View Full Version : Review: Logitech G15 and G5 V 2.0

10-10-2007, 11:33 PM
As most of you are probably aware, Logitech has released updated versions of the popular G15 keyboard as well as the G5 mouse. Recently I was lucky enough to get each, and decided to write a review of my experience.

Let's start with the G5, the new and improved gaming mouse is as comfortable as ever. The first obvious difference is the color, the previous version had a metalic finish, version 2 sports a black finish with blue fracture line accents. It's a nice contrast to the orange sensitivy display, which happens to be in close proximity to my feature of the new G5. Unlike the previous version, logitech included a second thumb button. The two buttons are well placed, even on my large hands.

When flipping the mouse over, we find another handy change. No more bright red laser beems to the eye when your wife's cat knocks your mouse off of the desk. The new "Gaming Grade Laser" is invisible to the eye. The underside boasts another great feature of the original, the adjustable weighted cartridge. One quick note, on my original G5 I've noted difficulty if I try to switch the weights in the cartridge, the weights stick in and there's little room to get at them beyong using a pencil and possibly breaking said instrument in half in the process. My issue may have been exclusive to the particular mouse I purchased; however, I have had no such issue with this new G5.

The mouse is responsive, can run up to 2000 DPI and is highly adjustable. Even the software seems to have improved from customer feedback and testing.

Now on to the beast, the G15...

Where the G5 had only minor cosmetic changes, the G15 had a total facelift. Someone at Logitech apparently has a problem with pointy edges, because the new version is now rounded at each corner. Taking a look at the thing next to the previous version it's obvious immediately this is a smaller keyboard. It's design is apparently meant more for keyboard trays.

The most notably area where the fat has been trimmed is on the left side, many of the G keys have been removed, leaving a total of 6 G keys. Which leads me to my only real gripe with this slick board, the G keys, as in the original version, are entirely too close to the rest of the keys. They are closer than the ESC and F keys are to the main body of keys. THAT, is entirely too close. This quibble aside, all of the keys react beautifully. Likewise, the backlighting is well done, though I find it amusing that the mouse went from orange to blue in color and the keyboard from blue to orange (maybe they should try to make them match up sometime).

One of the more controversial items on the keyboard that I've found is the LCD panel. It's refered to by some as a "gimmick" only, however I've found it to be quite useful while gaming. Being able to see what time it is, or what song is running on iTunes, or heaven forbid my stats in game without having to change anything but the position of my eye for an instant is a god send. I've found that the software is pretty solid, capturing a good deal of stats from WoW and BioShock. Similarly, it's media player software has been able to control and read information from every media player I've thrown at it: iTunes, WinAMP, Media Player, etc.

And the best part is, this is all out of the box. As has been noted elsewhere on the site, there is plenty of room for customized lcd mods on various sites, so if your game isn't supported by the stock software, it's surely available as a download somewhere. Overall, I'm very pleased with both of these updated devices.

Pictures are coming, battery in my camera died before I could grab any pics.

The boy 4rm oz
10-11-2007, 01:10 PM
I was just wondering if you have the same problem as me. When I am playing music through iTunes I used to be able to change songs by just pressing the forward or back buttons on my G15. Now I have to be in iTunes to get this to work, it's really quite annoying while playing games. It used to work without having to be in iTunes.

10-11-2007, 02:22 PM
enabled hot keys in itunes? in winamp you need to do so

10-11-2007, 09:49 PM
Very nice review! +rep. I can't wait to see the pictures, because I'm interested in how it looks out of the box. I only have two questions for you:
1) What would you give it out of 10?
2) Did you say you got Bioshock stats on the LCD? Cause If so I gotta know how.

My only problem with the new G15 is the removal of the volume wheel; I love that wheel. Also, I'm not huge on the orange (or blue come to think of it), but I could always mod it white (my favorite LED color).


The boy 4rm oz
10-11-2007, 10:33 PM
Thanks for the tip Froop but I can't seem to find it haha. Could you point me in the right direction?

10-12-2007, 12:32 AM

Other than that, nice review. :D:up:

10-12-2007, 01:47 AM
I've apparently misplaced my charger, so I don't have pics atm. So, here's some from NewEgg:

Thanks for the rep and the kind words guys, hope the review was helpful.

The boy 4rm oz
10-12-2007, 02:19 AM
It's an interesting looking beast isn't it lol. Much more compact because you lose most of the G keys ( this wouldn't bother me because I don't really use them for games, just loading desktop apps like word and the calculator haha). The colours suit the design. I like how they have done the LCD screen with the black background and amber text but I don't like how you can't tilt it or cover it up. Also the loss of the volume controller from the original is a bit weird, you'd think they would keep that. Does this model still have the two USB ports behind the LCD? I can't wait to see some real life pics instead these touched up ones, it never looks anything like the spec pics.

EDIT: Stupid question lol, it does have the rear USB ports, I checked the website.

10-12-2007, 07:06 AM
i actually like the old g15 better:/.. it had a more brutal look, and im also a big fan of the wheel!:D
i think this one looks more like every other keyboard out there:/...

The boy 4rm oz
10-12-2007, 07:38 AM
Yeah, looks a lot like some of the more expensive Logitech keyboards out there.

10-12-2007, 09:31 AM
That's a nice keyboard... I wouldn't mind having one. Possible Christmas gift, eh? Yay! Extreme marketing! Thank you for having a season where people feel obligated to buy stuff and give it to each other. lol :p

Are the backlights really orange-ish? If so, that's sweet.

10-12-2007, 10:26 PM
I love my original G15. I haven't played one in a while, but having all 15 g keys (and having them easily bindable) is a godsend in MMORPG's. You can map ALL your hotkeys to one easily findable and mappable place, without one big row or one hard to touch-use box.

Being in itunes without having to be in itunes is awesome. Also great for games. Volume wheel is great. Great great great. Backlight is great for night. I can't type on any other keyboard than this one.

Yes, it is the biggest keyboard most people will ever lay their eyes on (except the ones in museums, but you know what I mean). I'm afraid someday it will break though, i can't see myself going back to a 'normal' keyboard. We have to use those in school, and, well, Yuck.

By the way, i'm still rockin my stock compaq optical mouse. Maybe someday I'll spring for a good one, but until this one dies it doesn't seem likely.

Sure, it's huge, but i have a big keyboard tray.

10-13-2007, 09:41 PM
Here's a couple of pics of the new board and mouse, love em so far.


The boy 4rm oz
10-13-2007, 10:17 PM
Looks good, completely different from the pics on the Logitech site. Not quite sure I'm a fan of the amber lighting, but suits the keyboard and looks cool anyway.

10-13-2007, 10:41 PM
I gotta say, I don't like it as much as the 1st gen. I think that the area around the screen is too bulgy. The only other problem I have with it is that I don't care for the orange backlighting too much.

I just hope the 2nd gen G15 doesn't have key fading problems. Though logitech was very nice and professional about replacing my faded one, it was still annoying.


10-13-2007, 11:19 PM
You have two copies of WoW up with TBCS in the middle? Wow, lol. As soon as I have my own place, a reasonable job, and don't have to worry about people destroying my stuff, I'll pick a G15 (or whatever's out then) up. Cool keyboard though.