Logitech® Gaming Keyboard G510

Gaming keyboards come in all shapes, sizes, costs, and utilities.  The multi-functional Z-board, with its game-specific overlays has had some attention over the years, as well as the Saitek Eclipse range, and Logitech’s own G-series keyboards. 

The original G15 in the range offered a flip-up black-and-white LCD display, programmable G-buttons, a physical switch to turn the Windows key off, and on-board media controls.  The G11 then offered everything the G15 did, without the display.  The G15 revision 2 integrated the screen into the keyboard, and reduced the number of G-buttons.  The G19 then became an LCD color version of the newer G15, with some other small enhancements. 

The G510 then offers a mix of the newer G19 and the original G15, giving a color display and more programmable buttons.  Alongside this, the keyboard also offers 3.5mm analog headset jack inputs, converting the signal to USB and sending it down the keyboard USB cable.  All the familiar G-series features still remain – media controls, programmable buttons, USB inputs, and color backlighting.  The G110 keeps the gauntlet running, as a non-LCD version of the G510.

 

As one of the first G15 adopters when they were first released, I can confirm that it is still going strong, even if it does pick up mountains of dirt and dust, after thousands of hours of high-impact gaming.  Back then, I paid £55 ($85) for the US import version.  Logitech are selling the G510 from their website for $119.99, or £89.  Again, paying $120 for a keyboard can seem excessive, especially when a $10 keyboard will do what a keyboard was originally designed to do.  Most users however, and especially gamers, will find use for all the extra features that boards such as the Logitech G-seies offers.

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  • scrlk - Thursday, August 5, 2010 - link

    I bet a decent Cherry or Unicomp is better than the Logitech at being at keyboard. Reply
  • erple2 - Thursday, August 5, 2010 - link

    My unicomp (http://pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net/en104bl.html) serves me well. Very nice to type on. And fast, curiously. That may just be my nostalgic rose-colored glasses talking. I have no actual facts to back that up. Reply
  • zuht - Thursday, August 5, 2010 - link

    Engadget's review says:

    "Speaking of the battery, it did last a couple solid days when idle, but gave up the ghost after a severe Engadget work day of very heavy use."

    I was excited until I read that bit. That's pretty painful. How can the battery life be so bad when their other wireless mice go for months on a set of AAs?
    Reply
  • Friendly0Fire - Thursday, August 5, 2010 - link

    Don't really mind, the mouse comes with a USB cord that can be used while playing. As long as you remember to recharge it overnight it's fine, otherwise just plug it in and keep chugging along! Reply
  • dgz - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    ha ha ha

    what a load of crap
    Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    Care to add any depth to your statement? Reply
  • dgz - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    Two reasons:

    - the listed products are basically ridiculously overpriced crap which do not get any serious bash from the author
    - the article is basically PR
    Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    Heck, most Apple reviews are MASSIVE PR moves but, I suppose we must expect these things. Heck End'Gadget is basically another section of Apple these days Reply
  • dgz - Monday, August 9, 2010 - link

    haha true. hence me not reading engadget, gizmodo and the likes Reply
  • IanCutress - Thursday, August 12, 2010 - link

    'Serious bash' is subjective - this is a news article, not an indepth review or preview. We comment on the products as announced in the press release and any info the company in question likes to give us, and provide our critical analysis on the topic. A news item is also by definition, to a certain extent, PR, otherwise we would not be able to mention the brand, the item, or what it's used for - which means it essentially isn't an article, but a collection of meaningless words. We get very few serious keyboard/mouse news releases coming our way, and a lot of people like the Logitech series, deeming it newsworthy and of interest. You should note that we don't issue a news item every time a different graphics or memory company releases the same rebranded and repackaged product - only the new and exciting products we believe people will be interested in.

    Ian
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