Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard Review

Here we look at the Logitech G510, this non-mechanical gaming keyboard is the updated and improved version of the legendary G15 from the same stable.

Like all of their keyboards the Logitech G510 is built like the proverbial brick outhouse so under normal use in should not fall apart or disintegrate, providing you don’t bash it too hard witth your fists when you lose.

Just like the G15 the Logitech G510 has the GamePanel display screen which keeps the gamer updated with the current in-game stats, system information and multiplayer comms. It is also geared up for video playback using Youtube. The Gamepanel also allows you to see instant messages from various sources and includes a Twitter tweet interface. On this model the screen is monochrome, if you want a color screen you will need to upgrade th the Logitech G19.

The screen media keys let you to scroll thought different status screens, giving you details time/date, RAM and memory usage. You can set various countdowns and up-timers. As some games have their own widgets you are able to view stats like kill ratios, pings, map titles etc. The screen can also be used as an RSS feed viewer and POP3 Monitor.

When playing music, the track information is also visible on the screen.

Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard Review

Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard Review

You can also use the display for profile selection, instead of your computer, and profiles may be installed onto the keyboard letting you use the G510 on computers without the necessary software installed.

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Many gamers prefer to play in the dark for some reason and the G510 takes care of those folkswith customizable back-lighting options both for color and brightness.

The Logitech G510 comes with 18 programmable keys which can be set up by the user for any combination of macros including LUA scripting. The keyboard is laid out in the conventional qwerty style, with the 18 macro or ‘G’ keys mounted on the left-hand side. All controls for the media are laid out in a linear fashion across the top of the until. There are one-touch buttons for play etc and the volume uses a nice chunky thumbwheel.

There rear of the unit is where you will find the standard 3.5mm sockets for both a headset and mic input.

The Logitech G510 also has 5 key roll-over anti-ghosting, this means up to five keys will always register if they are pressed together in the heat of battle. Other keyboards may have a much greater anti-ghosting capability than this but it should be sufficient for many games especially FPS.

The G510 operates via high speed giving it a faster report rate, thus giving the gamer an edge over anyone with a slower model!

Another unique feature of the G510 is a mode switch that enables the keyboard for gaming or computer only applications thus switching out menu keys and shortcuts.

The key tops are laser-etched so the letters and numerals should not wear off ant time soon, the key bodies are transparent to allow a good all-round illumiation.

For use with Windows and Mac OSX systems. Software CD included in the package.

Pros

  • Solid build
  • Data screen
  • 54 macro keys
  • Custom backlighting
  • Good media controls
  • Easy to use software
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
  • Non adjustable screen angle
  • No USB inputs

Summary

For gaming use and some typing the G510 is very good, I wouldn’t recommend it though as purely a typists keyboard it can cause a bit of fatigue after long periods of typing.Performance-wise it is excellent across the board for nearly all types of games, it’s difficult to to fault, and there is very little negative feedback about this product.

There are a few minor niggles, like the detachable plastic wrist rest, this could certainly be improved as could the rear feet, they don’t offer enough elevation to suit all users. The volume control is perhaps a bit too ‘urgent’ this could do with being a bit less sensitive. Sometimes the software profiler can fail to detect a game, but this is continually updated so it will always improve.

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  • Gx brown is a traditional mechanical switch providing discernible actuation for gamers who prefer direct tactile feedback. This keyboard is also available in Linear and clicky switch experience, sold separately …

All in all the Logitech G510 is a nice piece of hardware and the makers have done a good job.

The only real drawback for most folks I expect will be the price. If you are really strapped and don’t need an LCD screen, then the Logitech G110 offers similar performance but with fewer features than the G510 and costs quite a bit less.

The Logitech G510 scores a very favorable 4 out five on nearly all points.