Release Date: 05/2020
Keyboards aren’t something I buy very often. Good keyboards are really expensive and are even more personal than mice. The weight of the board itself, the looks, keycaps, switches, layout, and everything can get very complicated for some. I tend to go for high-end gaming keyboards and usually wait 2-3 years before purchasing a new one. Wireless keyboards have kind of been terrible recently especially gaming keyboards with RGB lighting. I’ve always been fine with wired keyboards as they always stay put, but they do need cable management and their cables can sometimes be very thick. A positive side of wired keyboards is USB pass-throughs which would drain a wireless keyboard.
I cut the cord on mice 15 years ago. The technology for responsive mice has been here for a very long time. This is my first wireless gaming keyboard and I was very skeptical at first. There are three key types available. I chose clicky as I have heavy hands and like the sound of bright clicks. There is also a tenkeyless version available as well. When taking the keyboard out of the box I have to say that this is the thinnest keyboard I’ve ever seen. It’s so sleek and low profile. The brushed aluminum is also a nice touch. Despite the thinness, it’s surprisingly weighty. It also sports feet to raise the back up higher.
I was sad to see the plug is USB mini and not USB-C. It comes with a wireless dongle and a USB cable for charging. You will notice how close the keys are compared to other keyboards. The caps are low profile so they are similar to some laptop keys, but the switches are nothing like that. Logitech is using unpopular GL switches here so there are almost no third-party keycaps available on the market. I’m not sure if Logitech did that on purpose or if it was just bad judgment. The typing feel on this keyboard is very nice and I can rest my hands on the home row without the keys pressing just from the weight of my fingers resting.
I’m not the biggest fan of the other keys as they are soft rubber and not solid buttons. I’m glad there are dedicated media keys here and a volume wheel and the texture of the buttons is kind of velvety. It’s a bit odd. At least there is a bit of an indentation in each key so you know if you are on one. There are four profile keys, wireless selection, a game mode button, and a brightness button. There is a battery indicator light at the top. It lets you know when your battery is below or above 15%. You can also press a key combination to change between RGB patterns that are in the internal memory. You technically don’t even need Logitech G Hub software.
The software itself is used for setting macros, changing power settings, creating shortcuts, and changing the lighting. The keyboard allows for animations as well if you want to get technical and fancy. You can also see how much power you’re consuming based off of current settings. The battery can last about 30 hours with full RGB brightness. I tend to reduce mine to around 70% and I get nearly 40 hours. With RGB off you can easily get over 100 hours of battery life according to the software.
Overall, the G915 Lightspeed is a fantastic keyboard. The slim profile, brushed metal, and fantastic clicky GL keys feel really nice. I wish the extra buttons were more tactile and not a squishy velvety rubber, but at least they’re there. There is also no palm rest which is surprising for the premium price you are paying and it’s not USB-C. I’m impressed with the battery life quite a bit and overall it’s just an incredibly solid keyboard and is a delight to type if you like clicky keys.