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Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 09:11 am
Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Picture
7.8
Mixed usage
9.1
Gaming
5.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.1
Office
7.8
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G915 is a superb low profile wireless mechanical gaming keyboard. It's a full-size keyboard that's packed with features such as dedicated macro keys, multi-device pairing, and full RGB backlighting. Logitech's G HUB software offers a host of customization options and is easy to use; however, it's only available for Windows and macOS. The keyboard's low profile is comfortable to type on and it comes in three variants, tactile (similar to Cherry MX brown), clicky (blue), and linear (red). We tested the tactile model but we expect most of our results to apply to the other variants, except for typing experience.

Note 07/20/2020: Logitech has since released a TKL version of this keyboard called the G915 TKL. While we haven't reviewed this keyboard, we expect it to perform the exact same, though it's smaller and more compact due to the lack of a Numpad. This review has been updated to include mentions of the G915 TKL.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed usage

The Logitech G915 is a good keyboard for most uses. Although a lot of its features are gamer-oriented, it performs well as an office keyboard for productivity. The dedicated macro keys are great for gamers and programmers, and the tactile switches provide a comfortable typing experience while keeping noise to a minimum.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Low profile.
  • Outstanding software support.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • Partial compatibility with mobile devices.
9.1 Gaming

The Logitech G915 is an exceptional keyboard for gaming. Their low profile switches are incredibly responsive and provide a nice tactile feedback. The dedicated media controls allow you to game uninterrupted and the programmable macro keys are a great addition, especially for MMO games. If you like gaming in a dark room, the full RGB backlighting is definitely a plus and can be useful in highlighting important keys.

5.9 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.

7.1 Office

The Logitech G915 is an okay 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 actuation point of these switches can often cause unintended keystrokes to register, leading to more typos than usual.

7.8 Programming

The Logitech G915 is good for programming. The dedicated macro keys are easily programmable and you can store up to 15 macros on the keyboard's on-board memory, which is great for those who work on multiple computers. The typing experience is decent, though you may notice more typos than usual, as the keys have a very low actuation point.

  • 7.8 Mixed usage
  • 9.1 Gaming
  • 5.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.1 Office
  • 7.8 Programming

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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)
Weight 2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)

The Logitech G915 is rather large, as it's a full-size keyboard and has an added column of dedicated macro keys. If you prefer a more compact design, check out the G915 TKL which lacks a Numpad. While we haven't tested the G915 TKL yet, we expect it to perform identically.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

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, though your experience may vary. The score has been set accordingly.

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

This keyboard has decent ergonomics. It has two incline settings, and the feet have rubber pads to prevent slipping. The keyboard doesn't come with a wrist rest, however, as this is a low profile keyboard, you shouldn't need one. If your desk setup would be better suited to a smaller keyboard, you may also want to check out the Logitech G915 TKL, which we expect to perform identically, though we haven't tested it yet. Or if you prefer bigger keyboards that come with a wrist rest, check out the Corsair K95 Platinum.

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

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting and can be controlled with Logitech's G HUB software, which allows you to customize each key separately.

Design
Cable
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 keyboard, check out the near-identical Logitech G815.

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

The Logitech G915 has exceptional wireless versatility. You can pair to 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 take about 3 hours for a full charge, though your mileage may vary.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Extra Controls
Wheel
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

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. You can program the macro keys via the G HUB software, and save up to three different profiles, for 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 like a keyboard where every key is macro-programmable, consider the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro.

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
Actuation Force
49.3 gf
Pre-Travel
1.50 mm
Total Travel
2.62 mm

The Logitech G915 is a low profile mechanical keyboard, as such, both pre-travel and total distance are quite low. Although it takes a bit more force to actuate each key, the low pre-travel can sometimes cause unintended keystrokes to register.

6.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

This keyboard's typing experience is decent. We tested the tactile model, which feels similar to Cherry MX Brown switches. The keys are stable and well-spaced, which is great for typing accuracy, and they provide nice tactile feedback that lets you know when a key has been actuated. While it takes a bit more force to actuate each key than other switches of the same type, most people won't feel the difference. The overall typing experience is light, responsive, and doesn't cause any fatigue when typing for a long time. 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, as the keys are stable and there's no sign of rattling.

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

The Logitech G915 has outstanding software support. Although the keyboard's on-board memory can only save up to three profiles, the G HUB software lets you save as many as you want. You can customize the RGB backlight on a per-key level and there's also cloud sync available, though it requires the creation of an account. The G HUB software is well-designed and user-friendly. 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 great compatibility. While the keyboard works with every operating system, the G HUB software is only available on Windows and macOS. Additionally, several keys don't work on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, such as Scroll Lock, Pause, Print Screen, and Context Menu.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED wireless mechanical keyboard comes in three variants with different switches. We tested the tactile variant, which has switches similar to Cherry MX brown, but you can get it with clicky switches (blue) or linear switches (red) as well. Logitech also released the G915 TKL, which is a variant of this keyboard without a Numpad. We expect the G915 TKL to perform identically but in a more compact design.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is one of the best wireless mechanical keyboards we've tested. Its low profile helps gamers who need a short pre-travel distance so that their actions are registered quickly. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the same customization options as some other high-end gaming keyboards, like the ability to set macros to any key. Also see 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 also 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.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a better gaming keyboard than the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED. The Apex Pro is a wired keyboard with a very well-built design with customizable pre-travel distance settings. On the other hand, the G915 LIGHTSPEED 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. 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.

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.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

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

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.

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