Review: Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard

24 Oct , 2013,
Edric
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Not just another keyboard loaded with bells and whistles to get gamers to part with their hard earned cash.

The G19s Gaming Keyboard is Logitech’s answer for the professional gamer’s quest to kill better than they normally could. Designing a keyboard for today’s gaming needs is a challenging feat. First, there are so many game genre to think about. Then, there are gamers who prefers to play in the dark and lastly, the reviewer who will most likely be typing this review on the same keyboard. That is an uphill task which the G19s managed to have an answer for.LG19sGK3

Meet the Logitech G19s. It is a keyboard designed for the gamer in mind. There are a total of 12 additional customisable buttons and media control panels for volume adjustments on the fly. It also comes a really cool LCD screen, called the Game Panel. The keyboard also comes with two additional USB ports which is great for the modern gamer. The backlighting is great for gamers who prefer playing games in the dark. The fingerprint resistant coating maintains a clean look on the keyboards. It helps prevents the keys from feeling grimy and sticky from dirt, oil and sweat.

The keyboard is carefully designed to prevent accidents from happening, seriously. It comes with a small sliding notch which disables the Windows/Context menu keys. This is really useful when you’re playing FPS titles where the crucial Left CTRL (usually for crouching) is next to your Windows key. This removes the off chance of pressing the Windows button in the heat of the moment.

What makes a gaming keyboard is the number of customisable buttons for Macros. The G19s have a total of 12 keys dedicated for this function. Okay, maybe not just 12 keys since there are another 3 more buttons which records an additional Macro profiles. But that is not what Logitech stopped at. With the help of software, gamers are able to create additional profiles for games recognized by the G19s. That is, not just 12×3 but, separate Macros profiles for every game you have installed on the PC.

LG19sGK2What sets aside the G19s from other gaming keyboards is its integrated LCD, which Logitech dubs as Game Panel. It comes with an integrated clock, stopwatch, movie viewer which also allows you to watch YouTube, system performance monitor. It also includes an option to view the current game profile on the keyboard. While the LCD is a great feature to have on a keyboard, the Game Panel however, is placed at an awkward position. It is a daunting task for gamers to juggle their attention between the Game Panel and monitor where all the action is taking place.

I have a problems with small keyboards that defy the key positions of last decade’s standardized keyboards. Fortunately, the G19s is not one of them. The traditional keys are where they got to be. This makes the G19s the perfect platform to play traditional simulation games like FreeSpace 2. It’s size also makes typing an enjoyable experience.

While the ergonomics for the Logitech G19s is one to be admired, the membrane switches however, may not give the right assuring click for everyone. Regardless, the Logitech G19s is the cheapest Gaming Keyboard that comes attached with a LCD screen. If you are looking for the latest Gaming Keyboard and on a budget, the Logitech G19s maybe the right keyboard for your gaming needs.

Product Photography by Joey Lim