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5.0 out of 5 stars Best gaming keyboard you'll ever own!, January 19, 2014
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This review is from: Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard with Color Game Panel Screen (Personal Computers)
NOTE: This review is originally posted for G19 keyboard, all features highlighted within apply to this keyboard listed. Just think of this as the new and very little improved (how can you improve what's already perfect?) version.

With that said, the motivation I had to draft this beast wall of text comes from the fact that this "vine" reviewer really sounds like he has never played a game in his life. This is after all a gaming keyboard. One of which has served me well for a very long time.

The Logitech g19 is one of the best Keyboard’s I think I’ve ever seen, used, or otherwise heard of. It make me upset to see terrible reviews discussing all the “bad things” about this keyboard comparing it to some sharply inferior $100 piece of garbage. But please, do not confuse this review with the idea that I don’t have budget concerns in mind because I assure you that is incorrect. If money were no issue, I’d probably be typing on the Optimus Maximus ($1600) Keyboard from Thinkgeek.com. Even that keyboard probably wouldn’t stack up against the G19.

Let me begin by stating that I have owned the g19 for roughly 3-4 years now. Most keyboards I have owned including Logitech g15, Microsoft side winder, Razer anasai, Razer blackwidow ultimate and many others that my Best Buy carried had all bit the dust or been replaced to do being crap. Mind you, I work there and was restricted to this selection because I had a discount that made them affordable. I am really unsure why anyone would rate G19 so low based on some stupid issue with them not being mechanical keys. There is such a SMALL difference between “key press/button fire” time between mechanical and not keys that really, you’re not going to get an advantage in games. You’re not pro, you’re probably never going to be and many pros don’t even use mechanical keyboards. I’ve seen pros who don’t even use gaming keyboards. So stop buying into reviews stressing the importance of mechanical keys because all they provide is a unique loud clicky noise, cool. Supposedly they’re supposed to last longer yet I’m going on 4 years of intense, careless (I’m pretty rough on my stuff) gaming without them.

One of the huge features on this keyboard is the custom backlighting on the keys. I know this is minute, but it really just gives it that extra touch that hardly any other keyboards offer. For $100+ keyboards, we should really have some ability to customize the looks, no? Most that you’ll see will only offer static colors. I have found in game practicality that also introduces another highly useful, unique feature of this keyboard. Sure it has G keys like many other gaming keyboards for your macros and such. However, the M1, M2, M3 allow you to seamlessly jump between keybind profiles. In a games case, it allows you to jump between classes or specs that most likely or usually have different bindings. I like to set each profile to a different color as a quick, efficient way to remind myself I am in the correct keybind layout. This is INVALUABLE time you could save on the fly when changing stuff around.

Nevertheless, the number one reason why you absolutely need this keyboard over all the rest is in fact the LCD screen. I cannot put words to how awesome this screen really is. People who say it’s useless must either by overly cynical, ignorant, or not a gamer. Even when I’m not gaming the screen has its uses. Ever play a game where you have to use ventrilo or teamspeak and someone is talking and you have no idea who it is? This screen does and will show you without having to minimize. Ever playing a game and want to be able to check the stats in the moment (battlegrounds, kills, headshots, character stats, etc.)? This screen can provide all or most of that for MOST games (the list continues to grow) without the need for you to interrupt game play by opening up or clicking an in game tab. Many games don’t readily provide a way to tell what time it is, the screen does. Ever listening to music while playing games or surfing the web/typing something and not want to have to minimize to change through songs? The onboard buttons allow you to go through different tracks, pause/play/stop, adjust/mute volume and the screen even displays the tracks info (song, artist, album, and live track time).

So overall that, the one thing that really truly does suck about this keyboard is the fact that it does in fact require its own power source. It’s really just annoying to deal with, that’s all. But once you have it plugged in with all the other 3-4 computer components you own, is that really an issue? Traveling with it can be annoying when power ports are limited, meh.
Yes, if you are a gamer, you absolutely need this keyboard overall the rest. If you don’t game a lot, it really is a nice keyboard to have. It’s comfortable, relatively quiet, and error free with typing. Nonetheless, you can probably find one that is a lot cheaper (then again, why are you looking at a “gaming” keyboard)?
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2015 2:36:05 AM PST
The reason why people love mechanical keys so much is because of something called 'tactile feedback'. On regular membrane keyboards, you do not get this tactile feedback. It is a very satisfying feel, especially to those, like me, who can type very fast. If you do not like, or look for, mechanical keyboards, then you either: have never typed on one before, do not type quickly using the home row, or have some dumb reason.
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