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Synchronize color and lighting effects with other LIGHTSYNC RGB devices. Bring your gaming setup to life with immersive and reactive lighting, full-spectrum animation and lighting effects , that can synchronize across all your LIGHTSYNC-enabled gear. G HUB controls it all with ease.

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With Notifications & Status, you"ll get device-specific information such as battery level, key backlighting level, and Caps Lock at the right moment. Know when your battery life is about to run out and when it"s time to recharge so you"re never caught off guard. For Easy-Switch™ enabled keyboards, you"ll be able to see which computers are paired to channels 1-2-3.

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The Logitech G915 is built to be a gaming keyboard, but if you spend a lot of time in Photoshop, Premiere, Cinema 4D, Blender, or any number of other creative applications, then it"ll be right up your alley. The raised mechanical keys are comfortable and provide satisfying travel without bulking up the board too much. The keys are at slightly higher risk of breaking if you pull on them, though, so don"t do that. You can also easily swap between Logitech"s Lightspeed wireless connection and Bluetooth, making it simple to switch to your laptop and continue working seamlessly.

The real star of the show is the set of five macro keys on the left side of the board. Along with the Logitech G Hub software, these keys can be programmed with automated actions and custom shortcuts, or even execute scripts. We"re big fans of using gaming hardware for productivity, and these bonus keys are perfect for the job. There are enough to give you more options, without turning your daily driver into a tank that overwhelms your entire desk. You can also save even more space if you lop off the numpad with the G915 TKL, but you"ll lose the macro keys as well.

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Of the nearly 200 we"ve tested, the Keychron Q6 is by far the best keyboard. While we recommend the full-size Q6 here, the Q-series consists of a range of keyboard sizes, from the typing and programming-friendly Keychron Q2 to the tiny Keychron Q4 or even the TenKeyLess Keychron Q3. Regardless of what size you get, each Q-series keyboard offers an unparalleled out-of-the-box typing experience and an incredibly durable build quality.

The frame of this keyboard is solid aluminum, so we don"t recommend tossing this into your backpack and bringing it on the go unless you"re adding weight for a workout. Within this aluminum frame, the PCB sits slightly suspended in gaskets. This gasket-mounted style adds a bit of bounce when you type and reduces the overall impact of bottoming out the keys. It also gives room for two layers of sound-dampening foam around the switches to reduce the ping and rattle of your keys while you type.

Each keyboard comes with an included toolkit consisting of a hex key, a screwdriver, a switch puller, and a keycap puller, all specifically to deconstruct your keyboard. While this might seem counterintuitive, it means you have infinite possibilities to tweak and adjust the keyboard to be completely yours. Plus, you can easily repair the keyboard, improving its overall longevity. The software allows for a similar range of customization, meaning that you can create and play around with the hardware, software, and firmware to have a completely personalized board. Of course, you don"t have to alter the board in any way, especially since the stock components are all very high-quality, so just leaving the board as-is feels and sounds excellent.

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You can also disable the wheel button, if you prefer to use the wheel only for scrolling. To do this and to follow the additional troubleshooting steps listed below, first visit the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center, select the download version you want to use, and follow the instructions to install it.

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Logitech’s $99.99 Pop Keys is part of Logitech’s new Studio Series lineup of cute computer accessories alongside the $39.99 Pop Mouse and $19.99 Logitech Desk Mat. The keyboard appears to be an attempt to pair Logitech’s typically solid functionality, like multiyear battery life and easy cross-device compatibility, with a cutesy TikTok-friendly aesthetic and novelties like keys dedicated to typing emoji.

But after using the keyboard for daily work, I don’t think Logitech has gotten the balance right. The Pop Keys’ typewriter-style keycaps might look great on social media, but they’re tricky and unforgiving to type on, and replacing useful key functions with five emoji shortcuts is a novelty that gets old quickly.

There’s little wrong with the basic specs of the Pop Keys. Although it’s not rechargeable, you get three years of battery life from an included pair of AAA batteries. It’s capable of pairing to up to three devices via Bluetooth or up to two Bluetooth devices plus one via Logitech’s Bolt USB receiver (included in the box), and you can easily switch between them using the F1 to F3 keys. The keyboard is available in three color schemes: pink; yellow and black; or purple and yellow.

The Pop Keys has what’s generally known as a 75 percent keyboard layout, which means it’s more compact than a full-size keyboard but still includes a function row and arrow keys. Although you can change this in Logitech’s settings, by default this function row is given over to a variety of other commands like switching between paired devices and playback and volume controls. There’s an Fn key to access the more standard F1 - F12 buttons. On the right of the keyboard there are five programmable keys designed for typing different emoji symbols.

It’s clear what Logitech’s priorities are with the Pop Keys from the moment you open its box. Rather than including both Windows and Mac keycaps in the box like other manufacturers such as Keychron have started doing, Logitech has opted to include keys with additional emoji symbols on them. The idea is that when you program the keyboard’s emoji shortcut buttons, they correspond to the right symbols.

So while the Pop Keys still technically supports both Mac and Windows, the Option / Windows and Command / Alt legends are crammed onto the same keys. It’s functionally fine, but it looks messy. Especially on a keyboard that prioritizes its appearance as much as the Pop Keys does.

Instead, the idea with the eight available emoji keycaps is to pick your four favorite emoji for the keyboard, and then use Logitech’s software to program the keys to correspond to the emoji you’ve picked. There’s a fifth emoji key on the keyboard that acts as a shortcut to pull up the OS-level emoji selection menu.

I can see the basic appeal, but the whole implementation is so cumbersome that I ended up just getting annoyed that the Pop Keys wasted five precious keys on emoji when it could have more useful buttons there like dedicated Home / End keys or Print Screen. For starters, four out of the five emoji keys don’t even do anything until you’ve installed and configured Logitech’s Options software and told it what emoji you want each of them to correspond to (the button to open the OS-level emoji select menu doesn’t require the software).

Even then, four emoji keys sit in a weird middle ground between “people who love emoji enough that they want dedicated emoji buttons on their keyboard” and “people who only use four emoji on a regular basis.” I’m perfectly happy to admit I might not be the target market for this keyboard, but personally I’d much rather have dedicated Home and End keys rather than having to access these common functions by using Fn and the left and right arrow keys.

It’s possible to remap these keys to something more useful using Logitech’s software if you’re not an emoji fiend, and there’s the option of remapping them to individual keys or key combinations. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way to assign one of them to be a print screen key (on Windows, Logitech tells me that the keyboard’s F5 key is set to launch the Snip & Sketch tool by default, but I’d prefer the speed and flexibility of a dedicated Print Screen button). Key remaps also aren’t saved to the keyboard, so you’ll have to remap it if you ever want to connect it to an alternative PC. And naturally the keycaps aren’t going to match the function they’re performing if it’s not an emoji (buying third-party keycaps could be an option, but watch out for the non-standard bottom row).

Even if you went to the trouble of remapping each of these emoji keys to fulfill more useful functions, you’re still left with a keyboard with typewriter-style keys that can be a chore to type on. There’s nothing wrong with the switches underneath each key (they’re tactile Cherry MX Brown clones produced by TTC). But the keyboard’s circular keycaps are unforgiving. If your finger doesn’t hit a key directly, then there are big gaps between the keys for it to fall into. I could get by, but squared off keycaps are the standard for a reason.

Beyond their circular shape, the Pop Keys’ keycaps just don’t seem particularly well made. Their legends are pad printed, which is a method generally criticized for wearing away after just a couple of years (dye sublimation or double-shot molding is generally preferred). When I asked Logitech about this, it told me the keys are coated with a UV resistant finish that should allow the legends to stay crisp “over many years.” The keycaps are also made of ABS plastic, which can wear down and become shiny over time (which is why PBT plastic is often considered the better option).

Logitech’s Pop Keys is a great-looking little keyboard, and three years of battery life is nothing to be sniffed at. But it’s not functional enough for me to recommend it to most people. The circular keycaps take some getting used to, and even then I think regular square keycaps are just plain better for typing. Emoji keys are a nice idea, but I don’t think they’re a practical addition that many people will get much use out of, and it’s a missed opportunity not to include some more useful keys. And my experiences with past keyboards suggest the Pop Keys’ legends could be prone to wear away over time.

If you’re in love with Logitech’s aesthetic and use emoji enough that you’re happy to dedicate multiple keys on your keyboard to them, then the Pop Keys technically does everything it claims. But if you’re prepared to compromise on aesthetics, then I’d recommend checking out Keychron’s K2 wireless keyboard. It might not look as cute, but it’s a whole lot more functional.

It’s possible to use the Logitech Pop Keys without any companion software. But if you want to use or reprogram its emoji keys, then you’ll need to install Logitech’s Options software, which involves agreeing to some terms and conditions.

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Just what the best wireless keyboard is for you depends mostly on where and how you plan to use it and what you plan to do with it. Are you a couch gamer? A coder who demands a neat and tidy workspace? Are you looking for a keyboard that can switch between multiple PCs, smartphones and tablets on the with the touch of a button or the flip of a switch? Or is the best wireless keyboard for you something that’s compact and travel-firendly, letting you bang out a few emails and documents at a coffee shop before stashing it in your carry-on bag? And how much do you care about how your wireless keyboard looks?

You’ll find our best wireless keyboard picks, as well as some very good alternatives, for all those use cases below. But first, here are some important things to consider while figuring out what"s the best wireless keyboard for you.

Mechanical or not? If you’re a gamer and/or will also be doing a lot of writing, a mechanical clacker will be the best wireless keyboard for you. Keyboards with mechanical switches are also usually more durable -- although membrane models often hold up better to spilled liquids.

Backlighting / RGB: The cheapest wireless keyboards won’t have backlighting, which is OK if you always use your keyboard in a well-lit space. But if you work or game late into the night and don’t want to (or can’t) switch on overhead lights, a keyboard with backlit keys is what you want. A single light color will get the job done, but RGB backlighting lets you change things up.

Pick your switch: Not all of the best wireless keyboards will use mechanical switches. But of those that do, you’ll have plenty of switch options, depending on the model you choose. Many gamers prefer linear switches (often labeled as red or brown) because they make it easier to mash the same buttons repeatedly in quick succession. However, this kind of switch can lead to more mistakes (often repeated letters) when typing.

Those who type for a living usually prefer “clicky” switches with a tactile bump (often labeled as blue, white or green) that you can feel when the switch actuates. But clicky switches are often noisy, which can bother other people nearby (or even the person typing or gaming).

There are dozens of other switch types, including optical-mechanical and membrane. The latter tend to have a mushier feel but are much better at surviving things like spilled drinks. The type of switch that’s best for you depends on personal preferences and your use cases and needs. So whenever possible, get an inexpensive switch tester(opens in new tab) to try out different options, or try to find a keyboard you’re considering in a store to get a feel for it before buying.

Full-size, tenkeyless or smaller? Tenkeyless keyboards nix the numberpad, while 65% models often eliminate navigation keys, and 60% boards also usually cut the arrow keys. While some will want every possible key, others prefer a smaller keyboard that gives them more space on their desk or a smaller size to travel with.

Bluetooth or RF dongle:If you want a wireless keyboard that you can use with smartphones and tablets, opt for a Bluetooth keyboard. Most laptops and many desktops these days also support Bluetooth, so these are good if you want to use your best wireless keyboard with multiple devices as well.

But if you’re only going to use your keyboard with a PC or Mac, a keyboard that uses some form of radio frequency (RF) dongle is worth considering. You’ll need a spare USB port to plug in the RF transceiver, but pairing is a lot simpler with a keyboard that uses RF. In most cases, you just need to plug in the dongle, turn on the keyboard, and you’re ready to start typing in seconds.

It"s also handy to have a keyboard that works when plugged in via USB, even if you plan to be wireless most of the time. If you can plug the keyboard in and use it while you"re charging, you don"t have to worry about any downtime.

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is our favorite wireless keyboard for gaming because it offers you a full-size, full-height mechanical switch experience, plus all the features you’d expect in a premium gaming clacker. That includes high-end doubleshot ABS plastic keycaps that felt good during testing and looked good too, resisting smudges notably better than rivals and the keyboard’s aluminum top plate. You also get a cozy, plush leatherette magnetic wrist rest and four onboard memory profiles. Unfortunately, you’ll need the software to use any RGB besides the 7 effects stored in the keyboard’s memory. And there are no macro keys, like the Logitech G915 Lightspeed on this page, its top rival, offers.

The BlackWidow V3 Pro can connect with a wireless dongle, via its included charging cable or through Bluetooth, which lets it pair with up to 3 additional PCs. Battery life varies based on backlight brightness and effect but can range from 5-25 hours with lighting and reach 192 hours without. And at 3% battery life, the BlackWidow V2 Pro can get wonky, with delays in registering keypresses and issues with the software finding it.

But ultimately, the BlackWidow V3 Pro delivers everything you’d expect from an expensive, top-of-the-line gaming keyboard, except a mandatory cable. There"s also a newer BlackWidow V3 Mini model, although it doesn"t bring as much to the table for its price as its larger sibling.

Redragon(opens in new tab)isn’t exactly a well-known gaming brand in the U.S., but it’s hard to argue with the $70 price of the K596 Vishnu. This 2.4 GHz wireless gaming keyboard packs RGB, dedicated macro and media keys, a metal volume rocker, linear switches and even a wrist rest (albeit a hard plastic one) all into a tenkeyless package. And that"s at well less than half the price of the more well-known competition.

The K596 Vishnu also feels solid and was comfortable to use while gaming and typing; although, the plastic used for the shell does look a bit cheap. There’s also some funkiness going on with the design, like the fact that F1-F8 are labeled as secondary media controls, despite there also being a bank of dedicated media buttons directly to their right.

The second bank of programmable G keys are also oddly narrow and jammed up. And there are light bars on either side of the keyboard that, while look cool, are only going to drain your battery faster while you’re gaming without the USB-C cable plugged in. You can turn these off by hitting Fn and the Pause button repeatedly, but that’s a pain. The extra lights should default to only turning on when the keyboard is plugged in via a cable. The Vishnu is also heavier than competing wireless keyboards.

Corsair has created something unique with the K100 Air Wireless RGB. While there are still some areas for improvement (like the shine on the keycaps), this is the thinnest mechanical gaming keyboard I’ve seen from a large gaming brand, and Corsair has nailed the execution.

At just 11mm thick at its thinnest point, it’s immediately reminiscent of the chiclet keys of yesteryear, but it manages to deliver an impressive mechanical keyboard typing and gaming experience. At $279, it’s unquestionably expensive but succeeds in being the most feature-rich and satisfying gaming keyboard in its class.

The Logitech G915 Lightspeed delivers a fantastic combo of error-free typing, speed and comfort. It looks smart and mature in a way that very few gaming peripherals are able to put off, and -- short of a wrist rest -- it"s replete with anything you could ask of a keyboard.

Razer’s DeathStalker V2 Pro is a totally different animal from its predecessor, and that’s a good thing. It’s an attractive low-profile keyboard that has basically all the features you need — connectivity, customization and pretty lights, plus a surprisingly decent typing experience and an excellent gaming experience. It’s not exactly, as Razer claims, “built like a tank,” but it’s pretty durable for how small, slim and lightweight it is.

SteelSeries" Apex Pro TKL Wireless borrows the Apex Pro Mini’s sturdy, minimal, and more generic-looking chassis design, adding the company"s updated, highly customizable dual-actuation OmniPoint 2.0 optical switches. The keyboard also packs plenty of premium features like an aluminum alloy top plate, double-shot PBT keycaps, bright per-key RGB, and a detachable magnetic wrist rest. The Apex Pro TKL/Apex Pro TKL Wireless’ roomier layout allows for dedicated media keys and a customizable OLED smart display. Also, unlike its predecessor, it comes in both wired and wireless versions.

A typist’s dream, the Akko 3098B combines the company’s comfy, ASA keycaps with a compact, 96-percent layout and the ability to hot-swap in your favorite switches if you don’t like the defaults. The curved surface of the keycaps made it easier to feel our way around while touch typing and the default CS Jelly White switches are the best linear switches we’ve ever used.

The keyboard also has a classic, retro terminal look that made us feel like we were hacking into the Pentagon mainframe from Matthew Broderick’s house. Once we upgraded to our favorite clicky switches, it felt more like we were finishing a story on deadline in the newsroom of the Daily Planet. If you want a touch of modern flair, you can turn on the vibrant RGB lighting that lies beneath the keys.

All nostalgia aside, the Akko 3098B comes loaded with features, including the ability to connect via 2.4-GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 / 3.0 or USB-C. Switching between entry methods takes a single keystroke and less than a second so you can easily use this keyboard with your desktop, a laptop, a Raspberry Pi, your tablet and your phone at the same time.

The Akko 3098B’s 96-percent layout makes it nearly the same width as a tenkeyless model, but with almost all the keys of a full-size keyboard, including the numpad and arrow keys. Two sets of flip-out feet let you adjust the height to your liking.

If you"re switching back and forth among different computers, Logitech"s MX Mechanical is the best wireless keyboard for getting work done. The business-friendly clacker can connect to up to three devices via Bluetooth LE or one of Logitech"s Logi Bolt dongles and it has dedicated keys for changing to each (no cryptic key combos needed).

The Logitech MX Mechanical really shines when you pair it with one of the company"s MX Master mice (ex: the MX Master 3S) and use the Logi Flow feature, which changes the connection when you move the pointer off of the desktop of one machine and onto another. It even maintains a shared clipboard so you can copy some text on one computer and paste it into an app on another.

The iQunix A80 Explorer is a retro-inspired 80% keyboard that combines vintage design with modern features. It delivers unique and desirable features, such as high-quality, colorful PBT keycaps and quiet stabilizers in a compact form factor, with the option to use a 2.4 GHz wireless dongle or Bluetooth connection.

The iQunix A80 is an exceptionally good keyboard. There’s a remarkable attention to detail here, from the bold, retro design and matching cable, to the use of damping foam and outstanding stabilizers. The result is a keyboard that"s truly unique and offers a typing experience that competes with a custom-built mechanical keyboard.

Still, that bold design and relatively expensive price isn"t for everybody. If you like the form factor but can’t afford the A80, the Keychron K2(opens in new tab), while less premium in build, starts at $80 for the version with RGB.

Corsair"s K63 Keyboard/Lapboard combo may have a more cumbersome name than Razer"s competing Turret One, but in many ways, it"s a simpler, roomier device that delivers an excellent couch gaming experience at a lower price ($159.99 MSRP, though at this writing it was selling for about $10 more) than the $250 Razer setup. You can also buy the Lapboard without the keyboard for $60.

Part of that lower price comes from the fact that Corsair doesn"t include a mouse, unlike Razer. But as the K63 Lapboard includes a standard size mouse pad, you can use any mouse you want. I used the laboard with Corsair"s own Katar Pro, as well as a few non-gaming Logitech mice without any issue. And thanks to generous padding on the bottom of the laboard, I was able to game for hours in comfort. My couch"s lack of support for my back was an issue long before the K63 Lapboard was.

One of the Lapboard"s downsides is that the K63 keyboard (which either comes with the keyboard/laptop bundle or can be bought separately if you buy the lapboard separately) only has blue backlighting, and you can only get it with Cherry MX Red switches. So if you feel the need for RGB or clicky switches, you should check out the Razer Turret One. Battery life for the K63 Lapboard is listed at 15 hours at full backlight brightness (I generally got a little less), or up to 75 hours with the lighting off.

The Razer Turret for Xbox One is an inspired couch keyboard and mouse setup. It’s built solid, the extendable mouse mat is excellent for easy storage, it’s comfortable to use on your lap and it offers the true feeling of using a mechanical keyboard and mouse -- because you are.

You’ll have to spend extra on Keychron’s $25 travel pouch (or find something else to protect the keys), but the Keychron K3 offers a lot to like for typists on the go. With its appealing looks, attractive backlighting, a svelte frame and swappable low-profile switches, there"s a lot to like about the Keychrom K3. It"s easily the best portable low-profile mechanical/optical keyboard I"ve used in terms of comfort, looks and versatility. The fact that Keychron was able to keep things this thin while retaining the ability to swap switches is impressive.

The Asus ROG Falchion NX packs just about every feature you could need from a gaming keyboard into as small a space as possible. Thanks to its arrow keys, navigation keys, innovative side touch panel and wireless macro recording capabilities, you don’t have to worry about losing functionality with this board, despite its 65% frame.

This board also boasts Asus’ in-house NX switches, which we thought felt noticeably smoother than Cherry MX switches in our review. They also proved a touch louder during our testing, but they should still be a suitable alternative for anyone exhausted with Cherry’s (and its clones’) dominance over the switch market. Red (linear), brown (tactile) and blue (clicky) options are all available here.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II looks and feels like it was ripped straight from one of the company’s business laptops. The keyboard has the same smile-shaped, springy keys as a ThinkPad laptop, along with the little red TrackPoint pointing stick. The typing and navigation experience is as good as you’ll find without a mechanical keyboard and mouse.

The TrackPoint Keyboard II has both Bluetooth and 2.4-GHz wireless connectivity options, with a physical switch to toggle from one to another. So, if you want to use more than one device at a time, it’s easy to switch between, for example, your Windows PC and your Raspberry Pi.

Whether you"re shopping for one of the best wireless keyboards or a model that didn"t quite make the cut, you may find some savings by checking out our lists of the latest Newegg promo codes, Best Buy promo codes, Razer promo codes or Corsair coupon codes. You can also check out our Best Tech and PC Hardware Deals page for daily updates on discounted peripherals and other hardware.

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Most self-respecting keyboards available today come with lit keys. As night owls know, lit keys are a must for when you"re hunting a particular key in the night, with your monitor the sole source of light. The best of them come with customizable RGB lighting. You can even assign a different color to every single key.

Such customizability might seem like a gimmick until you look at the specialized keyboard models that professionals use when editing media, controlling light fixtures, etc. In such cases, different colors mark each key"s functionality, which makes this "gimmick" a handy way to find the right keys on short notice.

We will use Logitech"s popular G 512 keyboard and its official software for this article. Logitech is the mastermind behind some of the most popular keyboards on the planet. That was the reason we wrote a guide on the best Logitech keyboards worth your money.

Thankfully, they all use the same unified piece of software, called G-Hub. Thus, what we"ll see next should work on all of Logitech"s keyboards-with-RGB-lighting that are supported by its G-Hub software.

If you have a keyboard from another brand, you can follow along to see how you can customize it. However, you"ll have to improvise for each step, since the software you will be using may work differently.

Since you are already using your keyboard, you probably already have its software installed, which you can use to customize its lighting. If you don"t, you can head over to the G-Hub website and download it from there.

Presets and Animations offer pre-defined color maps and animated effects you can apply to your keyboard. Feel free to take a look at the options available here and pick out the ones that strike your fancy.

Freestyle is the equivalent of Paint for your keyboard. In this mode, you can "paint" freely on your keyboard"s keys with any color you fancy. There are a handful of tools you can use to get the job done, so let"s take a closer look at each.

Under Colors on device, on the left of the window, you will initially see a single group of keys with a unified color. As you apply more colors to your keys, this group will split into subgroups based on the colors you use.

You can freely choose any color you want using its palette or go for the swatches beneath it. Click on the last "empty" swatch with the plus icon to add a color you selected from the palette as a new swatch.

You don"t have to paint a color on each key individually or rely on a crude rectangle for their selection. You can also use the entries under Quick Color, hovering under the keyboard preview.

Click on them to apply the selected color to each of those groups of keys. Note that those are there to assist with the quick selection of key groups. You can still change the color of the keys either individually or with the rectangular selection tool.

When you are happy with your keyboard"s lighting, save your tweaks. Did you notice the pull-down menu under Effect? Expand it, and select Add New Freestyle. Type a name for your lightmap, press enter, and hey presto: it"s saved.

Popular keyboard manufacturers, like Logitech and Razer, have given their software the ability to swap profiles on the fly depending on the active application. This enables you to create different light color maps for your favorite games and applications. However, the process for doing that this somewhat convoluted—at least, with Logitech"s software, which we are using for this article.

You"ll find yourself back at Logitech software"s starting screen. This time, though, if you look at the top of the window, you"ll see that your new profile is active. As before, click on your keyboard to customize it.

Repeat that process to create more custom lighting profiles that will be automatically applied on your keyboard when you run your favorite applications or games.

Do you like the idea of your keyboard being customizable but don"t want to invest the time to do it yourself? Check out the lighting effects and gaming profiles available for download.

Logitech also offers lots of mice for every need and use. If you"re interested in picking one up, we"ve already covered what we believe are the best Logitech mice for gaming. If you"re already using one, you can use the same software we saw here to customize its lighting with similar colors. This way it won"t look out of place next to your custom-lit keyboard.

However, as we saw, it"s not only nice to have, but can also be quite helpful. Having custom profiles applied automatically on your keyboard can make it feel like an extension of the application or game on your screen.

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In any app that allows text editing, open the onscreen keyboard by tapping a text field. Tap individual keys to type, or use QuickPath to type a word by sliding from one letter to the next without lifting your finger (not available for all languages). To end a word, lift your finger. You can use either method as you type, and even switch in the middle of a sentence. (If you tap

On a Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic keyboard: Tap a suggested character or candidate at the top of the keyboard to enter it, or swipe left to see more candidates.

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The Crestron® TST‑902 wireless touch screen is an advanced wireless controller, engineered to deliver ultimate performance, reliability, and customization for controlling a wide range of technologies. Its thin, tablet‑style design is easy to hold and moves effortlessly between portable and stationary use.1 Its large‑capacity, rechargeable battery affords several hours of operation between charges. Dual‑mode wireless performance with roaming capability assures dependable connectivity throughout a commercial facility or home.

Featuring a high‑contrast 8.7 in. capacitive touch screen with Smart Graphics® technology, the TST-902 allows completely customizable control over media presentation and teleconferencing systems, lighting and shades, HVAC, home theater, and a host of other technologies. Additional advanced features include voice commands for controlling touch screen functions, full-motion streaming video from cameras and other sources, Rava® SIP intercom, and an internet browser.2,3

With built‑in voice recognition, spoken commands can be issued to the TST‑902 to quickly turn devices on or off, select and play a specific media source, change the channel, choose a lighting scene, lower the window shades, lock the doors, arm the security system, or enter a password. Simply say a command and Crestron does the rest.2,3

Native support for H.264 and MJPEG formats allows the TST‑902 to display live streaming video from an IP camera, a streaming encoder (DM‑TXRX‑100‑STR or similar), or a DigitalMedia™ switcher.3

Rava SIP Intercom Technology enables hands‑free VoIP communication with other Rava‑enabled touch screens and door stations. Rava works over a network connection, supporting 2-way intercom and paging without requiring any special wiring. Built‑in echo cancellation affords half‑duplex performance for clear, seamless voice communication using the integrated microphone and speakers.2

Using its built‑in web browser, the TST‑902 provides access to online program guides and other web‑based services, and it can be used to control DVRs and other devices without having to pick up a separate tablet or smartphone.3

Extended Range RF (Required):Primary functionality is supported via Crestron ER (Extended Range) wireless communications, providing seamless touch screen control with true feedback. A single ER gateway provides dependable wireless performance at a range of up to 200 ft (60 m) indoors.4,5 Roaming capability allows for even greater coverage using up to eight ER gateways.

Wi-Fi Communications (Optional):Advanced wireless capabilities such as streaming video, voice recognition, web browsing, and dynamic graphics are supported only by using both ER and Wi‑Fi communications together (dual‑mode). Crestron‑enhanced Wi‑Fi wireless performance supports up to 50 ft (15 m) of omnidirectional coverage indoors.5 For Wi‑Fi networks with multiple access points, the TST‑902 can hand off communication from one access point to another if the active connection is lost.6 Support for 802.11 b, g, and n protocols affords reliable, high-speed wireless performance in virtually any RF environment.

The TST‑902 has been engineered with Instant‑Waking® technology, where the touch screen display wakes instantly after being touched. Commands are also sent immediately, so spontaneous actions like muting audio, pausing video, or changing a channel can be executed without any waiting.

The TST‑902 features a large‑capacity, user‑replaceable Lithium Ion battery pack that allows for up to nine hours of continuous operation and several days of typical use between charges. Intelligent power management and Lithium Ion battery technology work together to provide a lightweight, compact battery with long battery life.

logitech keyboard with lcd display free sample

The successor to Logitech’s iconic G15 is finally here, and though it pickpocketed my wallet on the way back home, there’s a sense of compassion for the Logitech G19 charm and tender glow. Read on this review to find out the macros, color LCD applets, custom backlighting, and a power supply through this in-depth review after the jump.

Logitech sought to address many of the issues raised by gamers about the G15s when developing the next-gen G19, and by all measures, they have succeeded in doing so. First up is the footprint: measuring 19.5 inches wide, the Logitech G19 retains the “petite” design of the second-generation G15 in order to fit inside keyboard trays and not encroach on mousing surfaces. Though there’s only a 2″ difference between the G19 and behemoth G15 v1, the difference is most definitely one to be appreciated.

The G19 uses the same dome-switch technology that’s likely to be found in the very keyboard you’re using now – quiet but believed to be mushy at times. Despite this technological setback, the G19’s keys still feel very responsive and not as mushy as your typical office keyboard. Still, Logitech could further improve the G19’s gaming feel by using mechanical Cherry or buckling spring key switches like the classic IBM Model M keyboard. Nothing beats the clackers.

The keyboard’s layout was scored well in familiarity, maintaining the classic three-column layout for the arrow keys, PrtScr row, and six-key Ins/Del group. The only noticeable layout change has been to the Escape key, now positioned flush with the left edge of the main keygroup and not offset as is typical with other Logitech keyboards. That much takes some getting used to, but isn’t enough to cause frustration.

On the underside of the keyboard is a series of trenches for cable routing that can help manage cable clutter from mice, gamepads, and headphones. Trench exits are located on the top, sides, and bottom of the keyboard with a groove cut out in the detachable wrist rest. Unfortunately, the trenches have hardly changed from their earlier G15 incarnations, making them practically useless if the keyboard is propped up using the rear feet; there still aren’t any sliding clips to hold cables in place.

The media keys have been moved from the center of the keyboard to the right corner in order to accommodate the taller LCD profile, thereby eliminating a large portion of the unused space found in the G15. The standard variety of Play/Pause, Stop, and Next/Previous buttons are all here and angled in such a manner that they’re pointed straight at you instead of the ceiling – a nice touch. Underneath the playback buttons are the volume controls which consist of an oversized mute button and a non-ratcheted volume roller similar to what’s on the G35 headset. The keyboard’s roller is an improvement over simple volume up/down buttons, but is still lacking compared to the original G15’s volume wheel due to its low resolution and non-continuous movement.

To the left of the media controls on the G19 lie the backlight on/off button and indicator lights, which are oddly-yet-intuitively positioned according to the proximity of the keys they represent instead of the classic Num/Caps/Scroll Lock arrangement. It’s also here that you’ll find two powered USB 2.0 ports, perfect for syncing MP3 players or plugging in any combination of portable speakers, mice or gameboards without encountering that dreaded “USB power exceeded” error message.

Of course, the one downside to having a powered USB hub is the need for a supplemental power source, and Logitech really dropped the ball when it came to the keyboard’s power supply. If the last outlet on a strip isn’t available, then the wall wart AC adapter is best suited for power strips with outlets aligned in a row instead of a vertical column. Not only does the adapter take up the outlets directly underneath its bulk, but on some power strips it also can also block the above-ground socket as well! By detaching the AC adapter from the ‘Y’ junction it’s possible to use the keyboard without power but then the LCD, backlighting, macros and USB hub functionality will be disabled.

One criticism of the keyboard in other professional reviews and felt the need to address is the lack of analog headset pass-through jacks found on a handful of gaming keyboards from Razer, SteelSeries, and Saitek. However, headset jacks would not only add to the thickness and inflexibility of the G19’s already-wide cable, but also but be redundant considering that most gamers already have front audio ports on their towers – that’s a standard feature even on the cheapest Dell and HP desktops.

The first gamer-centric point of interest on the G19 is the aptly-named “Gaming Mode” switch, effectively disabling the Windows and Contextual Menu keys on demand to prevent minimization of a game during that one crucial moment. (It’s always a crucial moment). Indeed, a toggle switch is certainly more elegant than the alternative of prying those blasted keys from the keyboard.

The next gaming feature is one that’s more likely to be appreciated by the hardcore FPS junkie, and that’s the ability to press virtually any combo of six keys at once. All you really need to know is that when certain groups of keys are pressed, the matrix circuitry of older keyboards would generate a phantom keystroke also known as ghosting. Newer keyboards somewhat addressed this issue by blocking phantom keystrokes, but were still limited to pressing only 2-5 keys at once instead of the maximum six allowed by USB. The original G15, for example, was unable to press the ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ keys on the numpad at the same time.

Logitech advertises the ability to press any combination of five keys at once on the G19. In the tests using the Keyboard Viewer built into OS X, no matter what combination of keys pressed, the keyboard would always register all six. Using modifier keys would allow this number to climb as high as 10. So why is this handy? Well, the next time you hit jump, you’ll actually jump instead of being blown up by a rocket.

Illuminated keys has long been a staple of the gaming keyboard, and the G19 is no exception. The entire keyboard to include the Game Mode switch is beautifully backlit through laser-etched keys, and can be configured to shine in almost any color via an RGB mixer that’s built into the drivers. LAN party-goers will surely appreciate the ability to match their keyboard with their gaming rig’s lighting scheme.

There’s no real brightness control to be had for the backlit keys; the only way to configure this is by tweaking with the black level. The backlighting and LCD can be quickly disabled, however, by pressing the toggle switch to the right of the screen, which is great if you sleep in the same room as your computer. Up to three colors can be programmed into the keyboard – one for each M-key that’s used as a toggle. This is useful for heavy macro users who need to be reminded which set of macros is currently available for execution, e.g. red for killing and white for healing. Though there’s no multi-zone lighting as there is on Saitek’s Cyborg keyboard, curiously enough Logitech chose to limit the M-keys, LCD controls and indicator lights to a single color: orange.

One of the Logitech G19’s strongest selling points is its ability to record and perform macros, handled by a section of “G-keys” on the left side of the keyboard. Despite using the same 19.5″ footprint as the G15 rev 2, Logitech was able to successfully squeeze in a second column of G-keys for a total of 12, falling in-between the G15’s 18 keys and the second generation’s meager 6. This should strike an even compromise between the macro-loving MMO crowd and the first person shooter crowd that’s less concerned with macros than they are with the LCD display.

The G-series Key Profiler software included with the keyboard allows for some interesting and complex macros to be created. A simple keystroke, complex macro, duplicate M-key, Lua script, application shortcut or text block with return character support can all be assigned to the individual G-Keys. The Key Profiler will automatically scan a computer for known AAA games and install corresponding profiles that have basic game functionality such as movement and weapons already mapped. Though, these predefined functions could to be too simplistic and you may end up creating your own macros anyway. It’d be nice if Logitech were to implement a database for user-created macros to simplify finding and sharing profiles between gamers.

Creating macros is a breeze with the Macro Manager. It’s easy to record key sequences with or without time delays and then tweak the sequences by hand. Time delay values and keystrokes can be edited, but what’s really neat is the ability to add mouse events such as MWheel Up (scroll) or Mouse2 Down/Up (right click). The macros seem to have no arbitrary limits set, allowing for incredibly complex macros or long strings of text to be created.

Quick Macros can also be created in-game by way of the MR (Macro Record) key, which will record everything except time delays and mouse events, then bind the macro to a G-key for immediate use. It’s possible to fine-tune and assign names to these Quick Macros later on within the Macro Manager.

Though everything that’s been said so far about macros also applies to the older G15 keyboards, one of the new features exclusive to the G19 and G13 Gameboard is what’s known as Game-Settings-To-Go. GSTG stores profiles in the keyboard’s onboard memory, somewhat similar to the Razer Tarantula. What’s different between the G19 and the Tarantula, however, is how the memory is used. On the Tarantula, it’s possible to embedded the macros so they can be used on computers that don’t have the appropriate drivers installed. With the Logitech G19, macros are entirely dependent on the drivers to run; the onboard memory is memory is used for synchronizing profiles to computers that already have the software installed.

Of course, the main draw to the G19 is its iconic LCD display. Out of the box, Logitech ships with nine color LCD applets: a clock, countdown timer, CPU/memory monitor, media display for iTunes/WinAmp/WMP, movie player, picture viewer, POP3 checker, and YouTube player. All of the applets are bright and colorful, serving up bite-sized chunks of information that are best suited for an external display.

That being said, a few of the apps could still use a little more work from the developers. The RSS reader, for example, will usually show the headline but not an excerpt of the news clipping in most tested RSS feeds. Likewise, picture scaling isn’t the greatest, the POP3 reader requires a hack in order to support SSL connections (necessary for Gmail), and Media Display’s volume indicator will not appear unless a recognized media player like iTunes is running. Truth be told, only the clock, countdown timer and CPU monitor feel rock solid at this point. At least, the core functionality is there for the rest of them.

The Movie Viewer applet isn’t quite as powerful as the YouTube player, but still gets the job done. Using the pre-installed codec pack (CCCP), Moview Viewer it seems to be able to handle practically any video so long as the extension is .avi, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, or .wmv. Matroska (.mkv) and Ogg Media (.ogm) containers are not supported. The biggest drawback to the video player is the lack of on-screen folder navigation, making it necessary to specify a directory deep within a folder hierarchy if you happen to have a lot of videos stored on your hard drive.

The Logitech G19 is powered by the same GamePanel software as the G15 keyboard, Z-10 speakers and Dell M1730 laptop, thus making it backwards-compatible with virtually every applet created for those devices. As of May 2009, over 45 commercial games officially support the GamePanel display either out of the box or with a patch.

On the other hand, titles like Crysis Wars make such poor use of the second display that it’s simply more convenient to use the on-screen HUD. There are also times when a developer will embrace the mini display in one game, only for the sequel to abandon it as was the case Unreal Tournament 3. Some game developers Valve Software have yet to make any GamePanel-enabled titles whatsoever. In these cases it’s best to look at the community forums for user-created applets like TF2Stats that can report on vital statistics, but these programs may not always be available or as well-maintained.

Indeed, Logitech has done an excellent job creating a mass-market external display and making it openly accessible to programmers with a free SDK and emulator built right into the drivers – it’s not necessary to own the keyboard to develop for it. This dream-and-build spirit lives on with the G19, and it’s certainly interesting to see what future games and utilities are in store for the new color display. Though the GamePanel LCD is more or less a technology enthusiast’s toy. It’s unlikely that the next AAA game will support the G19. But for those occasional titles that do come out with GamePanel support, it’s always been a refreshing moment to supplement the utility LCD applets.

The Macintosh sticker on the Logitech G19’s box was quite a surprise after having seen countless forum posts begging for Mac support with the G15. Yet, the G19’s software’s design and functionality seems almost identical to that on Windows. Macros can be just as complex with lengthy commands and variable time delays, the GamePanel software works and includes an SDK to be used with XCode, and the media applets integrate perfectly with iTunes and Quicktime.

If you’re a PC gaming enthusiast, Logitech G19 is the gadget to have. Powerful macro scripting, customizable key backlighting, and the best external LCD platform on the market make for a great keyboard. The powered USB 2.0 hub and stylish design is just icing on the cake. The only two major drawbacks that the keyboard suffers from are its bulky AC adapter and high suggested retail price in a time of economic downturn. Is the G19 worth $200? Yes. A more appropriate question would be whether or not you’re able to justify the purchase. It’s up to you to deliberate on, but if any more killer LCD apps like Okio’s VLC plugin are released, there might not be much left to deliberate about.