Mechanical keyboards have long been the latest craze for gamers because they offer a better typing and gaming experience than rubber dome alternatives. Anyone who regularly uses a mechanical keyboard will praise the excellent feedback and responsiveness, but it's still a long way from becoming ubiquitous among desktop PC users.
This is almost entirely due to the premium price that mechanical keyboards take. A typical high quality option is in the price range of over $ 100, which can be a good deal for a keyboard.
This is where the Logitech G413 comes in: it's a full-size mechanical game-oriented keyboard, but at $ 90, it undercuts most of its competition, including Corsair Strafe and HyperX Alloy, and offers largely the same features.
At this price, you won't get some features like RGB backlighting or dedicated macro buttons. The Logitech G413 is a basic mechanical keyboard, but for many users, it doesn't matter. If the keyboard offers a solid typing experience and contains all the essential functions, it becomes an inexpensive option. And that's exactly what we see with this Logitech offer.
The G413 uses a frameless design that is similar to the Corsair keyboard series, in which all keys sit on a piece of brushed metal. I love this type of keyboard design because it looks a bit cleaner and more modern than designs where the buttons are inserted into the frame. Frameless keyboards are also easier to clean with an air compressor or air can.
Apart from the gray brushed aluminum plate made of gunmetal, on which every key sits, the majority of the G413 is made of black plastic. There are large rubber pads along the bottom that prevent the keyboard from slipping around your desk, and of course there are folding stands for those who prefer a raised and angled keyboard. This is a solid, well-built keyboard, and I wouldn't expect anything less at the price, even if the mechanical options are within the budget.
The most obvious omission here is a palm rest. I use the palm rest on my keyboard every day, so it's a little disappointing that the G413 doesn't contain one, although this keyboard is still quite comfortable to type.
The G413 uses plastic keycaps with a matte soft-touch finish, similar to most other mechanical keyboards. Due to the slightly concave construction, each key feels pleasant. The etching on each keycap is not as defined as some premium boards, although this is mostly not a choice and it is understandable that Logitech has made some compromises to keep the price down.
Some of the keycaps on my G413 had sharp plastic scraps around the base, probably because the keys were removed from the molds. A little extra sanding would have worked wonders here, and this is really a quality control issue that should and should have been resolved.
Logitech includes gaming keycaps in the box that can be used to replace key gaming keys using the included tool. These keycaps are square than the standard caps, and I personally don't like them, but their structural difference from the rest of the keys can make some keys like R easier to find during the heat of a fight in the game. And it's always nice to see that the G413's low price customizability is included.
As I mentioned, the G413 does not have RGB backlighting, but it does have bright red LED backlighting with brightness control. Red is a color that works well for most players, and of course backlighting is essential. Those who buy the Silver model instead of the Carbon model like me will instead get white backlighting.
The G413 has a USB port at the top for functions, although it is only USB 2.0. Therefore, it is probably designed to connect your mouse or other similar peripherals. There are no dedicated media keys or macro keys, although both functions are available as secondary functions for the F keys. Media keys can be accessed using the FN key modifier, while Logitech's Gaming Software utility allows you to set up a macro for each F key. Some competitors offer broader macro support, although at least the G413 is still macro-capable.
The technical data are typical for a mechanical gaming keyboard: anti-ghosting, 26-key rollover, 1.8 m braided cable and key switch for 70 million key presses.
Speaking of key switches: The G413 comes with Logitech Romer-G switches for each key, providing 45 grams of actuation force, 1.5 mm actuation distance and 3.0 mm total travel with a click / tactile response. These switches manufactured by Omron are used for all Logitech's current generation mechanical keyboards, even the high-end Orion Spectrum G910.
The good news here is that the G413 offers essentially the same tactile feedback and typing experience as Logitech's much more expensive mechanical keyboards. If you're short of mechanical experience and don't need all the features of the G610 and later, the G413 is practically identical in terms of input and gaming.
Still, I'm generally not a big fan of the Romer G switch. It's similar to a Cherry MX Brown switch, but its tactile bump is very close to the start of the trip and gets mushy towards the end. The end result is a key switch that isn't particularly clicky and feels muffled. This is not what you would expect from mechanical switches that are known to be clickable and comfortable to use.
The Romer-G switch is still a significant improvement to the rubber dome keys, so those who switch from a budget keyboard will notice a decent improvement in tactile feedback and typing experience. It's not as good as on a Cherry MX board or one of the Razer keyboards, but it's still mechanical. Because of this dampened response, the G413 is also on the quieter side of mechanical keyboards.
Overall, the Logitech G413 is a great mechanical entry-level keyboard for those who want to improve their typing experience. It's affordable, undercutting similar keyboards from competitors, while offering solid functionality and the same tactile feedback as Logitech's premium offerings. You won't be thrilled with the functionality of the G413, although it's a good entry into the world of mechanical gaming keyboards at a cheaper price.
Advantages: One of the cheaper mechanical keyboards on the market. Uses the same switches as Logitech's high-end keyboards. Neat design with solid, if basic functionality.
Disadvantage: The Romer-G key switches are a bit mushy. A palm rest is missing.