Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 24, 2020 at 08:00 am
Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED Picture
7.5
Gaming
5.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.7
Office
6.7
Programming
5.4
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED is a good overall gaming keyboard. Its wireless design is great if you want to reduce the number of cables on your desk. The proprietary Logitech Romer-G tactile mechanical switches have a very short pre-travel distance, which is good for gaming, but they might not be optimal for typing if you're prone to typos. Some people might also feel like the switches are a bit mushy and don't provide satisfying tactile feedback. Its latency is remarkably low, and there's software support for Windows and macOS. Also, it has a column of dedicated macro keys, making it a good option for MMO players. This keyboard is very versatile because you can use it with its dongle or via Bluetooth, meaning it can work with a wide range of devices. However, its non-removable wrist rest makes it quite large and difficult to carry around. Unfortunately, it operates on disposable batteries and lacks backlighting.

Our Verdict

7.5 Gaming

The Logitech G613 is a good gaming keyboard. Its Romer-G tactile switches have a short pre-travel distance and a low actuation force, which makes the keyboard feel responsive. Unfortunately, the build quality is just okay, and the lack of backlighting may be troublesome for those who play late at night, in the dark.

Pros
  • Amazing wireless versatility; compatible with most platforms.
  • Good typing experience.
  • Remarkably low latency.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
Cons
  • Non-detachable wrist rest.
  • No backlighting.
5.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G613 is sub-par for mobile devices and tablets. Although it's Bluetooth-compatible and works on iOS, iPadOS, and Android, the keyboard is quite large and might not fit in some backpacks.

Pros
  • Amazing wireless versatility; compatible with most platforms.
  • Good typing experience.
Cons
  • Non-detachable wrist rest.
  • No backlighting.
  • Very large size.
7.7 Office

The Logitech G613 is a good office keyboard. It's not too loud if you're a light typer, and its wrist rest and incline setting provide better ergonomics. The typing experience is good, although unremarkable. It feels like a typical tactile switch, but some people might find them a bit mushy, and while key spacing is good, you might still make a few typos here and there due to the switches' short pre-travel distance.

Pros
  • Amazing wireless versatility; compatible with most platforms.
  • Good typing experience.
  • Quiet typing noise.
Cons
  • Non-detachable wrist rest.
  • No backlighting.
6.7 Programming

The Logitech G613 is an okay keyboard for programmers. Its typing quality is good, although some may feel like the switches are a bit mushy and don't provide satisfying tactile feedback. Also, the lack of backlighting might be an issue for some.

Pros
  • Amazing wireless versatility; compatible with most platforms.
  • Good typing experience.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
Cons
  • Non-detachable wrist rest.
  • No backlighting.
5.4 Entertainment / HTPC

The Logitech G613 is inadequate for use with a home theater PC. Its wireless capability means you don't have a wire running from your TV to the couch. However, it lacks a trackpad, so you'll need a dedicated mouse to navigate the user interface. Also, there's no backlighting, which isn't ideal if you like watching movies or gaming in the dark.

Pros
  • Amazing wireless versatility; compatible with most platforms.
  • Good typing experience.
Cons
  • Non-detachable wrist rest.
  • No backlighting.
  • Very large size.
  • 7.5 Gaming
  • 5.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.7 Office
  • 6.7 Programming
  • 5.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.2 cm)
Width 18.8" (47.8 cm)
Depth
8.5" (21.6 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
8.5" (21.6 cm)
Weight
3.24 lbs (1.468 kg)

The Logitech G613 is rather large and heavy. It has a non-removable wrist rest, which makes it bigger than most other keyboards.

6.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The build quality is okay. The frame is made out of hard plastic and doesn't flex at all, but the ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap, albeit not as much as the media keys. The wrist rest is also plastic and is built into the base, so it isn't removable.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
3.2°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest Fixed

This keyboard has one incline setting, which is around 8 degrees according to the markings on the feet. The non-removable wrist rest is comfortable; however, it would have been nice to have the option to remove it. If you prefer a keyboard without a wrist rest, check out the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

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Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color
No Backlighting
Individually Backlit Keys
No
Color Mixing
No Backlighting
Effects
No
Programmable
No

This keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, which might be disappointing for some and might be troublesome for people who like to game in the dark. If you need backlighting, check out the Logitech G413 or the Logitech G513.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 5.2 ft (1.6 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
No Cable

The Logitech G613 comes with a cable, but it only serves as an extender for the receiver. You don't plug it in the keyboard.

9.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
2
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AA

This keyboard's wireless versatility is amazing. You can connect it via Bluetooth or with its receiver to two different devices simultaneously, and easily switch between both. Although it uses 2x AA batteries, the battery life is rated to last for about 18 months according to the manufacturer, depending on your usage. An LED indicator lights up when the keyboard has 15% battery left.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

This keyboard has dedicated media keys at the top right corner, which are very useful, especially when listening to music. It also has a 6-button macro column on the left side. There's a window-lock mode so that your game doesn't accidentally minimize when playing, and there are buttons to switch between the connected devices.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G613 keyboard
  • USB receiver
  • USB extension cable for the receiver
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Phone stand

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Romer-G Tactile
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
53 gf
Actuation Force
43 gf
Pre-Travel
1.5 mm
Total Travel
3.3 mm

The Logitech G613's Romer-G tactile switches have a short pre-travel distance and require very little force to actuate, resulting in a light and responsive typing experience that isn't fatiguing. There's a very small bump before the actuation, which isn't as noticeable as other switches like Cherry MX Browns.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality of this keyboard is good, yet unremarkable. The keys feel like regular tactile switches and are fairly stable. The keyboard isn't necessarily prone to typos as the key spacing is decent, although you might actuate a few keys by accident due to the short pre-travel distance. Unfortunately, the keycaps feel a bit cheap and don't provide a nice feel like double-shot PBT caps. Also, some people might find the Romer-G tactile switches a bit mushy.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Logitech G613 is fairly quiet when typing at a normal force, but can be a bit louder if you're a heavy typer.

9.8
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
3.4 ms
Latency Bluetooth
7.7 ms

The Logitech G613 has remarkably low latency, resulting in a very responsive desktop and gaming experience.

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

The Logitech G613 is compatible with the G HUB software. It's available on both macOS and Windows, and you can save and access your custom profiles through cloud sync, although this requires an account. The software only recognizes the keyboard when using the USB receiver or a wired connection, not if you're using Bluetooth.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

The Logitech G613's compatibility is excellent. All alphanumerical keys work on pretty much every platform, but a few keys don't work on Apple operating systems. Every key works on Linux and Android, but there's no software to customize the keyboard to your preference.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED in black, and there are no other variants.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech G613 Wireless is a well-rounded mechanical gaming keyboard but isn't quite on par with its competitors. It's quite disappointing to see that this gaming keyboard doesn't offer backlighting, although some people may prefer this. Also, the Romer-G switches might feel a bit mushy compared to competing switches like Cherry MX Browns. The wrist rest is non-detachable, but on the upside, the keyboard is wireless. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best wireless keyboards.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is better than the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED. It feels better-built, and it features RGB backlighting, which is great if you play games in the dark. While the G915 has two incline settings, the G613 only has one but comes with a non-detachable wrist rest. The G915's GL Tactile switches feel fairly similar to the Romer-G tactile switches on the G613, but since they're low profile, they have a shorter total travel distance.

Logitech G413

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 G513

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 G613 LIGHTSPEED and the Logitech G910 Orion Spark are very different. Although both keyboards have dedicated media controls and macro keys, the G613 is a wireless keyboard while the G910 is wired. The G613 provides a better typing experience, but it lacks backlighting, which the G910 has. Unlike the G613, the G910's wrist rest is removable, but it's quite uncomfortable due to its unconventional shape.

Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED are both wireless mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Logitech is a full-size board with no backlighting, whereas the Corsair is a TenKeyLess with blue backlighting. The Corsair is available with linear Cherry MX Red switches only, whereas the Logitech is only available with Romer-G Tactile switches. While the Corsair doesn't have dedicated macro keys like the Logitech does, all of its keys can be programmed to perform whatever task you want. On the other hand, the Logitech has a cloud sync feature to export your settings if you need to move to another computer.

Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED and the Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard are similar in performance. The Corsair has full RGB backlighting, and every key is macro programmable. The Logitech offers a much better typing experience as it has mechanical keys that offer good tactile feedback, but only its dedicated macro keys are programmable. It can connect with up to two devices at once, while the Corsair can connect with up to three.

Keychron K12

The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED is a full-size gaming keyboard, while the Keychron K12 is a 60% compact office board. The Logitech has dedicated media keys, dedicated macro keys, extremely low latency, and proprietary software for quick and easy customizations. However, you can only use it wirelessly, and it's available with Romer-G Tactile switches only. The Keychron is smaller and doesn't take up much space, and comes with a variety of Gateron and Keychron mechanical or optical switches, as well as a hot-swappable variant. Also, it has RGB backlighting, unlike the Logitech that isn't backlit at all.

Das Keyboard Model S Professional

The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED and the Das Keyboard Model S Professional are very different keyboards. The Logitech is a wireless keyboard with dedicated media and macro keys, and you can customize it through software. The Das Keyboard is a wired keyboard with few features, but it does provide a better typing experience, and it has a USB passthrough so that you can connect another peripheral like your mouse or headset.

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