The Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard is a well designed, comfortable to use keyboard with a blue backlighting, media control functions, built in USB ports (not USB 2.0) and 18 "G" keys that can be bound to perform various functions, plus the ability to switch between three profiles, allowing for up to 54 combinations! Those who constantly accidentally hit the Windows button will also be pleased to know that you can toggle the functionality of the Windows key on and off with this keyboard.
From the outset we should make it clear that this keyboard is not designed for your average user. This is a keyboard designed for gamers, such as those who play World of Warcraft with a number of different macros and want a simple option for executing commands, rather than a complicated keystroke combination such as ALT+SHIFT+F6. Using this keyboard, such commands can be bound to a key, such as G1, and using the supplied software combinations can be easily set up so that whenever you hit a specific "G" key, in-game or out, you will perform the combination. This is especially useful for those who want to use the same key combination setups across multiple games. For example, if you play World of Warcraft, and have G1 cast to a specific spellcast sequence, but then also play LOTRO and have a similar setup there, the G1 key will have the same functionality in both games without the need to further configure the keyboard to perform these functions.
The supplied software that allows you to use all of this keyboard's features is intuitive and easy to use, although there may be a small learning curve for those not used to such equipment.
The blue backlighting has two levels of brightness and can be turned off entirely if it isn't to your taste. It is useful for playing in the dark but it should be said that even on the highest brightness level it isn't particularly bright but will allow you to see your way around the keyboard in low light.
The keys are responsive, as one would expect from a gaming keyboard, and can easily be removed to clean under the keys without damaging either the keys or the keyboard itself. The G11 is also a sturdy construction for the most part, although the edges do feel like they have a little too much give in them.
The keyboard features a volume control, play/pause, stop and back/forward buttons for multimedia and the volume control will work in games and in Windows at any time. These are compatible with most of the popular media players such as WinAmp, Windows Media Player, DivX Player and iTunes but are not necessarily compatible with all players. Updates may be available through the Logitech site if you cannot get your favourite player to work with the multimedia keys.
On the downside this is a large keyboard due to the addition of the 18 "G" keys as well as the multimedia controls at the top and those struggling for desk space may wish to consider one of the smaller offerings from Logitech. It is also worth pointing out that this keyboard is on the lower end scale of Logitech gaming keyboards, with the higher level ones featuring greater functionality and LCD screens, although not quite as many "G" keys. The dimensions of the keyboard are roughly 21.5 inches across by 8.5 inches. For comparisons sake, the average keyboard is about 16.5 inches across by 6.75 inches.
The keyboard connects via USB and is wired so ensure you have adequate desk space and a spare USB port to set it up. Plastic feet are on the underside to raise the keyboard if that is your preference but these are likely to slip on a shiny surface.
I was sitting in work and my manager asked me to take out the trash; before which I have to do a small security check to make sure that nothing of value is being thrown out. As I do this, I come across the Logitech G11 Keyboard and G5 mouse.
As I return to my manager to inform him of this, he tells me that they are supposed to be there and if I want them I can take them. Score!
The only thing I really need to say about this keyboard is that I would never go back to something other than this or one of the updated versions of it. It has all your standard keyboard buttons and settings, the buttons having a nice firm resistance and pop that make typing on it a pleasure.
What has it got that others don't? First of all, there are 20 programmable G buttons on the left hand side that you can program to do, pretty much anything that you want. You can open different programs with them, or bind them to specific functions within a program or a game.
Along there top there is also a control panel that can be used with various music programs to stop, start, fast forward, rewind skip, mute and turn the volume up and down. This is incredibly handy when playing games and you don't want to ALT-Tab out to have to change the song.
The keys are all illuminated in a sky blue colour that means typing in the dark (not that you should be looking at the keyboard!) is no hassle.
Another handy feature, is that it comes with 2 USB ports and acts as a USB hub. I wouldn't recommend plugging in a flash or a HDD into these as they are only 1.0 speed and it would slow the transfers way down. However things like printers and mice, it copes with no problems.
I own this Keyboard, like 2 years now, never been broken or returned I believe it has still a warranty left, but I won't use it because this keyboard is easy to use, it types perfectly, you got the G keys which you can program yourself (macro's) 19 on the M1 side and another 19 on the m2 and M3 side so basically 57 programmable keys. for each function of a game, or shortcuts onto your computer, it is handy if your lazy like me and have no patient and want, a program directly without all the searching time that come with it, or getting a headache when the computer is stressing, it comes with a handy scrolls tools with that you can control the volume, and the standard play,pause,stop,next,return keys. it has also 2 options in lighting well both blue but the first is lighter and the second option is darker so every key, has a blue light on it, you can also lock your keyboard for child protection or something else your choice, but it's easy you just move the button to the right and it's locked, so easy is that, and it has two, usb ports, I believe both are 2.0 if I'm not mistakes but only use short power using tools like a pen drive, never use big components like a external hardrive, because it sucks literally all the power out of your computer and then it's price, it can burn or damage your computer so use only light products who have a low power usage. and you can clean it also, carefully pull the buttons out of your keyboard, and clean it with a compressor, after that re-clean it with a towel. So if you are looking for a lifetime keyboard this is a must have!.
Over the years my family has managed to go through our fair share of computer keyboards, admittedly a large majority of these are either the standard keyboard that came with the PC or a cheap alternative. So with this in mind when my partners latest keyboard finally gave up the ghost he became fed up with these cheap replacements and had had his eye on this particular keyboard for some time and had been pestering me for it since for what seemed like a lifetime. The main reason why I would always say no though was due to its much higher price tag than any other keyboard that we had purchased in the past.
My boyfriend being the wily one that he is still kept looking around for his dream keyboard and he even added it to my Amazon wish list on multiple occasions in hope that I would take pity on him. Just when I thought that he had given up all hope with me making him happy, during one of our weekly food shops he will usually leaves me to my own devices whilst he wanders off to the other shops on the retail park with the children in tow. He suddenly came rushing back to me like a excited child on Christmas morning and after 10 minutes of trying to understand what he was hurriedly trying to say to me I finally managed to make out that the fabled G11 keyboard that I had heard all too much about had been spotted in the sale in Staples. After much embarrassing begging and pleading in the middle of the supermarket I eventually gave in and gave him the money to go buy his new found toy.
Despite me giving him the money I still could not see why any keyboard could be worth £24.99 yet alone the full retail price of £49.99 that he had been trying to unsuccessfully convince me of for all these months.
When we got it home my partner literally tore it out of the pack and before he had even taken his jacket and shoes off. My first impression of the new keyboard was of the sheer size of it in comparison to the slim line compact keyboard that I use on my computer. Then when he turned the computer on and the keys suddenly illuminated and he started rambling on about how amazing it was, personally though I could not see the point in it so overall it did not look like a keyboard I would personally choose, but at least he was happy!
Whilst my partner is at work I will occasionally use his computer mainly due to the fact that it has a far higher spec to it than my computer because my partner mainly uses it for gaming, plus it gives me more space as well as he has the larger desk so I can swivel about on my chair more. Since the new keyboard was installed though I really wasn't tempted to use it though as it looked far too big and bulky for my dainty hands, finally though after having some problems with the wireless connection on my computer my Ciao addiction became too much for me and I gave in and started to use my partner's computer and the monstrous keyboard.
"So what does this flashy thing do then?"
So the first thing that I noticed was the fact that the keyboard illuminated, initially I didn't really find any benefit to this particular function and in fact I would generally turn the keyboard light off thinking that it would be a distraction to my typing. However after a little while I noticed that the keys were actually easier to locate with the back light on especially during lower light times in the early evenings. My other initial misconception of the vast size of the keyboard was soon put to rest as well as I found it far more comfortable to use than my own keyboard which is one of the curved designed ones that are supposed to be easier and more comfortable to type on. The keyboards size is made bigger by the fact that it comes with a massive wrist rest which is something that I never have had or wanted on any of my previous keyboards, but since using it I cannot see how I managed before without one as it does provide extra comfort. The wrist rest is an optional feature to the keyboard which can be either folded down or removed completely from the keyboard if you do not get on with it.
As the keyboard is set up primarily as a gaming keyboard a lot of the functions and keys are ones that I personally do not use during my general use of it. However I consider these as more of an addition to the keyboard itself, but for those gamers out there the keys and functions can help you become the gaming legend that you have always wanted to be.
So firstly the keyboard comes loaded with 18 what they call "G" keys down the left hand side of the keyboard, now using the software that comes with the keyboard these keys can be assigned to different key functions when each of them is pressed these can range from just simple one key strokes to complex multi-stroke macros. Along with the ability for the user to refine these keys the software can also detect any installed games on the computer and offer up a range of assigned functions for these keys which can then be changed if needs be. However if 18 keys aren't enough the keyboard actually allows you to simply switch between 3 different set ups of the "G" keys. The assignment of the keys and the software that is needed to do it is very simple to operate even for the most computer inept amongst us.
Along the top of the keyboard are a number of media player controls which allow you to play/pause, skip and adjust the volume on your media player along with an easy to reach mute button, which my 23 month old son has managed to master and takes great delight in muting the volume during that best part of the song.
As well as this the keyboard features a pair of USB 2.0 ports at the top edge of the keyboard although you can plug any USB 2.0 device into them I have found that things like media storage devices tend not to work to well in them which is a bit of a shame as I never seem to have enough USB ports for everything I need. As an added feature the keyboard actually has a number of grooved channels which run along the base of the keyboard which allow for a mouse, headset, or microphone cable to be run under the keyboard to a convenient place for use.
The keyboard itself is wired to the computer as opposed to wireless, generally I prefer a wireless keyboard for ease of movement, but a wired keyboard has the advantage of being slightly faster in response time and you don't have to worry about sudden loss of battery power during a game which all too often can occur with a wireless keyboard.
The keyboard is designed primarily to be used with PC's that use a Windows operating system such as XP or Vista, but it is possible for it to run on a Mac with the addition of the keyboard driver program download that is available on Logitech's website.
"Does it still light up my computing life?"
So having had this keyboard now for going on 18 months it has certainly stood up to the test of time and has outlasted all of its predecessors in fact it still looks as good as the day it graced my partners computer. I do tend to have the odd occasionally cheeky snack whilst playing on the computer and sometimes those pesky crumbs just seem to go everywhere. This being said though the keyboard is very easy to keep clean and I have never had problems with it like others that I have purchased which tend to get clogged up with crumbs and food very quickly that just will not clean out despite my best efforts. As well as this something I tend to notice with previous keyboards is that certain well used keys will start to lose their little letter or number off of the top of them, however this keyboard will not suffer from this as the letter or number is basically a transparent section in the key that allows the light to shine through and not a printed image on top of the keys. Durability wise this keyboard has really stood up to it as my son does like to experiment with just how hard the keyboard can be hit without it smashing in two as he gets very excited when he plays on the on-line "peek a boo" games.
"Is Logitech the Logi-choice?"
Despite my initial doubts about this keyboard I have grown rather attached to it in fact to the point now that when my partner is at home he is now relegated to my computer and tiny keyboard, whilst I take centre stage with this beast that I am now calling mine. With Christmas fast approaching and my partner moaning about not being able to use his keyboard maybe Santa will just have to make a special Logitech delivery this year for him.
Even though the keyboard is designed as a gaming keyboard from the point of view of a non gamer I now feel that its high price is certainly worth it as it has far out stripped the performance of any previous keyboards and the fact that it has extra functions is just a bonus in my opinion. Being as I have been so impressed with this keyboard now, my cheeky partner is now starting to show me pictures and articles of Logitech's G5 mouse which would complement this keyboard nicely I think he is trying to hint at something?
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The Logitech G11 Keyboard is a tool of gamers; it was created for and tested for games. With a RRP tag of £40, it can knock you back a bit but that's what you expect to pay for quality gaming gear.
It has a total of 54 programmable macros from 18 G keys, which can be accessed by the m1, m2 and m3 keys, meaning even the most dedicated Role Playing Gamer will find it hard to use every one of them.
This keyboard has more keys then its successor, the G15, which is useful for multiple applications. The multimedia keys are easy to access and the volume wheel is a very useful feature, you can choose the precise level of volume that suits your listening needs.
Another included feature in the keyboard is the game mode slider; this slider has been introduced for gaming sessions. When enabled it disables the Windows button so the start menu doesn't pop up accidently during a vital gun battle.
One of the main selling points of this keyboard is the backlight LED that is installed for late night sessions; this is very useful if you don't want the room light on. You can choose between dim and bright light as well, if it distracts your eyes.
My main concern with this keyboard is the reliability of it, I had one for just over two months and one day it just powered down all of a sudden and now has become redundant, although Logitech do it cover it for a warranty. It can be quite annoying if you don't have a back up keyboard.
The G11 Logitech keyboard was intended for gamers though one of the reasons that I bought it was because of the backlighting facility, which lights up the keys in the dark. With many black keyboards these days, what happens is that it is hard to distinguish the keys at night under dim light, although this isn't the only benefit of the keyboard, and was merely my reason to buy it, together with knowing that the Logitech make was a pretty reliable one.
One of the interesting aspects of this keyboard is that in any publicity online that describes it, it is only the middle section of the keyboard that is lit up, when in fact the whole keyboard has settings whereby you can choose as a user whether to use dim lighting up, or a brighter setting for darkness. I tend to use the light up feature even in daytime as this really gives the black keyboard the edge over the competition and is very easy to use.
Here, I was a little disappointed at first though need not have been. The keys are closer together than on a standard Microsoft keyboard, and the reason is that they have added so many feature buttons that the keyboard had to be compressed to house all the normal typing keys. I got used to it after a short space of time, though it was disconcerting to start off with. The touch is very definite and you certainly have reliability and I have not experienced any odd keys with different touch, the touch being a great uniform experience on whatever area of the keyboard I am working.
As a person that does a lot of written work, I wasn't that impressed with having all the function keys, though the software that comes with the package is rather special for keyboard software and extremely easy to use, and the function keys neatly lined up to the left of the main keyboard. Here, not only do you have 18 different keys that you can program to your preference, but you have three different modes which are clearly defined at the top of the keyboard, so that the user has no confusion with which mode they are currently using.
I found by using these function keys and programming them to my everyday needs for Internet and written work, they have become an integral part of my everyday use of the computer, and it was the easy layout of the programming that lead me to experiment, using the second mode for my game play, and the third for a particular game that needs a lot of keyboard work that had always proven difficult in the past, now all neatly placed together in the same place on the keyboard.
The sound station on the keyboard is brightly lit and serves it's purpose, letting the user have control over playing videos and sound media, letting the user have the ability to control their video and music from the keyboard. In my case the advantage here is that the speakers are placed at the back of the desk so this feature is handy in that I no longer have to stretch over to turn down the sound or to freeze a video that I am playing if disturbed by a telephone call.
This is a step up from what I am accustomed to since this would have taken several clicks of the mouse and I find myself using it more and more each day. There is of course the normal mute button that all keyboards these days seem to have, though the feature of having more control from the keyboard is rather good.
The volume button is weird to get used to as it is a round one that needs to be rotated although the response is very good indeed.
The ports for gaming items are at the back of the keyboard and personally, I think the designers would have done better to have had these at the sides, although this causes me little hassle other than ease of access when I want to use them. These are USB and quite handy and although you can put the cords under the keyboard, it is ungainly and difficult.
One of the biggest bugbears about this keyboard is its size. It took ages to get used to and I certainly felt that the addition of the hand rest made it pretty much too big to fit on my desk and I have a very large desk so would imagine most people would ignore this item totally. Without it, there is a neat trim that acts equally well as a handrest. The width of the keyboard of course is much larger than normal keyboards, and those with limited space should perhaps measure their desk space to see if the keyboard can be housed on it.
This is a weak spot with the keyboard, since the two little feet at the back of the keyboard allow you to angle the keyboard to a more comfortable position, although I believe that they should have made the feet bigger giving more angle, as the angle presented is a little uncomfortable for the hands and not natural giving me more hand fatigue than other keyboards. What I found I had to do was to adjust this myself with the addition of little blocks, but with a little more thought, they could have gotten around this problem.
If you want a good quality illuminated keyboard, this is the best on the market. Having researched the market thoroughly and checked it against the cheap imports on ebay that I have bought in the past, this is a class act. The keys are responsive and the touch superb. The extra programmable keys are a bonus and certainly the software is the most user friendly I have ever known.
Getting the keyboard up and running was simply a matter of installing the software and then plugging in the USB. I would have preferred a normal mouse connection since this uses up a valuable USB port, though my overall impression of the keyboard is that it is quality and certainly worthy of consideration.
Made to appeal to gamers, to my mind it appeals also to those that type a lot at night, since the cheaper makes had sticky keys and garish lighting, whereas this is crisp and clear. Bought at £32.00 from eBay and even taking into account the cost of postage, I feel that the keyboard does what I wanted it to do, and does that well.
* 18 Programmable G Keys: Create 54 possible custom macros per gameeven on the fly.
* Full-size 10-Key: Get full use of your keyboard and your number pad at the same time.
* Backlit Keyboard: Play through low lights and late nights with your choice of three brightness levels.
* Media Keys: Manage your audio and video playback right from the keyboard.
* Ergonomics: Enjoy the ultra-comfortable design youve come to expect from Logitech.
* Cord Channels: Route your mouse, headset and other cables under the keyboard and out of your way.
* Media Keys: Manage your audio and video playback right from the keyboard.
The packaging for the Logitech G11 isnt too much different compared to other keyboards, just a box with some features, specifications, and other info printed on various sides. Also included was an extension bar for the front of the keyboard for people to rest their wrist on.
The design of the G11 is very stylish and unique. It has three groups of 6 buttons on the left side for macros along with 3 profile switchers which effectively gives you 54 buttons. Also, theres a Macro Record button which lets you conveniently record macros without having to open up any programs or anything.
The G11 also has two USB 1.1 ports located on the back of the keyboard and a wire routing system on the bottom which can be used by USB cables, mouse cables, headphone cables, etc. However, the G11s own wire does not fit in the wiring system.
Another nice feature is the media controls at the middle top of the keyboard. The volume spinner and the 4 other media buttons can be used with most media applications like Windows Media Player, WinAmp, and many others. Next to the media keys on the right side is the mute button and the light button. The light button has two modes, a dim mode and the bright mode. Lighted buttons makes night-time typing/gamer much easier and more fun.
This keyboard may have a lot of features, but all these features come at a cost. in size. The G11 keyboard measures 21.5 inches by 8.5 inches compared to a standard 17.5 inches by 6.25 inches. I dont mind the extra size myself but some people might have trouble getting it to fit in those under the table pull-out keyboard holders.
There are many things that makes the G11 a gaming keyboard. One of course is all the macro keys, 54 in fact. The macro keys can be recorded with the Logitech software or you can record while in-game or anywhere with the MR button. Simply press the MR button so it lights up, press the G key you want to record the macro to, and when the MR button starts flashing, you type and it records. Press the MR button again when your done and the macro is recorded and ready to use.
Another feature is the Window key switcher. Have you ever pressed the Windows button while in-game and have the game be minimized? I know I have, and now with Logitechs G11 keyboard, you can prevent that by setting the switch on top to disable the Windows key and turn it into a programmable key such as the G keys.
And last but not least, the G11s low profile buttons makes this keyboard a true gamers keyboard. The low profile buttons allows quick button registration while gaming since it takes less time to press down a key on the G11 keyboard than on a standard keyboard. Even though it is only a few milliseconds difference, every little bit helps when gaming.
Of course with all these cool features, some sort of software would be needed to control and manage all the different macros and the programmable buttons. For the G11/15, Logitech uses the G-series Keyboard Profiler which is available for both Windows XP and Vista. Installation of the software was easy and straightforward, no restart required when install was finished. Like most of Logitechs other software for gaming peripherals, they all have a cool interface and are so easy to use, even a caveman could do it.
Overall, Logitechs G11 keyboard is a wonderful keyboard. The G11 is a watered down version of the G15, everything is the same except the G11 doesnt have a flip up LCD screen on the top over the media buttons. All the great features on this keyboard make it a great product for gamers such as the 54 of the programmable keys, the Window key disabler, and the media buttons, which are all very useful and conveniently located. The two USB ports on the back and the wire routing system on the bottom can keep your table/work area clean without all the clustered wires. The Logitech G11 retails for $70/£45 and it is a great buy for all types of gamers.
Packaging (including bundled accessories): 9/10
Value (value per $/£): 8.5/10
Logitech G11 keyboard was a recent purchase I have always been into pc gaming I used to have a Razer keyboard and a boomslang mouse. I decided to purchase this after looking at value for money
Logitech have released the "G" series of gaming peripherals , included in this is the G15 and G11 gaming keyboard.
On first impressions the keyboard is much bigger than your standard keyboard large desks required , with the possibility of not fitting under desk keyboard pull outs.
Every key is backlit when plugged into the USB , each key lights up blue which when playing at night is so much easier , the light setting for the keys have 3 settings including off.
The G11 Has not got the LCD Screen like it's bigger brother the G15. Inplace of the screen is the large easy to use media keys with a centre middle chrome volume control dial and the usual , skip , next back and stop.
Below the screen is the volume settings , usual media keys and four context buttons that are used for the keyboard screen.
A neat feature is the ability to disable the windows key when playing games , I have forgot how many times I have pressed the windows key instead of alt / ctrl.
The feature of the G15 and the G11 is the 18 G keys on the left side of the keyboard these are the easily recordable Macro's , from a simple keystroke or multiple keypresses can be recorded there very easy to configure I have found. They are not limited to gaming for instance you could be wrtiting a simple email , configure it to send , print and archive in one key press thats Neat!.
The overall feal of the keys is responsive not as response as my old razer but still a worthy hardwearing keyboard.
A good gaming keyboard not the best but at the moment a nice new gaming keyboard from Logitech. Summary: A good gaming keyboard worth a try but be warned expensive
the keyboard is priced at £40 - 45 on ebuyer.
When I use a keyboard I expect a soft tactile response from my keys, If you spend a lot of time gaming and working at your desk your , screen , mouse and keyboard isnt a product you should scrimp on. Logitech has always been a brand that backs there guarantees and is a brand that i will always consider firsty for reliability.