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Logitech G512 Special Edition Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jan 29, 2020 at 08:38 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 13, 2023 at 03:07 pm
Logitech G512 Special Edition Picture
Entertainment / HTPC

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

8.6 Gaming

The Logitech G512 SE is an amazing keyboard for gaming. The blue switches are very responsive and the 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.

  • Responsive keyboard with remarkable latency.
  • Good build quality.
  • Short pre-travel.
  • No wrist rest included.
  • Clicky switches can be too loud.
1.5 Mobile/Tablet

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

6.9 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.

  • Good build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
  • No wrist rest included.
  • Clicky switches can be too loud.
7.4 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.

  • Good build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
  • Customizable RGB backlight.
  • No wrist rest included.
  • Only the function keys are macro-programmable.
  • Can't be used wirelessly.
2.8 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech G512 Special Edition is bad for use with a home theater PC. It's a wired-only keyboard, and the included cable might not be long enough to reach your computer from the couch. Also, it doesn't have a trackpad and dedicated media controls.

  • Customizable RGB backlight.
  • Can't be used wirelessly.
  • No trackpad or dedicated media controls.
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 1.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.9 Office
  • 7.4 Programming
  • 2.8 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Jul 13, 2023: We've added a disclaimer in the Backlight Features section of this review after receiving community feedback about the blue LED lights failing sooner than other colors.
  2. Updated Jun 15, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update introduces new Backlight Features and Backlight Clarity test boxes. We've also added a new Switches test box, added additional test comparisons to our Hardware Customizability test box that we introduced with our last Test Bench. For an in-depth look at our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
  3. Updated May 26, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update adds several new tests addressing Hardware Customization, Macro Keys And Programming, and Wireless Mobile Compatibility. We've also added new objective evaluations to the Typing Noise test, and we've simplified several tests and removed several others that were no longer relevant. For an in-depth look at all our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
  4. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Added a comparison to the recently reviewed Logitech G PRO X Keyboard.
  5. Updated Sep 02, 2022: Added a mention of known Logitech G HUB software issues to this review.
  6. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  7. Updated Jan 29, 2020: Review published.
  8. Updated Jan 24, 2020: Our testers have started testing this product.
  9. Updated Jan 24, 2020: Early access published.
  10. Updated Jan 22, 2020: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  11. Updated Jan 20, 2020: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Logitech G513

The Logitech G512 Special Edition and the Logitech G513 are two very similar keyboards that perform almost the same, but the G513 is more comfortable as it has a detachable wrist rest. Other than that, the main difference is the type of switches. Both options use Logitech proprietary switches; the G512 is available with different GX switches, while the G513 uses Romer-G switches. The GX Blue Clicky switches on our G512 unit have a longer pre-travel distance and require more force to actuate than the G513's Romer-G Tactiles. However, the G512 provides a better typing experience because the tactile feedback is more pronounced, and the longer pre-travel helps reduce typos. That said, the typing experience changes depending on which switch type you get. Other than that, the only other difference is that the G513 comes with a wrist rest.

Logitech G413

The Logitech G512 Special Edition and the Logitech G413 are very much alike. They both have a full-size layout and largely the same features and customization options. The G413 is available with Romer-G switches and has red backlighting. The G512 has full RGB backlighting and is available with GX Blue, Brown, or Red switches.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The Logitech G512 Special Edition and the HyperX Alloy Origins are two wired-only keyboards that perform somewhat similarly. The HyperX has one more incline settings and feels better-built overall. All of its keys are macro-programmable, while the Logitech only lets you set macros to function keys. That said, the Logitech is available with different types of switches, so you can choose according to your own preferences.

Razer Huntsman

The Razer Huntsman and the Logitech G512 Special Edition are fairly similar, but the Razer performs slightly better for gaming. Its optical switches have a lower pre-travel, so typing on it feels a bit more responsive. Also, you can macro-program all of its keys, while the Logitech only lets you set macros to function keys. That said, the Logitech is available with different kinds of switches so you can choose something that better fits your needs. Both keyboards have remarkable latency and full RGB backlighting.

ZAGG Pro Keys

The ZAGG Pro Keys and the Logitech G512 Special Edition are designed for different uses. If you're looking for a folio case keyboard to use with your iPad, the ZAGG is a better choice. It's compact and slim, making it easy to carry around with you, and you can use it via Bluetooth only. On the other hand, if you're looking for a full-size mechanical gaming keyboard, the Logitech is exactly that. It's wired, so you can only use it with the computer it's connected to.

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Test Results

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Full-size (100%)
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.5 cm)
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
1.76 lbs (0.800 kg)

The Logitech G512 is a large, full-size keyboard. It doesn't come in a tenkeyless (TKL) variant. However, if you're interested in a TenKeyLess keyboard from Logitech, check out the Logitech G PRO X Keyboard.

Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

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 key legends' longevity, but the ABS plastic quality feels a bit cheap and may develop a shine over time that can make the keyboard look greasy. If you're looking for a keyboard with PBT keycaps, check out the Logitech G413 SE.

Note: We've received community feedback that the blue-colored LED lights in this keyboard's backlighting may tend to fail sooner than other colors. For more details, see the Backlight Features section below.

Split Keyboard
Key Alignment
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Home Row Height
30.9 mm (1.2")

This keyboard has acceptable 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. If you want a keyboard with better ergonomics, check out the Razer Huntsman Elite.

Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
Stabilizer Fixation
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
Non-Customizable Design
Size Of Right Mod Keys
Hot-Swappable Switches
Switch Stem Shape
Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Software Controllable

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

Note: We didn't experience any issues with this keyboard's backlighting during testing, but we've received community feedback indicating that the Blue LED lights on this keyboard may tend to fail sooner than other colors. This may be because blue LEDs require more voltage than red or green, and this is a known problem that isn't unique to this particular keyboard or the Romer-G switches it uses. However, the volume of reports online from other users may indicate this issue is more commonly experienced with this keyboard for unknown reasons.

We encourage readers interested in this product to purchase under warranty directly from Logitech or an approved reseller and to contact Logitech support in case of any issues.

Backlight Clarity
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wired
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.

Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
Proprietary Receiver
Battery Type
No Batteries
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
Macro Programming With Software
Extra Features
Media Keys
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
Control Knob
USB Passthrough
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

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. If you want something with dedicated media controls, check out the Das Keyboard 4 Professional.

In The Box

  • Logitech G512 SE keyboard
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Switch Name
GX Blue Clicky
Switch Type
Typing Experience
Operating Force
58 gf
Actuation Force
48 gf
2.1 mm
Total Travel
4.2 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. These blue switches are light to press and they have audible tactile feedback to indicate when a keystroke has been registered.

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
Average Loudness
55.0 dBA
High Pitch Clicks

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.

Typing Experience
Latency Wired
1.4 ms
Latency Receiver
Latency Bluetooth

The latency on this keyboard is remarkably low. Most people shouldn't feel any delay. For an even lower latency, check out the EVGA Z15.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name Logitech G HUB
Software Windows Compatible
Software macOS Compatible
Onboard Memory

The Logitech G512 SE has good 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 it's 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.

There weren't any software issues during testing, but many users online have reported various problems trying to use the Logitech G HUB software, including but not limited to startup issues, freezing, and connection issues with some devices. If you'd like to share your experience using Logitech G HUB with this keyboard, feel free to leave a comment in the discussions section.

Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Fully Compatible
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

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, like Scroll Lock and Pause. All keys function properly on Linux, but you won't be able to customize them.

Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Not Compatible
Not Compatible
Not Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Not Compatible