The Logitech G413 was our favorite budget gaming keyboard of yesteryear. Now, as the Logitech G513, it has seen a major makeover with RGB lighting, an included palm rest and even a whole new linear switch.
This makeover brings around a more fully-featured keyboard in a frame that’s just as compact and streamlined as ever before. But, all these extra features add up to a much higher $149 or £159 (about AU$200) price tag, which separates it from its more budget-friendly brethren.
By rising to this mid-range category, this gaming keyboard also faces a new set of competitors, including the $159 (£159, AU$215) Corsair K70 LUX RGB and $149 (£149, AU$189) Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750.
Deciding between the Logitech G513 and its rivals can be a tough choice, but after typing on the company’s far superior Romer-G Linear switches, we wouldn’t want to buy another Cherry MX Red keyboard in our lifetime.
The Logitech G513’s overall design doesn’t see many changes at all compared to the Logitech G413. It’s still an incredibly compact keyboard made of a rigid plastic frame with a sheet of aircraft-grade 5052 aluminum to serve as its top plate.
Most brushed metal finishes on PC peripherals are fingerprint magnets, but Logitech’s blend of aluminum and magnesium seems to be built to repel them. The frameless design of this keyboard also features floating keycaps that make cleaning up dust and food crumbs with a can of compressed air a lot easier.
As we previously mentioned, the Logitech G513 introduces a new customizable, per key RGB lighting system. It’s as bright and vibrant as the illumination that the company has integrated into its higher-end peripherals, and the new LightSync tech will help synchronize lighting effects across your entire gaming setup.
The leatherette palm rest is also a welcome addition. It’s padded with memory foam and is large enough to support all types of hand sizes. Although it’s heavily weighted to keep it in place, magnets as utilized in the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 would have done a much better job of keeping it secured to the peripheral.
Last year, we weren’t exactly pleased with the fact that the Logitech G413 only had toggleable function keys and no dedicated media buttons, and we’re still a bit upset this time around. While this obviously maintained the keyboard’s small form factor – the Corsair K70 LUX RGB is larger thanks to an extra row of media controls, for instance – the Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 and MSI Vigor CK80 both have proven you can have shortcut keys while still having a frameless design.
The USB passthrough, while convenient, still remains to only to be a USB 2.0 port despite how ubiquitous USB 3.0 has become over the last decade.
By comparison, the Romer-G Linear switch feels firm but without introducing too much resistance. Thanks to the boxy nature of the underlying mechanism, each key press actuates evenly and comes to a nearly silent stop. Comparatively, we’ve always felt Cherry MX Red offers so little resistance, the keys chatter and feel uneven when actuated.
Easily the biggest difference between this keyboard and its predecessor is it commemorates the introduction of Logitech’s Romer-G Linear switch. Up until now, the peripheral’s maker’s only proprietary key switch has been a tactile one.
This new Romer-G Linear Switch, according to Logitech, promises a quieter and 25% faster keystroke than competitors. After using the keyboard for about a week, we feel the peripheral maker has fully delivered on its claims, and has developed a key switch that’s better than the Cherry MX Red switch.
Not only does it feel faster while gaming, the Romer-G Linear switch is something we actually enjoy typing on. Our biggest pet-peeve of reviewing keyboards with Cherry MX Red is they’re often not good for anything other than gaming and feel terrible to type anything beyond our Steam logins.
The Logitech G513 is more of a step-up model than a true sequel to the Logitech G413. It’s higher-end price alone is enough to give us pause to check out other competing products, whereas its predecessor was easily the most well-equipped budget gaming keyboard.
However, after using the Logitech Romer-G Linear switches for a while, we can’t imagine going back to a Cherry MX Red board. Despite the issues that the USB pass through and lack of dedicated shortcuts bring, the quality and feel of this keyboard makes it well worth its asking price.