Logitech G513 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 05, 2020 at 08:13 am
Logitech G513 Picture
9.1
Gaming
2.7
Mobile/Tablet
7.7
Office
7.5
Programming
4.8
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G513 is a very good wired, full-size keyboard. This is an excellent choice for gamers, as it has customizable RGB backlighting, a comfortable wrist rest, and the tactile switches on our unit offer a light and responsive gaming experience. That said, there are linear, tactile, or clicky switches available as well. Unfortunately, while you can set macros in the companion software, they're limited to the function keys, and there's no onboard memory to save your settings.

Our Verdict

9.1 Gaming

The Logitech G513 is an excellent keyboard for gaming. The tactile switches on our unit offer a light and responsive gaming experience. The frame is made of plastic and aluminum, which feels sturdy and doesn't exhibit any noticeable flex. It has RGB backlighting, which can be customized in the companion software. Unfortunately, the keycaps are made of ABS plastic that feels cheap and will attract oil from your fingertips. Also, while there are macro-programmable keys, they're dedicated to the function buttons only.

Pros
  • Light and responsive gaming experience.
  • Wide variety of switches available.
  • Good build quality.
  • Comfortable, detachable wrist rest.
Cons
  • Macros only available on function keys.
  • Straight profile.
2.7 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G513 is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used with a mobile device.

7.7 Office

The Logitech G513 is a good keyboard for office use. The switches on our unit are quiet and offer a light typing experience. On the upside, they're quiet enough to not disturb those around you. The ergonomics are good, as it comes with a detachable wrist rest and one incline setting, which should help reduce pain and fatigue.

Pros
  • Wide variety of switches available.
  • Quiet switches on our unit.
  • Comfortable, detachable wrist rest.
Cons
  • Straight profile.
7.5 Programming

The Logitech G513 is a good keyboard for programmers. The tactile switches on our unit are quiet and offer a light typing experience. Its frame is made of both aluminum and plastic that feels sturdy and doesn't show any signs of flex. It also has full RGB backlighting, which can be customized in the companion software. It has macro-programmable keys, but they're dedicated to the function keys only.

Pros
  • Wide variety of switches available.
  • Good build quality.
  • Quiet switches on our unit.
  • Comfortable, detachable wrist rest.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Macros only available on function keys.
  • Straight profile.
4.8 Entertainment / HTPC
  • 9.1 Gaming
  • 2.7 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.7 Office
  • 7.5 Programming
  • 4.8 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 18, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.5 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.4 cm)
Depth
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
8.6" (21.9 cm)
Weight
2.51 lbs (1.140 kg)

The Logitech G513 is a full-size keyboard that takes up a lot of space on your desk, and even more so when the wrist rest is attached.

7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The Logitech G513 gaming keyboard's build quality is good and is very similar to the Logitech G512 Special Edition and Logitech G413. The faceplate is made of aluminum, and there's a plastic bottom frame that exhibits almost no signs of flex. The rubber incline feet are decent and grippy enough to keep the keyboard from sliding around. Unfortunately, keycaps are made of cheap ABS plastic that will attract oil from your fingertips over time.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
2 °
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
8 °
Wrist Rest Detachable

The Logitech G513 has good ergonomics. It has one incline setting and comes with a detachable wrist rest that should help reduce fatigue.

9.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Poor
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Logitech G513 has outstanding RGB backlighting. Each key is individually-lit and can be customized further through Logitech's G HUB software. You can also control the brightness directly on the keyboard by pressing FN+F7. If you don't like the backlighting on it, then check out the ROCCAT Vulcan Pro, which has transparent switches and flat keycaps.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable

This keyboard has a non-detachable braided cable that's fairly long. It's very stiff and retains kinks easily.

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

This is a wired-only keyboard.

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

The Logitech G513 has a few nice features. There's a USB passthrough that allows you to plug in other peripherals and charge devices. There's also a 'Game Mode' key, which is essentially a Windows Lock key to prevent accidentally minimizing your screen during gaming sessions. Unfortunately, only the function keys are macro-programmable. If you'd prefer a keyboard where every key is macro-programmable, check out the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G513 keyboard
  • Wrist rest
  • Gaming keycaps
  • Keycap puller
  • User Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Romer-G Tactile
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
48 gf
Actuation Force
39 gf
Pre-Travel
1.4 mm
Total Travel
3.3 mm

Our unit uses Romer-G Tactile switches, which have a small tactile bump right before the actuation point. If they aren't to your liking, you can also get this keyboard with Romer-G Linear switches, tactile clicky Blue switches, or linear quiet Red switches. The pre-travel distance is quite short, which creates a responsive gaming experience.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing on this keyboard feels good overall. Our unit uses Romer-G tactile switches, which offer a small tactile bump and feel like a mushier version of the Cherry MX Brown switches. It's also available with clicky or linear switches. The keycaps feel solid and don't wobble much, but are made of cheap ABS plastic and may get slippery over time due to the oil in your fingertips. On the upside, it should feel comfortable due to the plushy wrist rest and shouldn't cause any fatigue.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Our unit's Romer-G Tactile switches are quiet and shouldn't bother those around you. That said, there are variants available that may be too loud for an office environment, such as the GX Blue switches, which are loud and clicky.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
1.9 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A
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 has impressive software support due to Logitech G HUB. You can customize the RGB backlighting and program your macros from here, and create unique profiles to suit your needs. Unfortunately, there's no onboard memory to save your settings and an account is needed if you want to use the Cloud Sync feature. If you want a keyboard that has onboard memory to save custom profiles, check out the Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile.

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

The Logitech G513 has decent compatibility. It's fully compatible with Windows, but the 'Pause' and 'Scroll Lock' buttons don't work on macOS. The G HUB software is, unfortunately, not available on Linux.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G513 is available in two colors and in a wide variety of switch variants. Depending on retailers, you can find this keyboard with GX Blue (clicky), GX Brown (tactile), GX Red (linear), Romer-G Tactile, or Romer-G Linear switches. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech G513 is a wired, full-size keyboard, excellent for gamers. It looks and performs almost identically to the Logitech G413, but features a detachable wrist-rest and full RGB backlighting. Like many gaming keyboards on the market, it's available in a wide variety of switches. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best RGB keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

Logitech G413

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.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a better keyboard than the Logitech G513. The Razer has two incline settings, a volume control wheel, and all of its keys are macro programmable. It also has on-board memory, unlike the Logitech.

Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G513 is a better keyboard than the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED. The G513 has full RGB backlighting and its wrist rest is detachable. That said, the G613 has dedicated media keys and wireless capabilities. 

Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB

The Logitech G513 is a better keyboard than the Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB. The G513 comes with a nice wrist rest and its switches require less force to actuate a key which provides a lighter typing experience. However, the G815 feels better built, its ABS keycaps feel less cheap, and it has on-board memory.

Logitech G910 Orion Spark

The Logitech G513 is a better keyboard than the Logitech G910 Orion Spark. The G513's wrist rest is detachable and its build quality is much better due to the sturdy aluminum faceplate. That said, the Orion Spark has an ARX dock for your phone and dedicated media keys.

Razer Huntsman Elite

The Razer Huntsman Elite is a slightly better keyboard than the Logitech G513. The Razer has dedicated media keys, a multi-function wheel, and all keys are macro-programmable. That said, the Logitech has USB passthrough and swappable gaming keycaps.

HyperX Alloy FPS RGB

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a better gaming keyboard than the Logitech G513, but the Logitech is more versatile and performs better for office use and mixed usage. The HyperX has onboard memory to save your preferred settings, and all of its keys are macro-programmable. It's only available with linear Kailh Silver Speed switches, which have a very responsive feel that’s great for gaming. The Logitech has better ergonomics thanks to its detachable wrist rest, and it comes with dedicated macro keys and a USB passthrough to plug in other peripherals. It’s available in a variety of switches to suit your preferences.

Logitech K845

The Logitech G513 is a much better keyboard than the Logitech K845. Since it's designed for gaming, the G513 has some programmable keys, customization software, RGB backlighting, and a USB passthrough. It also has lighter and more responsive keys, and it comes with a wrist rest. However, the K845 has a higher pre-travel distance, which should help prevent typos, and it's fully compatible with Linux.

Das Keyboard 4 Professional

The Logitech G513 is much better than the Das Keyboard 4 Professional. The Logitech has backlighting, programmable keys, and software for customization. It also has much better ergonomics because it offers two incline settings and includes a wrist rest. The Logitech's Romer-G and the Das Keyboard's Cherry MX Brown are both switches that provide tactile feedback, but the Romer-G has a shorter pre-travel and a lighter actuation force. Also, the Logitech has significantly lower latency, making it better for gaming.

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