Logitech G715 hands-on: A powerful typist with a polarizing look

Logitech G713 keyboard.
Enlarge / Logitech G713 keyboard.

Sharon Harding

In an explosion of color, Logitech today announced a slew of PC peripherals draped in bright hues, wireless options and, love it or hate it, RGB lighting.

Logitech calls it the Aurora Collection, and although the gadgets are aimed at gamers, high programmability and premium features can also make them interesting for general power users.

Logitech's Aurora collection includes a wide range of PC peripherals and accessories.
Enlarge / Logitech’s Aurora collection includes a wide range of PC peripherals and accessories.

The new series is characterized by trendy white colors enhanced by RGB LEDs and high price tags. The lineup includes the G735 wireless headset ($230), the G705 wireless mouse ($100), the G713 mechanical keyboard ($170) and its wireless version, the G715 ($200). There are also Aurora PC accessories, including top plates and keycaps for the keyboards, and new Aurora colors for some of Logitech’s previously released microphones.

And as anyone who’s gone anywhere near my desk recently will have immediately noticed, I got some hands-on time with the wireless keyboard in the square.

Divisive design

The G715’s polarizing look goes beyond its white polar bear styling. Let’s start with the sticky, cloud-shaped wrist rest.

Fluffy clouds provide chunky wrist rests.
Enlarge / Fluffy clouds provide chunky wrist rests.

Sharon Harding

It goes well with the keyboard’s white chassis, but looks childish, and it’s not helped by the fake leather, which I predict will flake off after frequent use.

The wrist rest was surprisingly snug and supportive while typing. I wasn’t able to feel my hard desk through the palm rest, even when pressing down forcefully. But its lumpiness irritated my wrists.

The G715 only comes in white, and as the white PBT keys on my work keyboard and white mouse can attest, white PC peripherals can easily and visibly get dirty. Keep this in mind when considering this expensive climb.

Fortunately, the keyboard has doubleshot PBT keycaps, so the legends shouldn’t wear out (for more on keycaps and other terms in this article, see our guide to mechanical keyboards). Plus, they have a nice texture that provided a better grip than cheap ABS plastic buttons and seemed appropriate for the keyboard’s price.

RGB is optional.
Enlarge / RGB is optional.

Sharon Harding

White is the primary color here, but I was still showered with color via per-key RGB lighting that created incredibly bright legends and a glow between the keys.

An RGB strip around the G715’s underside also created a distinct glow on my desk, especially south of the keyboard.

There are 16 RGB LEDs on the underside of the keyboard.
Enlarge / There are 16 RGB LEDs on the underside of the keyboard.

Sharon Harding

RGB evokes strong opinions, and if yours is generally on the positive side, there’s little to complain about here, except that it requires software to change RGB settings. You can even customize the LEDs on the underside of the keyboard and use ready-made effects.

But if you have a negative opinion about RGB or are interested in saving battery, you can quickly turn off the light (without software). But given the keyboard’s price, you should probably love most other things about the peripheral if you have to ditch one of its biggest features.

Mechanical keyboards aimed at gamers tend to have great media keys. And while the G715 has a stripped-down design, it still has a set of media keys (that can light up with RGB) in a relaxing lavender hue, including a rubber-like scroll wheel. However, the wheel is not the most tactile. I prefer wheels with more choppy movements.

Unfortunately, like most of the G715’s keys, the media keys are not programmable.

The feature set has two layers of programmability, including with macro support.
Enlarge / The feature set has two layers of programmability, including with macro support.

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