Logitech G915 Lightspeed Review

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-The Logitech G915 is an impressive accomplishment from both a design and a technical perspective. It’s impossibly thin design is unlike any other on the market and might be the best looking keyboard I have ever laid my eyes on. While not everyone will appreciate the thin key design, it is impossible to deny how good the G915 looks & feel.

The Good

  •  Extraordinary design, both in terms of quality & esthetic
  •  Exceptional wireless connection & battery life
  •  Easy to use g-keys, macro keys, and media outlet
  •  The GL switches are very responsive & tactile
  •  An array of cool features such as multi-host wireless & content driven RGB lighting
  •  Very satisfying to type on

The Bad

  • Pricey
  •  The thin keys are not for everyone

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The Logitech G915 is the most impressive keyboard I have tested to date from a design perspective. Everything about the keyboard screams luxury, and from a quality standpoint, it stands unrivaled.

In terms of performance, it is also one of the best wireless gaming keyboards of the decade. With flawless connectivity, incredible battery life – as well as great responsiveness and tactile feedback from the GL switches.

Now about the switches. This review is based on the G915 GL Tactile version.

The thin GL switches look absolutely stunning and feel very satisfying to use. However, they are a double-edged sword. People that are used to the regular tall mechanical keys will likely have some trouble getting used to the GL switches. The travel distance for the switches is very short compared to regular keys, and it does make it easy to click the wrong button at first. The keyboard’s flat design also makes it hard to locate specific buttons without looking at the keys since the entire layout feels the same.

If you like the classic think design that you see on many office keyboards, then the G915 might be the best mechanical keyboard you have ever tried. On the other hand, if you are a fan of the regular tall mechanical gaming keys, then it will take some time getting used. Whether you are the former or the ladder, the G915 does feel undeniably satisfying to type on, and I think anyone can get used to the thin design.

The Logitech G915 is a feature-filled mechanical wonder with top-tier wireless performance and an unparalleled level of quality. It might be an expensive treat, but if you want a luxurious wireless keyboard with impeccable performance and a vast array of features, then it is worth every penny.

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Design & Quality – Second to none

This is where the Logitech G915 blew me away. I have never been so impressed with a keyboard from a design standpoint. Every inch of it looks absolutely stunning, and aluminum-magnesium alloy for the top case feels unbelievably qualitative.

It has a steel bar running through the inside of the keyboard to make it even more rigid, all the while remaining incredibly thin.

The media control buttons are also taken to the next level. The soft-touch rubber controls feel comfortable to use and add even more to the quality feel.

The G915 is quite expensive, but when you hold it in your hands, you do feel like you got what you paid for – a genuine luxury product for the quality-minded gamer.

Performance – Wireless Mastery

When talking about performance for a wireless mechanical keyboard, two things come to mind; Switches, and wireless connectivity.

And in this, the G915 is unique, due to the incredibly thin keys and the flagship Lightspeed wireless connection.

Switches – GL Switches(Tactile)

The G915 is unlike most other mechanical keyboards as it uses a thin key design with minimal travel and actuation distance. I tested the G915 GL Tactile, but it also comes with clicky, and linear switches. The linear switches are pretty quiet but give off enough sound to give you that satisfying mechanical feel.

A lot of people are used to low profile keyboards. Whether from laptops or their workplace office keyboards. Low profile keyboards do provide a great typing experience and remain comfortable for long periods. However, most of these keyboards are not mechanical, and most gamers and typists have gravitated towards mechanical switches for their improved performance and feel.

The G915 combines the low-profile layout that a lot of people love with the reliable performance of mechanical switches, and the result is quite excellent.

The GL switches are made in collaboration with Kailh, and their expertise really shines through here. It uses a total travel distance of only 2.7mm, compared to the industry standard of 4. It has also cut the actuation distance down to a mere 1.5mm through an average force of 50 g. This, combined with the 1ms wireless response time, mean that you have a keyboard with extraordinary reactivity and tactile feedback that makes it feel like you are in total control at all times.

You can check out our guide of mechanical switches if you are not sure what actuation and travel distance means.

The low-profile tactile keys feel immensely satisfying to type and game on, and it has been a joy writing this review out on the G915.

The thin design is not for everyone

Despite the impeccable performance of the GL switches, the slim design is not necessarily for everyone.

Most mechanical gaming keyboards use a tall-profile design, and there is a reason for it. It allows them to create an ergonomic design and makes it easier to tell each key apart. It is harder to locate specific buttons from touch alone, and if your hand leaves the keyboard, you sometimes have to take a glance to relocate your default hand position.

The thin design and short travel distance also make it easy to click the wrong button at times. Especially when you are just getting used to the design. That said, it didn’t take me too long getting used to the layout, but it is something to keep in mind.

Image of GL Linear switchesWireless Performance – Lightspeed never disappoints

When reviewing a wireless gaming keyboard, it doesn’t matter how good the design or general performance is if the connectivity is off. Luckily, Logitech has mastered the fine art of wireless performance over the past years with the introduction of their Lightspeed connection, and the G915 holds up exactly as well as I expected.

The moment you plug in the USB receiver and turn on the keyboard, you have a flawless connection between PC and peripheral.

Multi-host Bluetooth connection

Image of G915 media buttonsThe G915 Lightspeed comes with multi-device connectivity. This essentially means that you can connect to two devices at the same time. One through the USB connector and one through Bluetooth.

I loved this feature as it allowed me to have it connected to my smart TV and PC at the same time.

You can easily swap between Bluetooth & Lightspeed with the soft-touch rubber buttons on the keyboard. What impressed me the most is how seamless the transition is, you can switch mid-sentence, and it keeps going instantly without any delay. You also don’t have to reconnect Bluetooth all the time.

Battery Life – Up to a ridiculous 1,200 hours of play

That’s right. The G915 can last up to about 1200 hours of uninterrupted playtime if you turn off all RGB lighting. The RGB lighting can be adjusted through the media outlet, but if you want in-depth customization, you will have to do it through the G Hub software. Which will also allow you to sync the G915 with the rest of your Logitech G devices to have matching RGB patterns.

While 1200 hours is impressive, it is worth noting that the RGB lighting on the G915 is very powerful and if you turn it all the way up with static light then it will take the battery life down to about 30 hours. The different levels of RGB will drastically affect the battery life, but luckily, there are a ton of ways to extend the life of the keyboard without turning off RGB entirely.

I have the RGB lighting set to full whenever I have it hooked up to the charger and then use a pulsating pattern at 60% brightness whenever I use it wirelessly. This alone gives it up to several hundred hours of use.

Final Verdict

Image of Logitech G915 LightspeedI have very little negative things to say about the G915 Lightspeed keyboard. It is an impressive accomplishment in both esthetic and technical design, and in some ways, it is leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors. No wireless keyboard that I have tested to date can keep up with the G915 in terms of raw performance and certainly not in terms of design.

It is also one of the most feature-rich keyboards on the market. It comes with Lightspeed wireless connectivity, Bluetooth, Lightsync, five g keys, three macro keys, game mode, and a media outlet. That is an impressive lineup of features, even in this price range.

The only real negative about the G915 Lightspeed is the price. It is a costly gadget, but I don’t feel like it is all that overpriced at all.

Lastly, the switches are either a pro or a con, depending on who you ask. From a performance standpoint, they work perfectly, but the low-profile design is not for everyone and fans of the classic tall mechanical keys might have trouble getting used to the G915.

All and all, an excellent wireless gaming keyboard that despite its price, gave me everything I expected and a bit more.

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Installed Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness twenty years ago, haven't stopped gaming since.

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