Logitech launches G15 Keyboard for gamers with LCD display and programmable keys

Posted on Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 16:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Logitech today announced the G15 keyboard which is aimed at serious PC gamers. This is the first member in the G-series family of gaming-grade peripherals and it features a built-in auxiliary LCD display, 18 programmable keys and software, making it easy to set up custom commands for every game. The adjustable-tilt, backlit LCD can be programmed to display vital in-game information, or data from other applications, without interrupting game play.

Logitech's first-of-its-kind LCD display will be supported by several new games later this year, providing game information such as score, times, health status, and ammunition levels. Out of the box, the LCD panel can be programmed to show information from other applications, such as incoming e-mail alerts, CPU speed, or even media player information, without interfering with the game on screen. A software development kit (SDK) will be included on the installation CD, allowing gamers to write their own programs for customized information to be displayed on the LCD screen. When not in use, the LCD panel folds down to protect the screen and offers maximum portability -- perfect for transporting to a gaming session at a friend's house.

The LCD and Logitech's gaming keyboard software also help make it easy for gamers to set up custom macro commands, which combine multiple keystrokes into one button press without leaving the game. On the left side of the Logitech G15 keyboard, gamers will find 18 fully programmable keys, called the G keys, and three mode keys: M1, M2, and M3. Within each mode, each G key can be programmed to represent a different keystroke or macro, meaning a total of 54 different commands that can be customized. For example, this means that World of Warcraft players can program the G keys to access their spells more efficiently. Different combinations of keys can be programmed for every game and the G15 will default to these game-specific settings when the title is launched.

By installing Logitech's software drivers, the LCD will also display media information such as track names and times while music is playing on a PC. Below the LCD, the keyboard features convenient media controls that make it easy to control volume during game play or to control playlists and tracks while listening to music.

The Logitech G15 keyboard also features backlit keys --when backlighting is turned on, a light from underneath the key illuminates the character on top of the key. A button on the keyboard turns on the backlighting with two possible brightness levels, providing easy viewing in any lighting condition -- including late-night gaming marathons.

The keyboard has two full-speed USB ports built in, making it easy to plug in a mouse, a headset or another peripheral, without filling up all the ports on the PC. The keyboard also features a gaming mode switch, which, when turned on, disables the Windows key so gamers won't get dropped out of a game if they accidentally press it.

The Logitech G15 keyboard will be available online and at retailers in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia beginning in October. The keyboard will have a suggested retail price of $79.99 in the U.S.

Additionally, Logitech also launched the G5 and G7 gaming mouse.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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Re: Logitech launches G15 Keyboard for gamers with LCD display and programmable keys
by Anonymous on Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 18:01 CEST
Damn I just bought a new keyboard three days ago :(.

  • Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 23:31 CEST

    damn logitech so stupid make it CORDLESSS

    • Reply by Anonymous on Friday, August 12 2005 @ 13:59 CEST

      Personally I'd prefer a couple of extra USB ports on the keyboard to it being wireless...

      • Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, December 10 2006 @ 18:15 CET

    • Reply by Anonymous on Friday, August 12 2005 @ 20:39 CEST

      The G15 isn't cordless but IMO that's not really a big issue. I have used both wireless and wired keyboards and I don't think being wireless adds lots of comfort to a keyboard. It does look a bit more pretty but that's all.

      Wireless mice on the other hand are much more convenient than their corded brothers. Since I've used the MX700 I never want to switch back again to a normal one ;)

    • Reply by Anonymous on Saturday, August 13 2005 @ 8:03 CEST

      Honestly, I reckon this keyboard looks cheap and junky.

      I'll continue using my MX3100 bundle for gaming thanks :)

      MX1000 mouse freakn rocks :D

    • Reply by Anonymous on Saturday, August 13 2005 @ 10:56 CEST

      How do you intend to make it cordless? The LCD would draw a crapload of power, making it somewhat unsuitable for battery power.

    • Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, August 14 2005 @ 22:16 CEST

      i dunno why people want cordless. im always hearing people online complaining that theyre getting fragged cos the batteries are running out on theyre mouse / k board.
      Im looking for a kboard thats corded, i wouldnt touch cordless at all.Its a gimmick imo

    • Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, August 18 2005 @ 10:27 CEST

      I believe it's hard to make a cordless with backlights and stuff... or u could have a 12V car battery with u all the time ;)

    • Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, September 04 2005 @ 13:30 CEST

      Hey, cordless for gaming is gay. Real men have corded keyboards and mice that don't run out of juice after long hours of battle. Realize, men are corded by nature ; )

      • Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, December 29 2005 @ 13:49 CET

        i make u right, cordless gear is crap for gaming....

  • Reply by Anonymous on Friday, August 12 2005 @ 14:20 CEST

    this and the new razor copperhead should make a great gaming pair.

    • Reply by Anonymous on Monday, August 15 2005 @ 5:08 CEST

      Why pair a junky mouse like the razor copperhead with this keyboard. The new g5 niyse has everything you want and need; Laser, 2000 dpi, and removable weightst.

      • Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, September 15 2005 @ 13:38 CEST


        guess what.. copperhead has also laser, 2000dpi and removable weights, so the crucial part of mouseselecting is what kind of mouseshape one likes.

        i just like the diamondback/copperhead -style shape more than mx5xx/7xx/9xx/g5/g7 shape. If the logitech sytle of mouseshape feels better, then the g5 is the right choise. but not in my case.

Re: Logitech launches G15 Keyboard for gamers with LCD display and programmable keys
by Thomas De Maesschalck (lsdsmurf@dvhardware.net) on Friday, August 12 2005 @ 19:00 CEST
I've just added four new pictures of the G15 keyboard, just click on the photos to enlarge them :)

Re: Logitech launches G15 Keyboard for gamers with LCD display and programmable keys
by Anonymous on Thursday, August 18 2005 @ 2:41 CEST
Small display for healthstatus, bullet count and such? Why doesn't it display texts like "pwned!!!" "headshot!!!" and what not instead... who gamer have time to change eyefocus from screen to that small display while bullets fly about??

Other than that, could be nice addition to the regular keyboard... but game info on that? no freaking way

  • Reply by Anonymous on Friday, August 19 2005 @ 14:43 CEST

    Instead of game info, think about CPU/GPU/System temperature info, things like that. If you like to listen mp3's or shoutcast while playing, how about song title scrolling on screen :)

    I had some nasty problems this summer when my pc would just shutdown due overheating while gaming. It's all fixed now, I invested in new cpu and gpu coolers but still it would be nice to know when my system is running unusually hot.

    • Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, November 03 2005 @ 10:35 CET

      I have to say, the first guy who posted was insanely funny. It made me laugh out loud in the library.

      It would be nice for such messages to come up, and it could flash "PWNED!!" like five times, or when you get killed "You've been owned :(" while displaying your PC's temperature, in the corner. I'm sure it's programmable.

      • Reply by Anonymous on Saturday, November 05 2005 @ 2:50 CET

        Fully programmable with C++ and some additional libraries. Personally, it's a great feature for MMO games, but seems like it would only be mediocre for FPSs

Re: Logitech launches G15 Keyboard for gamers with LCD display and programmable keys
by Anonymous on Monday, August 22 2005 @ 16:38 CEST
This k/board is like amazing :D it absolutely rox, mix it with the MX518 or 1000 mice and ur ready to frag some headz off... belieeeve me :D (sry for spelling issues :)

Re: Logitech launches G15 Keyboard for gamers with LCD display and programmable keys
by Anonymous on Sunday, October 09 2005 @ 6:12 CEST
I wonder if the LCD could display CPU/GPU/mobo temp. If anyone knows post a reply cuz if it could I'd buy it.

  • Reply by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 11 2005 @ 10:23 CEST

    I just bought it... here is how it works
    it automatically scans for games and will creat a profile for that game.
    the profile is for the G-keys on the left side. you program then to each profile. the M1-3 buttons sellect different G-key sets within the same profile. for example each game has M1-3 of G1-G18 = 3 x 18 different programmable keys or keystrokes.
    you can record keystrokes or combinations for each g-key. it records Up and Down strokes of each key. aka T(up)T(down) for one press of the T key.
    The LCD... i am not impresses with. currently it ships with 3 display apps.
    1. displays, a clock, time, date,
    2. cup usage % and Mem usage %
    3. Media display (current song, progress, time... etc)
    I thought it woould be awesome for BF2, but so far it serves as my mp3 info and not team chat, orders, ammo, or anything else...

    other than that there is some bugs with starting / stopping the software while the keyboard is plugged or unplugged. it doesnt seem to run the profile manager (windows app with profile config) if you have just pluged in the keyboard.
    also... the backlit only has 2 brightness settings, the 3'rd is off... and i played bf2 in the dark and with lights on and at no time had trouble seeing they keys...

    response time is excelent and usb ports are handy...

    all and all i wuld give this a 8.5 out of 10 at the time of launch, but with more development on the LCD apps it could easily be the best keyboard i've ever used.

  • Reply by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 08 2005 @ 3:50 CET

    jeah i found an website with fact and awesome stuff for teh display u find also tehr a few new things like an new media dispaly option and something for teamspeak and ur email account i hope they will do more for it soon but u also can create ur own programms very easily

  • Reply by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 13 2005 @ 18:05 CET

    It can display CPU and RAM usage, pretty cool IMO...

  • Reply by Anonymous on Monday, December 19 2005 @ 22:39 CET

    well it's programmable if you can c++ you can make it show it im sure there will be such drivers if u go trough some forums

  • Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, April 20 2006 @ 16:56 CEST

    Yes, it can...!