Logitech G915 – Design and Features
As a successor to 2017’s G910 Orion Spectrum, the Logitech G915 is remarkably different. Gone are the days where Logitech’s flagships look like multi-colored spaceships.
Instead, the G915 is best described as being simply clean. Its design features a simple rectangular case broken only by the waterfall volume roller. The top is brushed aluminum magnesium in gunmetal grey.
Logitech has abandoned the stylized keycaps on the gaming keys and instead gone with simple, custom low-profile keycap that are sculpted to feature the same spacing you would find on a normal, full-height keyboard and to naturally draw your fingertip to the center of the switch.
While the design appears unadorned at first, it’s clear a lot of time went into crafting and refining its presentation while still keeping key features like dedicated media controls and macro keys present and accounted for.
As a 30-something gamer, I dig the design; it looks good without being unnecessarily edgy or distracting, and thanks to Lightspeed Wireless, it allows you to have one less wire running across your desk.
The biggest change from the Orion Spark is the low-profile design. Logitech has crafted one of the thinnest keyboards I’ve ever used this side of a Mac or laptop. The total height is only 22mm. The case, however, is only 8mm which still leaves plenty of room for mechanical keys to travel. The ultra-this design but satisfying key travel helps make the G915 feel like the best of both worlds.
It also has a good amount of weight to it, weighing in at just over a kilogram. A steel bar runs under the top plate to ensure it always stays rigid with minimal flex.
To deliver a satisfying gaming and typing experience, Logitech partnered with Kailh to design the new GL switches found in the G915. They’re a significant departure from the company’s custom Romer-Gs. There’s no more light pipe in the center of the switch, but instead we have a design that allows for plentiful travel at only a fraction of the height.
This partnership also allowed Logitech to design clicky, tactile, and linear versions of the switch instead of being limited to the low-profile linear red switches currently offered by Cherry.
I was able to try all three versions of the switch to get a feel for how they handle gaming and typing. I was impressed by how similar they felt to typing on a full-height keyboard. Despite being roughly half the height, as you can see above, the new GL switches feature a surprising 2.7mm of travel compared to the average 4mm found on Cherry MX Blues.
They also feature the same 50g actuation force but trigger 25-percent faster at only 1.5mm compared to an MX Blue’s 2mm. This makes them nearly as fast as a Cherry MX Silver, which is commonly known as a “speed switch,” but avoids the ultra-sensitivity that left gamers out in the cold.
For gaming, this design has obvious benefits. Since the keyboard is able to register key presses faster than a typical keyboard, it’s objectively more responsive… if your reaction time can keep up. In the middle of a heated Battlefield match, I want every advantage I can find. Having a keyboard that’s more responsive than the competition is a plus, but I would be lying if I said I felt like it truly made me a better gamer. Your mileage may vary but skill will trump a half-millimeter any day of the week.
More important is that the keyboard simply felt great to use no matter what I threw at it. I never felt disadvantaged because I didn’t have the full height of my normal keyboard.
I was able to game without any extra learning curve, which isn’t something I can say about other low-profile boards, like the Cooler Master SK650. The keys are perfectly spaced, and the dual-stage tilt feet really let me find a comfortable angle to get up and running fast. The only thing that was missing was a wrist rest, which really should be included at this price point.
As a gamer, I spent years on the wireless keyboard fence, always dreading lag and battery drain. As Lightspeed has shown us since its introduction, those days are gone. I used the G915 side by side with my high-end Input Club Kira and Massdrop ALT wired mechanical keyboards and wasn’t able to feel any difference when using Lightspeed. Lab settings may uncover small differences, but in actual, real-world use the G915 held up admirably.
The G915 is also able to connect over Bluetooth for gaming on mobile devices. Of course you have to keep in mind that without the dongle, you’re not using Lightspeed and aren’t guaranteed the same “wired-like” experience. But it’s perfectly acceptable for casual or single-player gaming. It’s a great option, and I really appreciated the flexibility to to make a quick switch between my PC and laptop with the connection buttons on the top of the board.
Battery life is remarkably good. With RGB lighting enabled, Logitech quotes 30+ hours of usage. I’m an RGB enthusiast, so I rarely turned my lighting off and found that I was only at 58% battery over the course of an entire week og light use (around a dozen hours).
G HUB estimated I had about 20 hours left, thanks to the G915’s intelligent dimming of the lights and sleep mode when not in use. Supposedly the keyboard can last for up to 96 hours even with an RGB colorwave effect turned on.
If you turn lighting off, Logitech claims an astounding 135 days of non-stop wireless gaming. I wasn’t able to test that in my review period but Logitech’s numbers hold up with lighting on, and, frankly, even half of that would still be impressive.
While we’re on the subject of lighting, the G915 features a bright and saturated palette while still managing to keep light isolated. Keeping lighting just to legends was big selling point of the Romer-G switches and I was concerned with the switch to these new translucent switches.
While it’s true that there is more light bleed than the Romer-Gs, it’s limited to the edges of keys and doesn’t create the “light bed” found on keyboards like Corsair’s K95 Platinum or the Razer Huntsman Elite.
Logitech G915 – Software
Inside the G HUB software suite, you’re able to do all of your programming. Like other RGB keyboards in Logitech’s stable, you can customize the lighting on every key with up to 16.8 million colors. Logitech has made some significant advancements in the lighting too.
For gamers who like to keep things simple, the G915 comes pre-programmed lighting effects mapped to key combinations and even more in the Presets menu of G HUB LightSync. It includes the usual rainbow wave and reactive typing effects but also a neat screen sampler and audio visualizer that, when paired with other LightSync devices, can create a very neat dynamic lighting effect across your desk without a lot of tinkering on your part.
The more significant addition is the ability to create animations. Logitech has several to choose from off the bat, with deeper options for customization. You’re given a timeline, transition effects, and the ability to paint the lighting in up to 70 frames.
It’s a simple and intuitive way to create full blown animations like we’ve seen on Corsair’s K-series of RGB keyboards. It isn’t quite as powerful yet with a few absent features, (full effect layering, lighting tails, etc) but is much more user friendly.
G HUB is also where you’ll do all of your key programming. It’s virtually identical to what we saw on the Logitech G513 Carbon, where you can select from a wide array of shortcuts, program key remaps, or easily record your own macros.
Oddly, only the macro keys can be rebound. With three memory profiles to choose from with the onboard M1-M3 keys, this still affords you 15 total mappings but I had to do a double and triple check to make sure I wasn’t missing something when I found the rest of the keys aren’t programmable. This is quickly becoming a standard in flagship keyboards. At this price it’s a surprising limitation.
Limited reprogrammability aside, the G915 is quite the impressive keyboard in both form and function.
Logitech G915 – Gaming Performance
Going into this keyboard review, the biggest thing that I wanted to assess was how good it would feel across different game genres. Low profile keyboards aren’t something I use day-to-day, so I was curious how well the new GL switches would hold up to a variety of different high and low-impact use cases.
The first two games I loaded up were CS:GO and Apex: Legends. Even though I didn’t feel more dangerous simply by using a faster switch, I did appreciate how responsive they were. I started off connecting with the USB cable and midway through unplugged and went with Lightspeed Wireless. There was no discernible difference whatsoever.
Next, I switched over to Battlefield V. I like to keep crouch and prone as easy to access as possible, so I mapped them to the G3 and G4 macro buttons right by my pinky. This made me feel much more mobile than with the stock bindings. I tried mapping my other items to these keys also but found it too much of a stretch compared to the usual number row.
After that, I loaded up World of Warcraft. With G Hub, I was able to set a macro sequence where my entire skill rotation was on a single key. Timing it correctly was tricky and I didn’t want to risk breaking ToS by entirely automating the process, but mapping the macro to G1 was simple, made nailing timing myself easy, and left me better able to focus on movement during dungeon runs. I also appreciated the dedicated onboard media keys to control podcasts and music while grinding out quests.
Finally, I connected the G915 to my tablet for some mobile gaming. I’m not a big mobile gamer but when I saw that Lode Runner 1 supported keyboard, I had to give it a try (I know, I’m old).
It had much better control than with the touch screen interface and playing the game felt much more natural than it ever has on mobile. Pairing was quick and simple. There were times when I felt a bit of lag but I’m not sure whether that was because of the keyboard or the game but it did convince me that it’s probably best to use Bluetooth for casual gaming only.
The Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard has an MSRP of $249.99 and it arrives later this August.
G915 Lightspeed Wireless RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard