WonderGamer Oct 15, 2017 @ 4:41pm
Need recommendation for new keyboard with LCD screen (non-Logitech)
I am looking for a new gaming keyboard with built-in LCD screen to move away from Logitech (seeing as they can't seem to fix this problem), however I haven't found a decent alternative with the functions I am looking for, decided to ask for some recommendations from Steam users that may know of such keyboards.

A few I've found & why they aren't an option:
  • The Razor DeathStalker Ultimate does have a screen with similar functions to the Logitech G-Series gaming keyboard, however this one replaces the numpad with the LCD screen. Seeing as I play most of my games with the numpad & even if I were using the emulated numpad on the touchscreen (which is going to feel really odd), this really isn't an option as it defeats the purpose of needing the screen in the first place if it's only being used for the numpad.
  • The Mad Catz STRIKE 7[www.madcatz.com] appears to have such a screen & would be ideal given it can be pieced together as you see fit, but the screen appears to only be for quicklaunching & possibly macros (not the same functions that the LCD screen would be used for on Logitech G-Series keyboard), so I don't think this one would be an option either...
I'm kind of running out of ideas here, any recommendation that would help in getting a new keyboard would be much appreciated (this one is already having problems with sticking keys & the number of those grows regularly).

NOTE: If there are any questions about my other system specs (possible compatibility issues), those can be found near the bottom of my profile.

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  • Big Boom Boom - #9 (helpful as an alternative for broken Performance Monitor, at least the portion linking to Google Play)

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Last edited by WonderGamer; Oct 17, 2017 @ 7:14pm
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Sucy Oct 16, 2017 @ 12:03am 
you are out of luck,taht gimmick died some time a go and not so much kb to choose,the razer dont have any type of support for new games and few games suport it at full the rest are just macros in emulated keys,the anorher one i dont know how it works.
no other options... those gimmicks died quickly
Big Boom Boom Oct 16, 2017 @ 1:05am 
Mad Catz gone dodo, do not buy any thing. They are dead, no one will honour warranty.

Also who the **** thinks someone will look down at their keyboard for LCD screen gotta be shot. Well they are probably fired, nobody make keyboard with LCD screens. The new thing is keyboard with creative input dial.
Last edited by Big Boom Boom; Oct 16, 2017 @ 1:08am
Omega Oct 16, 2017 @ 1:53am 
Originally posted by Big Boom Boom:
Mad Catz gone dodo, do not buy any thing. They are dead, no one will honour warranty.

Also who the **** thinks someone will look down at their keyboard for LCD screen gotta be shot. Well they are probably fired, nobody make keyboard with LCD screens. The new thing is keyboard with creative input dial.
^this

Those LCD keyboards are a useless gimmicks nothing more. You will never use it, almost nothing uses it, the only reason for buying a keyboard with an LCD will be that you like the idea of owning one, not because you need it.

Keyboards with LCD are so 2012.. :P
I would make a good use of that lcd display for msi afterburner osd, gpu, cpu temp clocks etc..it's not as useless as you make it to be..
Big Boom Boom Oct 16, 2017 @ 3:17am 
Originally posted by SoldierScar:
I would make a good use of that lcd display for msi afterburner osd, gpu, cpu temp clocks etc..it's not as useless as you make it to be..

Which you can do with your mobile phone App if you can't stand using OSD on your monitor.
Wolfie Oct 16, 2017 @ 3:22am 
As a writer, I'm pretty sensitive and snobbish when picking keyboards. I've gone through three in the last year, finally settling on a DAS Keyboard Ultimate 4.

I like the Ultimate because it's everything you want, and absolutely nothing else. No LED backlighting or LCD screens, no Macro keys in awkward/useless locations. Just a Cherry MX board(Gateron in my case) with media controls, and the extra money spent on expensive materials and bulletproof construction. The fact it's designed to limit vibration is also a huge plus, when you're typing 1000+ words a day it really makes a huge difference.

It's also subtle enough that I can bring it to work without feeling like a complete tool. Which is a huge bonus, since it's infinitely more comfortable than a membrane board.

I actually owned an LCD keyboard as a teenager. Not for the LCD panel but because it was bolted to a really serious gaming board, and great value for money. The keyboard itself was fantastic, but the LCD screen was just a menace. I normally switched it off manually because the light at the bottom of my peripheral vision annoyed me.

It wasn't even a usable screen. Temps and clocks were of no interest because I had temps visible on my case. And because I was running a 24/7 stable clock. Usages weren't of interest because my PC was unlikely to be threatened by any game at the time. And game specific functions were useless because what sane person is going to look away from their main screen to view stats that are probably visible from the main screen?

The only time it actually made any twisted sense was Aliens: Colonial Marines. In which it had this amazing Wallhax function. It displayed your Motion Tracker even when you didn't have one equipped, and had a better range and response time than the game's actual tracker.
WonderGamer Oct 16, 2017 @ 4:47am 
My main reason for getting the Logitech G-Series gaming keyboards (ones with LCD monitors) was specifically for the LCD screen (which was more important when I didn't have a second monitor on the system).

I use it mainly for the standard Performance Monitor (which monitors CPU & RAM usage, the CPU usage has been a great tool to monitor system lag & when I needed to start killing processes, however it's been broken for approximately a year on various models with newer versions of LGS), media (music & video) information & occasionally the stopwatch & timer (never really cared for the clock itself or the profile manager controlled through the screen itself); I haven't really bothered with any of the other standard apps provided through LGS itself.

I've also used it with TeamSpeak (both 2 & 3; 2 requires a 3rd-party plugin), Ventrilo & am intending on also using it in Discord (once I figure out how to enable it); even used it with Xfire in the early stages, however that support was dropped not long after I got a G-Series keyboard.

Of course there are the games also. I've used it in Unreal Tournament 2004 (requires 3rd party plugin), Evolve, Borderlands 2, various others I haven't played for some time (can't remember which ones I used & which I didn't) & I've noticed it in various games & software as well (I recently wiped the majority of the installed games from my Steam drive to make room for some other data I didn't have another drive for, so I can't really list the number of games that were in that list, however there was well over 30 non-standard apps at one time).

If I could find a 3rd-party Performance Monitor that actually worked (so I don't have to stick with an old version of LGS to have a working Performance Monitor) I don't think I would be in such a hurry to get a new keyboard from another manufacturer, but this is where we are now & Logitech hasn't been able to fix the issue since it was broken after the working release in 2016, I need to consider going with a more dependable company (especially since they are now using BlueTooth through your phone to display those functions on newer G-Series keyboards & I don't really have that option until I get a decent battery in my Samsung Galaxy S6).

As for those who say it's useless, worthless or won't ever be used, they obviously haven't ever used one before & don't know how helpful they can be (even in cases where gaming is not the primary function & most of the time it isn't on my system either). If they have nothing helpful to contribute to the thread, their opinions don't matter as far as I'm concerned, which is why I added the indexes to the end of the OP, to point out replies that actually have relevance to the thread, so others can avoid the comments that don't really contribute to it.
Last edited by WonderGamer; Oct 16, 2017 @ 4:55am
Big Boom Boom Oct 16, 2017 @ 5:01am 
Sure, go ahead and purchase Mad Catz keyboard. They are neither supported nor do warranty any more, because you know, they went broke. The company is finished 7 months ago. This is TOTALLY IRRELEVANT to the topic.

Also there's this thing called mobilephone that people can use Apps to do whatever your keyboard LCD screen can do, and better. It's also IRRELEVANT.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trigonesoft.rsm&hl=en

Extremely irrelevant link.
Last edited by Big Boom Boom; Oct 16, 2017 @ 5:02am
WonderGamer Oct 17, 2017 @ 6:28pm 
Originally posted by Big Boom Boom:
Also there's this thing called mobilephone that people can use Apps to do whatever your keyboard LCD screen can do, and better. It's also IRRELEVANT.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trigonesoft.rsm&hl=en
Seems like a decent alternative to the broken Logitech Performance Monitor, however as I stated before, with the bad battery in my phone (put there when I went to have the previous battery replaced by the Sugarhouse, Utah location of Bad Apple[badapplerepair.com]), using a phone app is not really an option, which is why getting a new Logitech keyboard (one that uses Arx Control on a smartphone over BlueTooth) is also not an option (some people on the Logitech Support forums have even stated that the Performance Monitor in Arx Control is also broken). My option if I want to stay with Logitech (seeing as they seem to be the only manufacturer that makes keyboards with LCD monitor functions) is to purchase another G19 (likely off of Amazon) & stay with Logitech Gaming Software v8.85.215 (released in 2016). If I could find an app that can display over the G19 monitor (which I know there are some, however most are broken & no longer supported or cost money in one way or another), then continuing to purchase from Logitech would be less sickening (based on the fact they obviously can't fix the issue on their own, it's likely going to require another developer to create a 3rd-party app to do what the official Performance Monitor is no longer capable of).
Big Boom Boom Oct 17, 2017 @ 6:34pm 
Unfortunately nobody support kB LCD screen anymore, it's a dead end.

New rage is now transparent LCD screen side window on case.
https://www.techspot.com/news/71449-pc-case-mod-dancing-anime-girls.html

Display W/e you want.
Last edited by Big Boom Boom; Oct 17, 2017 @ 6:35pm
WonderGamer Oct 17, 2017 @ 7:12pm 
I'm considering the possibility of my friend (although he's being kind of a d♥♥♥ lately & hard to get a hold of) modding the screen from my G19s (the one that is wearing out & I'm attempting to replace) into an external USB case so that the screen can still be used, if not the keyboard itself; the only reason I even considered this was because he's been known to put backlit, high-definition screens into old handheld game systems, so he's pretty smart when it comes to this, but it might require leaving the entire board for the keyboard in one piece (if anything, I suppose I could keep the old keyboard connected to the computer for the screen only & use another keyboard that isn't having the sticking problems)... Of course I still have to use old software/drivers regardless, seeing as Logitech still can't seem to fix the issue... And just FYI, the G19 also has the capability to play videos (even online videos & live streams) & picture shows on it, however I've never used it for that purpose (it was always used for informational purposes in my case). There were a number of functions that were also available, however I didn't particularly want those running while running games or streams of those games, using more processing power/bandwidth than is necessary.
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