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 not to 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

The Logitech G513 is bad for use with a home theater PC. It doesn't have wireless connectivity, so you'll need to run a cable from the couch to the computer, which isn't ideal if you're worried about tripping over wires. Additionally, you need a separate mouse to navigate because it doesn't have a trackpad.

  • 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

perceptual testing image
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 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. They have a very short pre-travel distance and require very little force to actuate, making them feel responsive and light. You can also get this keyboard with Romer-G Linear switches, tactile clicky Blue switches, or linear quiet Red switches.

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

The Logitech G513 has exceptionally low latency. You shouldn't feel any delay while on the desktop or 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 has good software support thanks to Logitech's 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 on-board 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 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. 

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a better gaming keyboard than the Logitech G513, mainly because the Razer lets you reassign or set a macro to any key, while the Logitech is limited to the function keys only. There are some minor differences between Logitech's Romer-G and Razer's Orange switches, but overall, they perform very similarly for gaming. That said, the Razer provides a better typing experience because the tactile feedback is more distinct and not as mushy as the Logitech. The Razer has more extra features, like dedicated media controls and onboard memory, which the Logitech lacks.

Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB

The Logitech G513 and the Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB are quite different. Although they're both full-size keyboards, the G815 is a low-profile mechanical keyboard, while the G513 has a more standard height. The G513's Romer-G and the G815's GL Tactile switches have fairly similar pre-travel distance and operating force, so they perform almost identically in terms of responsiveness. The main difference is that the low-profile switches have a shorter total travel distance. The G513 provides a better typing experience mainly because the G815's keys wobble, and some people might not like the shorter travel because the keys bottom out sooner. The G513 comes with a nice wrist rest, but the G815 has dedicated media controls, dedicated macro keys, and onboard memory.

Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED

For gaming, the Logitech G513 scores better than the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED mainly because the G513 has backlighting and the G613 doesn't. We tested the G513 with Romer-G Tactile switches, the same ones as on the G613, so they perform almost identically in that regard. And even though the G513 is wired and the G613 is wireless, latency is only slightly higher on the G613 and shouldn't be noticeable. The G513 feels better built and has a USB passthrough, while the G613 has dedicated media controls, multi-device pairing, and a column of dedicated macro keys.

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.

Logitech G512 Special Edition

The Logitech G512 Special Edition and the Logitech G513 are two very similar keyboards that perform almost the same, but the G513 is more comfortable as it has a detachable wrist rest. Other than that, the main difference is the type of switches. Both options use Logitech proprietary switches; the G512 is available with different GX switches, while the G513 uses Romer-G switches. The GX Blue Clicky switches on our G512 unit have a longer pre-travel distance and require more force to actuate than the G513's Romer-G Tactiles. However, the G512 provides a better typing experience because the tactile feedback is more pronounced, and the longer pre-travel helps reduce typos. That said, the typing experience changes depending on which switch type you get. Other than that, the only other difference is that the G513 comes with a wrist rest.

Razer Huntsman Elite

The Razer Huntsman Elite and the Logitech G513 are both outstanding gaming keyboards. The main difference is that the Razer's Linear Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and much lower operating force than the Romer-G Tactile switches on our Logitech unit, making them feel more responsive. However, the Razer's incredible responsiveness also makes it less ideal for general typing because the keys are overly sensitive, which leads to more typos. The Razer offers more features like dedicated media controls and onboard memory. Every key on the Razer is macro-programmable, while the Logitech only allows you to reprogram the function keys.

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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