I spend most of my computer time on laptops; that’s only because I prefer these little technological miracles over rotting desktops. So it’s a rare opportunity that I get to use an honest-to-good-mechanical gaming keyboard. The feeling of mechanical keyboards is both beautiful and disturbing to me at the same time. So when our friends from Alienware gave us a sample of their new flagship, the Alienware 510K Low Profile Mechanical keyboard for review, how could I refuse? This is our Alienware 510K Review.
Alienware 510K Review – Features
The Alienware 510K is streamlined, both in appearance and technology. The functions are optimized for “ultimate performance,” and that means that Cherry MX Red low profile switches, RGB lighting per key, programmable macros, and ergonomic architecture with floating keys are all present and central.
However, this doesn’t mean that it is simplistic. The 510K deserves its credit with linear switching characteristics (which ensures smooth action) and less travel time thanks to the keys that require a low operating force. It also includes that valuable USB passthrough for charging your devices or connecting The Best gaming headsets, not to mention individual volume controls via a thick rubber scroller.
Combine that with the spontaneous Alienware Command Center for adjusting the programming and RGB display of the 510K, and you have a respectable package of sales arguments. And wait until you try.
When it comes to design and construction, the 510K goes in the opposite direction of the Alienware 610M mouse: built from everyday plastic, the keyboard is relatively modest. Yes, it shares sci-fi sensitivities with the Alienware Aurora R9, thanks to that flared bottom. But otherwise, it’s not so hard or expensive-looking as you would expect from a keyboard that costs so much.
That will not be to everyone’s taste. But for those who want a more subtle approach? It is ideal. An uncomplicated scale gives it a sense of class, and precise angles give it a futuristic look. The ribbed rubber scroller is an equally lovely touch, but it is very easy to miss. However, it is pleasantly heavy and adds substance to an otherwise lightweight design.
Alienware 510K Review – Performance
Complaints about the appearance of the 510K are all icing on the end of the day; if you get started, the quality is evident. This is mainly due to the inconspicuous Cherry MX Red switches. They have a wonderfully lively resilience due to shorter travel time and low operating force so that your fingers can jump from key to key with minimal effort.
This is more than useful in shooters such as Division 2 that demand quick responses when you are sprinting in coverage or MMOs such as World of Warcraft, where asset management under pressure is essential for defeating enemies or buffering your allies. It also results in an adequate flow, regardless of whether you hand out missions in DOTA 2 or organize pliers during the battles of Total War: Warhammer 2.
That spicy response capacity also contributes to daily tasks. It’s a pleasure to type, and I enjoyed using the 510K in our office. The muted design means that it is also a perfect modest companion for a working environment. This outstanding performance is what matters. And the USB throughput is excellent too, along with a sturdy braided cable that you can’t sniff. But the simple act of gaming or typing is where the value of a keyboard is determined. The 510K passes with flying colors.
You could argue that the Alienware 510K is a bit too expensive, but it works damn hard to justify those costs and probably achieves that also. It is satisfactory to use and is, therefore, more than worth considering, especially if you are considering building a complete Alienware installation. Although I would advise you to wait until the costs have dropped a bit, you will not be disappointed when you use it. For more options, check our list of The Best Gaming Keyboards
It's time to arm yourself with the Alienware 510K Gaming Keyboard, a low-profile mechanical RGB keyboard that gives you the edge of your virtual worlds, including impressive alien aesthetics with moonlight colors and customizable features for extra input.
- Double USB
- The full keyboard RGB light
- Roller volume adjustment