This is a keyboard I received as a gift from a very good friend. I have always wanted a back-lit keyboard since I often use my computer in dim lighting. Man oh man, was I surprised when I found myself with the “big boy” of all back-lit keyboards!
I knew nothing about it beforehand, but the out of the box experience was smooth. I plugged it into an open USB port on my computer and then the AC Adapter onto my power supply. The AC adapter is required to run the video screen. I then installed the drivers with the included CD-ROM and in a total time of less than 10 minutes was up and running. That includes checking for and installing the latest updates. It was a piece of cake. I then quickly discovered that you could set the back-light to your choice of color. Personally, I like using a shade of aqua blue, but you can choose any shade of any color. I also quickly discovered that the video screen had many built in programs. You can view YouTube over internet or videos and pictures on your hard drive. It can display a clock, your computer system stats, or your web cam and much more.
One of my favorite uses of the video screen is when I am playing my favorite MMORPG, Everquest2. I use Ventrilo for voice communication with other players and I can see the users coming in and out of the chat room as well as notification of who is talking at any time. Pretty cool.
There are 12 programmable Macro keys which are useful for serious gamers, but I haven’t made use of those yet. You can set 3 profiles for them so you really have 36 programmable keys. The keyboard does save the settings in it’s own memory which would come in handy if you wanted to take it to another computer. You would not have to reprogram them!
The feel of the keyboard while typing is good. The tactile response is nice (although I am old school and would love it if manufacturers would bring back the feel of the old IBM Selectronic keyboards). The look of all the lights are visually stunning to me. There is a scroll wheel and media keys on the upper right, but I’ve not really had occasion to use them yet. 2 USB ports are included along the back edge which is also very nice.
Overall, I love my keyboard and after 6 months of ownership wouldn’t trade it for any other. This is not a product for everybody. It’s actually overkill in features, but it gives me pleasure every time I use it (which is everyday). If you would like to check out more information at Amazon, then click Logitech G19 Keyboard. There is a bad review listed there but in my opinion, it is way off base. Apparently most others think so as well since the overall star rating is very high.
If you have the Logitech G19 Keyboard or if you get one, I would love to hear your comments.