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The tactile feeling from the keyboard is nice. It is easy to type on, although I had to spend a few hours getting used to it after my previous flat-shaped Logitech UltraX. The keys sink down easily, yet with a distinct response. That is, the key resists you pressing on it at first, but then goes down smoothly. This helps your fingers know that the key has indeed been pressed, thus avoiding a lot of typing mistakes that used to occur on some mechanic keyboards that required a constant pressure effort. The keys do not rattle at all. There are no problems with pressing several buttons at a time – the keyboard processes such situations correctly.

The G15 has folding feet, but they are rather small so the keyboard lies almost strictly horizontally.

Num Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock indicators are located in their traditional place and are designed as appropriate symbols highlighted with amber LEDs.

Centered under the keyboard’s LCD screen there is a group of multimedia buttons that control your media player and sound volume (the five small black buttons belong to the LCD display and will be discussed later on): Next, Previous, Stop, Play/Pause, and a volume adjustment wheel. This is a standard selection of multimedia buttons that are usually available on other expensive keyboards as well.

Well, there is also a separate button to mute the sound nearby (the button next to it adjusts the intensity of key highlighting – I’ll talk about it below). Now, that’s indeed all because other additional buttons of the G15 do not have analogs on other multimedia keyboards. I have to dedicate a special section of this article to them because it’s impossible to describe what they can do in just a few words.

The multimedia buttons are quite conveniently designed and are also highlighted – you just can’t hit a wrong button (this is a problem with many keyboards where such buttons are all the same size and placed in a row – you have to watch what button you are pressing).

On the other side from the multimedia buttons there is a switch that can disable the Windows-related buttons on the keyboard (there are three of them here, left and right Windows buttons and a Context Menu button). Why is there a picture of a joystick under it? Well, have you ever pressed the Windows button accidentally in the heat of an online battle? And what did you think or say then? This explains the picture of a gaming device. You can disable the Windows-related buttons for the duration of your play thus avoiding pressing them unintentionally and dropping from the game to the Desktop. When the game is over, you can enable those buttons again, if you want to, by moving the switch. I’ve noticed that people who see the G15 for the first time always single out this feature as highly useful.

Finally, there are two USB ports on the keyboard’s rear panel. These are USB 1.1 ports intended for low-speed devices like mice, joysticks, low-resolution web-cameras, etc. That is, you can plug a flash drive into them, but the data-transfer speed is going to be low.

To make the connection of the mentioned devices more convenient, there are grooves in the bottom of the keyboard that allow to route the cable to the USB port under it and put it out in front or at the right side of the keyboard. That’s not a very handy solution, though. The mouse is usually placed beside the keyboard and its cable should lie behind the latter.

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