Alienware mechanical keyboard, the 510K, belongs to a series of devices equipped with discreet mechanical switches and is a real trophy on any gamer’s table.
|Switches||Cherry MX Low Profile Red|
|Dimensions||467 x 156,2 x 29,4 mm|
|Electric wire||2 m|
The Alienware 510K is a relatively stylish keyboard. The tested model has arrived in ANSI version (small Enter), and it seems that the manufacturer does not have the ISO variant. Although it is a full-size keyboard, its dimensions are reasonable, which is often not the case for player keyboards.
There are no additional macro or multimedia keys. There’s just a volume roller and a mute button. The side edges of the keyboard are pulled out just enough to make the frame dull, and the bottom edge is about two inches out to fit the company logo. Unfortunately, there are no palm rests.
The base of the keyboard is made of metal with a plastic frame of matt gray color with a few black details. At the back of the keyboard are five non-slip rubber feet that make the 510K stand very tight, especially if you have one of those pads that cover most of the table.
At the top rear are two pairs of swivel legs that can be adjusted to tilt the keyboard in two degrees. However, it is best to use this keyboard when fully positioned on the pad, when the fingers naturally sit on the caps and the wrists do not strain. This is due to its relatively low base, but also its low profile buttons, with just enough recesses so that the fingers can easily find the middle of their surface to make every pressure perfect.
The characters on the caps of the Alienware 510K are illuminated by the built-in RGB illumination, which can be customized by the Alienware Command Center. This firmware allows you to customize individual colors for seven predefined key sets – WASD, numeric part, function part, QWER and the like – but also record macro commands and define five user profiles that can be activated manually or automatically, depending on the application.
The driver also allows you to set a sleep timer for the backlight, which is useful if you don’t want to turn off your computer and don’t like the illuminated peripherals when you’re not sitting at a desk.
Below its caps, the Alienware 510K hides the Cherry MX Low Profile switches in red. These linear switches are very soft, and they are a real pleasure to type, especially when paired with such good caps that they do not clink and do not nod. The quiet metallic sound is only produced by the space bar, but as expected, it is not very pronounced.
The pressure switches register very high, already at 1.2 mm, and offer very little resistance, so it takes a bit of getting used to which keys can be accidentally activated. Once you get used to these switches, you’ll be able to type really fast. Tests on Typingtest.com have shown that we have up to 15% better results on this keyboard than on the usual Cherry MX Brown switches.
The disadvantages of this keyboard are hard to find. However, we are quite sure that the absence of an ISO key layout will reject many. The price of 1,199 kuna will certainly do that, which is by no means for everyone’s pocket. Cheaper keyboards can be found on the market, but as a rule they are accompanied by more serious flaws, most often they are noticeably worse. There are no such worries with this keyboard – everything is tip-top.
- Quality of workmanship
- Very good switches
- Lots of options in the driver
- No ISO variant