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Logitech G413 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jun 22, 2020 at 08:12 am
Logitech G413 Picture
7.3
Mixed usage
8.6
Gaming
0.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.2
Office
7.3
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G413 is a very straightforward mechanical keyboard. It features tactile Romer-G switches that have a very smooth bump and offer a good overall typing experience. However, the board can only light red, which is disappointing if you prefer full RGB lighting. On the upside, it's fairly well-built and is compatible with the G HUB software that allows some customization settings, like macros on function keys.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed usage

The Logitech G413 is a decent overall keyboard. It's mainly designed to be a gaming keyboard, but it can definitely be used in an office thanks to its quiet typing noise and the tactile feedback its switches offer. It's a very straightforward mechanical keyboard that is quite versatile.

Pros
  • Nice brushed aluminum frame.
  • Individually backlit keys.
  • USB passthrough.
Cons
  • Macros only available on function keys.
8.6 Gaming

The Logitech G413 is a great gaming keyboard. It features Romer-G switches that have a smooth bump for tactile feedback and have a quick actuation point. The board is well-built and features red backlighting. Unfortunately, you can't use any key to set macros and need to use the functions keys, which isn't ideal for most.

Pros
  • Nice brushed aluminum frame.
  • Individually backlit keys.
  • USB passthrough.
Cons
  • Only red backlighting.
  • Macros only available on function keys.
0.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G413 is wired-only and isn't designed to be used with mobile devices.

7.2 Office

The Logitech G413 is decent for the office. The tactile switches are rather smooth and offer small tactile feedback when typing. Unfortunately, it can get quite tiring to type on this board due to its height and no included wrist rest. On the upside, it's pretty quiet and shouldn't bother people around you.

Pros
  • Nice brushed aluminum frame.
  • Individually backlit keys.
  • USB passthrough.
Cons
  • Straight board design isn't the most ergonomic.
  • Macros only available on function keys.
7.3 Programming

The Logitech G413 is a decent keyboard for programmers. The mechanical switches offer a good tactile feedback and the board is sturdy enough to last a while. Unfortunately, its straight design and the lack of wrist rest doesn't make it a very ergonomic option, which might be tiring after a full work day. On the upside, you can set some macros, although you can only use the function keys.

Pros
  • Nice brushed aluminum frame.
  • Individually backlit keys.
  • USB passthrough.
Cons
  • Straight board design isn't the most ergonomic.
  • Macros only available on function keys.
  • 7.3 Mixed usage
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 0.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.2 Office
  • 7.3 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.4 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Depth 5.2" (13.3 cm)
Weight 2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)

The Logitech G413 is a full-size keyboard that takes a lot of space on your desk due to its NumPad.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of this keyboard is almost identical to the Logitech G512 Special Edition. It has a nice brushed aluminum finish with very little flex, but the keyboard does show some flaws. The ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap and shine very easily with regular daily use. Some even seem slightly crooked and don't look properly aligned.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech G413 has a straight board that doesn't offer much ergonomics settings. You only get a single incline setting with the feet, and it can get quite uncomfortable to type on during long periods. If you'd like something with a detachable wrist rest, consider the Logitech G513, which is a step up from this keyboard.

8.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color Red
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The Logitech G413 has a great red backlight. All keys are individually lit and you can also have some effects that can be set with the software. You can also easily control the brightness through five different levels.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

This keyboard has a fixed cable that's long enough to reach your desktop. The cable ends in two USB-A plugs, due to the USB passthrough available on the board.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This board is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
Yes
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

This keyboard has a few nice extra features like media hotkeys and a USB passthrough on the right side of the board. Unfortunately, only the function keys are macro programmables. On the upside, you can easily lock the Windows button to prevent your games from minimizing accidentally.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G413 keyboard
  • Extra indented keycaps
  • Keycap puller
  • User Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Romer-G Tactile
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
41.2 gf
Pre-Travel
1.75 mm
Total Travel
3.44 mm

The Logitech G413 uses proprietary Romer-G Tactile switches. Just like Logitech G910 Orion Spark, this keyboard has a small bump before the actuation point. The pre-travel distance is quite short and is quick to actuate, which feels responsive for gaming, but might be prone to accidental keystrokes as well.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The overall typing quality of this board is good. The switches feel like softer Cherry MX Browns and provide a very light bump. However, the keys feel a bit stiff and fatigue can be felt quite quickly when typing on the board. The ABS keycaps don't wobble too much, but they don't feel as premium as PBT doubleshot keycaps.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing on this board doesn't make much noise. This should be quiet enough to work in an open-office environment without disturbing your surrounding colleagues.

Software and Operating System
8.4
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Logitech G HUB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

This keyboard is compatible with the Logitech G HUB software. It allows for a good amount of customization options, but unfortunately, you can't save your different profiles directly on the board as it lacks onboard memory. On the upside, even if the backlighting is a single red color, you can still apply effects.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

While this board is fully compatible with Windows, the software isn't available on Linux, which means you won't be able to fully customize it to your preference. The Pause and Scroll Lock keys also don't work on macOS.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We reviewed the Logitech G413 with a Carbon finish, but it's also available in Silver. The only difference between the two models is the backlighting color. The Carbon has red backlighting and the Silver variation has white backlighting. We expect our review to be valid for both, other than for the Backlighting test.

Compared to other keyboards

The Logitech G413 is a pretty straightforward mechanical that doesn't really stand out for anything. It lacks a lot of features that higher-end keyboards have like RGB lighting or a wider variety of available key switches. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards or if you're on a tight budget, take a look at our options for the best cheap keyboards.

Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard

The Logitech G413 is a better keyboard than the Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard. The G413 has backlighting and has some macro programmable keys, even though it's only limited to the function keys. Overall, other than price, the Logitech G413 is pretty much the best option.

Logitech G513

The Logitech G513 is an upgraded version of the Logitech G413 and performs almost identically. The G513 has a detachable wrist rest and full RGB backlighting. On the other hand, the G413 is significantly cheaper.

Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G413 is a much better gaming keyboard than the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED. The G413 has red backlighting, which is easier to use at night, and the software allows for a bit more customization. On the other hand, if you prefer a clutterless desk, the wireless design of the G613 might be better suited for your needs.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

The Logitech G413 is a better keyboard than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro if you prefer customization options. It features red backlighting and you set your favorite effects as well. However, if you prefer linear switches and want more space for your mouse when gaming, the TKL design of the Alloy FPS Pro could be a better option.

Logitech G213 Prodigy

Overall, the Logitech G413 is much better than the Logitech G213 Prodigy. The G413 is a mechanical keyboard with significantly better build quality and its Romer-G Tactile switches provide a better typing experience. Also, the G413 has a USB passthrough, the backlight has brightness settings, and the keys are individually-lit. On the other hand, the G213 comes with a built-in wrist rest and it has dedicated media controls. The backlight on the G413 is limited to a single red color, while the G213 is multi-color.

Corsair K68 RGB

The Corsair K68 RGB and the Logitech G413 are two very good gaming keyboards, but for different reasons. The Logitech is better-built and has a faster actuation point, but the Corsair offers full RGB lighting and can set macros on every single key. It also comes with a wrist rest, which is a bit more ergonomic for long periods.

Logitech K360

The Logitech G413 is a better keyboard than the Logitech K360. The G413 has red backlighting, dedicated macros, and much better companion software that can customize the backlight and features Cloud Sync. That said, the K360 can be used wirelessly with its proprietary receiver.

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