The team at Logitech Gaming have been great in the past few years with developing new gaming peripherals, peripherals that get pumped out by competing manufacturers on a very frequent basis. Some of the latest products that were built in this lineup include the recently released Logitech G613 mechanical keyboard and mouse. Both items complement each other, and can be purchased on the Logitech Gaming website together for the suggested retail price of $220, or individually for $149.99 on the Logitech G613 keyboard, and the G603 wireless mouse.
Logitech’s latest buzz is with their new wireless technology, called LIGHTSPEED Wireless. The LIGHTSPEED Wireless technology boasts 1ms rates and connectivity with Bluetooth. The Bluetooth, as I discovered, is quite handy to have especially when combined with my current laptop connected to the monitor I have in my office.
The G613 keyboard is the newest keyboard from Logitech that uses the Romer-G proprietary mechanical switches. The keys are very responsive without feeling cheap, and have more travel than my current G900 Artemis Spectrum mechanical keyboard. Like a lot of gaming keyboards, the keyboard features several programmable buttons, but does unfortunately lack the USB connectable port to charge a device. The battery life is quite long on this, with Logitech promising 18 months of life. With the added touch of a separate phone stand that actually has a bit of heft to it, this keyboard completes most of the requirements that its competitors fulfill. I can say that as a daily driver, this keyboard is quite great at doing its job, and delivers a satisfying level of comfort. The technology is worth having for a games enthusiast, but I can definitely understand some of the concerns when looking at the price at a cursory glance against some of the other standard players that use Cherry MX switches and host other features, because at first glance the keyboards all sound quite similar, functionality-wise.
The G603 mouse is a different story, and was meant to appeal to a broader audience that had a more constrained budget. The mouse itself is beautiful, with a length just under 5 inches (4.88 inches) and a width of 2.68 inches. The weight of the mouse is customizable with the addition of one-two AA batteries, which increases the weight by a small amount. The mouse can either transmit wirelessly via Bluetooth or with the standard micro-USB adapter which features the same LIGHTSPEED technology in the G613. It has a lengthy, advertised 500-hour battery life on the two AA battery setup.
My real-world experience with this mouse has been interesting, to say the least. I actually ended up with a defective unit that had a broken left click, so that was finally taken care of and the mouse operates normally. With the other unit, it was having tracking troubles and left clicking that spanned during regular usage, and proved problematic during gaming when it did time out. When it works as it should, it works great. It feels good in the hand, and has a nice heft to it that again, does not feel cheap even at the $70 price mark. The mouse has a button that allows for fast DPI switching, and has several programmable buttons. The mouse wheel does lack a faster scrolling mode, which is mildly unfortunate.
The G603 is built with a palm-holding user in mind. There are gamers who hold the mouse like a claw. The G603 is built with a mid-curve shape, and for right-handed gamers. It feels right at home for me, a right-handed user. It lacks a lot of the lighting that Logitech gaming equipment has; rather, it focuses its energies on maintaining a very long battery life. It’s a mouse that has a performance mode that operates at 1000 Hz, and an endurance mode that switches to 125 Hz. At the end of the day, the mouse comes down to its battery life, and whether or not it lasts as long as the 500 hours advertised. It’s the best of both worlds, simplistic, and somewhere near the high end mice. The G603 is a solid product, and combined with the G613 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, it’s a great entry level option for PC gamers because you can plug them in and they’ll work well out of the box, with the more serious customizations resulting from the Logitech Gaming software program. I feel that these two together are reminiscent of an Apple product, where you simply plug things in and things work well right out of the box. If you need something without the bells and whistles, that can do its job for a long time, these are the two for you.