June 3, 2013

Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Review

Looking for a new gaming keyboard that will give you that extra edge to extend your games to the next level? The Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard may be the perfect fit for your gaming needs, find out if it is for you with this review.

Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard Features
Adjustable, Color Gamepanel LCDExtend your cockpit with the G19s GamePanel LCD*. Stay informed with real-time game stats, background system information, VoIP communication data, video playback and image slide shows. Add community-developed applets to work with your GamePanel monitor or create your own.

Custom Color BacklightingLocate keys in any room with custom backlit keys. Choose 1 out of 16 million colors and assign a unique color to each profile, profile mode, and mode style in the same game. You can tell, without looking down, which mode you’re in to ensure your setup is optimized.

12 Fully Programmable G-KeysG19s includes 12 programmable G-keys** that simplify complex actions by allowing you to configure up to 36 unique functions across three different modes with three macros per key. With G-keys, instant access to a variety of customizable functions is just a click away. Program G-keys to interact with your mouse to change DPI levels on the fly and instantly switch from lightning-fast speed to pixel-perfect precision. Assign a G-key to open microphone channels and talk to friends through Ventrilo or to record your play on the fly. You can even assign a G-key to send a text broadcast to your team. Harness the power of G-keys to configure single key presses, complex macros or intricate LUA scripts on the fly, and quickly simplify actions to stay immersed in your game and never lose a step.

Advanced Surface MaterialsUsing infrared technology, we studied the interaction between hand and keyboard, and then added advanced surface materials to strategic zones for improved durability and comfort. A hydrophobic coating helps keep hands from sticking to the palm rest. Double UV coating on the keys provides extra long life durability. In addition, fingerprint-resistant coating on the faceplate helps maintain a fresh look. Details make the difference.

Two Hi-Speed USB PortsThe powered USB ports let you transfer data to and from peripherals, like MP3 players and flash drives, while also charging battery-powered devices.

Six Key Anti-GhostingAnti-ghosting means every key you press is registered even when you press more than one key at the same time. G19s not only includes anti-ghosting on common multi-key inputs such as control-alt-delete, it includes it over all 26 keys so you can perform multiple complex actions, such as pressing six keys at once, without interference or ghosting.

Game Mode SwitchYou’re about to record a record high number of perfect headshots when an accidental keystroke sends you on an unplanned, unwanted trip to your desktop. Don’t let this kind of mistake ruin your streak or your game—easily disable the Windows key with one button so your game won’t be interrupted. You can thank us later.

Intelligent Cable Management - You can keep mouse, headset and other cords out of the way by routing them through channels on the underside of G19s.

Public Software Development Kit (SDK)You can upload the latest enhancements developed exclusively for GamePanel by the Logitech open-source community.

Onboard MemoryG19s saves your profiles so you never lose your settings, even when you bring it to other PCs.

Dedicated Media ControlsConvenient one-touch controls give you instant access to volume control and media playback without needing to press a function key.” – Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard

My Thoughts
Before I started using this keyboard, I was using the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110 and the Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Depending on what I was doing with it, I’d switch back and forth, but for the most part I was using the G110 because I could make the keyboard have a backlight color other than white. I really liked both of these keyboards because they were able to get the job done and easy to setup and use.

I was really excited to try the new Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard because it was like the best of both of the previous versions I was using rolled into one. I never used a keyboard with a LCD screen either, so to be honest, to start with, I was a little confused on what the big fuss about it would be. I mean, would it really make that much of a difference?

The Gamepanel LCD screen on the keyboard is without a doubt the coolest feature on this gaming keyboard. It does indeed help you to instantly see certain aspects to the game you are playing, system information, or any of the other option you choose. It is also very easy to setup and use, so don’t be intimidated with this feature at all.

My next favorite feature on this keyboard is the ability to change the backlight color to any option I wish. I’ve messed around with it just about every day I’ve been using it, and it looks great in all of the hues I’ve tried. My favorite is a light blue, pink, purple, and aqua or teal shade. You can easily change it to match your mood or your room.

The G-Keys are also easy to setup and use for gaming. I don’t use too many, but they are quite helpful for certain things. The advanced surface materials also work quite well to keep the keyboard looking fresh, but don’t forget to also clean it with appropriate antimicrobial wipes for electronics, too.

This is seriously the best keyboard I have ever used for a PC. It is perfect for gamers, but I could see how it could also be a favorite for people who just casually use the PC for other things as well. It is designed with the user in mind, and features intelligent options for people to get the most use out of it. I highly recommend it.

Disclosure: Thank you to Logitech for providing me with the product for review. All opinions, experiences, and thoughts about the product being reviewed are my own.


Anonymous said...

If a keyboard can be sexy, this sure is sexy!

Steve said...

This is the keyboard I neeeeed!