Logitech G413 Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅23-06-17
Performance Testing
Logitech has done brilliantly here, to provide a keyboard with many essential features, and nothing you don’t need, which obviously helps to keep the final cost down.

Aesthetically, the Logitech G413 is beautifully simple, with the matte black keycaps, white backlighting and brushed metal fascia, this would suit any simple desktop that doesn’t require RGB. The raised keycaps look brilliant, allowing a small amount of backlight to bleed out against the silver background.

Even though Logitech has aimed to make this keyboard as inexpensive as possible, their choice to include mechanical keys over a membrane-synapse arrangement is an excellent call; the Romer-G switches, produced exclusively for Logitech by OMRON, feel brilliant for typing and gaming alike. The overall travel of the key is relatively short compared to Cherry MX and Razer offerings, with an extremely short actuation distance of 1.5mm. There’s a very distinct and tactile bump as you press the key, but very little noise to accompany the tactile feel. Logitech has gone to considerable lengths to decrease the reaction time of their Romer-G switches and it pays off when gaming, with an incredibly quick response.

The 12 replacement “gaming keys” included are designed to near perfection, with the altered angle, faceted front and larger surface than surrounding keys, they feel entirely different to any others, allowing a greater sense of what keys your fingers are resting on without the need to remove your eyes from the action; this would only get better as you got used to the keyboard. The gaming keys do, however, slightly ruin the typing experience, making the left-hand side of the keyboard feel a little odd while typing for long periods; a choice will have to be made as to which keys you prefer, but with the included key puller, this is an easy swap; it’s definitely better to have the choice than to not.

The Fn key inversion is a simple feature, in theory, but when put into practice it changes the keyboard entirely, allowing the user to choose between the F keys or media controls etc. Taking precedence of the multi-function switches.

RGB LEDs have been omitted from this keyboard, assumedly as a cost saving measure, though Logitech has managed a very clear white LED, moving away from the blue tint as much as is possible with LEDs. The ability to switch off keys independently would be welcomed, but it’s not a huge issue in day to day use.

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