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 fantastic 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 switch, which are light to press and provide okay typing quality. Logitech also offers a G915 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. It also has extremely low click latency. The dedicated media controls allow you to game uninterrupted, and the dedicated macro keys are a great addition, though you can't reprogram any other key. If you like gaming in a dark room, the full RGB backlighting is definitely a plus.

Pros
  • Low profile switches are incredibly responsive.
  • Fully customizable RGB backlighting.
  • Dedicated macro keys.
  • Extremely low latency.
Cons
  • Straight board with no wrist rest.
6.1 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G915 is unremarkable 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 good for programming. The dedicated macro keys are easily programmable, and you can store up to 15 macros on the onboard 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 okay, but 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

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is decent for HTPC use. It can easily connect to your TV via Bluetooth, and its RGB backlighting makes it easy to see in the dark. It has dedicated media keys, making it easy to pause/play your content, but without a trackpad, you'll need a mouse to navigate the user interface.

Pros
  • Fully customizable RGB backlighting.
  • Supports Bluetooth and pairs with two devices at once.
Cons
  • No dedicated trackpad.
  • Poor color mixing.
  • 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 20, 2020: Review published.

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.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The 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 doubleshot, 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. The keys slightly wobble, but it isn't too noticeable during regular use.

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
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech G915 has good 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, and it shouldn't feel tiring typing on it for long periods. 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. Sadly, it has trouble displaying pure white, as even though the image looks white, there's a visible blue tint in-person.

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 don't test for 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

The Logitech G915 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 wireless connection 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.

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

The Logitech G915'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 provide nice tactile feedback so that you know when a key has been actuated, and the keys are fairly 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 with the tactile keys 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

The Logitech G915 has extremely low latency. It increases significantly when connected via Bluetooth compared to its USB receiver, but it's still low and should be good enough for most people.

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 backlighting 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

The Logitech G915 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. 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'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.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are two fantastic gaming keyboards. Even though the Logitech's low profile switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and lighter operating force, the Razer provides a much better typing experience. The Razer also has better build quality, and all its keys are macro-programmable, while the Logitech only lets you reprogram the dedicated macro keys.

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 on the G613, but since they're low profile, they have a shorter total travel distance.

Keychron K1

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a better keyboard than the Keychron K1. The Logitech has dedicated macros and media keys and has dedicated software to customize its settings. It also has much lower click latency, which is great for gaming. That said, the Keychron can be paired with up to three devices, whereas the Logitech can only pair with two. Each keyboard is available with clicky, tactile, and linear low-profile switches, so you can easily get the ones you prefer. The Logitech is also available in a TKL size.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are two incredible gaming keyboards. The SteelSeries has a better build quality and more features, like an OLED screen and the ability to customize each switch's pre-travel distance. This allows you to set it at its minimum for a quick gaming experience or at its max for better typing accuracy. Every key is macro-programmable on the SteelSeries, while you can only reprogram the dedicated macro keys on the Logitech. On the other hand, the Logitech is a wireless keyboard, allowing you to connect with any Bluetooth-compatible device, and it's available with different switches, so you can choose the one that you like.

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. 

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.

Corsair K100 RGB

The Corsair K100 RGB and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are both fantastic gaming keyboards with different features. The Corsair is a wired keyboard with a USB passthrough, and the Logitech is a wireless option with multi-device pairing. They each have dedicated macro keys, but you can reprogram every key on the Corsair, which you can't on the Logitech. The Corsair is available with two types of linear switches, while the Logitech is available with low profile clicky, tactile, and linear switches.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED and the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed are both wireless gaming boards. The Logitech is a full-size board with dedicated macro keys, dedicated media keys, and a volume control wheel. It's available with GL Tactile, GL Clicky, and GL Linear switches, which are all low-profile switches. If you prefer standard switches, the Razer comes with clicky Razer Green and linear Razer Yellow switches. While the Razer's 60% compact size means it doesn't have dedicated macro keys or media keys like the Logitech, all of its keys can have macros set to them. Both boards have incredibly low latency.

Razer Huntsman V2

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a wireless gaming keyboard, while the Razer Huntsman V2 is a wired gaming keyboard. The Logitech is a straight, flat board with low-profile switches and flat keycaps, which some people may not like. The GL switches come with a linear, tactile, or clicky feel. You can use the board wirelessly via its USB receiver and Bluetooth, and you can pair it with up to two devices at once. Sadly, you can only reprogram the dedicated macro keys. The Razer is a high-profile board with a wrist rest and feels better built. All keys on the Razer are macro-programmable, unlike on the Logitech. The Razer has an 8000Hz polling rate, a slightly lower latency, and it has standard-size switches. It's available with a choice of Razer Linear Optical and Clicky Optical switches.

ASUS ROG Claymore II

The ASUS ROG Claymore II and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are both wireless gaming keyboards. The Logitech has Bluetooth and can pair with two devices at once, while you can only use the ASUS wirelessly with its USB receiver. The Logitech has dedicated media keys, and its latency is lower than the ASUS', especially over a wireless connection. However, it's available with low-profile GL Tactile, Linear, and Clicky switches, which some people may not like. On the other hand, the ASUS has a USB passthrough, a modular numpad, and you can set macros to any key on the board, unlike the Logitech. The ASUS is available with linear and clicky ROG RX Optical Mechanical switches.

Razer Huntsman V2 Analog

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are very different keyboards. The Razer is a wired-only keyboard that features Analog Optical switches, while the Logitech is a low-profile, wireless keyboard that's available with tactile, clicky, or linear switches. The Razer lets you customize the pre-travel distance, perform two actions in one keypress, or use the keyboard like an analog joystick. On the flip side, the Logitech has an extra column of dedicated macro keys and a multi-device pairing feature. The Logitech has better compatibility because it can be used with mobile devices and has software support for macOS.

Razer Pro Type

The Razer Pro Type and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are designed for different uses. The Razer is a full-sized productivity keyboard, while the Logitech is a low-profile keyboard intended for gaming. The Razer provides a much better typing experience, but the Logitech might be more comfortable for some due to its low profile. The operating force is about the same on both keyboards; however, the Logitech's low-profile switches have a shorter pre-travel distance, making it a bit more responsive. Every key is macro-programmable on the Razer, while the Logitech lets you program the column of dedicated macro keys only.

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