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Logitech's latest gaming keyboards boast an 'impossibly thin' design

By Polycount ยท 21 replies
Aug 15, 2019
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  1. The devices, dubbed the G915 Lightspeed and G815 Lightsync, boast one major feature: an "impossibly thin" and "ground breaking" design, coming in at just 22mm. Logitech calls this a "feat of engineering," which is debatable -- true, there aren't exactly hundreds of ultra-thin gaming keyboards on the market (not high quality ones, anyway), but they do exist.

    Anyway, Logitech goes on to say that both the G915 and G815 are crafted from premium materials, with brushed aluminum top plates, and "low-profile" keycaps that show off a bit more of the keyboards' fancy RGB lighting.

    Both boards will ship with one of three switch variants: GL Clicky, GL Tactile, and GL Linear, which function pretty much how their names suggest. Clicky offers loud and tactile feedback, tactile is a bit quieter with only a "gentle" feedback bump, and linear is completely smooth.

    Design and function-wise, both keyboards are almost completely identical. They offer the same per-key RGB and macro customization (as well as five rebindable "G-keys" toward the left), and the placement of various buttons and switches are similar.

    The key difference lies in their connectivity: the G815 is wired, whereas the G915 offers "pro-grade" wireless functionality, with a 1ms response time and 30 hours of battery life (at 100 percent backlight brightness) on a single charge. Recharging will take about three hours in total.

    If either keyboard sounds like your cup of tea, the G915 will run you $250, while the G815 is $200. Both devices are available for purchase now.

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  2. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 161   +83

    Finally a wireless keyboard that can be charged on the fly, with low-profile linear keys!
    I've been waiting for several years already for this combination.

    If it wasn't for the price ... <gulp>

    Anyone know a nice alternative?
  3. CONIN

    CONIN TS Rookie

    The price for the G815 is not $250 as the article says, it is $200.
    Polycount likes this.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,098   +3,655

    I would buy a logitech keyboard but they have no 60% offerings. Once you go 60% you don't go back.
    Lew Zealand likes this.
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,542   +424

    The G815 is referred to at the very beginning as G15. A simple typo, but I did remind me of how I beat the hell out of my G15 1st gen WAY back in the day.
    Polycount likes this.
  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,591   +933

    Does anyone know which one is ergonomically better?
    Thick or thin?
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,098   +3,655

    Thin keys have less travel distance and bottom out much more easily. If you are going for comfort you should go thick.
  8. D3z4R1

    D3z4R1 TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +6

    Maybe Apple should have Logitech make the keyboard for their MacBooks. lol
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,513   +5,077

  10. johnehoffman

    johnehoffman TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +46

    I have a keyboard with Cherry MX brown switches. It works well. I find it much more comfortable to type on than a rubber dome keyboard.

    I don't understand what advantage there would be to a thinner keyboard. I don't know of any situation where space for one's hands above the keyboard is so limited that a thinner board would be a convenience. Nor do I think that less key travel is helpful. I have used Apple keyboards and found them much less comfortable than boards with Cherry switches.
  11. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,098   +3,655

    A keyboard with 60% of the full layout. No numpad, no dedicated "Home" or "Print Screen" button, ect. In addition, function keys are shared with numerical keys. The keyboard can still access those features using the FN key and they are all within reach of your fingers at all times. I have no idea why none of the big manufacturers make 60% keyboards but boards like the Vortex Poker are very popular in the keyboard enthusiast scene.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,513   +5,077

    Ahh Thanks for clarifying.
  13. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 621   +399

    You can just break off all those annoying keys you hate, if you like. It's fun! Snap, snap!
    Polycount likes this.
  14. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,537   +3,915

    Hmmmmm ..... I have my own reservations about this one. We need more hard and sturdy keyboards, preferably mechanical types that will hold up better than these ultra-thin ones that simply don't last. I like the features but with so many great keyboards priced at under $100 I just don't see the need .....
  15. Stark

    Stark TS Addict Posts: 122   +100

    I hated doing taxes on mine >.<, plus lot of office work of mine includes accounting and a num pad helps.
  16. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,098   +3,655

    The same goes for any TKL or smaller keyboard really. The solution is to just get a numpad only board for those cases.
    Stark likes this.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,513   +5,077

    I for one hate laptop keyboards. So I know I wouldn't like the 60%. But I will also vote for the option to have them, even though I don't want them. As long as the whole market doesn't shift to 60%.
  18. brucek

    brucek TS Maniac Posts: 193   +221

    I don't know who tested this marketing message, but I for one am someone who immediately equates "thin" and "keyboard" with NO THANKS.

    Has there ever been a single positive word said about say Apple's increasingly thin, and sucky, laptop keyboards?
  19. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 774   +659

    Oh, I thought 60% KBs still had the F keys. I must use a 65 or 70% KB as I have F keys and a single column added at the R with Home, Pg Up/Down, & End keys.
  20. Kashim

    Kashim TS Addict Posts: 127   +129

    Hahahaha, $250 for a keyboard that probably costs $5 to make.
  21. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,098   +3,655

    Might be an 84-key. I have a NIZ Plum electrostatic capacitive keyboard that is exactly the same. There is no gap between the number keys and function keys, it's all smashed together. Great keyboard if you need to use the function keys often as they are so easy to reach. I didn't like the 84 key models that had the function keys spaced from the numerical keys.
  22. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,008   +1,540

    The only reason I went for 60% is because I hit the keyboard with my mouse. Other than that, numpad is much easier to use for numbers. I was even used to pressing Enter on the numpad rather than the "regular" one.

    I'm hardly going to be impressed by a keyboard, it's just a thing you type on. I would never spend so much money on a keyboard even if I had an unlimited balance, just cause I would feel stupid for being ripped off.

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