logitech g613 review

Summary

The G613 is that the very first wireless gaming keyboard from a serious manufacturer, and it gets far more right than wrong. Continue reading Logitech G613 Review for exploring amazing features.

Pros
  • Great wireless functionality
  • Good for both productivity and gaming
  • First of its kind
Cons
  • N/A

Logitech G613 Review

It is no secret that I generally like Logitech gear. It is attractive, it is functional and it’s built to last. Sometimes, it is even innovative. Take, for example, the Logitech G613 ($150). At first glance, it looks like a typical, full-size gaming keyboard. It has got mechanical keys, discrete media controls, and a built-in wrist rest. In fact, it is missing just one major thing: a USB cord.

Design

Whatever space the G613 saved by getting obviate the USB cord, it made up for with its overall design. Unlike Logitech’s sleek G810 Orion Spectrum, the G613 has an additional row of macro keys and an enormous wrist rest: The device measures 18.8 x 8.5 inches — 2 to 3 inches larger than its competitors on both sides. It’s not a problem, per se, but if you don’t need macro buttons or wrist rest, those are the inconveniences you’ll need to put up with to get a wireless gaming keyboard.

Keys

The G613 makes use of Logitech’s proprietary Romer-G mechanical switches. My feelings on them have not changed much since they were first introduced — they are tactile and quiet, like Cherry MX Browns, but not quite as comfortable. On the flip side, they are supposed to be more responsive and last longer, so the trade-off could be worthwhile.

Features

The G613 runs on the Logitech Gaming Software, which is flexible and easy-to-use, as usual. You can reprogram the additional column of G keys, also define parameters for the sport Mode (which disables certain keys during gameplay), and found out unique profiles for each game you play. Since there is no backlighting, setting up individual profiles is not that vital, but if you use a lot of games that require different macros, it can be worthwhile.

Performance

With great wireless connectivity and high-quality key switches, there was not really any doubt in my mind that the G613 would handle games well. I put it through its paces with Overwatch, StarCraft: Remastered, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, and Marvel Heroes Omega, and found that it handled everything just as well as a comparable wired model. (Side note, though: If you connect a PC to a 4K TV, do whatever you will to scale back the input lag. It is noticeable.)

Conclusion

I’m of two minds about the Logitech G613. It is the necessary initiative in what I hope is going to be a wireless keyboard revolution, and it works exactly as advertised. On the opposite hand, Logitech has built better keyboards than this, therefore the wireless convenience comes with a couple of trade-offs.

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