Hardware Review: Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 Review
Post by nachosjustice @ 03:32pm 04/05/12 | Comments
We let NachosJustice loose with a host of gaming hardware, and each week he tells us what he thinks of his new toys. This week: Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510
If you haven’t done so already, you should definitely read my Logitech G400 review here to check out my credentials (read: Logitech love) in regards to playing with Logitech products. The G510 represents a step forwards in Logitech G-series keyboard technology -- which is necessary given its $199.95RRP price point -- with the exception of one key omission.
While the G15 includes two rear-posited USB ports for quick peripheral access, the G510 ships without these additional USB ports. Depending on your reliance on additional USB ports, this will either be a strange oversight or a moot point; I, for one, have never used the USB ports in my G15 keyboard.
Outside of this, everything about the G510 -- including the sleek look and soft touch of the keys -- is an improvement over my standard G15 keyboard. A lot of the functionality is the same, such as the ability to disable the Windows keys with a switch, simple multimedia control and the top-positioned presence of a configurable LCD screen. Like the G15, you can also customise the backlight colour of your keyboard via included Logitech software.
The G510 is slightly wider than the G15 but, thanks to some clever streamlining of the key positioning, this has also allowed Logitech to include 18 programmable keys that can store three macros per key. Compare this to the six programmable keys of the G15, and macro-lovers have a compelling reason to consider investing in the G510.
All of the multimedia playback controls have been shifted above the numerical keypad which, unlike the earlier model G15, means that you can control volume, muting and playback from a single location. The volume buttons are also out in favour of a volume wheel that makes for more intuitive, and faster, control.
The most interesting inclusion, though, are the 3.5mm headphone/microphone jacks that are to the left of the LCD screen (on the back of the keyboard). First and foremost, this is obviously not compatible with any USB-exclusive headsets -- including certain headsets from the Logitech line -- and it also means having to run your headset cables over the keyboard (and near your WSAD keys) or underneath; neither of these options are ideal. That being said, the independent sound and voice mute buttons are a nice touch, and it sure beats plugging a headset into the back of a desktop.
Regardless of the USB-less and headset gripes, the Logitech G510 is still a pleasure to use in both extended gaming sessions, and for general computer use. I wrote this review up on it and, from the perspective of someone who does a lot of typing, the soft feel and quiet keys make for the easiest (and quietest) keyboard experience, to date. If you want a lot of control over your peripherals and are in the market for a new gaming keyboard, the G510 warrants a closer look.