Who Wants To Drop $400 On A Keyboard

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After about a week of slightly over the top marketing, Logitech finally announced what they were pitching as the new evolution for gaming. It wasn't a router crossed with a Dyson, like I'd hoped, but it's priced in about the same territory. Meet the $399.95 keyboard.

Called the G915, the keyboard features the same Lightspeed wireless tech featured in Logitech's (also quite expensive) very good G Pro Wireless and G502 chunker.

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Logitech has released keyboards before, and lately those keyboards have had their own switches. The switches are still the most important part of any mechanical keyboard — because it's what you'll interact with the most — and the G915 comes in three options, with clicky, tactile and linear offerings, designed to mimic the options you'd normally expect from keyboards with Cherry switches or Cherry equivalents. All three versions have an actuation distance of 1.5mm, with 3.2mm travel time for the tactile and linear offerings, and 4mm for the clicky blue version.

The G915's other feature supposedly making it worthwhile of commanding a $400 price tag is a thickness of 22mm, with the top built using an aluminium alloy. I like the idea of a really thin keyboard, and one that's wireless is nice, but the argument for a wireless keyboard isn't as strong as a wireless mouse. Mice are in constant motion, and thereby the cord is a genuine distraction, whereas keyboards ... shouldn't be moving that often.

It does look a lot nicer on a desk, mind you.

What's really biting here for me is that the G915 doesn't have optical switches — perhaps the most exciting advancement in keyboards of the last few years — or adjustable actuation points like the new Steelseries offerings I saw at Computex. Even that one is expected to be expensive, hovering around $300, and as good as Logitech's wireless technology is, holy hell $400 is a lot of money.

I mean ... I can think of so many things you can buy for that. Think of the SSDs you could add to a PC for that. A new GPU. A couple of wireless Logitech mice, even.

But let's flip the question on its head. You're going to buy a keyboard for $400. What would you want it to do? What's the minimum it'd need to do to make that $400 worth it?


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    What's the minimum it'd need to do to make that $400 worth it?

    Self-cleaning plate and caps. It's about the only thing I can think of that I'd want beyond a neat minimalist design.

    at $400 i want a keyboard that automatically does my taxes and my warframe daily rep grind.

    The optical switch issue is a bit of a downer for the price, but Logitech's excellent wireless tech + that low profile chassis would make me consider dropping the coin on it.

    For me though, I need a shorter width, so would only consider a TKL-like version. Preferably with a layout like the Hexgears X1 which is a full 104-like via func keys).

    Considering $400 is like the price of three or four decent keyboards, it should come with easy swap keys so you got all three versions of the keys for that price. Literally a keyboard "shell" where you unscrew a couple screws and lift *all* the keys out in one go then slot a new set in.

    "Mice are in constant motion, and thereby the cord is a genuine distraction"

    Nope, never had an issue. I get it if you're a pro and you're flying your mouse around a giant desk sized mousepad half a meter at a time at low DPI for accuracy. But that isn't how people, or even non-pro gamers, usually use a mouse, I can easily spin 360 degrees in a game without picking up my wrist, which is all you really need to be able to do.

    As for a $400 keyboard, I can't even think of anything, that's an insane price. My Ducky Shine 7 plus custom ebony wrist rest together aren't that far off, the only extra feature I'd like is a few programmable keys on the right side somewhere.

      For you maybe. I find the cord irritating no matter the distance I cover.

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