Despite having lived the majority of my gaming life heavily favouring wired PC gaming accessories for their often cheaper price tag and lower latency, I’ve recently found myself shifting towards the wireless side of the fence.
Yeah, you have to charge them every once and a while, and mathematically they have a higher latency, but there’s just something so convenient and aesthetically pleasing about having gaming gear that doesn’t bear a cable appendage.
This has been my experience over the last few weeks with the Logitech G915 Lightspeed Gaming Keyboard, a low-profile full sized wireless keyboard that feels great in both gaming and work conditions.
Other than its wireless design, what is immediately noticeable on the G915 are its low profile keys.
Gone are the traditional chunky keys you’d expect to see on a mechanical keyboard, replaced with thin cut keys that still feel as satisfying and responsive.
They do take a while to get accustomed to however, and you will likely mistype a bit more often than usual as you learn the feel of the board. Speaking of feel, the G915 feels sturdy despite its thin design, with the aluminium-magnesium alloy resulting in a tough yet snazzy product. It also lasts up to 30 hours at maximum RGB brightness, with more mileage to be expected if you toggle the lighting off or turn the brightness down. The G915 comes in three different switch flavours, Clicky, Linear, and Tactile, which resemble the traditional Blue, Red, and Brown switches respectively. I’ve been playing with the Clicky variant of the G915, and as someone who predominantly uses clicky switches, the G915 still provides a satisfying tactical bump and audible click that one would expect from a board of this nature.
Despite being clicky, it doesn’t sound as obnoxiously loud as some traditional blue switches does in my opinion, although it would still be on the louder end of the spectrum when compared to the tactile and linear styles.
Most of my gaming time on the G915 was spent playing a game currently under embargo (fancy I know!), but I did play some Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a game that I am very nostalgic for. As I expected to happen, the keyboard and my Logitech G Pro X Superlight wireless mouse collaborated together perfectly, seeing me finish MVP in my first game of CSGO in years. Fluke or not, the G915 performed under pressure in all the gaming moments I threw at it. The keyboard was also plenty of fun to use while practising some programming and typing up this very review.
As most Logitech Gaming products are, the G915 can be tinkered through Logitech’s G Hub software. You can adjust the lighting colours and effects present on the keyboard to your heart’s content, and can also program macros and commands to the keyboard’s five additional G keys.
I mainly just used them to open popular applications with the click of a button but their usage will likely vary depending on whether or not you want to use them. There are three different mode keys present on the top of the board, meaning up to 15 commands can be created. Game Mode can also be toggled on and off, with it disabling particular keys to avoid unwanted inputs.
Also present above the keys are some handy media controls that make the process of pausing, muting, and adjusting the volume of a video or song a breeze. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this addition as much as I did, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy using the volume roller.
The G915 allows you to toggle between Lightspeed Wireless and Bluetooth via their respective buttons, making for easy transition between devices. As someone who uses their Desktop PC and Laptop in unison, this feature is particularly handy, and is just another luxury that the G915 affords its user.
In summary, the Logitech G915 looks and feels great, and is a keyboard that I can’t help but recommend. Its wireless form factor makes for a clean desk and simple portability, and its fancy additions such as the media controls and simple toggle between Lightspeed wireless and Bluetooth make the G915 a fantastic keyboard for anyone in the market for a well-made wireless gaming keyboard.
Its hefty AUD$399.95 price tag will likely be a deterrent for some, but the G915 is still a worthwhile pickup if you’re willing to splash some cash.
Written by: @GrumpyGoron