- Logitech G15
The Logitech G15 is a keyboard produced by
Logitechdesigned specifically for gamers. The updated keyboard includes 6 macro keys that can each have 3 macros assigned to them (making a total of 18 macros available) and a blue backlit monochrome LCD(Which can show helpful information from compatible applications to the user). The Screen is the only difference (other than slight structural differences to accommodate the screen) between the G15 and its sister product, the Logitech G11keyboard. Logitech distributes an SDKfor the LCD panel on the keyboard's drivers disc which can be used to add application compatibility to the screen. Other features include a backlit logo, and a slider button to prevent the windows key from being activated accidentally.
In 2007 Logitech released an updated version of the G15 calling it the "Logitech G15" keyboard also known as the "Logitech G15 v2". (whereas Logitech refers to the earlier version as the "Logitech G15 Gaming" keyboard). This was partially due to the fact that the original design was too wide to fit in most keyboard trays. The new version has an orange scheme as opposed to the blue scheme of the original, 6 G keys each with 3 different states making a total of 18 macros available. There is also a button to record quick macros, and is the only button on the keyboard to feature a blue backlight. The screen is also built directly into the keyboard to give it a more organic look, as opposed to the earlier version where the LCD is on a hinge. Due to the change of LCD design, the media keys have also been redesigned and placed on either side of the screen, and the volume controls have been changed to +/- buttons as opposed to a wheel. Finally, the new revised G15 has been named "G15 Refresh", to differentiate between the two editions. With the release of the new version, the old design has been discontinued, and is no longer in production.
Game and application support
Many different games have native support for the G15. For these games, information such as ammunition, health and items the player is currently holding can be displayed on the LCD panel. Some games and programs require patches to allow the G15 to be used with them. Current games and programs that are officially supported are shown in the list below:
* Ability to create hotkeys
* Ability to create macros without the included "Keyboard Profiler" application (e.g., while in a game)
* Ability to disable the
Windows keywith a switch on the keyboard
* Ability to display currently playing media on the LCD panel (For use with
Windows Media Player, iTunesetc.)
* Keys backlit by blue (orange on revised version)
LEDs with 2 brightness settings which can be turned on or off with the touch of a button.
* LCD has white (orange on revised version) OEL backlight.
* Media and volume control buttons
* Built in USB 1.1 Hub, with 2 external USB ports located on the back of the device. Note: These ports are not powered separately, so some flash drives and such may not work.
* Folding LCD panel (for safe storage) (original version only)
* Cable routing beneath the case
* Ability to press more than 3 buttons at once.
There are many plugins for this keyboard including:
*MiniLyrics G15 plugin
*File Browser Plugin
*Computer Status Monitor
*LCD studio and myLCD have built in support allowing the user to display various different statistics about the computer the keyboard is connected to
*Buggy; a virtual pet that bounces around the LCD screen
*LCD Sirreal - a multipurpose plugin with Cpu, memory and net use among others [http://g15forums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4209] All of these plugins utilize the keyboard's built in LCD screen to display information. The Trillian and aMSN plugin also allows a user to chat directly from the keyboard to their friends without ever having to switch applications and having the game be interrupted.
*By clicking on the "G Key" logo in the Help->About section in the "Logitech G-Series Profiler" Software, an easter egg of a beer mug with credits is displayed on the keyboards LCD screen.
*Open the LCD manager under v1.04 and later, and click configure for the LCD clock. Hold Left Shift to expose some secret clock faces.
Logitech 'G' series
* [http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/3498&cl=gb,en Logitech.co.uk site entry]
* [http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/3498&cl=us,en Direct Logitech page for the updated G15]
* [http://www.g15mods.com/ G15 mods.com]
* [http://g15forums.com/forum/index.php G15 forums.com]
* [http://mylcd.sourceforge.net myLCD library]
* [http://g15-france.net/ G15-France.net]
* [http://www.g15tools.com For Linux users]
* [http://www.g15forums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4265 G15 V1 G-Key & Keypad Overlays]
* [http://www.g15forums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4264 G15 V2 G-Key & Keypad Overlays]
* [http://www.rsistuff.com/article/82 G15 For Document Editing & Firefox Macros]
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