Logitech, in particular, their gaming side (Logitech G) have been making a lot of noise in the peripheral market over the past couple of years. Always bringing their latest innovations to the forefront, we are today taking a look at the Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Keyboard.
When it comes to connectivity I am a wired-first gamer. This is due to past experiences where I have been mid-game and there have either been major latency or connectivity issues. Can Logitech’s Lightspeed technology change this? Keep reading to find out more and if you like this hardware review, check out some more here!
The Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Keyboard is available in two colour ways, white or carbon. Both look stunning, but it allows you to choose the one which best fits the aesthetics of your build. I’ve managed to get my hands on the carbon version.
On unboxing the first thing that slaps you in the face, is just how good quality the build is. When looking at the dimensions, you would instantly assume that this keyboard would have flex. However, the hard plastic chassis mixed with the aluminium casing provides a rigid keyboard which almost feels bomb-proof.
To the front of the keyboard (other than the standard key set), there are eight buttons and a scroll wheel. Each one of the buttons ties to a different functionality. Four of these are related to connectivity through customisation. Then the other four are media buttons, which include skip (FWD/BK), Play/Pause and a mute button. To the side of these is where the volume scroll wheel resides. For me, this wheel has a very satisfying scroll, it’s super smooth and controllable. This is a big tick in the LGs arsenal, as other big branded keyboards, that have a similar wheel, seem to be uncontrollable at times.
To the back there is a set of fold-down feet, so you can angle the keyboard at two different heights (4 or 8 degrees). Other than that there is nothing else that stands out other than a port to plug the wireless dongle in. Not a huge amount happening, but keeping it simple keeps this keyboard looking sleek. This keyboard does come in at the higher end of prebuilt gaming keyboards, with an RRP of around £220. However, you can absolutely see why when you have it in hand. There is nothing cheap about this keyboard.
A Closer Look
With the Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Keyboard being wireless, the biggest worry I had was battery life. However, with the brightness on 100% you get up to 40 hours of game time, turn all the lights off and it extends to over a 1000 hours. There are 5 different brightness pre-selects, but these are also customisable via the G Hub. There are two wireless options available, Lightspeed Wireless and Bluetooth.
When it comes to final touches, the Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Keyboard has a customisable RGB element. Using the Logitech G Hub you can customise the RGB elements of the keyboard, down to the individual keys, if so wish. Not only this, but if your product has onboard memory you can use this to create profiles for games and change key binds. On board, this keyboard has two lighting profiles and three macro profiles.
Certain games have also supplied the G Hub with their own designs. Battlefield is a prime example where, if turned on, your keyboard will go all black apart from a big red V design. The Fortnite design goes crazy if you get that all important victory royale. For some this may seem like a gimmick, others will love it.
Let’s Talk About Switches
To cater for all types of gamers the Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Keyboard comes in three different switch versions. These are Tactile, Linear or Clicky. Some gamers will honestly not be fussed, but some have a type. If you are new to keyboard switch types then let me tell you a bit about them.
Tactile – This type of switch has a tactile bump. This delivers feedback through the actuation moment so you know instantly when a key has been triggered.
Linear – These switches operate smoothly with no bump or click. This type of keyboard is great for games which require double/triple taps in succession.
Clicky – The clicky is all in the name. It provides not only a tactile bump but a click-on press. You get audio as well as a physical cursor to know that the key has been triggered.
Obviously the above is great to understand, however, the proof is in the press. Some people will hate clicky and deem them too loud. Just like some will prefer a clicky, It is extremely personal. When it comes to the Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Keyboard, I have found that a lot of stores sell the Tactile version as standard.
I really can not find a bad thing to say about this keyboard and can see why lots of the TC community swear by it! Everything from the design, to the switches, the build quality and connectivity has been done with finesse. The days of having wireless peripherals and being unable to game on them, due to latency issues, are long gone. The only thing that might take gamers some time to get used to is the low-profile keys. I award the Logitech G915 TKL Lightspeed Keyboard a Thumb Culture Platinum Award.
Disclaimer: A sample was received in order to write this review.