Logitech G512 Special Edition Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 29, 2020 at 08:38 am
Logitech G512 Special Edition Picture
Test Methodology v0.8
7.3
Mixed usage
8.7
Gaming
0.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.1
Office
7.6
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G512 Special Edition is an excellent mechanical gaming keyboard that features proprietary switches that are similar to Cherry MX Blues. These clicky switches provide a satisfying and light typing experience, but they can be too loud for quiet office environments. Logitech's G HUB software has tons of customization options to suit your needs; however, the lack of onboard memory is a bit disappointing, as the software is required to export profiles to a different computer. Although most of the features offered are fairly common among mechanical gaming keyboards, enthusiasts of clicky switches should be satisfied with its performance nonetheless.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed usage

The Logitech G512 SE is a decent keyboard for most uses. It's fairly comfortable to type on and the switches provide satisfying tactile feedback, but the resulting noise can be bothersome in noise-sensitive offices. Programmers and gamers alike should be satisfied with its responsiveness and programmable keys; however, multitasking can be difficult, as it's a wired-only keyboard and there's no onboard memory to save profiles.

8.7 Gaming

The Logitech G512 SE is an amazing keyboard for gaming. The blue switches are very responsive and its audible clicks give assurance that your keystroke is registered. The full RGB backlight is great for dark room gaming or to highlight important keys, and the function keys can all be reprogrammed with macros, though MMO players may find the lack of dedicated macro keys a bit disappointing.

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0.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G512 SE is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used with mobile devices.

7.1 Office

The Logitech G512 SE is a decent keyboard for office use. The keyboard provides a light typing experience that shouldn't cause any fatigue, and the switches are rated to last for a long time. However, noise can be an issue with the blue clicky switches, but the keyboard is available with silent linear switches if you're concerned. You'll need to get a wrist rest, though, and some keys may not function properly if you work on macOS.

7.6 Programming

The Logitech G512 SE is a good keyboard for programming. It provides a great typing experience that feels light and responsive, and the programmable keys are a welcome addition over the average office keyboard, even though they're limited to function keys only. The main downside is that G HUB is only available on Windows and macOS, so Linux users won't be able to customize the keyboard.

  • 7.3 Mixed usage
  • 8.7 Gaming
  • 0.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.1 Office
  • 7.6 Programming
Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • Customizable RGB backlight.
Cons
  • Incompatible with mobile devices.
  • Loud typing noise.

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GX Blue Clicky G512 Special Edition
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Depth 5.2" (13.2 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

The Logitech G512 is a large, full-size keyboard. It doesn't come in a tenkeyless (TKL) variant.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech G512 SE has a good build quality that's very similar to the Logitech K840. The frame is made of hard plastic with an aluminum plate on top, and the whole keyboard feels very solid, with no signs of flex at all. The keycaps are doubleshot ABS, which is great for the longevity of the key legends, but the quality of the ABS plastic feels a bit cheap and may develop a shine over time that can make the keyboard look greasy.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest No

This keyboard has decent ergonomics. It has one incline setting but doesn't come with a wrist rest. The kickstands open up sideways to prevent them from collapsing if you push the keyboard forward too hard.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting and each key can be individually customized with Logitech's G HUB software.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

The cable feels strong and you shouldn't have any issues with durability; however, it's not detachable.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
Yes
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

The Logitech G512 SE has a good amount of extra features. It has a USB passthrough so you can plug in other peripherals or charge your devices, and you can set a macro or reprogram any of the function keys. There's also a Windows lock feature to prevent accidentally minimizing your game. Like the Logitech K840, this keyboard doesn't have a NumLock LED indicator.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G512 SE Keyboard
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
GX Blue Clicky
Feel
Clicky
Actuation Force
48.2 gf
Pre-Travel
2.03 mm
Total Travel
3.86 mm

The Logitech G512 SE is a mechanical keyboard that uses proprietary switches made by Logitech. We tested the clicky GX Blue variant, but it's also available with tactile GX Brown and linear GX Red switches too. These blue switches don't require a lot of force to actuate and they have audible tactile feedback to indicate when a keystroke has been registered.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing quality on this keyboard is great. The blue switches provide a satisfying click and they require very little force to actuate, resulting in a light typing experience. The keys are very stable, with no signs of rattling, and they're well-spaced, which is good for typing accuracy. The overall experience feels very responsive and shouldn't cause any fatigue over time.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

Typing noise is quite loud if you choose to go with the clicky blue switches, so it may not be a good choice if you're in a noise-sensitive environment.

Software and Operating System
8.4
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Logitech G HUB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
RGB Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The Logitech G512 SE has great software support. It uses the G HUB software for customization, where you can individually control the backlight of each key. You can also set macros, but this is limited to the function keys only. The keyboard doesn't have onboard memory, so all profiles have to be saved using the software. If you need to move to a different computer, you'll need to install the software again and log in to your Logitech account to import your settings.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The G512 SE has decent compatibility. The G HUB software is available for Windows and macOS users, but some keys don't work on macOS, such as Scroll Lock and Pause. All keys function properly on Linux, but you won't be able to customize them.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

While we tested the Logitech G512 Special Edition with GX Blue clicky switches, it can be purchased with GX Brown switches, which give tactile feedback without the audible click, and GX Red switches, which are linear and silent. Aside from typing quality, we expect most of our results to apply to other variants as well.

Compared to other keyboards

The Logitech G512 SE doesn't have any special features that stand out in the market of mechanical gaming keyboards; however, the option to choose your preferred type of switches is nice, as clicky switches aren't suitable for everyone, especially if noise is a concern.

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