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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  • JonnyDough - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    I have yet to find a decent mouse. I have large hands, and the button my Razer Copperheads stick. I'm waiting on a nice, lightweight metallic laser mouse with software controls that work with the keyboard ALT+arrow keys or something, rather than having extra buttons on the mouse itself. Lightweight, good fit, durable, and fast. That's what I'm looking for. I don't care about lights, and not that much about cost if its solid (as long as its in reason). I've used to have the G7 and I hated it. Paid about $70 for it and it sits in my closet. Too heavy. Reply
  • brotj7 - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    My origonal G15 and MX1000 are still going strong in BF2142, COD, and a few other games I play with my buddies from back home. I play almost exclusively off my G keys, the macro kit has been great with Vista(yeah...yeah, it was available when I got my Q6600). I'll probably pick up the new G510 and finally kick my G15 down to my brother, who killed his a yr or 2 ago...we havn't been able to find a blue one, and we both liked the extra keys with the separations for remapping, and playing with the macros. Reply
  • MadBoris - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    I still have my Saitek Eclipse for day to day use w/ lighted keys for nighttime.
    I also still really like my Logitech MX518 wired mouse.

    Logitech has always been good in this arena. So I am looking forward to how the reviews will be. I am always so picky with these products. There are many people that just exist with using $10 keyboards and mice that randomly skip on their mousing surfaces, but I need my things to work properly.

    It's interesting that these items can be bought for next to nothing, as we are reminded, but they always are worth an extra investment to me. It's what you manually interface with every second of computer use. So paying extra for something so vital, that can have effect and impact daily, makes sense to me for many reasons. Although, I'll be waiting for these prices to slip a bit before looking closely.

    The problem is once you get accustomed to something like a keyboard/mouse it is hard to change, even if it is supposedly an upgrade the change can be tough. That's also a testament to Logitech's previous products in this arena, which is why I will look closely at their products next buying cycle.
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  • scott967a - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    Good to see they went back to the additional buttons that my G15 has. My backlight LEDs flicker at times, otherwise I've been happy with the keyboard. I haven't found a "must have" use for the lcd though. Reply
  • ceolstan - Monday, August 16, 2010 - link

    For me, the LCD allows me to see who's on TeamSpeak or Ventrilo. Once you get used to this functionality, it's hard to go back to on-screen overlays that take up real estate that might otherwise be used for seeing more of the field. Additionally, it's nice to have the LCD clock readily seen. I don't have space for a clock over my desk, so the LCD clock helps me keep track of time when I'm playing single player games. Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    i had a dream last night that i returned my G9 gaming mouse to some mom and pop computer store without the packaging. they accepted the return, but i felt really rude. i wonder if i was doing that in an alternate reality or something. Reply
  • faxon - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    ...i didnt still have a new in box G11 that i shrink wrapped in with the packs of desecant that i collected from every part in all 15 builds i did this year. my first G11 has lasted me a good couple years now, and my second one that i opened for use at a friends house is hardly used at all, probably only spent about 50-70 hours gaming on it and then it went idle when i moved all my comps back home. im probably set on gaming keyboards for the next 5-10 years LOL Reply
  • AnnihilatorX - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    1 disappointment with the gaming keyboard programable key is, although you can do LUA scripts, the functionality is basic. A key comination cannot repeat itself without disabling other G keys (because it would occupy execution time within the single thread) leading to other key press events unable to trigger

    For repetition the macro has option of doing so. But this disallow the use of LUA scripting which means I can't, say program a magic key that switch repeating keystroke patterns, by using other G keys as mode switches.
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  • dada331 - Saturday, August 7, 2010 - link

    Who edits these articles? You don't "run" a gauntlet like you run the air conditioner, you actually physically (or metaphorically, as the case may be) run in:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_the_gauntlet
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