The Logitech G19 is a high-end gaming keyboard with a built-in, 320-by-240-pixel LCD display capable of offering in-game information for over 60 titles. You can even use it to view YouTube videos. Many reviewers feel that although the G19 is expensive, it's worth the extra cash due to its comprehensive macro programmability and customizable backlighting. A few reviewers complain of soft key feel, and almost everyone chafes at the keyboard's high price. Consumers interested in the G19 but put off by the cost should look for the Razer BlackWidow (*Est. $130) or the ThermalTake Tt eSports Challenger Pro (*Est. $60) , which are both well-reviewed and significantly less expensive.
ExtremeTech.com and CNET offer thorough reviews of the G19, and both sources recommend it but balk at its high price. Daniel Lavery of GamingTech.org also recommends the G19 keyboard. The reviewer at DigitalTrends.com agrees that the price is high and adds that the keys have a "mushy" feel. Gizmodo.com offers a review accompanied by a number of product photos showcasing the keyboard's features. The keyboard has been around for two years now, and some of the reviews are getting older, but it stacks up well even in more-recent looks.
Jeremy Atkinson takes readers through the entire Logitech G19 experience, including what's underneath the hood, how the LCD works and what the LCD does during various games. He calls it "the best gaming keyboard available today," but acknowledges it's so over the top that the site won't feature it in any of its Bang for the Buck PC builds. Atkinson's reviews are rock solid and reliable overall.
Review: Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard Review, Jeremy Atkinson, Feb. 19, 2009
Tech blogger Daniel Lavery proclaims the Logitech G19 "one of the best" gaming keyboards and prefers it to the recently released Logitech G510, which drops a few features, including USB ports. He says the G19 keyboard's LCD is its "key selling point." He awards it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Review: Logitech G19 Review, Daniel Lavery, Nov. 24, 2010
CNET reviewer Rich Brown finds the G19's high price a bit too much to recommend it unequivocally. He awards the G19 3.5 stars, saying that the price alone is enough to limit adoption and hurt community software development that could take advantage of the screen. Aside from price, Brown likes the G19's 16 million backlit color options, the built-in USB 2.0 ports and the macro recording capabilities.
Review: Logitech G19, Rich Brown, June 1, 2009
DigitalTrends.com reviewer Michael Brown, like just about everyone else, takes issue with the G19's high price. He also complains about the "mushy" key feel. But Brown praises the "loaded" feature set and on-the-fly custom macro recording. He says that in games like "Crysis" it's possible to move your hand just a short distance to activate night vision or other tasks, and that he and other site editors could "perform these actions much faster with the G19 than we could with a traditional keyboard." He awards 7 out of 10 stars.
Review: Logitech G19 Review, Michael Brown, March 19, 2009
Matt Buchanan calls the Logitech G19 keyboard "the best one they've made yet," although he hedges by saying that it still doesn't reach its "full mind-blowing potential." The review praises the 320-by-240-pixel LCD for its in-game information, YouTube streaming and CPU load-monitoring abilities.
Review: Logitech G19 Keyboard Review, Matt Buchanan, April 7, 2009
More than 110 users give the Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard an overall score of 4 out of 5 stars, praising its key layout compared to earlier Logitech models, the screen, key action, macro recording feature and the fact that you can change the color of the illumination. There are some complaints about quality control, quite a few about poor Mac support, and a handful about interference from other devices, including iPhones.
Review: Logitech G19 Programmable Gaming Keyboard with Color Display, Contributors to Amazon.com