The Logitech G510 is a substantial keyboard, the casing is plastic with a silver/black design and it also has a nice weight to it, feeling sturdy without being too heavy. On the base of the keyboard we find an information sticker along with two legs to tilt the keyboard. These have rubber feet attached to stop the keyboard slipping on the desk and two larger rubber sections which have the same purpose can be seen on the front edge of the G510.
The G510 has full height keys with multi-key input ensuring that we can press up to 5 keys at any one time and they will all be recognized. In terms of layout, Logitech have stuck to the traditional location for the traditional keyboard buttons and have built their feature keys around this.
For the dimensions the G510 is approximately 51x21x1.5cm and it weighs 1.1kg.
The GamePanel LCD sits in the centre of the top half of the keyboard. This panel, which will be familiar to those who have used the G15, can provide the user with huge amounts of information through software plugins. World of Warcraft players for example can get in-game stats displayed on the screen. Fraps users can have their framerate displayed and we can even get plugins to display processor statistics and status. The keyboard automatically detects which software we are running on our machine and which window currently has focus, switching the displayed information on to reflect this. This is extremely handy as it saves us having to switch manually.
Down the left hand side are 18 programmable G-keys and three macro mode buttons that allow us to access up to 54 macros (3 profiles with 18 keys each). Also on the left hand side of the keyboard is the game/desktop mode switch. Flicking this into game mode disables the Windows key ensuring that accidental key presses in the heat of battle don’t minimise our game.
The final two buttons on the top left allow us to mute a headset or mic that we can connect to the G510 via the built in 3.5mm jacks. These pass through the inbuilt USB audio chip and into our system rather than via 3.5mm cables to our soundcard.
On the right hand side of the G510 we find the number pad, directional arrows and scroll keys. In addition there is a mute button and a very hand volume control scroll wheel both of which access control the main Windows sound.
Above the volume controls there are four media keys which control play/pause, stop, back and next. Between these and the GamePanel are the CAPS, Num Lock, Scroll Lock status LEDs and a button which controls the boards LED lighting.
The illumination provided with the G510 is impressive. Every button has its own light, as does the GamePanel and Logitech allow us to choose from colours such as red, green and blue.
The G510 connects to our system via a single USB 2.0 connector. As mentioned before this connector also gives us USB audio functionality for any headset plugged into the on-board 3.5mm sockets and Logitech have given the G510 a 500Hz (2millisecond polling rate).