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Logitech G15 Revision 2 Gaming Keyboard
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Logitech
Source: Logitech
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Logitech G15 Revision 2 Gaming Keyboard
June 24, 2008

The Basics (continued):

The next several images will take a closer look at different sections of the keyboard in order to highlight some of its special features. The below left image starts with a look at the keys on the left hand side of the unit. Here we see three mode keys (labeled M1 through M3), and six G-keys (labeled G1 through G6). Using the mode keys in conjunction with the G-keys provides up to 18 custom configured combinations for use in your favorite 3D games, or even desktop applications. Preset profiles can be loaded for many games, but you can also create your own. The quickest and easiest way to program a macro is to use the key labeled MR (macro record), located just to the right of the mode keys. You don't even have to leave the action in order to set up a new command, so the process couldn't be much easier.

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The above right image takes a look at the right hand side of the keyboard. The special keys in this area include a large, chromed mute button (more multimedia buttons to be checked out next) and a button to control the three levels of back lighting (off, low, and high).

The GamePanel LCD and some more of the special keys are shown in the image below. Multimedia controls are found on either side of the display, and unmarked buttons along the bottom are associated with the control of the LCD's functions. The circular button to the left of the screen is generally used for switching modes, and the rectangular buttons serve various purposes depending on what mode the LCD is in.

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The next image shows the bottom of the keyboard, as well as the front edge. The main feature visible here is the availability of two USB ports. This could make for a convenient location to connect common components like a flash drive or a mouse, and I have found myself using it to sync my mobile phone. The other interesting feature is the series of grooves molded into the base of the keyboard. These are intended to manage the cables of any devices plugged into the USB ports, but they only work with thinner cables. For example, the cable for the keyboard itself is too thick to fit into these slots. Not shown, but also found on the bottom, are two feet that can be popped up to provide a more comfortable typing angle.

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Those of you familiar with the original G15 keyboard may be looking at what we have seen of this second revision and have already noticed several differences. While there are now fewer G-keys, a smaller screen, and a different arrangement of other special function keys, Logitech feels the changes are an improvement. The overall footprint of the keyboard has been reduced to fit more desktops, and the design should increase reliability and comfort for most users. The new version is sleeker and more compact without sacrificing anything significant (in my opinion), but I have seen a tremendous response from enthusiasts who feel that revision two is a downgrade. Considering the success of the original G15, and that some of the differences are rather significant, I think it may have been a good idea to select a different model number for this keyboard. G13 perhaps?

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