Logitech has introduced a new low-profile gaming keyboard, the G515 Lightspeed TKL Wireless, that includes upgraded low-profile switches that are actually suitable with Cherry MX-style keycaps, bettering the keyboard’s customizability.

The G515 is a welcome improve to Logitech’s G915 Lightspeed Wi-fi keyboard, which debuted in 2019. The new G515 encompasses a TKL (tenkeyless) design that’s much like the smaller Logitech G915 TKL update from 2020; this one utterly eliminates not solely the G915’s quantity pad however also the extensive quantity wheel that sat above it.

Saying goodbye to that bodily quantity wheel leaves the G515 keyboard, which ought to be accessible as we speak, with a $139 price ticket that’s considerably cheaper than each the $249.99 G915 and the smaller $229.99 G915 TKL. That’s not fairly as low-cost because the $104 Keychron K1 Max QMK wi-fi low-profile keyboard, which affords loads of comparable performance, however for these searching for an much more affordable level of entry, a wired-only model of the new G515 is also en route and anticipated to promote for $99 when it’s accessible later this yr.

The new G515 continues to make use of the corporate’s low-profile GL mechanical switches that, after they debuted on the G915 nearly 5 years in the past, have been found to be tweaked versions of Kailh’s Choc V1 low-profile switches, which made them tough to customise and swap in alternate keycaps.

The G515 now options MX-style cross stems, permitting customers to swap in alternate low-profile keycaps.
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For the G515, Logitech is introducing an up to date design for its GL mechanical switches that includes a “polyoxymethylene (POM), cross style stem,” making the keyboard suitable with low-profile Cherry MX-style keycaps. We’ve reached out to Logitech to verify whether or not or not the new G515 is utilizing Kailh’s Choc V2 low-profile switches, which characteristic the identical 1.3mm actuation distance that Logitech’s up to date GL switches boast, or in the event that they’re a personalized proprietary model as a substitute.

The G515 is on the market in each black or white colorways.
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Not like the G915 Lightspeed Wi-fi keyboard that supplied customers the selection of three change sorts — linear, tactile, and clicky —the new G515 solely affords quieter tactile and linear choices with 45g and 43g of actuation power, respectively. It’s also accessible in both a white or black end with matching double-shot PBT keycaps that every characteristic particular person RGB lighting supporting 16.8 million colours, customizable by the Logitech G HUB app.

The G515 helps three other ways to connect with a pc or different units: Bluetooth, USB-C, or the corporate’s proprietary 2.4GHz Lightspeed expertise. Choosing the latter affords a extra dependable reference to improved wi-fi efficiency. And whereas it does require the usage of an included USB dongle, only one is required to attach two Logitech Lightspeed units, probably releasing up a USB port.

When utilizing the keyboard wirelessly with the Lightspeed dongle, battery life is rated at as much as 625 hours with RGB lighting turned off. That drops to as much as 120 hours with the RGB lighting set to 50 p.c brightness or as much as simply 36 hours with the brightness at 100% — a big hit for these wanting a shiny gentle present beneath their fingers.