Having a solid gaming keyboard is certainly one of the most important pieces of equipment you can have when gaming competitively. It is the only physical item between you and the game, so it is especially important to have a quality, customizable keyboard to ensure victory. Luckily, Logitech has a keyboard that will give you all the tools you’ll need to dominate your competition and claim all the video gaming glory for yourself. We are talking about the G19S or Logitech’s flagship keyboard. The G19S features some truly unique features and enough customization to mean the difference between winning and losing. If you have been looking for a way to get an edge, read on and see how the G19S can help you out.
The Logitech G19S is a very special keyboard and it takes customization to the next level. This isn’t just about the programmable keys, it is about displaying whatever information you want right on the keyboard. The G19S features a LCD screen on the board that can be used in any number of ways including displaying images, playing movies, updating email accounts, showing PC usage, and even a pizza timer and stopwatch. To say that the keyboard is customizable is doing the keyboard justice. Having a second screen is extremely beneficial for keeping track on miscellaneous information, especially the kinds of things that would get stored in a notepad file somewhere. The possibilities are truly endless and it makes this keyboard one of the finest examples of a customizable keyboard we’ve come across yet. Then when you add the fact that it has 12 customizable keys and three key modes for a total of 36 custom, programmable actions for the “old school” macro-management crowd, and you got yourself a top class keyboard. It really doesn’t get anymore custom than this, so if this isn’t deserving of a top score, we don’t know what is.
For all the technology this keyboard possesses, you would probably guess that this is not a cheap piece of tech, and it isn’t. Standing at an MSRP of $199.99, you’ll have to shell out some serious cash, especially when you consider that this isn’t a mechanical keyboard. You will have to look at this keyboard as an investment in your gaming future. If you take gaming seriously, and you want the best weapons against your foes, this is the tool to get you where you want to be. However, that isn’t going to be cheap and that is really one of the major downsides to this keyboard. Most gamers are used to spending about half that amount on a new gaming keyboard. To be fair, there is no keyboard that is quite like this, so if you want something that your competition may not have, this board is a good way to go.
Obviously, a keyboard with a fully programmable keyboard is something special and based on those merits alone, you could give this keyboard a higher score. However, there were some issues that hold this keyboard back. Let’s go through the features and you can decide for yourself if the G19S is the way to go for you.
The biggest and flashiest feature is the LCD on the keyboard. It allows you to access a number of options on what to display on the LCD of the keyboard and they can be changed out at anytime with controls on the keyboard itself. You can display some simple items like the time, CPU usage or music information (if you are actively playing music). However, the keyboard is capable of doing more than just that. You can display an RSS feed on the screen and read updates off the internet as they come in. You can also set up an email account and you’ll receive notifications as new mail comes in. Finally, you can display pictures or video from a specified folder or even watch videos on YouTube. The only issue with video is that it will play audio through the PC it is being used on. It would have been nice if you have the audio play through a separate input or over an external speaker to keep your gaming channel clear. However, you can’t really fault the keyboard for this small issue. Either way, it is hard to deny that having this mini-computer at your fingertips can be irreplaceable.
The major issue we had with the keyboard is that it requires an electrical outlet to use and there is a short start-up time involved with powering the unit. Obviously, the LCD is going to draw a lot of power and the USB isn’t going to do it alone. It boils down to a trade-off, LCD screen or the loss of a powered outlet? However, the keyboard does have a self-powered USB hub for all your miscellaneous USB devices. Not having to give up an extra USB plug on your rig is always a good thing.
Finally, the keyboard features a number of handy features, that may not be as flashy as the screen, but they make this keyboard a step above the rest. First, the keyboard utilizes anti-ghosting technology on the keys that you use most allowing you to operate the keyboard without an issues. Next, the keyboard is illuminated and you can control the color of the keyboard at anytime, in real-time, using the Logitech Gaming Software. Simply move the slider to the desired color and watch the keyboard update in real-time. The G19S also has a gaming mode switch that blocks out any keys that would cause you to exit the game. When going for the high score, or you got your enemy in your sights, pressing the wrong key could mean the difference between winning and losing. Finally, the keyboard comes with its own dedicated memory so your profiles travel with you at all times, even on another computer.
Surprisingly, the G19S is a very comfortable keyboard to use. It features a hand rest at its base that elevates your hands slightly above the keys, which relieves stress on the fingers. The keys themselves are concave so if you rely on the feel of the key, you won’t have any issues here. Finally, the keys themselves have a slight pitch to them so typing is fluid and easy on the hands. While you could always wish for memory foam padding or even a leather cover, the way the G19S is configured works just fine and it should suit just about any gamer out there.
The Logitech G19S is one of the finest keyboards we ever had the pleasure of reviewing. It is a truly unique product that will surpass even the highest expectations. As long as you have the money, you should invest in this keyboard. It may not win you any games on its own, but it gives you the tools to do so and that is as much as you can ask of any piece of gaming tech. We love the G19S and we know you will too. Therefore, we give the Logitech G19S our highest recommendation, so get out there and pick it up as soon as you can. You can thank us later.