Pros Illumination, Custimization of Function Keys, Keystroke Feel
Cons Price, not an ergo-keyboard
Summary I was really weary of purchasing this keyboard since I was afraid I would miss my "sleep" and "calculator" buttons on my current Microsoft Multimedia keyboard. Silly, I know, but still a worry I had. I was also afraid that I would have to hold down the function key in order to use the customized buttons (again, which I don't have to do with my current keyboard). Fortunately, the included software solved both of my concerns! Not only does the keyboard come with a button designed to bring up the calculator, but the customization allowed me to set any of the "function" keys to put my computer into sleep mode. As for the other concern, there was a button in the software I was able to check off that allowed for "one-touch" command of the customized function keys...meaning I only have to hold down the function key if I want to use F1-F12, which I rarely have a need to. Sweet!
The illumination of keys is perfect, and each light setting (there are three) has it's place. The light is pure, even, and really make the keyboard - dare I say - beautiful. The key action is very nice and truly does feel like a laptop keyboard, which I happen to like. It is, of course, spaced out like a typical keyboard. There are a few keys arranged in a configuation some people may not be used to, but it's not a big deal at all.
I have also read some complaints that the keyoard doesn't recognized the key combination of "n't" if typed too quickly, but I tried my darndest to replicate the problem to no avail - works perfect for me.
I wish the keyboard was a little cheaper and possibly a little more ergonomic (like the Logitech Wave), but when it comes right down to it I'm extremely pleased with my purchase.
Pros "Keytouch" - feel is excellent. Took a day or so to adjust, but now I like it so much, other keyboards feel inferior. Lit keys are terrific, especially in low lighting situations. Clean, sharp looking design.
Cons Requires USB 2.x - forced me to buy a new KVM. Since it's pulling that much power, it should have at least one USB port on board.
Summary This keyboard is about performance, not gimmicks. It does one thing extremely well - provides an excellent typing experience. If you're a writer, blogger or other type of wordsmith, this is an excellent choice.
Its classic, clean lines also make it a nice desk accessory in pretty much any office decor.
I do wish they would have included at least ONE USB port on the unit - I prefer to plug in my thumb drive in the keyboard. Perhaps they felt if they yielded to that temptation, others (audio in, audio out, Firewire, etc.) would follow, and Logitech has keyboards that offer those options.
It's a bit expensive - I'd rather pay closer to $50 than $75, but like other objects of great design - iPhones, BMW's, B&O stereo equipment, etc., it's as much about the form as the function.
A nice splurge for yourself or the writer in your life.
Pros slim, and sleek design
Cons Confidence in logitech is diminishing after owning several products from them and having them fail.
Summary I would have really liked to see how the illuminated keys look in the dark in front of a monitor. I have the original Logitech G15 with the blue illuminated keys and they don't seem bright enough especially when looking back and forth from my LCD to the keyboard.Update-
Updated on Oct 9, 2008
Just picked it up and I'm really liking it so far. The keys light up much better than my blue g15. the illumination is very even on all the keys and the white color is very easy to see in the dark. I don't know what the first reviewer is talking about the N ' T problem, mine seems to be working just fine... n't n't n't
Updated on Oct 9, 2008my pics of the keyboard in the dark
Pros Great Looking, Lights are nice, durable
Cons this keyboard has "phantom key blocking" on the following sequence of keys:
Summary The "phantom key blocking" issue means that whenever you type a contraction, such as: don't, can't, won't, etc - the letter "t" will always get dropped from the output. This is a serious design flaw, and anyone who is a fast typer won't be able to accurately type of this keyboard. Until logitech releases a new hardware iteration of this keyboard, stay away!
I really wanted to like this keyboard, but the fact that you can't type words with a "n't" makes the keyboard frustrating to use. Many typers won't notice the issue; however, if you can type over 60 WPM, you will definitely experience the "key blocking" issue. If (like me) you are dead set on getting this keyboard, I suggest picking it up a best buy - so that you can return it in the even that you experience the blocking issue.
Pros -Ultra-slim profile
-Laptop-style keys, with out laptop draw backs
-intelligent design layout
-short cut keys that actually help
-Staged brightness settings (100%, 50%, 25%, 0%)
Cons -A little on the expensive side
-No wireless, non-back lit model available
-"back" key is inexplicably undersized
-no additional USB, Mic, or Headphone ports on unit
-CAN NOT BE HOOKED TO USB HUB***
Summary I bought this keyboard primarily because i simply needed a new keyboard, and poked around on Cnet to see what was looking good. I was drawn to this model by its slim form factor as well as its sleek design.
What I got was SOO MUCH MORE! to quote another review "Exceeds expectations"
Personally, I've had bad luck with Logitech in the past, but this keyboard is amazing! The keys are smooth, with even pressure all the way down, and close to silent. All of the pre-arranged short-cuts are not only useful, but can be customized to individual preference. I do wish they had made a non-back lit model with wireless, as I will never really use the back lighting in my 9-5 office, however, it does add a nice glow. In my opinion, if you're looking for style and function under $100, there's simply no other option. 8.7/10