Pros 18 G Keys are returned, that were taken away in the upgrade of the G15 keyboard. Get the G15 if you are worried about size, otherwise, they have removed that superfluous screen at the top, and left the keys a gamer would like to have.
Cons USB 1.1 ports would be better if they were USB 2.0 ports. The backlighting on mine flickers occasionally, but not enough to report the issue to Logitech. Depth of the keyboard could be improved, but not the width. It is sold as a gamers keyboard.
Summary I originally purchased a G15 V1 keyboard because of the 18 programmable keys on the left of the keyboard. In the redesign of the G15 they eliminated 12 of those keys. Many gamers complained, myself included. In the end, they used the old G15 design minus the lcd screen to create the G11. Unlike the G15 V2 which has updated M keys, the G11 uses exactly the same keys the old G15 V1 used. This was a low cost solution to gamers who missed their old faithful. Unfortunately when your G15 V1 dies, you get a G15 V2, so I had to purchase a G11 to replace my old worn out G15 V1 and retain all my macros. I love the G11 like I loved my G15 V1. The person I contacted at tech support could have been more helpful if they identified the USB ports as V1.1 vs V2.0 when I asked a year ago when I was having support problems. In the end though, I found that ECS has a motherboard that has a boot routine that does not support plugging your mouse into the USB 1.1 ports. In the end I plugged my mouse into the computer rather than fight it. The ports worked fine once the operating system was loaded. Go figure.
Pros awesome keyboard, love the macros, love the LEDS, I BASICALLY LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PRODUCT EXCEPT FOR ONE THING(LOOK BELOW)
Cons OK THIS BOARD IS NOT DURABLE at all i mean after about 2 months of use my L, : , " , and < keys all stop working . now i guess i cant blame the whole model just because i bought a bad unit. BUT BE AWARE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
Summary BOTTEM Line its an awesome keyboard , but my unit was not very durable. BUT HEY if your keys stop working LOL u have 54 EXTRA KEYS to replace them with LOL. IF MY KEYS DIDNT STOP WORKING I WOULD HAVE GIVEN THIS product 5 STARS
Pros Easy To Read/Good Feel/Programmable
Cons Women aren't crazy about a keyboard like this
Summary I am not really a gamer, although I like playing qames from time to time, like Doom 3, Classic Doom, and others. My primary use is work and general household use. This keyboard is great. One of the things that always bothered me with traditional keyboards was that if I want to work at night, with lights off, seeing the keyboard was impossible. The illuminated keys work very well for this. They also work well in bright light. The keys under regular lighting conditions do not need the illumination feature to be usable.
Also the touch and feel of using this is very comfortable. The host of special features, programmable keys , etc., are very useful for any appllication.
In short I highly reccommend this.
Pros I work as a tier 1 support person for our Voip department. You can imagine, I end up typing a lot of the same things to people over and over. I have used the programmable keys to create so far about 20-28 canned responses. Big productivity boost!
Cons Enter key stopped working today, and I wish the backlight was brighter. Will be contacting Logitech for a warranty replacement.
Summary I liked this keyboard so much I had my company buy me one, and I bought another for my home. I play City of Heroes MMORPG, and one of these days I will sit down and load the keys with custom macros.Enter Key Problem turned out to be a connectivity issue. I unplugged it and moved it to a new USB port and it reinitialized and worked.
Updated on Jun 6, 2011
Pros Multiple panels of uses on the 18 programmable keys, very well done backlighting, quiet typing, quick mute button, no obnoxious and useless lcd screen.
Cons USB ports aren't powered, so they work with very few things.
Summary First things first. Someone needs to start making the #$^% Anykey keyboard at a decent price again! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_AnyKey In the past 15 years since it was discontinued, it still hasn't been beaten for a gaming keyboard.
But the G11 isn't a bad gaming keyboard if you can't get your hands on the holy grail, and for productivity the G11 is the best of many I have tried.
The typing is reasonably quiet, and the keys have enough resistance that an accidental miskey will be noticed. I've seen some reviews complaining about durability, but mine has had almost 3 years of heavy use and is still going strong. The backlights are great, with little to no bleed-though around the keys.
I actually use this for work for accounting and billing. I can automate repetitive tasks easily and save myself massive amounts of time for the things that actually need thought instead of rote typing and clicking.
For example: one key is set to:
* take an open pdf with highlighted text,
* copy the highlighted text,
* email the file to the client,
* enter the copied text into the subject line,
* put in a form letter saying "here's your bill, please pay it"
* send the email
* open the next pdf in the directory
I then highlight the account number, and press the macro again. Using the macro, 5-10 seconds. Manually, 90-120 seconds. I do 300 of these a week, and that takes it from all day task to under an hour.
I have different profiles set up for different phases of the job. There's a data entry profile, a bill submission profile, an audit response profile, etc.
The weak USB ports are a disappointment, all I've really been able to get to work in them was a "guest" mouse, since I use a trackball. The PDA cradle, pocket hard drive, memory card readers, and thumb-drives all failed. I DID manage to get a powered hub working off of one of them, but since the hub was USB 2.0 it was just as an experiment to confirm that power-draw was the problem, and I plugged it back into the PC.
Oh, and to that screwed up review about girls not liking the keyboard.
1. *** does that have to do with how good a keyboard is?
signed - a thirty-mumble old-school she-geek.