Recently, I had a look at Logitech’s G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard which I liked very much for the intended purpose – a lightweight, travel-friendly, no frills, high-quality gaming keyboard. No ten key number pad, no media controls, no USB passthrough, just the essentials for a full-on gaming keyboard with some RGB lighting thrown in for style. Great for gaming, a little less useful for an all-purpose keyboard. Enter the G413 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Again, the target demographic here is the gamer segment, but has a little more robust feature set making it more attractive to those who want a high quality mechanical gaming keyboard but also some of the niceties that come with a general purpose keyboard. Can the G413 be versatile in this respect and still deliver a great experience for both gaming and general use? That’s what we’re here to find out.
Another product under Logitech’s G gaming brand, the G413 is definitely more gamer oriented as the design itself is more function over form choosing to dual purpose keys for things like media controls rather than having dedicated keys or buttons for functions outside of the gaming realm. Also, no RGB here but rather white or red backlit keys depending on the keyboard color. The white is paired with the silver and the red with the carbon. Both look very attractive and the absence of RGB lighting helps keep it more affordable with current pricing found online for under $85 which is a bit less than the $89.99 MSRP. However, the silver/white combination can only be found at Best Buy as an exclusive for $89.99, so don’t hunt for it elsewhere. Personally, I think the carbon/red combination is a little more of what one would expect a gaming keyboard to look like with the silver/white looking a little more business-like though that’s entirely subjective. Both are attractive and stylish and crafted in part from aircraft-grade aluminum.
The G413 is flush with their Romer-G key switches, each having lighting on the tops and fronts of the keys where applicable and are rated for 70-million keypresses. Should they not live up to that expectation, Logitech does offer a 2-year warranty to cover defects and premature failures. This makes it an excellent choice for gaming due to the large demand for mechanical switches in that realm.
In the box along with the keyboard are a legal brochure and quick start guide, plus a set of extra “performance” key caps that can be switched out with the provided keypuller tool. These keycaps have a different shape to the surface so that they are easily identified to the touch. No more looking down to find your hand resting on the E, S, D, & F keys rather than the normal W, A, S, and D keys like I find myself doing quite often. Let’s get a little closer look at the hardware and features.