Pros Backlit Keys, Physical Programmable Macro Keys
Cons Can't get the Macros to work properly
Summary I have spent a lot of time with the Logitech G11, G15ver.1 & G15v.2 because I returned my first & 2nd boards because I thought they were defective. It turns out that all these boards and other users have major issues recording/playback Multiple Keystoke Macros. I cannot speak for the preprogrammed macros assigned to games. I am using these macros for use with the TradeStation platform/program.
Th problem is that multiple keystrokes that are recorded into macros, rarely playback the same even half of the time. believe me I really wanted this keyboard's macro feature to work... I have tried everything, from recording with the "On the Fly" button to intensely using the Macro Editor with fine tuned keystroke delays. I am lucky that any 4 to 8 keystroke macro will play back half of the keystrokes half of the time. You never know what outcome you will get, so If a macro doesn't replay completely it will stop halfway through.... so at this point I have to nurse the macro to completion.
If you only need simple 2 Keystoke Keys such as Ctrl+1 or Alt+M then No Problem.
I can't give up on this keyboard because it has 18 physical keys. I need a lot of macro keys, especially after using the newer G-15 that has only 6 macro keys. It was way to complicated switching between the different mode/sets with the M keys (M1,M2,M3 produce 3 sets of 18keys of 54 programable keys on the G11).
I love the Backlighting of the keys, now I don't need to turn on any lights just to use my computer at night, I'm not a typist. The backlighting needs to be brighter even though the light button switches from Off-Low-High keylight.
The Volume Control Knob is not my preference, It's harder to control volume , unlike the knurled scroll knob on the newest G110 board.
I like the USB ports to plug in my corded Mouse.
Another great feature is the "Application key" similates aa Right-Click Mouse press. This helps to access some window/program functions for macro recording.
So my final thoughts are even though the custom multiple key macros will drive you crazy... the G11 keyboards pluses way out weigh the negatives....
Or at least until Microsoft comes out with a board that has a lot of programable keys... maybe they will make a macro work correctly.
"Perfection"on by jahpeople
Pros 18 programmable macro buttons (with in game on-the-fly macro recording ability
easy to read lcd that displays useful information
good tactile response on keys
other bells and whistles
Cons none, except price maybe
Summary Some of the other reviewers here are unhappy with fewer macro keys on the new G15's fewer macro keys, but I'm not one of them. For myself 18 macros are more than enough, and with very flexible setup options, it's easy to configure those keys to your liking. One obvious draw to this keyboard is the LCD screen, which comes with a decent number of useful apps pre-installed. Depending on your gaming and other computing needs you should be able to find just about any app you could want, from stock tickers to virtual pets (some obviously more useful than others). The orange display is easy to read in both high and low light situations, and I personally prefer the built in design to the old flip up model. Two usb ports, a windows key lock, media controls and high and backlit keys round out the features of a very nice keyboard.
Other thoughts -
I know the Cnet staff docked this board a few points for not having usb 2.0 ports, but again for me this isn't a problem. I prefer to have usb powered devices plugged directly into the pc, or barring that a usb hub. I've found that the two top ports are ideal for charging my mobile and headset while sitting at the desk. The placement of the ports helps me cut down on desk clutter, and helps me avoid losing my two charger cables (which I routinely misplace).
If the loss of macro buttons bothers you and you're still looking for an upgrade, go ahead and purchase the new G19 keyboard. It boasts a similar feature set with more macro buttons and a full color lcd. Since I can only remember about 4 macros at a time, this keyboard definitely works for me. Any more buttons would be overkill, as I still haven't found a good use for the remaining 14 macro buttons. Personal preference.
Final Thoughts -
I just can't say enough good things about this keyboard. It has all the bells and whistles I've been looking for in a gaming keyboard, and it isn't over-the-top ugly. Let's not forget about the most important feature of any keyboard, the typing experience. Typing on this thing is a breeze, and while you'll find that some buttons have been shortened it doesn't hamper the tactile experience in any way. I have small hands and find that both the shorter tab button and macro buttons are very easy to reach. In other words this keyboard is just plain comfortable to use, a big plus if you plan on spending a good deal of time at your pc. The mod community has also been all over this thing since rev. 1 was released, so there are a ton of addons for your LCD to make it even more useful. Bottom line; if you want a great gaming keyboard, and think that 18 macro buttons are enough to satisfy your gaming needs, then there really is no better choice on the market today. Buy this keyboard.
"Great gaming keyboard!"on by Eddt
Pros good backlight, readable LCD
Cons no usb ports, pricepoint
Summary Though some may complain that this keyboard is a step backwards from the first version, I can say that not having owned the first one I didn't have an opinion on the topic when purchasing my version 2 G15.
At first, I was inclined to think that the 6 macro keys wouldn't be enough, but that just isn't the case. In fact, for my particular gaming style (heavy mmorpg) they are more than sufficient. The macros can be prebuilt using the Logitech tools, or you can even create them on the fly - actually record them live from the game.
Everything about this keyboard is easy to use and while the retail price is a little steep, overall I'm pleased with this keyboard - my new keyboard of choice!
Pros Has an LCD screen, with lots of different settings. You can see your stats while you play WoW. See your CPU, Read the News with the RSS feed.
Keys light up, and are very responsive.
Lots of keys for gaming customization. Macro keys, profile keys.
Cons The media buttons around the LCD screen, (IE: Fast forward, Reverse, Stop, Play/Pause, Volume up/down, dont work correctly, or not at all.
Summary Really great key board, but its getting dated, and its time logictech lowered the price, I mean, the is a whole new series of G. (G16, which is a HUUUGGGEEE improvement.)
Some people may be deterred by the price tag of 160$ CAD, but if you want epic gaming gear, youll pay the price.