Logitech G413 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 22, 2020 at 08:12 am
Logitech G413 Picture
9.0
Gaming
2.7
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
7.5
Programming
4.6
Entertainment / HTPC
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

9.0 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.
  • Good typing experience.
  • Light and responsive switches.
Cons
  • Only red backlighting.
  • Macros only available on function keys.
2.7 Mobile/Tablet

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

7.8 Office

The Logitech G413 is decent for the office. The tactile switches are rather smooth and offer small tactile feedback when typing. It's pretty quiet and shouldn't bother people around you. Although it doesn't come with a wrist rest, most people should be comfortable without one due to the keyboard's relatively low profile.

Pros
  • Nice brushed aluminum frame.
  • Good typing experience.
Cons
  • Straight board design isn't the most ergonomic.
7.5 Programming

The Logitech G413 is a decent keyboard for programmers. The mechanical switches offer good tactile feedback, and the board is sturdy enough to last a while. It has a fairly low profile, so most people should be comfortable typing without a wrist rest. You can set some macros, but it's limited to the function keys.

Pros
  • Nice brushed aluminum frame.
  • Individually backlit keys.
  • Good typing experience.
Cons
  • Straight board design isn't the most ergonomic.
  • Macros only available on function keys.
4.6 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech G413 is bad for use with a home theater PC. It's a wired-only keyboard with no trackpad, so you'll likely have a cable running across the room, and you need a separate mouse for navigation.

Pros
  • Individually backlit keys.
  • Good typing experience.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No trackpad.
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 2.7 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 7.5 Programming
  • 4.6 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.4 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Depth
5.2" (13.3 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
2.20 lbs (1.000 kg)

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

8.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The build quality of this keyboard is almost identical to the Logitech G512 Special Edition. It has a plastic frame with a nice brushed aluminum plate on top. It feels solid with virtually no flex at all. The rubber feet are very grippy and prevent the keyboard from sliding around; however, the incline feet feel a little loose. The keys wobble slightly, but it isn't noticeable while typing. Unfortunately, the doubleshot ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap and shine very easily with regular use. Some even seem slightly crooked and don't look properly aligned.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
2.5 °
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
8.5 °
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech G413 has good ergonomics. It has a fairly low profile, so it's comfortable to type on without a wrist rest. However, you only get one incline setting. If you'd like something with a detachable wrist rest, consider the Logitech G513, which is a step up from this keyboard.

8.5
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
Red
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Red Only
Effects
Yes
Programmable
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 & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable

This keyboard has a fixed cable that should be long enough for most setups. The cable ends in two USB-A connectors, and both need to be plugged in to use the USB passthrough.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
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
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
Yes
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

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-programmable. 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
Operating Force
52 gf
Actuation Force
43 gf
Pre-Travel
1.6 mm
Total Travel
3.4 mm

The Logitech G413 uses proprietary Romer-G Tactile switches. Just like Logitech G910 Orion Spark, there's a small bump before the actuation point. The switches have a short pre-travel distance and are 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 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 use in an open-office environment without disturbing your surrounding colleagues.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
1.9 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The latency is superb. There shouldn't be any delay when gaming.

Software and Operating System
7.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Logitech G HUB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software
Ease Of Use
Easy
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, but unfortunately, you can't save your custom 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 G513

The Logitech G513 is an upgraded version of the Logitech G413 that includes a wrist rest and full RGB backlighting. They perform almost identically. There are some slight differences in the pre-travel distance and operating force, but it's fairly minor and shouldn't be noticeable to most people. 

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. Also, it has better build quality and lower latency. On the other hand, if you prefer a clutterless desk, the G613's wireless design might be better suited for your needs, and its dedicated macro keys make it a better choice for MMO players. It comes with a wrist rest, but it's fixed and isn't removable.

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 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.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

Although they're both designed for gaming, the Logitech G413 and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro are quite different. The Logitech is a full-size keyboard and is only available with Romer-G Tactile switches, while the HyperX is a TKL keyboard that's available with Cherry MX Red or Blue switches. The Logitech is better for gaming because it has much lower latency, macro-programmable keys, and customization software.

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 G512 Special Edition

The Logitech G512 Special Edition and the Logitech G413 are very much alike. They both have a full-size layout and largely the same features and customization options. The G413 is available with Romer-G switches and has red backlighting. The G512 has full RGB backlighting and is available with GX Blue, Brown, or Red switches.

Logitech K845

The Logitech G413 and the Logitech K845 serve different purposes, as the G413 is designed for gaming and the K845 is designed for office. The G413 is only available with Romer-G Tactile switches, while the K845 has various Logitech GX and Cherry MX switch options. Since the G413 is designed for gaming, it has much lower latency and is compatible with Logitech's G HUB software. It also has macro-programmable keys, which the K845 lacks, but it's limited to the function keys only.

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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