Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Jan 15, 2021 at 03:52 pm
Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Picture
9.2
Gaming
6.1
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
7.6
Programming
7.4
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a superb wireless mechanical gaming keyboard. It's a full-sized keyboard that's packed with features like dedicated macro keys, multi-device pairing, and full RGB backlighting. Logitech's G HUB software offers plenty of customization options, is easy to use, and is available on both Windows and macOS. However, keep in mind that only the dedicated macros keys are programmable, so you can't remap any other key. The keyboard's low profile is comfortable to type on, and it comes in three switch variants: GL Tactile, GL Clicky, and GL Linear. We tested the tactile model, but we expect most of our results to apply to the other variants, except for the typing experience. Logitech also offers a TKL version of this model, and while we haven't reviewed it, we expect it to perform similarly; however, it's smaller and more compact due to the lack of a Numpad.

Our Verdict

9.2 Gaming

The Logitech G915 is an exceptional keyboard for gaming. The low profile switches are incredibly responsive and provide nice tactile feedback. The dedicated media controls allow you to game uninterrupted, and the dedicated macro keys are a great addition, especially for MMOs, though you can't reprogram any other key. If you like gaming in a dark room, the full RGB backlighting is definitely a plus and can be useful in highlighting important keys.

Pros
  • Low profile switches are incredibly responsive.
  • Fully customizable RGB backlighting.
  • Dedicated macro keys.
  • Outstanding software with plenty of customization options.
Cons
  • Straight board with no wrist rest.
6.1 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G915 is sub-par for use with mobile devices. While the keyboard can be connected via Bluetooth and most of the keys function properly, the keyboard isn't very portable, as it's rather large and heavy. However, it has a multi-device pairing feature, so you can pair it to your smartphone and computer at the same time, which can be convenient.

Pros
  • Supports Bluetooth and pairs with two devices at once.
  • Rechargeable battery advertised to last 30 hours.
Cons
  • Rather large and heavy.
  • Some keys don't work on iOS and iPadOS.
  • Software isn't available on Android.
7.4 Office

The Logitech G915 is a decent keyboard for office use. The low profile nature of the keyboard is comfortable to type on, even without a wrist rest, and the light typing experience doesn't cause any fatigue. However, the low pre-travel of these switches can cause more unintended keystrokes to register, leading to more typos than usual.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Typing noise is kept to a minimum.
  • Shouldn't cause fatigue after long periods of use.
Cons
  • Straight board with no wrist rest.
  • Typing quality is only decent.
  • Low pre-travel may lead to more typos.
7.6 Programming

The Logitech G915 is very good for programming. The dedicated macro keys are easily programmable, and you can store up to 15 macros on the on-board memory, which is great for those working on multiple computers. However, keep in mind that you can't reprogram any other key. The typing experience is decent, and you may notice more typos than usual, as the keys have very low pre-travel.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Fully customizable RGB backlighting.
  • Dedicated macro keys.
Cons
  • Straight board with no wrist rest.
  • Typing quality is only decent.
7.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  • 9.2 Gaming
  • 6.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 7.6 Programming
  • 7.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Jan 15, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.8" (2.1 cm)
Width 18.7" (47.5 cm)
Depth
5.8" (14.8 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
2.26 lbs (1.027 kg)

The Logitech G915 is rather large, as it's a full-sized keyboard and has an added column of dedicated macro keys. If you prefer a more compact design, Logitech also has a TKL version called the G915 TKL. While we haven't reviewed it, we expect it to perform similarly.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

Build quality is great. It has a metal frame and hard plastic on the back. The keyboard exhibits some flex due to the thinness of the board, but it's fairly minimal. Although the keycaps are double-shot, which is great for the durability of the key legends, they're made of ABS plastic, which can pick up oil easily and develop a shine over time.

Note: Our unit came with a slight upward bend. However, we're not sure if it's a manufacturing defect or if it was damaged during shipping, so your experience may vary. The score has been set accordingly.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
0 °
Medium Incline
4 °
Maximum Incline
8 °
Wrist Rest No

This keyboard has decent ergonomics. It has two incline settings, and the feet have rubber pads to prevent slipping, but it doesn't come with a wrist rest. However, as this is a low profile keyboard, you shouldn't need one. If you prefer bigger keyboards that come with a wrist rest, check out the Corsair K95 PLATINUM.

9.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Poor
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting that can be controlled within the Logitech G HUB software, which allows you to customize each key separately.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Micro USB

This keyboard uses a micro-USB cable to charge and you can use it wired as well. If you prefer having a wired-only keyboard, check out the near-identical Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB.

9.5
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
2
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED has fantastic wireless versatility. You can pair it with two devices at once (one via the wireless USB receiver and the other via Bluetooth) and easily switch between the two devices with just a press of a button. In terms of battery life, Logitech claims that it can last 30 hours with the backlight at maximum brightness and takes about three hours for a full charge, but we haven't tested this.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

This keyboard has an excellent set of extra features. There are dedicated media controls, as well as dedicated macro keys on the left side of the keyboard. Only the macro keys are reprogrammable, but as you can save up to three different profiles via the G HUB software, you end up with a total of 15 macros. To switch between the profiles, you can use the M1, M2, and M3 buttons at the top of the keyboard. The MR button lets you record a macro without the use of G HUB, and lastly, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons let you switch between paired devices. If you'd prefer a keyboard where every key is macro-programmable, consider the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro or the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G915 keyboard
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Wireless USB receiver
  • USB extender
  • User guide
  • Logitech logo sticker

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
GL Tactile
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
54 gf
Actuation Force
51 gf
Pre-Travel
1.6 mm
Total Travel
2.7 mm

The Logitech G915 is a low profile mechanical keyboard, and as such, both pre-travel and total distance are quite low. Our unit uses GL Tactile switches, which give great feedback while also feeling light and responsive. This keyboard is also available with Logitech proprietary GL Clicky or GL Linear switches.

6.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

This keyboard's typing experience is only okay mainly because of the ABS keycaps and the fact that the keys bottom out quite rapidly, which may feel odd for some people. We tested the GL Tactile switches, which feel fairly heavy, even for low profile switches. They provide nice tactile feedback that lets you know when a key has been actuated, and the keys are stable and well-spaced. The overall typing experience is light, responsive, and doesn't cause fatigue when typing for a long time. However, the low pre-travel can cause more unintended keystrokes to register, leading to more typos than usual. 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

Typing noise on our tactile model is quiet and shouldn't bother people around you, but we expect the GL Clicky switches to be louder.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
1.3 ms
Latency Receiver
1.9 ms
Latency Bluetooth
8.9 ms
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

The Logitech G915 has outstanding software support that's well-designed and user-friendly. It allows you to customize the RGB backlight on a per-key level and to reprogram the dedicated macro keys, but keep in mind that you can't remap any other key on this keyboard. The onboard memory can only save up to three profiles, but the G HUB software lets you save as many as you want, and there's also cloud sync available, though it requires the creation of an account. Take note that the software only recognizes the keyboard while using the receiver or the cable, and it won't if you're using a Bluetooth connection.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

This keyboard has excellent compatibility. While the keyboard works with every operating system, the G HUB software is only available on Windows and macOS. Additionally, a few keys don't work on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, like Scroll Lock, Pause, Print Screen, and Context Menu.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED wireless mechanical keyboard is available with three different types of switches. We tested the variant with GL Tactile switches, but you can also get it with GL Clicky or GL Linear. Logitech also released the G915 TKL, which is a variant of this keyboard without a Numpad. Though we haven't tested it yet, we expect the G915 TKL to perform very similarly to this one, but with a more compact design.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is among the best gaming keyboards that we’ve tested. It comes with an excellent set of extra features, especially for a wireless full-sized mechanical keyboard, but unfortunately, you can only program the dedicated macro keys. There are more affordable options on which you can program any key, like the SteelSeries Apex Pro keyboard. Also, the low profile switches are incredibly responsive but may not be for everyone as they bottom out quite rapidly, and their lower pre-travel can cause more unintended keystrokes to register. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best Logitech keyboards.

Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB

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 G613 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is better than the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED. It feels better built, and it features RGB backlighting, which is great if you play games in the dark. While the G915 has two incline settings, the G613 only has one but comes with a non-detachable wrist rest. The G915's GL Tactile switches feel fairly similar to the Romer-G tactile switches. They feel a bit heavier, but their total travel distance is noticeably shorter.

Keychron K1

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a better keyboard than the Keychron K1. The Logitech has dedicated macro and hotkeys and can be used with the Logitech G HUB software. That said, the Keychron can be paired with up to three devices and doesn't require as much actuation force.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a slightly better keyboard than the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED. The V3 has a detachable wrist rest, and all keys are macro-programmable. That said, the Logitech won't take up much space on a desk, and the companion software is also available on macOS.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a better gaming keyboard than the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED. The SteelSeries is a wired keyboard with a very well-built design with customizable pre-travel distance settings. On the other hand, the Logitech is wireless with dedicated macro keys and multi-device pairing.

Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is slightly better overall than the Logitech MX Keys, but their differences come down to their uses. The G915 is a wireless gaming keyboard with mechanical switches, full RGB backlighting, and dedicated macro programmable keys. Also, it has much lower latency to provide a more responsive gaming experience. The MX Keys is designed for office use with very quiet scissor switches, a great typing quality, and Bluetooth pairing with up to three devices at once. The two Logitech keyboards have similar ergonomics and are well-built.

Razer Pro Type

Overall, the Razer Pro Type is better than the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED. The Razer has better build quality, its multi-device pairing feature lets you connect to more devices simultaneously, and every key is programmable. The Razer provides a better typing experience, but the Logitech might be more comfortable for some due to its low profile. The backlighting is limited to a single color on the Razer, while the Logitech has full RGB backlighting.

Logitech Craft

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a better wireless keyboard than the Logitech Craft. The G915 is a much better gaming keyboard, with full RGB backlighting, dedicated macros, and compatibility with superior companion software. That said, the Logitech Craft offers a better typing experience and can be paired with more devices at once.

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