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Disappointed but better off without it. Go G13 instead,
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This review is from: Logitech G19 Programmable Gaming Keyboard with Color Display (Personal Computers)I had high hopes for this keyboard, but had to send it back even though the LCD display worked and it was not crashing my system. I got it for only[...]. considering it was[...]. with a [...]. rebate, but it still wasn't worth that, and it was disfunctional as well. This keyboard does not work right with Win 7 64 bit. But, I am 100X better off without it and here's why.
First some Pros:
The colorful backlit keyboard looks great. Customizable G keys, and the LCD is sharp, colorful and a nice gadget. I was glad it accepted info from the Afterburner video overclocking utility( but not the graphs).
My aging EVGA 680i motherboard did not have problems. In fact, I had this and my old MS Natural keyboard, which also servs as a USB hub, working fine at the same time. Those X58 mobo manufacturers need go go bact to the old drawing board. BTW if you have an X58 you do not want this keyboard, do your research.
1. The keyboard did not work right. The m key typed "M&A", the L key typed ",l8", and the p key did a page up and then typed "p". This was consistent, even after an uninstallation and reinstall and after installing the latest drivers.
2. I absolutly hated the keyboard layout. As others noted, keys are small and not spaced apart well, It was like using a laptop, seriously. Gaming keybard my foot! The space bar is close to non-existant. The G keys are too close to the keyboard and you will hit them when using shift or control. All non letter keys are small, i.e. Ctrl, Alt, Win key. It is a hassle to game with and definitly not suitable for everyday use despite its high price. You say that's OK, I want it for gaming. But you can get Logitech G 13 for gaming for just one third this price, and be 100X better off!!
3. This keyboard is lightweight, especially compared to the Microsoft keyboard I was using, and top end Steel series keyboards. This thing is low budget cheap, probably because they sunk too much into the colorful LCD. The plastic extention piece is cheesy, thin, not padded, and fingerprints smear it. The lifters in the back are useless. There is no curvature to the keyboard. I know it is not a natural keyboard, but come on, this is a top dollar keyboard, they could have enhanced it with a little natural curve to it.
4. The LCD software does not work right with Win 7 64 bit, (probably why they do not list it on the box or web site). Come on Logitech, its been out for over a year now, and you had pre release versions for a year before that. There is no excuse for such incompetency! The first few days the software worked, but then for no reason, all but 2 mini programs in the LCD disappeared and I could not get them back. I had to reinstall. I also suspect that programs that clean up your cookies, cash and temp files delete programs that run on the LCD. Again shoddy programming, they should not load essential program functions in temp folders.
5. Beware, all the little gadgets that run inthe LCD are eating your memory, about 100K and more depending on what all you load (you can control what loads). They also load automatically on boot up.
Nevertheless, thank Heavens, all this worked out for the good for me, and possibly for you too. I discovered that the Logitech G 13 gameboard (which is superrior to the Belkin n52te, do your research) is incomparably better than the G 19 for gaming; like light years ahead. Then get yourself a real keyboard to use with it. I found the Microsot Natural 4000 on sale here at Amazon. It is one of the best, most commented on keyboards in the world (note comments here and at other sites). So I'm happy, I got a far superrior gaming tool, and a great keyboard. Forget the G 19 it is not ready for primetime yet, and the cost is a ripp-off for what you get.
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Initial post: Dec 2, 2010 6:59:41 PM PST
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One-Eyed Coyote says:
Does this keyboard work with games purchased via Steam? I have many steam games and have heard that the profiles for the LCD don't work with Steam apps.
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