The key problem (pardon the pun) was that the black paint on a few of the keys was wearing off, allowing the backlighting to shine through obscuring any key lettering. This keyboard was around a year old..maybe less.
Now, since I’d started the process, Logitech updated and revised the G15 with:
- Reportedly improved keyboard paint
- Orange backlit keyboard (the first one was blue)
- Reduced the number of programmable Gkeys from 18 to 6(!)
- Reduced the size of the LCD display by appx. 40% though keeping the number of pixels HxW
- Removed the ability of the LDC display to swivel
- Removed the volume control wheel
Frankly, I was hoping for them to send me another v1 G15. I was comfortable with the desktop footprint it had (huge), I liked the availability of all those programmable keys, and I liked the size of the LCD display.
But now I’ve got a v2, and here are my initial impressions:
- Key depress feel is soft…maybe mushy?
- Keyboard sits differently on my desktop…I have to hunt initially to place my fingers on the home row properly
- Keyboard footprint is smaller. I like this. I now have more desktop space for my mouse and Wacom Bamboo tablet.
- LCD Display is very slightly out of alignment in it’s housing. Not too noticeable, but when I do it’s a minor annoyance.
- The keyboard drivers and software were easy to install and setup
- Logitech maintained compatibility with LCDStudio, so my custom displays run properly
- Not sure I like the smaller LCD display…we’ll see how it goes.
- I *think* I’ll like the orange backlight. It seems to glare less.
- The volume buttons work ‘ok’, but the wheel seemed nicer — like the wheel on an iPod. Upside is I can still use the wheel/spot on the Wacom Bamboo 🙂
- Marketing: the Box and some online literature do NOT mention that the keyboard has 2 USB ports. I was worried because the v1 G15 does have these, and I didn’t want to lose the ability to plug in thumb drives..etc.
- Am I missing the extra 12 macro keys? I’m not sure yet. The keyboard layout is different, but since I also have a Nostromo n52 keyboard, I’m sure I can map any missing functionality over to it.
Conclusion: For now I’d say I’m satisfied. The process took a while, I’m not convinced the paint on this keyboard will last better than the last. The reduced LCD display size could be an issue…but I’ll reserve judgement on it for now…and I think I like the orange backlight.