Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 24, 2020 at 08:00 am
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Test Methodology v0.8
7.3
Mixed usage
7.5
Gaming
5.5
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.0
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Logitech G613 is a good overall gaming keyboard. Its wireless design is great if you want to reduce the amount of cables on your desk. The proprietary Logitech Romer-G tactile mechanical switches have a very low pre-travel distance, which is good for gaming, but 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 a nice tactile bump. Nevertheless, this keyboard is very versatile since you can use it with its dongle, or via Bluetooth, meaning it can work with mobile devices as well.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed usage

The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED is a decent keyboard for mixed usage. Its mechanical switches are very quick to actuate, which feels responsive when gaming but might not be ideal for some when typing. On the upside, the keyboard is compatible with pretty much every platform, which makes it quite versatile. However, the lack of backlighting is disappointing.

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. It's also fairly well-built, but the lack of backlighting may be troublesome for some who play late at night, in the dark.

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5.5 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 rather large and heavy, especially with its non-detachable wrist rest, which isn't ideal to bring around.

7.6 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 helps with ergonomics. The board is well-built and the typing experience is good, although unremarkable. It feels like a typical tactile switch, but some might find them to be a bit mushy. The spacing of the keys is good, but with the short travel distance before registering a key, you might make a few typos here and there.

7.0 Programming

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

  • 7.3 Mixed usage
  • 7.5 Gaming
  • 5.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.0 Programming
Pros
  • Amazing wireless versatility; mostly compatible with all platforms.
  • Well-built design.
Cons
  • Non-detachable wrist rest.
  • No backlighting.

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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)
Weight 3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)

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

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech G613's build quality is good. Its main frame is made out of hard plastic, just like its wrist rest, which is built into the base of the board and can't be removed. The board doesn't flex at all, but unfortunately, the ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap, but not as much as the media keys.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest Fixed

This keyboard has one incline setting, which is around 8 degrees according to the markings on the feet. The board also has a non-removable wrist rest, which is comfortable. However, it would have been nice to have the option to remove it. If you would 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
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

This keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, which might be disappointing for some and might be troublesome for people who are in the dark.

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

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.

9.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Multi-Device Pairing
2
Battery Type
2x AA

The wireless versatility of this keyboard 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 for about 18 months of use according to the manufacturer, depending on the type of use. An LED indicator will light up when the keyboard has 15% battery left.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

This keyboard has dedicated media keys at the top right corner of the board, which are very useful, especially when listening to music. It also has a 6-button macro column on the left side of the board. You can also trigger a window-lock mode to make sure your game doesn't accidentally minimize when playing. You also have 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
Actuation Force
42.4 gf
Pre-Travel
1.56 mm
Total Travel
3.26 mm

The Logitech G613's Romer-G tactile switches have a fairly shallow actuation point, which means the pre-travel distance is low before a key registers. The keystroke also has a very small bump, 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 and the key spacing is decent, although you might actuate a few keys due to the low pre-travel distance. Unfortunately, the keycaps feel a bit cheap, and won't provide a nice feel like double-shot PBT caps. Some might find the Romer-G tactile switches to feel 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.

Software and Operating System
7.5
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Logitech G HUB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The Logitech G613 is compatible with the great G HUB software. It's available on both macOS and Windows, and you can also save and use your profiles with the cloud sync, although this requires an account. The software only recognizes the keyboard when using the receiver or the cable, and it won't if you're using a Bluetooth connection.

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 options are excellent. All alphanumerical keys work on pretty much every platform, but a few keys won't work on Apple OS. On Linux and Android, each key works, but you won't be able to download G HUB, so you won't be able to customize your keyboard to your preference.

Compared to other keyboards

The Logitech G613 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, but some people may prefer this. Also, the Romer-G switches might feel a bit mushy since they don't offer a tactile bump like competing switches like the Cherry MX Brown. Additionally, the wrist rest is non-detachable, but on the upside, the keyboard is wireless.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED
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Amazon.com

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is better than the Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED. It feels better built, and also 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. They feel a bit heavier, but their total travel distance is noticeably shorter.

Logitech G910 Orion Spark
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Amazon.com

The Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED is a wireless keyboard that is well-built, offers a good typing quality, and can be used via Bluetooth with mobile devices, while the Logitech G910 Orion Spark is a gaming-oriented keyboard with RGB lighting, but its build quality is disappointing and its half wrist rest makes typing quickly uncomfortable.

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