Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 07, 2020 at 07:51 am
Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Picture
9.2
Gaming
2.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
7.2
Programming
5.3
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB 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 options through software. The low-profile keycaps might take some time to get used to, but it does make it comfortable to type on, even without a wrist rest. It has a column of dedicated macro keys, which is great for MMO players and programmers. Unlike its wireless sibling, it has a USB passthrough that you can use to charge your mobile devices or connect to other peripherals.

Our Verdict

9.2 Gaming

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

Pros
  • Dedicated macro keys.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Superb latency.
  • Customization software for Windows and macOS.
  • Comfortable to type on without wrist rest.
Cons
  • Wobbly keys offer a just okay typing experience.
  • Slight bend in the board out of the box.
2.9 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 LIGHTSPEED for a wireless design that can be used via Bluetooth.

7.4 Office

The Logitech G815 is a decent office keyboard. Its low-profile design makes it comfortable to type on without a wrist rest. However, the switches' short total travel distance and wobbly keys lead to a mediocre overall typing quality. On the upside, its GL Tactile switches are quiet enough for an open-office environment.

Pros
  • Customization software for Windows and macOS.
  • Comfortable to type on without wrist rest.
Cons
  • Wobbly keys offer a just okay typing experience.
  • Slight bend in the board out of the box.
7.2 Programming

The Logitech G815 is decent for programming. It's very well-built, and its low profile design makes it comfortable to type on, even without a wrist rest. However, the typing experience isn't the best due to its unusual key design. On the bright side, it has dedicated macro keys, and its full RGB backlighting is great for those who like to work in the dark.

Pros
  • Dedicated macro keys.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Comfortable to type on without wrist rest.
Cons
  • Wobbly keys offer a just okay typing experience.
  • Slight bend in the board out of the box.
5.3 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech G815 is inadequate for use with a home theater PC. It doesn't have a trackpad, so you need a separate mouse for navigation. Also, it's a wired-only keyboard, which isn't ideal if you have kids who might trip over wires. That said, you can get the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED if you need wireless connectivity.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Customization software for Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Wobbly keys offer a just okay typing experience.
  • Slight bend in the board out of the box.
  • Wired-only.
  • No trackpad.
  • 9.2 Gaming
  • 2.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 7.2 Programming
  • 5.3 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Mar 12, 2021: Made the latency results and video visible.
  2. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.8" (2.1 cm)
Width 18.7" (47.5 cm)
Depth
5.9" (14.9 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
2.20 lbs (1.000 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
Keycap Material ABS

The Logitech G815 is identical to the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED 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 feel 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.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest No

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

9.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Poor
Effects
Yes
Programmable
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 & Connector
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
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
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
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
Yes
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps & Num Lock

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 to 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
Operating Force
55 gf
Actuation Force
47 gf
Pre-Travel
1.5 mm
Total Travel
2.7 mm

Our Logitech G815 features GL Tactile switches, but you can also get it with GL Clicky or GL Linear switches. The tactile switches have a very short pre-travel distance and are easy to actuate, making them feel responsive and light. They also provide tactile feedback.

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, but you can get used to it pretty quickly. The GL Tactile switches feel somewhat similar to the popular Cherry MX Brown switches, but require a bit more force to actuate, though 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 LIGHTSPEED, 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.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
1.0 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

Update 03/12/2021: The latency video and results weren't publicly visible because of an internal error when we published the Test Bench update.

This keyboard has extremely low latency, which is great for competitive gaming.

Software and Operating System
10
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Logitech G HUB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Easy
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 with 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 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 from 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're available with the same switches and offer the same outstanding gaming performance. The G915 can be used with its USB dongle or over Bluetooth, and it has a multi-device pairing feature, which means you can use it with mobile devices, and you can pair to multiple devices simultaneously. The G815 has a USB passthrough, which the G915 lacks.

Logitech G513

The Logitech G513 and the Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB are quite different. Although they're both full-size keyboards, the G815 is a low-profile mechanical keyboard, while the G513 has a more standard height. The G513's Romer-G and the G815's GL Tactile switches have fairly similar pre-travel distance and operating force, so they perform almost identically in terms of responsiveness. The main difference is that the low-profile switches have a shorter total travel distance. The G513 provides a better typing experience mainly because the G815's keys wobble, and some people might not like the shorter travel because the keys bottom out sooner. The G513 comes with a nice wrist rest, but the G815 has dedicated media controls, dedicated macro keys, and onboard memory.

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 it's 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. The SteelSeries lets you set macros to any of its keys, is better built, and has better ergonomics thanks to the included magnetic wrist rest. Also, its Omnipoint switches let you set your preferred pre-travel distance. The typing experience is very different on these keyboards, as we tested the GL tactile switches on the Logitech, while the SteelSeries has linear switches. That said, you can get the Logitech with clicky and linear switches if you prefer. The SteelSeries has a customizable OLED screen, while the Logitech has a column of dedicated macro keys for MMOs.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Logitech G815 LIGHTSYCN RGB and the Razer BlackWidow Elite share a lot of similarities feature-wise. The main differences are that the Logitech is a low-profile keyboard with proprietary GL switches, while the Razer has a more standard height and uses Razer switches. Both keyboards are available in tactile, linear, and clicky switch options. Every key on the Razer is macro-programmable, but on the Logitech, it's limited to the column of dedicated macro keys only. Logitech's G HUB software is available for macOS, while Razer's Synapse 3 isn't. The Razer comes with a wrist rest, although the Logitech is comfortable to type on without one due to its low profile.

SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB are quite different. The Logitech is a low-profile mechanical keyboard that's available in various switch types, while the SteelSeries has a fairly standard height and only comes in one switch type. Gaming-wise, the Logitech is better simply because it has much lower latency. However, the SteelSeries provides a better typing experience, albeit a louder one, so it might not be ideal for noise-sensitive offices. Every key is macro-programmable on the SteelSeries, but on the Logitech, you can only program the dedicated macro keys.

Das Keyboard X50Q

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

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