A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Das Keyboard Prime 13 mechanical keyboard. Since that time, I’ve had another mechanical keyboard to evaluate, this one a more mainstream offering from Logitech. The Logitech G413 is aimed at gamers, but it also offers a nice upgrade in general compared to typical pack-in computer offerings, including an attractive aluminum build, adjustable backlighting, and—of course—the precision of mechanical key switches.
I’m not a big PC gamer these days. About the only thing I have time to fire up on occasion is StarCraft (yeah, the original version), so I couldn’t really judge how well the Logitech G413’s gaming-specific features like 26-key rollover, anti-ghosting, and macros worked in comparison to my regular keyboard. Logitech also includes sculpted replacement keycaps for critical PC gaming combos and a key-puller for easy swapping.
I was focused more on typing. And in that respect, this mechanical keyboard will keep you from ever using a mushy, chiclet-style keyboard again. Besides the precision, mechanical action, the G413 offers an adjustable typing angle, rock solid build with an attractive “aircraft grade aluminum alloy” deck, function keys with media controls, five levels of adjustable backlighting, and a heavy-duty braided USB cable (double ended) with a USB.20 passthrough port.
So, how does it compare to the Das mechanical keyboard from a few weeks ago? Well, the Logitech G413 will be more suitable for gaming, although I’m not the person to push it much on this front. Its lighting effects can also be more precisely configured (if you choose) by downloading Logitech Gaming Software. The Das Keyboard Prime is about 1/2-inch wider and 1-inch deeper. Both keyboards are excellent for extended and accurate typing sessions, but the Logitech’s Romer-G mechanical switches are a little less “clicky” than the Cherry MX Browns used in the Das keyboard. That made the G413 a bit quieter, but it seemed a little mushier in comparison. I preferred the Das for typing, but it was close.
Logitech describes the G413 as having a “slim, blade-like chassis.” I found that description to actually be a little too close to the truth. The edges of the aluminum alloy deck feel sharp enough to cut. My fingers and palms never actually came into contact with a sharp surface during use, so I don’t think it poses a typing risk, but you should be aware of it, especially if kids are around.
The standard (carbon with red backlighting) Logitech G413 keyboard currently goes for $89.99 on Amazon. The silver with white backlighting review unit is a Best Buy exclusive and priced the same.
A sub-$100 mechanical keyboard that looks good and performs well is a worthy upgrade in my books, whether you use it for playing games or something more pedestrian like typing.
Disclosure: Logitech provided a keyboard for review purposes.