Gaming keyboards… They’re… all the same
nowadays, aren’t they? Black plastic body, RGB lighting, mechanical switches, that one
gimmicky feature that doesn’t really matter… pretty much. In my reviews, I rarely focus
on those random gimmicky features because you forget about them within a month or two.
With that in mind, the gaming keyboards that really stand out to me are the ones that really
go all-in on a good design, without sacrificing the actual ergonomics or normal functionality
of the keyboard. I think Logitech has done a good job in achieving
this with the G413 that I have here today, though it’s not perfect.
The G413 comes in 2 flavors: Carbon and Silver. The Carbon is a darker theme with red backlighting,
and the silver, the one I have, obviously features a silver metal plate with white-ish
lighting. And it’s freaking beautiful. The compact nature of the keyboard is the
first thing I noticed. It’s not any longer or wider than it needs to be – haha funny
male genital joke here – but it doesn’t cram the keys together. It’s super slim,
I absolutely love it – especially with my multi-keyboard workspace. I complemented the
G430 on not taking up as much space as most gaming keyboards, but this is even thinner.
The keys all sit above the backplate, allowing dust and crumbs to easily be cleaned up, and
giving it a very nice look. The white backlit Romer-G switches shine off of the aluminum-magnesium
alloy silver plate, revealing one of my issues. The silver plate does a great job at highlighting
just how blue white LEDs can be. At a glance it might look white, but look at it long enough
and it starts to look very blue. Thankfully, blue and silver still go well together. The font here isn’t obnoxious or gamery.
I find it kind of pleasant. The keycaps are nice to use, but they actually include more
“tactile” keycaps for Q W E R A S D and 1-5, for gamers who really want to feel their
gamer keys doing gamer things while they game at a gamer.
No, but really, I do appreciate the inclusion and the fact that they’re optional. Especially
since Romer-G switches and Cherry keycaps don’t exactly get along.
While I was tying a video script on this, the keycap on the C key fell off. It’s not
broken, it went back on correctly, and I can’t recreate whatever happened. But… it happened. A function key is included, adding media keys
to F9 through F12 and the Printscreen, Scroll lock, and pause buttons, as well as a brightness
toggle to F7, and a “Game Mode” to F8. Strangely, they only included LED indicators
for caps lock and game mode. I love the sleek design of these indicators, but they totally
had room for at least NumLock, and I would have really preferred they keep it on there.
This time the Logitech G logo does not light up, and actually looks pretty slick in the
corner. Behind the corner logo is a USB port. This
is where I have another problem with the keyboard… The USB port is on the right side, which means
anything you plug into it might interfere with your mouse usage. Since the USB cable
isn’t detachable, you’re stuck with this monstrosity. Okay, it’s not that bad – it’s
a thick, soft braided cable that’s a joy to run until it clings a ton of dust. BUT
the dual USB ends for both the keyboard and passthrough, with no indication of which port
you need for just they keyboard really bugs me. Back to good points. The keyboard is heavy
for its size, and super rugged. No flex, and it won’t slide out of the way while you’re
using it. The rubber feet and solid risers on the bottom do a lot to help this, as well. The Romer-G switches are a delight to type
on. As I mentioned in my G430 review, they have a short actuation time, making them feel
a little “stubby” on first use, but very easy to use once you get used to it. They
feel way more comfortable to type on than almost any MX switch I’ve used with my hand
issues, and they’re a lot quieter. I plan to make a full separate sound comparison video,
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right now. Overall, this is a very beautiful keyboard.
Logitech appears to have reached a point of realizing the keyboard market needs less gamer-y
flair, and more slick designs, and they have delivered! For only 90 bucks, too. I would
love to see them support Mac and Linux more with their software, though. While they’re at it – G15, G510, something
like that. Please, give us a mechanical backlit version. I’m begging you. I’d pay like
150 to 200 bucks for it. Please? I hope you enjoyed this review of the Logitech
G413 Silver mechanical keyboard. If you did, smash the like button, get subscribed for
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