The gaming keyboard market has grown at an impressive pace and now features numerous decks at varying price points. Logitech G-series keyboards are not cheap and compete, for the most part, with the Razer and SteelSeries keyboards, but with the introduction of the G510 it seems that Logitech’s biggest competitor is itself.
The Logitech G510 is a mash-up of some of the best features of the previous G-series keyboards. The 18 programmable macro G-keys from the 1st generation G15, as well as the fixed LCD from the 2nd generation G15, both make an appearance on the G510. The multimedia keys and the volume wheel are taken from the G19, as is the variable colour backlighting for the keys, a feature which has been extended to the LCD.
The G510 however, features an integrated USB sound card, something new to keyboards in general. The keyboard has built-in headphone and mic ports, as well as mute keys for both. This is great for those who have not invested in a high-end sound card or a motherboard made in the last three years, but rather pointless for most of our readers. Surprisingly, Logitech has dropped the integrated mini USB hub that has become a common place feature on the G-series keyboards and which, unlike the added soundcard, is a feature that most people would actually use.
Another annoyance is the removable wrist rest that dangles loose from the keyboard when you pick it up. It’s flimsy and flies in the face of any LAN goodness. That said, while this rest lasts, it will be very functional and provide a comfortable support for extended hours of gaming of typing.
The G510’s keys are soft and quiet, which is a welcome relief from the noisy keys of the G15s and the G19. The key travel time will not be noticeable to those accustomed to traditional keyboards but for those who prefer half-height keyboards like the Razer Lycosa, the lofty finger spring will be very prominent.
The biggest issue with the G510 is the price. At R1 200 it is R600 shy of the G19, Logitech’s flagship keyboard, and R300 more expensive than the 2nd generation G15, which is still an excellent keyboard. This makes it difficult to justify any reason for picking the G510 over either.
Price R1 200