Logitech G815 Mechanical Keyboard

I’ve been a massive fan of Logitech’s gaming mice for the better part of two decades, with them always being an instant recommendation to those looking at getting into gaming, or even needing something to accompany their work rig due to their precision and build quality. With me currently owning a handful of Logitech mice, I’ve somehow never got my hands on any of their gaming keyboards, and as such when Logitech offered to send their G815 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for review, I instantly agreed to give it a go.

The Logitech G815 is a full-size low-profile mechanical keyboard that borrows some of its design language from its predecessors, having 5 macro keys on the left, but now more modernized and slimmed down. While the G815 is technically low-profile due to its vertical height being only 22mm, its sheer size and heft may deter those who don’t have a ton of desk space to utilize. It’s 475mm wide, which is considerably longer than most of the keyboards I’ve used in the past, and a huge step away from my usual daily-driver TKL keyboard.

Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

While it’s on the heavier side at just over 1kg, it’s built like a tank, made primarily of brushed aluminum that tapers off in a rounded curve to the sides. At the top of the keyboard, there are 3 dedicated macro profile keys, a Game Mode button which disables the Windows key (and others if you so choose), as well as media keys and an “edgeless” volume wheel. The volume wheel reminds me of the middle mouse wheel seen in the Logitech MX Range where it’s smooth and has no tactile clicks or bumps when rotating, while some may not like this I was quite fond of how easily it was to adjust on the fly.

G815 | DEDICATED MEDIA CONTROLS
Media Keys & Volume Wheel

Due to the low-profile nature of the keyboard, there is also no need for a wrist rest as the bottom row of keys is so close to your desk that it almost feels like the keyboard is sunken in. For those who prefer a bit more ergonomic feeling while typing you can raise the keyboard by two levels of adjustment using the rotating feet at the bottom.

The G815 comes in three different flavors to cater to different user’s needs. There’s a GL Clickly (Audible Click and Tactile Feedback), GL Tactile (A Gentle Bump for some Tactile Feedback), and GL Linear (A Completely Smooth Keystroke). Personally, while I prefer the GL Tactile due to my system being used for both work and games, I generally couldn’t get used to typing on the keyboard no matter how hard I tried. The issue is the placement of the Macro keys on the left feeling like the placement of the [CTRL] key which could lead to frequent mistakes when trying to copy and paste in Microsoft Office Suite, then there’s also a subconscious need to realign my hands when touch-typing and inputting other special characters. This issue clearly isn’t going to affect every user, and if you’re primarily planning to buy the G815 for gaming then I’d recommend it as the keypresses feel great and consistent.

G815 | Low Profile
GL Clicky, GL Tactile & GL Linear Low-Profile Switches

As expected of any peripheral in the year 2020, the G815 is fully RGB-enabled with Logitech’s “Lightsync” per-key RGB backlighting. The lighting is gorgeous and bright even in full daylight conditions, there’s no character bleeding thanks to clear edging of the characters on all keys. While the secondary characters are not backlit, it helps to keep a uniform look with the lighting, and regardless of the animation you choose it’s going to attract attention as the centerpiece for your gaming setup. Customizing your lighting is made simple by using Logitech’s downloadable G Hub Software. There’s tons of customization from their 9 preset effects, or you being able to just tinker around and create animations for every key.

Logitech G Hub Software

In the software, you can also configure the different macro keys on the keyboard as well as enable G-Shift, which doubles up the Macro keys to have two functions per key, totalling 10 Macros per profile. I have to mention that it’s really strange that Logitech chose not to make the Macro Profile keys at the top mechanical, or give you the option of customizing their lighting, which is a clear mistake on Logitech’s part and semi distracts from the whole design aesthetic of the keyboard.

The Logitech G815 Mechanical Keyboard is a shift in design and a welcome change from the plethora of standard layout, Cherry-MX keyboards that have completely saturated the market. While I for one am clearly not it’s target audience due to the need for typing first, game later, I still see it fitting nicely in the market for those who aspire to be different. Its low profile nature and excellent quality keys and switches make it great to game on; it’s media keys are a welcome addition for general entertainment use, and the lighting and build quality is top-notch. While I personally don’t see myself swapping to this keyboard in the near future, it’s made me think about buying the G915 TKL which removes the macro keys on the left, and suites my preference of having a small footprint on my desk.

The Logitech G815 retails for R3599 in South Africa and $199.99 in the US.

8.5/10

LOW PROFILE BUT HUGE FOOTPRINT

The Logitech G815 sticks out in a market saturated by Standard Layout Cherry-MX Mechanical Keyboards, it’s got great a great feature set and build quality, but its large footprint might not suit all desk setups.