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Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 07, 2020 at 07:51 am
Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Picture
7.4
Mixed usage
9.1
Gaming
0.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.1
Office
7.3
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G815 is an amazing gaming keyboard that's almost identical to the wireless Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED, but in a wired design. It features Logitech's GL Tactile switches, but it's also available in Logitech's GL Clicky or GL Linear switches. It's fully RGB-lit and offers a lot of customization inside its dedicated software. The low-profile keycaps might take some time to get used to, but on the upside, you get a dedicated macro keys column for added customization.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed usage

The Logitech G815 is a pretty good overall keyboard that's fairly versatile. While it's designed for gaming with very fast actuating keys, it can be a decent option for the office or for programming as well. It has dedicated macro keys, a solid frame, and very nice RGB backlighting.

Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Dedicated macro keys column.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Wobbly keys offer a just okay typing experience.
  • Slight bend in the board out of the box.
9.1 Gaming

The Logitech G815 is an excellent gaming keyboard that has very low-profile keys with a short pre-travel time. It also doesn't require too much force to actuate, but might be a bit heavier than popular Cherry MX Brown keys. Its design is solid and the full RGB lighting looks great and is useful when playing in the dark.

0.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G815 is a wired-only keyboard that isn't designed to be used with mobile devices. Check out the Logitech G915 for a wireless design that can be used via Bluetooth.

7.1 Office

The Logitech G815 is a decent office keyboard. Its low-profile design offers good ergonomics, but it doesn't come with a wrist rest, which some might have preferred. However, the short total travel distance and wobbly keys lead to a disappointing overall typing quality. On the upside, its GL Tactile switches are quiet enough for an open-office environment.

7.3 Programming

The Logitech G815 is a decent programming keyboard. It's very well-built, but the typing quality isn't the best due to the unusual key design. Its ergonomics could also be better, although the low profile of the keyboard might make up for the lack of a wrist rest. Nevertheless, programmers will enjoy the nice backlighting and the dedicated macro keys.

  • 7.4 Mixed usage
  • 9.1 Gaming
  • 0.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.1 Office
  • 7.3 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.8" (2.1 cm)
Width 18.7" (47.5 cm)
Depth 5.9" (14.9 cm)
Weight 2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)

The Logitech G815 is a rather large keyboard due to the full-size design, and is slightly longer than most other gaming keyboards due to its added dedicated macro key column.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech G815 is identical to the G915, but in a wired design. The overall build is the same and feels durable and high-end. There's a bit of flex to the board, which might be due to how thin the board is. On the upside, the metal frame and solid plastic feels solid and the ABS keycaps don't feel too cheap. Unfortunately, the board seems a bit bent right out of the box, just like the Logitech G915. However, this may just be our unit, as we don't have any other to compare to.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
2
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech G815 has decent ergonomics thanks to its two incline settings. However, it doesn't come with a wrist rest, which might not even be needed thanks to the board's very low profile.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The Logitech G815 has full RGB lighting, which can be customized inside the G HUB software. You can also control the brightness directly on the board. The lighting is bright enough to see in daylight, and shines a lot when used in the dark.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

This keyboard is wired-only and you can't detach the cable. It should be long enough for you to reach your desktop without any problem. The cable ends in two USB plugs, as the extra one is needed for the USB passthrough.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

The Logitech G815 is a wired-only keyboard. If you'd like this keyboard in a wireless design, check out the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED, which is identical, but wireless.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Extra Controls
Wheel
USB Passthrough
Yes
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

This keyboard has a lot of nice extra features. You get dedicated media keys and a volume wheel at the top right corner of the board. You can also customize the dedicated macro keys on the left column, and save up three different profiles, giving you a total of 15 macros.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G815 keyboard
  • Stickers
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
GL Tactile
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
50.0 gf
Pre-Travel
1.52 mm
Total Travel
2.69 mm

The Logitech G815 features GL Tactile switches. It has a very soft bump before the actuation force and has very low pre-travel and total travel distance due to the low-profile keys. This keyboard is also available in Logitech proprietary GL Clicky or GL Linear switches.

6.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Logitech G815's typing quality isn't the best due to the slight wobble of the keys. The tactile feedback of the keys is nice, but the short travel distance can throw you off as the keys don't bottom out when you'd expect. It might feel odd at first to type on this keyboard, but you can get used to it pretty quickly. The GL Tactile keys feel somewhat similar to the popular Cherry MX Brown switches, but require a bit more force to actuate, which most people won't even notice. If you like the low-profile key design but would prefer a better overall typing quality, check out the ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Just like the Logitech G915, typing on the G815 is fairly quiet if you get the model with GL Tactile switches. This shouldn't bother surrounding colleagues in an open-office environment.

Software and Operating System
10
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Logitech G HUB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

Logitech G HUB offers a lot of customization options with the Logitech G815. You can set your keybindings, set macros, control your lighting, and save all of your preferred settings in different profiles. You can store up to three profiles directly on the keyboard, but can create as many as you want inside the software. You can also download previously uploaded profiles using the cloud sync, but this feature will require an account.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

While this keyboard is fully compatible on Windows, there are a few keys like Print Screen and Pause that don't work on macOS. Also, the G HUB software isn't available on Linux, so you won't be able to customize it. On the upside, thanks to its onboard memory, you can save profiles on a Windows or macOS computer and then use the keyboard on Linux with your preferred settings.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Logitech G815 comes in three different variants, where the switches are all different. You can choose between the Logitech Clicky, Linear, or Tactile switches. The Clicky ones offer a tactile feedback and a loud clicking noise at each keypress, the Linear ones go straight to the actuation point without a tactile bump and are fairly quiet, and the Tactile switches offer a nice tactile bump but are also quiet. We reviewed the model with the Logitech GL Tactile switches and expect our review to be valid for different variants, although expect a different overall typing experience depending on which switch you choose. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Compared to other keyboards

The Logitech G815 is near identical to the wireless Logitech G915. They both feature unique low-profile key designs that differentiate them from most gaming keyboards. Their proprietary mechanical switches have a very short total distance to travel and their overall design sets them apart for the rest.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are near-identical keyboards, but the G815 is wired-only while the G915 is wireless. They feature the same switches and perform the same, but the G915 is Bluetooth-capable, meaning you can use it with mobile devices as well as with its dedicated USB receiver.

Logitech G910 Orion Spark

The Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB is a better overall keyboard than the Logitech G910 Orion Spark. The G815 has a sleeker design and its noticeably better-built. The G910 features an awkward wrist rest as well. The G815 has GL Tactile switches while the G910 has Romer-G Tactile switches.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a slightly better gaming keyboard than the Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB. You can program any of its keys to a macro, it's better built, and it has better ergonomics thanks to the included magnetic wrist rest. Also, you can set your preferred actuation point for all keys using the SteelSeries Engine, which is great. The keystrokes are very different, as we tested the GL tacile switches on the Logitech G815, while the Apex Pro has linear OmniPoint switches. The RGB lighting of the Apex Pro bleeds a lot more than the G815's.

Das Keyboard X50Q

The Das Keyboard X50Q is better than the Logitech G815. The X50Q has a significantly better typing quality, all keys are programmable, and its ergonomics are also much better. However, the G815 has much better software support, and it has a column of dedicated macro keys for MMO games.

SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is significantly better than the Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB. The Apex 5 has a much better build quality and it comes with a wrist rest for better comfort. Typing on the Apex 5 is also much better and every key can be reprogrammed, but the G815 has a column of dedicated macro keys for MMO games.

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