|Logitech G15 2007 Programmable LCD Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 12 November 2007|
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Closer Look: G15 2007
Logitech knows peripherals, and when they set out to design gaming keyboards years ago they began with a strong vision. Moderately successful with their G11 and original G15 products, Logitech returned to the drawing board and created the all new G15 2007 Programmable LCD Gaming Keyboard 920-000379.
A keyboard is a keyboard, when it comes down to it. So aside from the standard QWERTY orientation of keys, there isn't much more to add... so you think. Logitech placed its main focus on the Programmable LCD functionality built into the G15 2007 Gaming Keyboard.
The G15 2007 gaming keyboard includes back-lighted keys for late-night gaming sessions and includes a game mode switch, which disables the Windows key, eliminating the inconvenience of accidentally closing a game.
The most obvious new addition to the G15 is the high-visibility GamePanel LCD which displays game stats and other important system information. Not a full-time gamer? The Logitech G15 2007 Programmable LCD Gaming Keyboard also has all of the basic multimedia controls as well; making the G15 2007 a good alternative for those enthusiasts who dabble into both worlds.
To provide gamers with maximum versatility, the G15 2007 supports different combinations of keys for different games; the G15 2007 keyboard activates game-specific settings when a programmed title is launched. And with a reduction in the number of programmable keys to six, the updated G15 keyboard is more compact in size, offering gamers more space on their desk without sacrificing performance.
Logitech's marketing material, retail package, and website, all list the G15 2007 as having three levels of brightness on the illuminated characters. If one of those levels is "off", then yes, there are three. For everyone else who has an understanding of the term, there are two levels: low and medium.
The G15 2007 keyboard also offers six on-the-fly programmable macro keys with three modes, for a total of 18 programmable keys per game or application. This means, for example, World of Warcraft players can program the G keys to access their spells more efficiently.
In the next section, Benchmark Reviews digs deeper into the Logitech G15 2007 Programmable LCD Gaming Keyboard, and exposes a few new features that are sure to please; and a few that won't.