Although I started out on PlayStation, I’ve always been a PC gamer at heart. I’ve custom built my own gaming rig (twice!), and I’ve always focused more on the internals of my PC, as hardware is where a proper gaming rig draws its strength. Only in the last few years have I slowly started getting gaming-centric peripherals, starting with a mouse and headset. A gaming keyboard is next on my list to upgrade, but I’m very picky about key profiles and comfort. So it was with a mixture of excitement and mild trepidation that I gave the Logitech G510S a try.
The first problem I encountered was that they keyboard just did not fit on my desk. I have a pullout keyboard tray that fits my little Genuis keyboard just fine, but couldn’t handle a behemoth like the G510S. Unfortunately I had to leave the clip-on wrist rest off to get it to semi-fit, and the angled LCD screen stopped me from sliding my keyboard tray back. Note to self: if I’m going to upgrade my keyboard, look at upgrading my desk first!
Speaking of the LCD screen, although it was very useful to set up profiles on and keep track of my system performance, it’s ideally supposed to be used to display in-game stats, a feature which I couldn’t really test as I don’t own any of the games it supports on PC. A full list of supported games can be found here. A minor downside to the LCD screen is that it’s a monochrome LCD, so the text colour is the same as the background colour, which matches whatever colour you’ve set the back-lighting to.
Here’s where you’re really spoiled for choice. You can program your profiles to have separate colours, and with the colour wheel available in the Logitech Gaming Software you can choose pretty much any colour imaginable. The Gaming Software looked a bit intimidating at first, but it was pretty intuitive to use and I spent a while fiddling with every option I could find. There are also 18 programmable keys, and each can hold three different macros, which leads to the massively in-depth customisation of 54 functions in total.
The keyboard itself is very comfortable. The keys are smooth and not too high, and even after a few hours of use they didn’t feel any less comfortable. With an on-board mini-jack, you can plug your headphones and microphone directly in without having to stretch cords to your PC case, and you can control sound and voice with individual mutes. The media keys are nicely laid out and easy to get to, along with a convenient volume dial. Because of the different sizes of the keys, I did find it a bit difficult to speed-type on, so for day-to-day use it might not be the easiest keyboard to get along with.
The G510S’s main draw might be the LCD screen, but the keyboard shines in other areas. It’s sturdy, comfortable and massively customisable, and if it’s used mostly for gaming it’s a keyboard I can easily see myself using. However, without more games supported on the LCD screen, it seemed almost superfluous, as I couldn’t use it to its full potential.