Tom's Hardware's 2009 Gift Guide: Part 2, System Add-Ons

Keyboard: Logitech G19

www.logitech.com
$199
By: Devin Connors

Since 2005, the G-series of peripherals from Logitech has included the objects of many gamers' affection. High price tags aside, the G- keyboards, headsets, speakers, and mice have typically served as a benchmark by which other gaming peripherals are measured. The new G19 board is no exception.

At $200, the G19 is admittedly one of the most expensive gaming-oriented keyboard you can buy. The extra money spent gets you a keyboard that’s chock full of extra features, though.

The G19's marquee differentiator is definitely its LCD GamePanel. The 320x240 tilting display supplies you with a plethora of pertinent data, including in-game stats, system info, VoIP server data, and image and video playback.

The G19 has more than just a sweet-looking screen, however. For all the WoW junkies and Excel power users out there, the G19 comes with 12 G- buttons on the left side of the QWERTY block. The keys can be set to any number of different macros, including spreadsheet shortcuts, database formulas, and, of course, MMO-based actions.

The G19 also comes with two fully-powered USB 2.0 ports. Extra USB ports on a keyboard are fairly common these days, but the ports are data-only most of the time. The ports on the G19 are powered, so feel free to plug in and charge whatever gadget sits on your desk.

An interesting feature that you don’t see on other boards is integrated cable management for your other peripherals. If your desk looks like mine, your headset, keyboard, and mouse cables are all over the place. The G19 has dedicated routing on its underside to help keep everything looking nice and organized.

If there’s one thing I love in a keyboard, it’s a robust wrist rest. Most keyboards leave you to the wolves on this, so you have to go spend $20 on something more comfortable. The G19 has a detachable wrist rest built-in, so carpal tunnel will be the least of your worries when trying to get the game-winning frag. Other great features include customizable backlight colors, Game and Desktop modes (this disables the Windows button while in-game), a media button suite, and multi-key input for up to five keys pressed at once.

If you can get beyond the steep price tag, the G19 is one of the best, most fully-featured keyboards available today. The GamePanel and custom backlighting makes it a must-have for any hardcore gamer this holiday season.

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  • tortnotes
    And here I was hoping we could all be mature enough to act normally if--gasp!--there are photos of a woman.

    ..sigh.
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  • DjEaZy
    ... interesting... it is very hard to read the descriptions or look on the products... i wonder why... [?]
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  • shubham1401
    That dress is cute!
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  • presidenteody
    i need a napkin
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  • tacoslave
    presidenteodyi need a napkin


    o.k...
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  • tortnotes
    And here I was hoping we could all be mature enough to act normally if--gasp!--there are photos of a woman.

    ..sigh.
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  • tacoslave
    ok some troll went through all of our comments and by the way @presidentteody come on this is toms not fapfest 09 holiday edition! Leave the immaturity to the Apple fanboys!
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  • jebusv20
    tomshardware, a forum for men.

    with heads below the belt
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  • The Lady Slayer
    "PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."

    Only if you've never heard of Corsair.
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  • xaira
    was she really the best they could do?
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  • nlcbryan
    oh my..i think i've been living in a hole or something. When i saw how they described the ZuneHD functionality, im horror struck! All in the small thing? even 10hrs ?? wow im amazed..
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  • Gedoe_
    +1 for using the same cute girl as last year (apparently your still together)
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  • cangelini
    gedoe_+1 for using the same cute girl as last year (apparently your still together)


    Hehe, last year Alicia, my wife, was in the gift guide. This year it's Sarah, who has done these since, I think, like 2005?
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  • Harby
    The Lady Slayer"PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."Only if you've never heard of Corsair.


    Actually, Corsair is better only if you've never heard of PCP&C. Unless you need modular bling crap that shoot lasers and whatnot.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    Does the Dell U2410 monitor have an IPS panel?
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  • cknobman
    maybe im in the minority here but the girl just dosnt do that much for me. Dont get me wrong shes not ugly or anything but just not my cup of tea.

    As for the zune description....very impressive :)
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  • Anonymous
    Or you could get a 27 inch LG for 200 bucks cheaper.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005127
    Tpk=W2753V%20PF
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  • bill gates is your daddy
    I was going to add $0.02 and make some lurid comment about wanting Sarah to pose with my USB stick so I could take pictures and post on the interwebs but then I noticed something.

    How many pictures did this poor girl have to pose for? By the end of the photoshoot did you at least get her drunk for her troubles?
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  • tamalero
    The Lady Slayer"PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."Only if you've never heard of Corsair.



    you're clearly a sad individual and dont know about real quality if you claim that Corsair is better than PC Power & cooling.
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  • Anonymous
    Actually, in the "low end" up to 850W Silencer series, Corsair and PC Power&Cooling uses the same parts look on reviews when they disassemble the PSUs both using Seasonic and Corsair is always cheaper so it is the way to go,I got a 850w 70amp/12v for the price of a 750 PC P&C and both offers 5 year of warranty. BUT if you want a 860w+ like the 1.2Kw PC Power&Cooling is the way to go(Better quality than the HX1000 from corsair) if you have the money. And the turbo cool series from PC P&C offers 7 years warranty.
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  • Anonymous
    I forgot to add the fan on the Corsairs vs PC P&C Silencer series, the corsairs 140mm which is much quieter than the Silencer series.The Turbo cool from pc p&c is 860w+
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