“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.

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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.

Ver­dict

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

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