOR="Red"]red up arrows[/COLOR] indicate when it's been released. I had to concentrate to get the order of release just right though. :D




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#7 11 years ago

Well if that model actually DOES suppoort simultaneous Shift, Q, A, it's the first and only one I know of that does by them. Then agian, do you really need to spend $100 and get a lot of crap you don't need to finally get one from them that does? On the indents, yeah, the newer ones have them but they're so faint you can easily roll past them. Everyone knows since the MX518 they've been putting "slippery" wheels on the mice. Hate to say but you're starting to actually sound "oblivious".;) Products like the G15 are the very definition of overkill.




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#8 11 years ago

That's alright, man. Different strokes for different folks.

I don't mind at all spending money on quality stuff. I'm certainly not forgoing getting something like a better videocard because I spent the money on a keyboard. The keyboard and mouse are the items you actually interact with all day long, and as such it's important to me that they be pretty good quality. I've used my fair share of cheap peripherals over the years, and in recent years, I've been treating myself to what I would consider to be the good stuff. I personally like all the extra "fluff" that they throw on these things now, so long as they aren't getting in the way of the standard keys.

For the record, I just checked my mx518 (yeah, have one of those too), and it seems to have a bumpy mouse wheel. I do know what you mean by the mice without it. My daughter's old Microsoft wireless set was like that.

And you're right, I am oblivious at times. That's how I got that moniker while gaming years ago. No skin off my back. ;)

P.S. - Remember that we are just throwing out our opinions here on pieces of metal and plastic. At the end of the day does it really matter? Nah... It's not like we're debating over killing puppies or something horribly wrong here.




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#9 11 years ago

Didn't mean to slam ya, and the mice that are most notably "slippery" at the wheel are the laser series. They only started going that direction with the MX518. I can definitely tell the difference between the MX518 and my MX500 though. I got my MX500 for $26 OEM about 3 years ago when they were going for nearly twice that retail. I also didn't mean to say that Logitech is not quality stuff, just that their gaming specific KB/M are too pricey and overkill in some ways and lacking in others. Key layout, programmability, and being able to see the keys in dark lighting are the basics that the Ideazon Merc 2 hits, which is the next KB I'll probably get. At $100 I expect to get more than standard typing layout on a gaming keyboard.