The Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard features 18 extra gaming keys that can be programmed with macros for games such as World of Warcraft; two USB ports for plugging in extra gaming controls; and backlit keys so you can see what you’re typing even in the dark.
Convenient Design for Gamers
Gamers are sure to be interested in numerous other features of this silver-and-black keyboard, such as the switch at the top of the keyboard that allows you to alternate between Windows Mode and Gaming Mode. With a single flick of this switch, you can disable the Windows key to avoid accidentally crashing to the desktop. Once you’re logged out of the game and back to performing other desktop tasks, another flick of the switch will re-enable the Windows key.
The Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard also includes a handy volume-control knob and other media controls above the F keys. My last keyboard had a volume control knob, and I grew so used to having that convenience that I vowed to find a good replacement keyboard that also had the volume knob, and this one hasn’t disappointed me at all.
The keys are backlit with blue lighting, and there’s a button on the keyboard that allows you to turn the backlighting off or to choose from two different levels of brightness for the blue backlight. The backlighting feature has proven to be very convenient for me, since I am on the computer a lot at night, but I still use the backlighting in daytime as well because it just makes the keys easier to see. The lighting also enhances the aesthetic appeal of the keyboard, if that matters to you.
Not Just for Gamers
Although the G11 Gaming Keyboard is designed to be convenient for gamers, it is still perfectly comfortable and useable for non-gaming computer users, unlike some other gaming keyboards out there. Aside from the extra G keys, all other keys are standard. The only issue I had was getting used to the different width of the keyboard. With the 18 extra gaming keys adding three additional inches of keyboard width to the Logitech G11, I kept finding my fingers getting lost when initially placing my fingers on the keys. However, this is a temporary nuisance that eventually goes away as with any other adjustment for a new keyboard. I can type just as quickly and comfortably as I could before, now that I’m used to it. In fact, I feel like I can type even faster than before, since these keys are so much lighter and softer than my previous keyboard. That’s not to say that the keys are ultra-sensitive to a fault, but that they are soft with just enough firmness to prevent you from typing any keys out of turn. It’s also nice that the keyboard is rather quiet due to the softness of the keys, so there will be no further need to listen to the annoying clackety-clack of housemates or significant others typing away while you’re trying to study or watch television.
The Bottom Line
Overall, I am quite happy with my purchase of the Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard. It offers enough features to keep the gamers happy without intruding upon the comfort level of other computer users.