Date: August 15th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Logitech
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PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Given that the G15's features cover a large part of the keyboard, let's start with a general overview. The first thing that you notice is not how big it is, but rather, how big it isn't. Despite the addition of the extra macro keys, the G15 is only about an inch and a half longer than my previous wireless keyboard. The siver surface of the keyboard is brushed aluminum.
The next thing you'll obviously notice is that there appears to be very faint key markings. At first glance it appears that the keyboard has no key labels. More on that in a few minutes.
At the top and center, you notice the large black area. Gripping the forward edge and pulling up, you reveal the first of the G15's features………
A nice, easy to read LCD display. In stock trim, this display functions as a clock, stopwatch and countdown timer, a media control panel, and a system performance monitor.
Below the LCD, you now see a set of control buttons. The four larger buttons control media player functions, the center knob controls the system volume, and the five buttons above those control various LCD functions. The left-most button chooses the LCD function, while the four, small, rectangular buttons are “soft keys”, which correspond to whatever function is shown above them.
Moving a bit to the right, you find a pair of round buttons. The first is a mute button, the second is the LED control button. Remember that I said there appeared to be very faint key labels. That's because the entire keyboard is backlit by blue LED's. The G15 offers three levels of lighting: off, low, and high. Pressing this key brings the keyboard “to life”, so to speak.