The Logitech G510 is Logitech’s more affordable version of their flagship gaming keyboard—the wallet-draining, envy-inducing G19. And while the G510 is not quite as feature-rich as its G19 sibling, it does offer a few features its older sibling doesn't—and it's certainly more affordable.
Like the G19 (and its sibling the G15), the Logitech G510 gaming keyboard features a small LCD screen that can serve as an auxiliary screen for displaying game information, provided the game supports it (and quite a few do these days).
For example, MMORPGs might display health and mana bars, or a first person shooter might display health, ammo, kills, or other game statistics.
Unlike the G19’s full color, 320x240 LCD panel, however, the G510’s LCD panel is monochrome. It also lacks the ability to tilt-and-swivel for the best possible viewing.
Cool, colorful, customizable.
Also like the G19, The G510 features customizable backlighting, so you can make it virtually any color you like. And to help compensate (slightly) for its inferior LCD panel, the G510 offers a total of 18 programmable G-keys—6 more than the G19.
The color of the backlighting can be assigned to different profiles. For example, you could assign blue to one set of macros, green to another, and red to still another, and then switch between them using the M1, M2, and M3 keys located just above the G-keys.
Three profiles mean up to three macros per G-key, for a total of…something like a million macros. (We went to a liberal arts school so math isn’t our strong suit.) At any rate, it should be more than enough for most people.
Logitech’s macro-recording software is intuitive and easy to use, and supports delays of varying lengths. Better yet, you can create a simple macro on the fly without ever leaving your game.
Simply press the Macro Record (MR) button and then the G-key to which you wish to assign a new macro. Then press a sequence of keys on the keyboard, and press the MR button again to finish the recording. Poof! Instant macro.
USB audio & media controls
The G510 also includes something its G19 sibling doesn’t: built-in USB audio, which lets you plug in any headset to its 3.5mm headset and microphone plugs and essentially use the keyboard as your system sound card. In addition, it has dedicated headset and microphone muting buttons.
Like many keyboards the G510 also has extra keys for media controls, including dedicated microphone muting buttons and headset on/off buttons. Best of all, the G510 features the same roller-style volume control found on the G19 and the G930 wireless gaming headset. This is hands-down our favorite type of volume control for keyboards and headsets. It’s easy to reach and there’s no fumbling for tiny buttons.
No Ghosts here
Like most gaming keyboards, the G510 features a 500Mhz polling rate and anti-ghosting that allows up to 5 simultaneous key presses to be distinguished. Perhaps not quite as robust sounding as some Razer’s and SteelSeries’ best keyboards (some of which allow for up to 14 simultaneous key presses), but more than likely sufficient for those of us with less than 14 fingers.
A few cut corners
While the G510 is still a very feature-rich keyboard, it does make some compromises.
The first is that the keys feel noticeably more “mushy” than the G19. That’s fine if you like mushy keys, but we prefer a little firmer heft to our keystrokes, even if they are membrane and not mechanically-based like the SteelSeries SHIFT or Razer Black Widow.
In addition, we’ve grown pretty accustomed to having USB ports on our keyboards—a feature even many non-gaming keyboards have adopted. They’re just convenient for connecting a good gaming mouse or the occasional thumb drive to.
The G510 makes a few compromises, but it’s still a generally excellent gaming keyboard that offers a rich feature set that Logitech gaming products are typically known for.
We would have liked the G510 better with a couple USB ports and firmer keys—particularly considering its $120 price tag. But both of those complaints are fairly subjective preferences that may be less of a concern to you. Heck, you might even like mushy keys.