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Logitech G413 SE Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 25, 2022 at 10:51 am
Logitech G413 SE Picture
8.0
Gaming
3.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.2
Office
6.9
Programming
4.3
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G413 SE is a wired-only mechanical keyboard designed for gaming. It's a budget version of the Logitech G413 and has some noticeable differences from its more premium counterpart. Notably, it isn't compatible with Logitech G Hub software, so you can't customize it or program macros to it. Unlike most gaming keyboards that come in a choice of switch styles, this board only comes with Long Hua Brown switches, which have a relatively short pre-travel but don't feel as smooth to press as more premium switches, like Cherry or Gateron. On the upside, it feels very well-built and solid, and its PBT keycaps feel nice to touch. It has outstanding latency, so even fast-paced FPS games feel responsive. Also, its white-only backlighting is bright and easily illuminates keys in dark rooms.

Our Verdict

8.0 Gaming

The Logitech G413 SE is a great keyboard for gaming. It feels sturdy and well-built, and its latency is outstanding, so it feels responsive, even when playing fast-paced FPS games. The LED backlighting is bright, and the keys are easy to see in the dark. The PBT keycaps feel nice to type on, and the Long Hua Brown switches in the board have a short pre-travel distance and don't require too much force to overcome. With that said, the switches don't feel as smooth as more premium offerings, and you can't get the board in a different switch type or swap the switches out easily. Also, despite being a gaming keyboard, it's not compatible with Logitech G HUB, so you can't program macros or remap keys.

Pros
  • PBT keycaps feel nice to type on.
  • Feels very well-built and sturdy.
  • Outstanding latency.
Cons
  • Not compatible with Logitech G HUB software.
3.2 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G413 SE is a wired-only keyboard, so it's not suitable for mobile devices or tablets.

7.2 Office

The Logitech G413 SE is a decent keyboard for office use. The Long Hua Brown switches that it comes with are quiet to type on, which is suitable for an open office environment. The board itself feels very well-built and solid, and it's fully compatible with Windows, and only a few keys, like Scroll Lock and Pause/Break, don't work on macOS. Unfortunately, it lacks a wrist rest, which would improve its overall ergonomics and make it more comfortable to type on. Also, while the switches are quiet, they feel heavy to press, and they don't feel as smooth as more premium switches like those from Cherry or Gateron.

Pros
  • PBT keycaps feel nice to type on.
  • Feels very well-built and sturdy.
Cons
  • Long Hua Brown switches aren't smooth and feel a bit rough to type on.
  • No included wrist rest.
6.9 Programming

The Logitech G413 SE is an alright keyboard for programming. Although it feels well-built, the Long Hua Brown switches in the unit don't feel very smooth to type on, so the typing quality is only decent. Also, the keys feel heavy to press, so you'll likely feel some discomfort after a long period of use, and it doesn't include a wrist rest, though you can buy one separately to improve the overall comfort. Unfortunately, as it's wired-only, you can't use it in a multi-device setup, and it's not compatible with Logitech G Hub software, so you can't assign macros to keys.

Pros
  • PBT keycaps feel nice to type on.
  • Feels very well-built and sturdy.
Cons
  • Long Hua Brown switches aren't smooth and feel a bit rough to type on.
  • No included wrist rest.
4.3 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech G413 SE is a bad keyboard for a home theatre PC set up. It's wired-only, so you'll have to run a cable from the keyboard to the PC. Also, it lacks a trackpad, meaning you'll need an extra peripheral, like a mouse or remote, to navigate the screen.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built and sturdy.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • No built-in trackpad.
  • 8.0 Gaming
  • 3.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.2 Office
  • 6.9 Programming
  • 4.3 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 25, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 22, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 17.1" (43.5 cm)
Depth
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.81 lbs (0.822 kg)

The Logitech G413 SE is a full-size keyboard that takes up a fair amount of space on your desk due to its NumPad and separated navigational cluster. However, there's a TenKeyLess variant if you'd prefer a keyboard with a smaller desk footprint.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Logitech G413 SE has an excellent build quality. The aluminum top plate looks nice and feels solid, while the solid plastic chassis exhibits only minor flex, which is normal for this material. As an upgrade from the previous version of the Logitech G413, this board has PBT keycaps, which feel much more premium and less slippery than ABS. The keys themselves feel pretty stable; though there's a bit of wobbling, it's not noticeable during use. The five rubber strips on the bottom and feet of the board do a decent job of keeping it in place on a desk or table.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest No

The Logitech G413 SE has okay ergonomics. It has one incline setting to make the typing experience more comfortable. Though the board has a shorter profile than some other mechanical gaming options, it's not short enough to be considered low-profile, meaning it would benefit from a wrist rest. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a wrist rest, but you can purchase one separately.

8.9
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
White
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
White Only
Effects
Yes
Programmable
No

The Logitech G413 SE has excellent backlighting. It's white only, and all keys are individually lit, meaning you can see them easily in a dark environment. You can control the brightness directly on the board using hotkeys.

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

The Logitech G413 SE uses a fixed rubber cable, which will be long enough for most setups. Unlike the previous Logitech G413, this cable only has one USB-A end connector as there's no USB passthrough functionality to attach external controllers or peripherals directly to the keyboard.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

The Logitech G413 SE offers a few extra features. It has 6-key rollover, meaning you can press up to six keys at once, and the board will register their presses correctly. There's also a Windows key lock accessible by pressing the Fn key and the Windows key simultaneously. You can access the media keys and backlight brightness settings through hotkeys on the board directly. Unfortunately, since this board doesn't work with Logitech G HUB, you can't set macros to any key.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G413 SE
  • Hotkey pamphlet
  • User documentation
  • Logitech branded sticker

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Long Hua Brown
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
58 gf
Actuation Force
52 gf
Pre-Travel
1.9 mm
Total Travel
3.9 mm

The Logitech G413 SE comes with Long Hua Brown switches. The switches have a decently short pre-travel distance, but the tactile bump comes very early on in the keypress. Although it doesn't take much force to overcome the bump, the keypress still feels heavy. While this heaviness means you're less likely to register an accidental keypress, it also means that you're more likely to experience finger fatigue while typing.

7.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Logitech G413 SE offers a decent typing experience. The PBT keycaps feel nice to type on, and they aren't as slippery as ABS keycaps. The keys themselves are well-spaced and laid out, and they only wobble a bit, but it's not distracting while typing. Unfortunately, the Long Hua Brown switches don't feel satisfying to type on. The tactile bump comes very early in the keypress, and it feels heavy to type on, though the actual required force to overcome the bump isn't that high. The bump itself doesn't feel as smooth as other, more premium Brown-style switches. Instead, it feels rough, so it decreases the chances of making a typo because the keys feel heavier, but that means you'll likely experience finger fatigue during prolonged use.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Long Hua Brown switches are very quiet to type on and won't disturb colleagues around you while you type.

9.2
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
5.2 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

This keyboard has outstanding latency. Even the most competitive gamers won't notice a delay.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
No Software
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

Despite the Logitech G413 SE being a gaming keyboard, it isn't compatible with Logitech G HUB, so you can't remap keys, program macros, or customize the lighting effects.

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

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, meaning everything works as intended. However, on macOS, the Pause/Break buttons and Scroll Lock button don't work, and on Linux, the calculator hotkey doesn't work.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G413 SE only comes with tactile brown switches. There's also a TKL-sized variant, and the test results are also valid for that variant. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech G413 SE is a wired, mechanical keyboard designed for gaming use. It's a budget version of the Logitech G413, and it has considerably fewer features. Notably, it's not compatible with Logitech G Hub software, so you can't remap keys, customize lighting, or program macros onto the board. Compared to other mechanical gaming keyboards that offer a variety of switch types or are hot-swappable, the G413 SE only comes with one type of switch: Long Hua Browns. These switches feel heavy to press and aren't as smooth as more premium options like Cherry or Gateron.

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Logitech G413

The Logitech G413 SE is the budget version of the Logitech G413. That said, the original G413 performs much better. It has much better latency and is compatible with Logitech G HUB, so it's macro-programmable. Also, it uses Logitech's in-house switches, which provide a much better typing experience than the Long Hua switches found in the G413 SE. On the other hand, the G413 SE upgraded the keycap material to PBT, and the backlighting comes in a different color.

Ducky One 3

The Ducky One 3 and the Logitech G413 SE are both wired-only mechanical keyboards, but the Ducky performs better overall. The Ducky has full RGB backlighting, whereas the Logitech only has white. All of the keys on the Ducky are macro-programmable, and it's also hot-swappable, so you can change the switches for any that you'd prefer. On the other hand, the Logitech only comes with Long Hua Brown switches and comes in two size variants: full-size and TKL.

Logitech G213 Prodigy

The Logitech G213 Prodigy and the Logitech G413 SE are two full-size, wired-only keyboards designed for gaming use. The G413 SE is a mechanical keyboard, and its switches have a shorter pre-travel distance, and they provide tactile feedback to let you know when you've pressed a key. Also, it comes in a TKL size, if you'd prefer a smaller size. On the other hand, the G213 uses rubber dome switches, which don't feel as satisfying to use. However, it has much better latency, and it has RGB backlighting instead of white only.

Razer BlackWidow Lite

The Razer BlackWidow Lite and the Logitech G413 SE are two wired-only mechanical keyboards with some differences. The Razer is a TKL size with Razer Orange tactile switches, which offer a much better typing quality. All of its keys are macro-programmable, and it has companion software that allows for some customization. On the other hand, the Logitech has PBT keycaps which feel better on the fingertips.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro and the Logitech G413 SE are both wired-only mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Logitech performs slightly better for this use. The Logitech is a full-size board that uses Long Hua Brown switches, which have a shorter pre-travel distance and offer tactile feedback when pressed. Also, the board's latency is much better, and it has a better build quality thanks to its PBT keycaps. On the other hand, the HyperX comes with your choice of switches, so you can get the board with Cherry MX Red switches, which feel better for gaming as there's no tactile hump to get over.

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2

The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 and the Logitech G413 SE are both wired-only mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Razer performs much better overall. The Razer comes with a detachable wrist rest for much better ergonomics. It uses linear Razer Yellow switches, which provide a responsive and light typing experience and have a shorter pre-travel distance. Also, its latency is better, and it has companion software. On the other hand, the Logitech is a full-size board with PBT keycaps, which feel nicer to the touch.

Corsair K100 RGB

The Corsair K100 RGB and the Logitech G413 SE are both wired-only mechanical keyboards, but the Corsair performs better overall. The Corsair has individually lit RGB backlighting, and it feels much better to type on thanks to its included wrist rest. Also, its latency is much lower, and its companion software is easy to use and allows for macro-programmability and lighting customization.

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