Logitech G512 Carbon is a full-sized keyboard that offers a sleek aluminum design with customizable RGB Lighting. Giving you a choice of five mechanical switches to choose from. Romer-G Tactile, Romer-G Linear, and a new GX Red, Blue and Brown. The Logitech G512 is a step down from their G513 model. This helps us save around $50.00 on the price but this doesn’t take away from the quality of the G512. This board is a full-sized mechanical keyboard, that is well built, beautifully designed, and at a decent price point.

I have been using this keyboard for around 3 months now as my main keyboard. So, I have a pretty good understanding of the board and I can go over the pro and cons of using for an extended period of time. It is also worth mentioning. That I purchased this keyboard myself, so this isn’t a sponsored review of any sort. In this review, we will be using their new GX Blue switches. We will be going over the general design, features, and build quality of the G512.

Design

Rating: 9 out of 10.

When it comes to the design of the Logitech G512 offers a full-sized keyboard. With a sleek brush aluminum top that has a charcoal grey finish. Which contrasts with the floating black RGB keys. The frame of the keyboard is made of hard plastic but has a aluminum top. Which gives it a strong feel with no sign of flex. There is the iconic G logo placed on the top right of the keyboard unfortunately this has no RGB effects. This would have been nice to have but the glossy G does suit the entire layout.

There are no media controls with this keyboard and all media functionality has to be done through the function keys. This is a straight full-sized keyboard that as far as added features go only has a USB passthrough and RGB Lighting. The RGB lighting is done individually for each key and can be controlled by using their G Hub suite. You are also able to sync up to other Logitech devices with their light sync software.

The biggest problem with the design of the G512 is the media controls and alt keys do not light up as compared to Logitech’s other keyboards. Making it hard to see when using the keyboard in low light. I know where the @ symbol and # is by heart but the media functions I second guess. Making it impossible to figure out without turning the room light on.

Build

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Overall this keyboard is very sturdy right out the box you can feel the weight of the board. As mentioned before the shell of the keyboard is made of hard plastic with a brush aluminum top that gives the board a very solid feel and adds weight. There aren’t any signs of flex if you drop this down a flight of stairs I would be more worried about what waiting at the bottom than this keyboard getting damaged.

The keycaps use Doubleshot ABS, Which will add to the longevity of the key. The ABS does still feel cheap and most likely will develop a shine to the keys over time. Luckily the GX blue switches use the same stem style as the Cherry MX switches, so you can find aftermarket keycaps if you choose to do so.

The USB cable is braided giving it a sturdy feel. It doesn’t give much flex for a cable and can be hard to get into a certain positions. But the build quality of the cable will last you for years and it is long enough to be able to reach your desktop. It is a usb passthrough cable so essential this is two usb cables in one making it rather large and heavily braided. The cable comes out at the top right position of the keyboard. There is no way to run this too the left underneath the keyboard because they didn’t leave spacing for you to do so. Which I feel should of been included but with the bulkiness of the cable it might of been to hard to place.

Performance

Rating: 10 out of 10.

The proprietary switches that Logitech use feels just like a Cherry MX switch. The clicky GX Blue works and feels great. Logitech also has their Romer-G Tactile “Brown” and linear Romer-G Linear “Red” switches along with the GX Brown and GX Red. The GX switches feel and act the same as their Cherry MX counterparts. The main differences are that the Blue has a little further than 0.1 actuation distance. The DX Blues has an actuation distance of 1.9 mm and 50 G actuation force. in comparison to Cherry which have a 1.8 mm.

The GX blue switch that I used with the keyboard has a responsive touch and a very loud audible click. I generally like having a tactile feedback when I am typing but I was tacking back by the noise level that these switch where able to produce. They are loud enough to be picked up by a microphone so if you are gaming your discord server might not appreciate your keyboard as much as you do. But on the other hand there is a certain satisfaction of having a clicking noise when using a mechanical keyboard.

The Quality of typing on this keyboard is fantastic. While the GX Blue keys are loud they offer a satisfying click and clean actuation. You don’t need a lot of force for the keys to work giving you solid feedback. You will need to add a wrist rest if you plan on gaming for long periods of time. The keyboard offers okay ergonomics, it doesn’t come with a wrist rest which would help with your hand positioning. When in the upright position the kickstands are placed sideways which helps prevents collapsing from pushing on the keyboard too hard. This is a nice subtle feature but the tiny details are important.

Overview of the Available switches

Romer-G Tactile

Behavior: Slightly tactile

Feel: Light

Actuation Force: 45g

Actuation Point: 1.5mm

Total Travel: 3mm

Sound: Quiet

Lifespan: 70 million

The Romer G tactile has a shorter travel distance compared to other mechanical keys making it perfect for gamers. The shorter travel distance allows for a higher rate of repeat keystrokes. While still offering tactile feedback.

Romer G Linear

Behavior: Linear

Feel: Light

Actuation Force: 45g

Actuation Point: 1.5mm

Total Travel: 3mm

Sound: Quiet

Lifespan: 70 million

The Romer G Linear works the same ways as the Tactile just without the tactile bump. Giving it a slight enhancement in speed compared to the tactile.

GX Blue

Behavior: Tactile and Clicky

Feel: Heavy

Actuation Force: 50 g

Actuation Point: 1.5mm

Total Travel: 4 mm

Sound: Loud

Lifespan: 70 million

The GX blue switch has a loud and audible clicking nose. There is also a tactile bump have during actuation. Giving you a physical and audio feedback for when the key is pressed.

GX Brown

Behavior: Slight Bump

Feel: Medium

Actuation Force: 50 g

Actuation Point: 1.5mm

Total Travel: 4 mm

Sound: Medium

Lifespan: 70 million

The GX brown doesn’t have the same level of noise as the GX blue. There isn’t that clicky noise but it does offer tactile feedback. Making it a good middle ground between there linear red and clicky blue.

GX Red

Behavior: No Bump Linear

Feel: Smooth

Actuation Force: 50 G

Actuation Point: 1.9

Total Travel: 4mm

Sound: Quit

Lifespan: 70 Million

The GX red switch features a linear actuation meaning there is no tactile bump or a clicky noise. the switch is perfect for rapid keystrokes. It offers little resistence due to lower actuation force.

Features

Rating: 9 out of 10.

This keyboard isn’t necessarily feature rich. It is a straight full size keyboard with no media controls. There is a USB pass through and RGB lighting but other than that there isn’t any other gimmicks or features that set this mechanical keyboard apart. Other than its build quality which I am rather impressed with over all it feels like one of the most solid keyboards I have ever used. Its built like a tank just doesn’t have added features to it.

Logitech us their own software Logitech G Hub for their G512 carbon. Making it easy to customize the RGB lighting and recording of macros. This software is pretty straightforward and easy to figure out. with a selection of 9 different presets to choose from or you can create your own custome lighting effects.

Price

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Coming in at just about $99.99 the Logitech the G512 is a fantastic mechanical keyboard for this price range. The G512 is a less expensive version of their G513. The keyboards are identical but with the G513 model you willl get a wrist rest, extra keycaps and a keycap puller. Saving you around $50.00 on MSRP.

I did mention early in the review that the board doesn’t have the best ergonomics. The edges on this keyboard are strong so having a wrist rest will add some much-needed comfort. So if you do intend to use a wrist rest and want to keep everything logitech then take a look at the G513. The board is the same so this review will work for both the G512 and G513 models.

SPECIFICATIONS

Height132 mm
Width445 mm
Depth34 mm
Weight1150 G
Connection TypeUSB 2.0 (Uses two USB Slots due to pass through.)
Cable Length6ft
Switches AvailableGX Blue, GX Brown, GX Red, Romer G Linear, Romer G Tactile
RGB16. 8 Million Whole Keyboard illumination
Indicator Lights2
MacrosProgrammable
Lifetime70 Million Keystrokes

Final Verdict

While Logitech didn’t add any groundbreaking technology or create a top of line keyboard. What they did do was create a sleek well-designed entry-level mechanical keyboard that is solid. Honestly, you can feel the weight of this keyboard right out the box. This thing is a brick and you can feel the build quality. It’s a simple, sleek, and stylish design I found it hard to actually come up with anything negative to say about the board in terms of build quality. It does lack some simple features but for a board in this price range you can’t expect it to have everything.

My real only negative comment is the keycaps. With that abs plastic will start to shine after long periods of us. If you get the GX Blue switches then these are easily replaceable. As the stem is the same as Cherry MX and most of the aftermarket keycaps match this stem.

Logitech G512 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard

$99.99
4.7

Design

4.5/5

Build

4.5/5

Performance

5.0/5

Features

4.5/5

Price

5.0/5

Pros

  • Well Designed
  • Build Quality
  • Braided Cable
  • USB Passthrough

Cons

  • ABS Plastic Keys ( Will start to shine after use)
  • Bad Ergonomics
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