Thursday, December 11th 2008

Logitech Prepares New G18 Gaming Keyboard to Accompany G13

It appears that G13 won't be the only one new gaming keyboard released this year by Logitech. A pre-production sample of what's to be named Logitech G18 was also spotted sitting next to a G13 by our colleagues at Engadget China. For now we can gather information only from a single picture. There you see a rather standard keyboard design, lots of programmable G keys and other extra keys plus what's maybe the best part of this keyboard - a new color LCD display. Now we wait for the press release.

Source: Engadget
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25 Comments on Logitech Prepares New G18 Gaming Keyboard to Accompany G13

#1
Cold Storm
Battosai
Man, I'm waiting for the release and price on this! Color LCD! Woot! Looks great, I just don't know about the G13.. Not my cup of tea.
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malware
by: Cold Storm
Man, I'm waiting for the release and price on this! Color LCD! Woot! Looks great, I just don't know about the G13.. Not my cup of tea.
Me too, me too ... that's my next keyboard for sure.
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#3
Cold Storm
Battosai
I have the wireless media keyboard from Logitech, But, I really want to get one of their G line keyboards. I like this for no cords and running around with lan's and what not. But, I know i can just Go nuts over this new one!
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#4
NeoCrisis
by: Cold Storm
I have the wireless media keyboard from Logitech, But, I really want to get one of their G line keyboards. I like this for no cords and running around with lan's and what not. But, I know i can just Go nuts over this new one!
You use wireless at lan/gaming? :wtf:
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#5
theJesus
I hope this lives up to the G15 rev1 and especially hope that wrist-rest is removable. I'm also curious about the media keys. I really like the position and size of them on the G15, but they look so tiny in that pic, and I hate the idea of having them on the edges.

Probably the main things that will influence whether or not I want this is compatibility with 3rd-party G15 apps, usefulness of new 1st and 3rd-party apps, and other things related to the LCD such as resolution, size, etc.
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#6
Exavier
back to orange LEDs! YES!
:laugh: colour-complete casebuild..LOL
now to find out more or buy the sidewinder x6..hm
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#7
alexp999
Staff
Design looks much more like the original G15, tho it also looks like it has been cyborg'd lol. Lovin my mk1 G15, I may well look at this if and when this one needs replacing.
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#8
NeoCrisis
by: Exavier
back to orange LEDs! YES!
:laugh: colour-complete casebuild..LOL
now to find out more or buy the sidewinder x6..hm
by: malware



With the G13 gameboard, you’ll also get backlit keys that help you easily locate the right key in low-light conditions or lights-out play. And you can select from hundreds of available backlight colors, so your gameboard looks just the way you want it.
I wouldnt doubt they implemented the same backlit feature on the G18.
On the Logitech forums a lot of ppl complained about the rv2 orange lights.
and if you havent already seen this

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#9
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
@neocrisis :pimp:

:toast:I hate the orange leds:toast:
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#10
HaZe303
Thats one hot looking keyboard! G18 i mean, loving what im seeing for sure!
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#11
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I like it but I dont like the orange. Im a blue man myself. Love the video so thanks for that.
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#12
tigger
I'm the only one
Looks like it will be G15 rev 2 to G18 for me then.

Also i dont like blue in a pc at all,its a horrid cold color.orange ftw.
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#13
qwerty_lesh
I'm not sure if I'm liking the look of the G18.. its something about those triangly bits on the LCD.. >>
I have to say though, I was pretty disappointed with the durability of the original G15 (blue)
I barely thrashed mine and it broke pretty quickly (under a year)
Shame the reclusa looks like such a pos too, since the M$ keyboard offerings (IMO) are much more durable. ive thrashed my plain digi media KB for ages now and it just wont break :D
If logitech can take a page from microsoft on durability, it'd go for it for sure.
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#14
mab1376
I wish my Saitek Cyborg had blue LED's but I must say the green is extremely easy to read in the dark compared to the blue on the Eclipse II.

I would get this keyboard if it had some other LED color options. Otherwise I don't see any real good reason to upgrade.
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#15
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: NeoCrisis
You use wireless at lan/gaming? :wtf:
lol, I bet a lot of people are like that. I've tried both having wire and wireless on gaming, and with this keyboard I have, the $100 one, it doesn't have the change you may get if you spent $30 on a wireless keyboard. The Lag really isn't there on this keyboard. My bios even likes it.. lol
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#16
PCpraiser100
What is that color LCD used for, to watch videos while gaming? Despite that that would probably take it to $200 or so it would be cool if that would happen. Then on the other hand, I'm kinda like the G13 a bit better if it's handy enough for gaming depending on how bind-happy I am. Pretty LCD....
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#17
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: Cold Storm
lol, I bet a lot of people are like that. I've tried both having wire and wireless on gaming, and with this keyboard I have, the $100 one, it doesn't have the change you may get if you spent $30 on a wireless keyboard. The Lag really isn't there on this keyboard. My bios even likes it.. lol
I hate wireless things :( my mouse lags like crap at times even though its pretty much 10 inches from the reciever thingy.
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#18
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: DrPepper
I hate wireless things :( my mouse lags like crap at times even though its pretty much 10 inches from the reciever thingy.
The mouse I do have as only wired. There is a difference with mouse, but not so much with wireless keyboards from what I can see. If you spend money on a thing, then it will give you what it is needed, but if you don't.. It's going to be poo.. The wireless keyboard/ mouse combo, I have also has a 10in extention usb cable, so i can plug the Bluetooth usb there and be all good on the distance.
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#19
erocker
I think I would find all that stuff on those keyboards too distracting. It looks awfully good though.
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#20
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: Cold Storm
The mouse I do have as only wired. There is a difference with mouse, but not so much with wireless keyboards from what I can see. If you spend money on a thing, then it will give you what it is needed, but if you don't.. It's going to be poo.. The wireless keyboard/ mouse combo, I have also has a 10in extention usb cable, so i can plug the Bluetooth usb there and be all good on the distance.
Thing is its a MX revolution and cost £50 :(
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#21
PP Mguire
by: WarEagleAU
I like it but I dont like the orange. Im a blue man myself. Love the video so thanks for that.
According to that one guys post, you should be able to change the color of the LEDs to what you want.

by: Cold Storm
lol, I bet a lot of people are like that. I've tried both having wire and wireless on gaming, and with this keyboard I have, the $100 one, it doesn't have the change you may get if you spent $30 on a wireless keyboard. The Lag really isn't there on this keyboard. My bios even likes it.. lol
I have a $100 Microsoft wireless desktop and the wireless keyboard sucks horribly for gaming. Thats with brand new batteries and the reciever right up on the thing. I use it for my server basicaly now.

This G18 if the LEDs can change colors like mentioned :respect:
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#22
Cold Storm
Battosai
[url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126011]Here is the one I got. I didn't buy it at Newegg. It was a spur of the moment thing to grab. I'm sorry to hear that others don't think of it being good, but I'm having nothing but love from this wireless keyboard. It allows me to do what I'm loving to do. Lay back, and work to my heart's content...
But, like I all ways say, this is me at it. Others may not feel the way I feel, but everyone is different. I've had it for almost 7 months, and its candy to me.


Now, Lets get more news on this keyboard! :toast:
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#23
Pinchy
I'll probably stick to my G15 Rev2. I can't really see the point of the colour LCD. The one on the G15 is awesome, can see songs on WMP in game and can see whos talking on vent...thats all I need :).

I do mainly play FPS games though, so the extra media keys are just a waste of space to me.

Also orange is a lot better than blue IMO. My entire room has blue LED lights; my computer and the matx. Yet the keyboard (and new razer krait mouse) are orange / yellow. They stand out and look the best in the room (makes me wanna change my blue LEDs to red :p)
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#24
Polarman
I did'nt really need that LCD thingy, that why i got the G11.
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#25
theJesus
I love being able to monitor my temps, network usage, volume, resource usage, time/date, etc. all in a glance with 3rd-party apps (LCD sirreal) and the foobar2000 plugin is great too cuz it lets you format how/what you want displayed for up to four different modes and switch between them easily. Media keys are a must imo, I can't live without them. I would like a volume wheel that was higher resolution (smaller steps) though, and maybe the ability to change which volume parameter is being adjusted (main, wave, front, rear, center, etc.)
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