For those looking to enter the colorful RGB illuminated pc gaming world, there are a handful of options. One of which is Logitech’s G413 Carbon Gaming Keyboard. Granted it ditches a few features that its top of the line brothers have like media and macro keys but it keeps the essentials that make a good gaming keyboard which is that sweet tactile sounding mechanical Romer-G keys.
The Logitech G413 Carbon Keyboard does away with the advanced features and focuses more on what really matters. And that’s delivering well in games. This is what Logitech focused heavily on their design with this gaming keyboard and it is quite evident aesthetically as well because the G413 is a simple frameless keyboard.
With budget peripherals, you have to sacrifice somewhere and Logitech has made good decisions on what features should be dropped and what features they should focus on.
Logitech G413 Review – Whats in the Box?
The front shows the Logitech G413 on a black background. Towards the top, the box showcases Logitech’s own Romer-G mechanical switches ensuring you that this is indeed a mechanical keyboard despite it being a budget keyboard. Besides the keyboard’s name is the Logitech branding and logo at the bottom.
At the back highlights a few of its main features which are the Romger-G keys, USB jack, extra tactile keycaps especially made for gaming and the aircraft-grade 5052 aluminum alloy finish of the keyboard. Each feature having its own caption at the back.
At the bottom, it showcases its name again and boasts that it is a mechanical gaming keyboard.
At the sides have more of Logitech’s branding and the keyboard name behind Logitech’s signature sky blue colored background that they use to color their packaging.
The keyboard itself is inside a black cardboard box encased in plastic. Along with the keyboard is the braided cable that is carefully tied.
The warranty and user manual also comes along with the keyboard.
Lastly, you get extra keys that look similar to the keys of the Logitech G910 and a keycap remover tool. The extra keys only replace a selected few which are the keys most used in gaming. These are the 1,2,3,4 buttons and the QERWASD keys. These can help differentiate the keys and get your fingers to quickly navigate towards the keys.
Logitech G413 Review – Bringing Style to Your Game
At first glance it does look a little bit naked. You can easily see the underlying base plate without a plastic faring. It showcases a brushed aluminum finish with a borderless design. This basically means that the keycaps will stick out from the actual chassis of the keyboard. It sports a simple professional design that can easily blend in the office environment. Since this is a budget keyboard targeted at casual gamers and also gamers looking for a good entry point, the look fits it perfectly in my opinion. It doesn’t “wow” but it doesn’t overburden or shock you with the usual look of gaming peripherals nowadays either.
The simple borderless design also has another advantage compared to the keyboards with borders and wrist rests. It is easily packed if you are going somewhere like a LAN party or to your local gaming tournament.
If you’re worried that not having an external shell makes the Logitech G413 Carbon less sturdy, you’re wrong. Bending it takes a lot of effort and finding flex points is also a challenge. This is because of its sturdy, solid, aluminum-magnesium alloy plate. The underside of the keyboard is plastic and yet tough. It also shows the same amount of strength and build with its aluminum top. The diagonally molded lines also help and add rigidity while also elevating it slightly.
Besides the black metal paired with the red backlighting design on the Logitech G413 Carbon, you can also get the brighter steel panel paired with white backlighting on the silver design. However, you’ll only find the latter at Best Buy stores in the United States.
To pull its price down, Logitech had to get rid of a few features on the keyboard. One of which is a very convenient feature of many gaming keyboards, the media controls. Worry not however; the media controls aren’t entirely gone. Logitech instead integrated the media controls to the top row of function keys. It is an understandable compromise, one that I wholeheartedly agree with. The media keys are just a luxury and this keyboard is all about the basics and essentials. Logitech didn’t take it out entirely which makes this keyboard a really good entry point for gaming peripherals.
You may not notice this at the beginning but Logitech cleverly added a USB pass-through in the Logitech G413. If you look at the underside of the keyboard, you can put and organize the cables. It’s not much but it is still a widely appreciated feature, especially in a budget keyboard.
RGB lighting isn’t really a big deal but Logitech made the keys have a default red backlighting which is odd because a lot of gaming keyboards nowadays are RGB lighted. Some other gaming keyboards use RGB lighting as its main selling point. However, it’s not really an issue for me. You can control the intensity and even pattern of the light and even link certain profiles for individual games using the function keys.
One issue I’d like to point out however is this keyboard is missing the Number Lock indicator. I have no idea why they would omit this given that the keyboard has a Caps Lock indicator. This may not be an issue to some people, but to me, it is an essential feature. Even the most basic keyboards have this. I would really like to know why Logitech would omit this. I understand this keyboard is for gaming but the Number Lock indicator is a necessity. Some games even uses Num Lock for certain commands because they rely on the indicator light to let the user know that the Num Lock is on.
The addition of function keys is greatly appreciated since it allows Logitech to add more features without having to make the price higher by adding more keys. The function keys are used to control the media keys, the brightness of the backlight. If you have the Logitech’s Gaming Software installed in your system, you can customize the key mappings even further.
Logitech integrated its proprietary Romer-G mechanical switches under its keycaps. These Romer-G key switches are quieter compared to other tactile mechanical switches. It has a feel of a Cherry MX Brown. According to Logitech, they’re faster and resilient than the Cherry MX Browns. The keys have an even spacing between them.
Lastly, Logitech included another USB jack for data bandwidth so you can connect your mouse at the back of your keyboard so you won’t need to go plug it at the back of your PC which is a hassle especially for people who have tucked and hidden away their PC and its cables. We see this often on high end gaming keyboards and it is widely appreciated that Logitech included this.
Height: 5.12 in (132 mm)
Width: 17.5 in (445 mm)
Depth: 1.4 in (34 mm)
Weight without cable: 2.4 lbs (1105 g)
Cable: 6 ft (1.8 m)
Romer-G Mechanical Switches
Durability: 70 million keypresses
Actuation distance: 0.06 in (1.5 mm)
Actuation force: 1.6 oz (45 g)
Total travel distance: .12 in (3.0 mm)
Connection Type: USB Type A (corded)
USB Protocol: USB 2.0
USB Speed: Full Speed
Indicator Lights (LED): 2
USB Ports (Built-in): 1, USB 2.0
Backlight Toggle: FN + F7
Game Mode: FN + F8
Media Controls: FN + F9/F10/F11/F12
Another reason that makes this keyboard worth it is the software. We’ve covered this software extensively on numerous occasions on our other Logitech reviews. This is the same one that Logitech uses whether you’re using a high end beast or a mid/low-tier peripheral. This means you won’t miss out on what the high-end peripherals offer on the software side of things.
The Logitech Gaming Software will give you more options. This includes adding macros to your keys, having a game mode option that disables keys of your choosing, creating profiles for certain games and changing the backlight brightness more accurately. An interesting feature that is more for the curious is the heatmapping. If you turn it on, you can track your gaming habits.
You can download the software on the Logitech Website.
Using the Product
When you plug in the G213 it will automatically be recognized and you can immediately start gaming. However, if you want to fully experience all the features of the G213, you’d have to download the Logitech Gaming Software. It will then automatically detect your keyboard and you can start tinkering with its features. The features are extensively explained in the software features of this review. With that in mind, if you do own another Logitech peripheral, I suggest you go to the lighting tab and sync all of your peripherals for a cooler effect on your desk.
Like many peripherals, the Logitech G413 Carbon is easily set up. It is a plug-and-play device which means all you have to do is plug it in to be able to use it. However, if you plan to tinker your device even further, you should definitely download the Logitech Gaming Software. Even more so if you have another Logitech device for your PC as it allows all your devices to be customized on the same software as well as allowing all your Logitech devices to be synced together so you can have a coordinated lightshow in your gaming throne.