“It’s a pleasure to type on ... and is as sturdy as a mountain goat (and weighs about as much as one too).” Logitech G613,
A gaming ‘board that really wants to be a business ‘board.
The G613 is a gaming ‘ board that doesn’t really look like one. Packing Logitech’s own Romer-G mechanical switches — akin to Cherry Reds in terms of feel, but with more stability due to the switch’s wider, flatter shape — it’s a pleasure to type on and the metal plate under the keys means it’s as sturdy as a mountain goat (and weighs about as much as one too).
What really sets the G613 apart, however, is that it’s wireless, using the same transmission-tech inside Logitech’s wireless gaming mice. That means there’s zero lag between striking a key and the action occurring in-game — we couldn’t notice any subjective difference between using this ‘ board versus the G Pro Tenkeyless (see right) when it came to responsiveness.
While this board includes a bank of six macro-able keys on the left side of the board and a Gaming Mode switch that disables the two Windows keys, there’s no key backlighting, as it’d drain the batteries too fast.
The board is also huge, with a palm rest that isn’t removable, and its higher 1.4kg weight means it’s easy or comfortable to move around or use on your lap.
So what about as a non-gaming board? Well, that metal plate has a tendency to quietly twang from the impact of keys hitting their base. That might not be a huge problem when you’re gaming, but it’s a bit distracting when you’re trying to bash out that Great Australian Novel in your study.
Ultimately, it’s a bit stuck in the middle between wanting to be a gaming ‘board and not — and so ultimately, isn’t great for either.
A wireless gaming board with a great build quality, but isn’t quite right for gamers.
$149 | WWW.LOGITECH.COM Romer-G switches; 6 dedicated macro keys; wireless; 4.78 x 21.6 x 3.3 cm, 1,460g