Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED With GL Tactile Switches Review

The world of mechanical keyboards can be both exciting and terrifying for newcomers. I, for one, never had any idea that a keyboard was anything other than a keyboard for years, and assumed they were all essentially the same. Click a key – letter appears…

Gradually I became more aware of the differences between mechanical keyboards and the membrane-based versions that I am so used to. As someone who can spend a significant portion of his day at a keyboard for both work and play, it made sense to explore this world a little further.

Disclosure: Logitech provided Blog of Dad with the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Mechanical Keyboard for the purpose of review and ongoing use. Any thoughts expressed about Logitech products in this article are based on my own experiences. For more information, visit my disclosure statement.  

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

10 out of 10

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a superb keyboard that ticks all the boxes for gaming and the vast majority of boxes for work. It is a user-friendly entry into the world of mechanical keyboards, yet its quality and accessibility make it attractive for both beginners and pros alike. The GL Tactile Switches are incredibly enjoyable to use, with impressive speed for gaming and a pleasing aural and tactile feedback when typing. The extensive lighting and customisation options mean that the G915 can easily be tailored to suit a wide variety of needs, and the use of profiles means that users can switch between configurations quickly and easily.

Gaming Experience
10/10
Work Experience
9/10
Look & Feel
10/10
Quality
10/10

Pros

Looks fantastic

GL Tactile Switches feel and sound great

Premium components

Customisable Macros

Highly customisable LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting

LIGHTSPEED Wireless connectivity

Wired connection option

Fast and responsive gaming

Cons

G5 Macro key sometimes confuses me

Secondary key functions hard to see in dark room

Welcome Down the Rabbit Hole

The thing about mechanical keyboards is that there are so many different variations. Those entertaining the idea of a mechanical keyboard for the first time can quickly become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of different options and configurations. Switch type, keyboard size and style, RGB components and connectivity are just some of the things to consider. Then there are DIY options, modular options and ready-to-go options from highly reputable brands, such as the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED that I am reviewing.

For beginners in this field, the ready to-go-option is a great way to get started. The Logitech G915 is a feature-packed, premium-grade package that ticks a lot of boxes, without too much fuss.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED With GL Tactile Switches Review

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED – First Impressions

Logitech have strong reputation for deriving high quality peripherals in both the gaming and professional world. I have loved using the Logitech MX Keys keyboard (and Mx Master 3 mouse) daily on my home workstation and really appreciate the high quality experience it provides. The MX Keys keyboard is easily the most enjoyable membrane-based keyboard that I have ever used.

In gaming, the Logitech G-Series consistently delivers high quality products to suit a range of budgets. The G920 Driving Force, for example, is a budget-friendly steering wheel that I can’t stop raving about, while the G703 gaming mouse has been an integral part of my gaming setup for several years.

Given my previous positive experiences with Logitech, it was no surprise to see the Logitech quality on show on the G915 from the moment I opened the box. The 5052 aluminium alloy top case is stunning! The textured aluminium look oozes class and quality, and it is backed up by the equally pleasing cool-to-touch feel. This is definitely no cheap plastic product. Despite being gaming-focussed, this aesthetic alone makes the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED look just at home in a professional environment.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED With GL Tactile Switches Review

Other than looking good, the aluminium alloy top (joined to a steel-reinforced base) serves the purpose of achieving a strong, but lightweight keyboard with an exceptionally slim profile. The G915 certainly feels robust when I hold it in my hands, as well as under my fingers when I game or type, but it masterfully avoids the chunky gamer look. There are some small plastic components on the top of the keyboard, and the bottom of the case is almost entirely plastic, but as a part that is rarely seen that doesn’t bother me at all. The result is an impressively stylish, slimline and lightweight design that feels strong and premium.

Obviously, the key caps are also plastic. But they too have a premium look and feel with their low profile, subtle contours and back lighting. In a style that I particularly like, the mechanical switches of the Logitech G915 are slightly exposed beneath the slimline key caps. This adds to the premium look and feel, displays the mechanical nature of the board and gives the RGB lighting an extra pop – especially in a dark room. It also accentuates the beauty of that impressively low profile aluminium alloy top.

The Logitech G915 adopts a relatively standard full-size keyboard layout, with a small selection of additional keys that can prove to be extremely useful. More detail on those in a bit. The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is also available in a TKL (tenkeyless) design, which is great for those seeking a more compact design or who have ditched the need for a number pad. I ‘m a little set in my ways, so I opted for the full setup for this review. 

Mechanical Keyboard Switch Types

One of the more intriguing features of mechanical keyboards is the different types of switches available. This can also be the cause of much confusion and stress for those new to the market. I’ll admit that wrapping my head around switch types turned me away from investigating mechanical keyboards more than once.

Many brands use a colour-coded system to rate switches. Some, such as Logitech, have their own proprietary versions of these switches, so the metalanguage used by different brands can definitely leave heads spinning.

Thankfully, Logitech have a great page dedicated to deciphering switches. I found it really useful when deciding which switches would work best for my circumstances on this review keyboard.

Logitech offer switches in standard and low profile. The low profile range (keyboards such as the G915) has three different options – GL Tactile, GL Linear and GL Clicky.

Each of these switches produces a slightly different feel and sound, so it is important to take the time and consider which one best suits your needs. I opted for the GL Tactile switches, because they provide a discernible tactile bump, without the profound clicky-ness of the GL Clicky keys.

The GL Tactile switches aren’t exactly silent, they still have a pleasingly discernible bump and sound to them, which makes typing feel precise and accurate. While far from a speed typist, I find that I can type quickly and confidently with these keys. Each stroke is confirmed through my fingers in the form of a subtle bump at the actuation moment. I find that I am not second-guessing key strokes, it is obvious when my press has registered and when it hasn’t, without even looking at the screen.

The force required to reach the actuation point on the G915 is well balanced for my liking. There is definitely greater force required than on a membrane-based keyboard like the Logitech Mx Master, but it is not overbearing or any more tiring than normal typing. There is also a pleasing bounce-back to the keys, which leaves me feeling like my fingers are almost propelled to their next assignment.

These may not be GL Clicky keys, but there is definitely aural feedback with each stroke – especially when typing enthusiastically. I don’t find it overly distracting, but it is something to keep in mind if you plan on using the G915 in particularly noise-sensitive environments. 

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED- Use

I have had the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED on my desk for approximately a week. The city-wide Sydney Lockdowns mean I have had plenty of opportunity to trail it in both a work and gaming context, so the G915 has certainly had a workout!

Work

As I mentioned before, the Logitech G915 has the good looks to be suitable in both a professional and gaming environment, so I was comfortable having it sitting on my desk during video calls and day-to-day tasks. I did create a new lighting profile, as I felt that a rainbow-effect RGB setup probably wasn’t the most professional look. Thankfully, Logitech’s LIGHTSYNC RGB control software can produce up to 16.8 million different colours – one of which is work-friendly white.

One great advantage of sticking to the Logitech G platform for multiple peripherals is that they can be easily colour-coordinated in the LIGHTSYNC software. Setting up my Logitech G703 mouse to mirror the colours of the G915 was a breeze!

The G915 has been comfortable to type on all day long. The low profile is what I am used to now in my keyboards, so there wasn’t too much of a learning curve for me when it came to hand placement and key stokes. Letters are more-or-less where I expect them to be under my fingers, which means I can type with few glances down at the keys. When I do look down, the backlit-illuminated keys are clear and easy to find, so time spend looking at my keyboard can usually be measured in fractions of a second.

Small plastic feet on the back of the G915 can adjust the angle of the keyboard from flat to a 4 or 8 degree angle. That might not sound like much, but the subtle difference can have a big impact on user comfort.

The keyboard has a pleasingly premium feel. There is little in the way of flex or unwanted movement, even during my most enthusiastic typing sessions. Each keystroke feels confident, including the spacebar – a button that can sometimes be problematic on mechanical setups. I find that each tap of the spacebar registers – no matter where on the bar my thumb strikes.

My biggest issue with the G915 in a work setup is the G5 macro key. This is not the fault of the Logitech G915, but rather an interesting quirk of the way my brain is wired for typing. My left pinkie finger has a profound muscle memory which insists that it must hit the bottom left button on a keyboard to activate “ctrl”. On the G915, this button happens to be the G5 macro button. Ctrl sits just to the right of the macro key, with a clear gap separating the two. And pressing G5+C, for example, is an unnatural stretch that sets alarm bell ringing. Yet my pinkie finger still insists on making this stretch almost every time.

My trick to counteract this is to assign a different colour to the macro keys. Doing this gives me a visual reminder out of the corner of my eye that the macro keys sit outside of the scope of a standard keyboard. This technique has somewhat worked to reduce the unwanted “G5” clicks, although my left pinkie finger is still not entirely happy with the situation.

Those macro keys, however, are not a mere waste of space in the work environment. In fact, while designed for gaming, they can be a very handy addition for people in particular lines of work.

Heavy users of Excel, for example, would do well to explore the benefits that assigned macros can provide to speeding up or automating repetitive tasks. Even regular Word users can take advantage of Macros, depending on the types of frequently used tasks that they encounter. Other tasks, such as web design and programming can also take advantage of the macro functions of the Logitech G915.

The final slight issue that I find with the G915 as a work keyboard is the lack of illumination on the secondary function of keys. On the MX Master (admittedly a productivity-focussed keyboard), both functions light up. The secondary function is also positioned above the primary function, whereas on the G915 it is positioned below. This results in a bit more searching of the keyboard when I forget where particular secondary functions live. It is not a big deal, just a small thing that I have noticed occasionally during my everyday use.

Gaming

While the Logitech G915 has been a pleasure to use for work during the day, its real time to shine comes when the clock is off and the kids are in bed. The Logitech G915 is a gaming powerhouse, with all of Logitech’s G-gaming pedigree on display!

Firstly, those same GL Tactile switches that provide a pleasing typing experience during the work day reach a whole new level when the lights are off! The GL Tactile switch is designed for precise and instant feedback – a trait that it highly desirable in my preferred genre – the First Person Shooter (Logitech recommend the GL Linear switches for MMO and action games).

In Battlefield V, the Logitech G915 is certainly responsive and feels precise. Better yet, the highly customisable LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting allows me to set a lighting pattern that makes life a whole lot easier. For example, I can light up my W,S,A,D direction keys in a particular colour, which makes them instantly findable at a glance. To me this is invaluable, as I can sometimes get a little lost on a regular keyboard. In FPS games I have a long and inglorious history of dying from a headshot while my character stands still in the wide-open as I frantically search my keyboard for the correct position for my fingers. Something as simple as making those keys a bold, bright colour is enough to give a significant boost to my confidence and mobility.

Buoyed by the boost that a simple colour-coding can produce, I set about colouring other key commands. The reload button, for example, has always been a little problematic for me as it is two keys away from the W. I easily get lost trying to find it and then reposition my fingers on a regular keyboard, so lighting it up in bright green certainly made a difference on the G915.

The other key that has been particularly valuable to colour-code is the self-heal button. That is now bright pink, and unmissable when I need it most.

This simple colour-coding has definitely made a difference to my gameplay, giving more time to focus on the action and less on the keyboard.

New profiles can be created for each game. These profiles can include both colour schemes and customised macro commands. It takes a small amount of time and thought to set up properly, but a game-specific profile is well worth it. Even better, these profiles can be attached to their specific games so that the G915’s lighting changes automatically when the game is launched!

You can also set up more generic profiles. For example, an FPS profile might highlight the W,S,A,D, Shift and E keys, as these are commonly used keys. A Driving Game profile might also light up the W,S,A,D keys, but also keys for gear and clutch control. The possibilities are endless! Of course, if you don’t have any specific need for colour coding during a game, you can use the built in present colour profiles to show off your flashy new keyboard in all its RGB glory!

The combination of reliable and incredibly pleasing tactile keys with customisable RGB lighting is an absolute winner and for me it really does make a difference to my gaming experience. In fast-paced action games I feel more agile and confident. The colour-coded lighting means far less time searching my keyboard and more time spent concentrating on the screen. The experience is almost up there with the gaming-dedicated Razer Tartarus Pro – with the added bonus of a full-sized keyboard that can be used just as well for a full range of tasks beyond gaming.

Media

Media consumption is something that I tend to do while doing other things on my PC. I rarely sit and watch a stand-alone movie, for example, but I do often listen to music while gaming or working. The Logitech G915 has convenient dedicated media controls in the top right corner. There are the usual skip forward and backward buttons, play/pause and mute.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED With GL Tactile Switches Review

There is also a large, very nice wheel for quickly and easily adjusting volume. It looks great and, importantly, can easily be found without looking down at the keyboard, for fine-tuning volume on the fly! It is a nice touch, which again shows that Logitech understand gamers and the little things that all add up to an excellent user experience.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED – Connectivity

Serious gamers traditionally shun wireless connections because, historically, wireless devices have come with a significant latency penalty. While more casual gamers might not notice much of a difference, in the high-performance world every fraction of a second counts.

However, not all wireless is created equal. Logitech realise that many gamers crave the freedom of wireless devices without giving up their latency advantage, which is why they developed LIGHTSPEED. Logitech LIGHTSPEED is proprietary high-performance wireless technology that delivers low-latency and reliable performance. I have used LIGHTESPEED for years with the G703 mouse, so I know how well it works.

On the Logitech G915, the LIGHTSPEED connection feels fast and reliable. Logitech advertise 1 ms performance, which is good enough for esports professionals and certainly good enough for me! There is absolutely no feeling of lag or sluggishness with the G915.

One detail worth noting about the LIGHTSPEED connection is that each LIGHTSPEED-enabled device requires its own connection. I assume this is to ensure an optimum connection, but it does mean an extra USB port is taken.

The LOGITECH G915 can also be connected via USB. This enables the battery to charge (full recharge is approximately three hours) and it also delivers full keyboard functionality over a wired connection. In my testing I have noticed no difference in the performance of the keyboard through each connection. As for that battery – it is rated at 30 hours (100% brightness) battery life. In real world conditions, that equals a substantial amount of use between charges.

To round out the connectivity options, the Logitech G915 can connect to devices via Bluetooth. While the LIGHTSPEED connection is superior to Bluetooth, it is handy to have that option. It could be used to connect the G915 to a secondary device for occasional use, for example.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED – Final Thoughts

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a superb keyboard that ticks all the boxes for gaming and the vast majority of boxes for work. It is a user-friendly entry into the world of mechanical keyboards, yet its quality and accessibility make it attractive for both beginners and pros alike. The GL Tactile Switches are incredibly enjoyable to use, with impressive speed for gaming and a pleasing aural and tactile feedback when typing. The extensive lighting and customisation options mean that the G915 can easily be tailored to suit a wide variety of needs, and the use of profiles means that users can switch between configurations quickly and easily.

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