Logitech bundled several applets with the G15 for displaying things like volume, resource usage and a clock. However, these things were on different screens, so if you wanted to see the clock you’d just have to wait for it to appear in the cycle, or else navigate to it using the buttons. This was annoying, and I ended up not really utilizing the screen to its full potential. That is, until I discovered SirReal’s multipurpose G15 plugin. This is the only G15 applet you’ll ever need. Please check out the screen shots and read more, and I guarantee you’ll love it.
Searching for the killer applet
I’d previously played around with G15 applets found at sites like G15 mods and G15 Forums, and while some of them were nifty, I couldn’t really find any that suited my needs. Some of them additionally required LCDStudio, another program, to run – which added more resource usage, something I was trying to avoid. I never really used the LCD for games, such as viewing status/ammo/info, which I guess is the intended usage, judging from Logitech’s marketing, so this ability did not matter to me.
So, what I really wanted was a multipurpose applet/utility based on Logitech’s SDK, so that it would run just using Logitech’s LCD Manager. This would eliminate the need to have separate LCD applets for each bit of info I wanted to see, and would simplify the display – no more having to cycle through multiple pages.
SirReal’s G15 plugin cometh
SirReal’s Multipurpose G15 plugin fit the bill. (Another link) This applet crams an astounding amount of information, almost everything you could want, into the G15′s 160 x 43-resolution LCD. The plugin is fully-configurable so you can define what and where you want to display certain modules of information. Here’s a shot of what mine’s currently displaying:
Along the top, we have the full date, number of unreal e-mails (displayed as envelopes) and the 24-hr time. The time and date format can be customized. In the next row, resource usage (CPU/MEM) is displayed. The CPU bar actually consists of three separate 1-pixel bars for my system: One for each core, and one for overall usage. To the right of that, the network usage (current KiB in/out) is displayed, using bars and the numerical value.
On the bottom row are four “slots”. These can be configured to display a variety of information from the supported modules of the plugin. I won’t repeat all of the features here, but it’s safe to say that most people will be satisfied. I have the a world-time clock in the first, the SpeedFan module (for system temperatures) in the second, speaker/volume information in the third and net-graph utilization in the fourth. Each module itself may have multiple screens of information, and you can cycle between them by pressing the LCD button below it. Furthermore, you can have multiple modules in each slot; just cycle between them by holding CTRL and pressing the corresponding LCD button.
A Power User’s dream
As if all of these features weren’t enough (everything from support of Winamp/iTunes, to SpeedFan and TeamSpeak 2, and even detecting unresponsive programs), the setup is completely customizable by editing a simple configuration file. Instructions are in the file itself, so it’s a no-brainer. Furthermore, the applet is small – less than 80 KiB as of version 2.5, and is taking up less than 3 MiB of RAM after several days of continuous usage. CPU usage is similarly small.
There’s simply no reason not to get this applet for your G15 keyboard – it’ll easily replace every other applet you’re running and more. SirReal’s G15 plugin seems to have been made by a true power user, who knows what other power users want from the G15 LCD – an easy to read screen that displays all the useful information you need, from the date/time, volume, CPU/Mem usage and more. It’s truly the uberOptions of the G15 LCD.