Logitech G rolled out a couple of new gaming peripherals earlier this quarter, including a new, subtle PRO G gaming headset and an impressively unique RGB speaker. Last but not least, in this three-part review series, the company introduced a new line of mechanical keyboards, this one being christened the Logitech G513, which comes in the brushed black (more of a charcoal) and a silver keyboard, a first.
So, I’ve covered a ton of mechanical gaming keyboards in my heyday. What makes this one special? Let’s talk about the price point, which is $149.99. The price is definitely a little higher than most of its competitors, but it makes up for it in the quality, which is displayed in its aircraft-grade aluminum, brushed to add a bit more detail. The keyboard cable is braided, and features USB pass through with a memory foam wrist rest.
The G513 comes with the proprietary Logitech G switches, Romer-G. In this keyboard iteration, though, there is a newer linear switch alongside the tactile switches. The new switches have almost identical stats across the board in comparison to the Romer-G tactile switches, save for a slightly more fluid keystroke. Most mechanical keyboards, like those in the Cherry MX switch set, have a clicky, noisy feel. The Romer-G keys are less noisy and according to Logitech have less actuation time, down 1.7 milliseconds. The new linear keys remind me of the demo I was shown by Cherry MX at CES 2018. The keystroke feels shorter, which is interesting because the actual keystroke distance between the linear and the tactile switches is the same at 1.5 millimeters. While the numbers may be identical across the board, the more fluid and smooth keystroke is what breaks the camel’s back here. The keystroke is geared towards MMO and action games which require successive double taps of the keys. I, personally, think the reduction in the noise from the mechanical keypresses with Romer-G is nicer than Cherry MX, but that’s just a user preference. Ideally, it shouldn’t even matter since most of the time that I’m using a mechanical keyboard I am wearing a headset.
The keyboard features RGB LED lighting for each key, with plenty of color options and lighting effects that can be customized and synchronized with other Logitech gaming devices on the Logitech Gaming Software application. There’s USB pass through, like I mentioned a little earlier, and admittedly, my disappointment with this was that it was not USB 3.0. That alone could have made it a differentiating device among competitor keyboards. I want to see pass through keyboards going beyond chargers and moving towards actual device spots for high-speed data transfer. The G513 also includes a memory foam wrist rest. At first, I balked at the idea of a wrist rest not attached to the keyboard. I thought it felt out of place. And then I began to use it, for hours at a time. What I came to discover was that the freedom it grants, the freedom of being able to keep other areas of my wrist more comfortable, was a good tradeoff. The question I have now is, why is nobody else doing this? The wrist rest feels natural, it’s soft and cushiony.
At $149.99, this keyboard isn’t cheap, but it’s a well-designed product that delivers a more fluid typing experience. The lighting effects are nice, and the USB pass through is a must at this price point. The company missed the mark with no USB 3.0 for the pass through, but they earned a bit back with the wrist rest that allows for more freedom and enhanced comfort. The Logitech G513 is a great option if you have the Logitech gear to match it, and I would say that of the keyboards I’ve used at this price point, the keystroke fluidity alone is what puts it higher on my list.