Min­i­mal­ist beauty

Logitech G413 Gam­ing Key­board

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - � By Koh Wanzi

Key­boards like the HyperX Al­loy FPS have tapped into the de­mand for sim­ple and fuss-free pe­riph­er­als, and the Logitech G413 Car­bon hopes to mus­cle in on this scene.

Its min­i­mal­ist build is ac­tu­ally one of the most ap­peal­ing and unique as­pects of the G413. We re­viewed the Car­bon model, but Logitech also makes a Sil­ver ver­sion with white back­light­ing.

The G413 Car­bon fea­tures sin­gle-color red LEDs and a clean, frame­less de­sign, where the keys sit on top of a 5052 alu­minum-mag­ne­sium al­loy top plate and Šoat free of any re­strict­ing top cover.

One ben­e­fit of this ap­proach is that it’s far eas­ier to clean, as there are far fewer cor­ners for dust and dirt to ac­cu­mu­late. Fur­ther­more, you can blow out dust bun­nies with­out need­ing to re­move the key­caps.

The sin­gle-color back­light­ing is a de­par­ture from the mind-bog­gling cus­tomiza­tion op­tions avail­able on many other gam­ing key­boards, but they can ap­pear ei­ther lim­ited or bliss­fully sim­ple, de­pend­ing on your ex­pec­ta­tions.

You only have a choice be­tween static and breath­ing ef­fects, although the Logitech Gam­ing Soft­ware will let you ad­just things like bright­ness and light­ing speed. Al­ter­na­tively, hit­ting Fn + F7 al­lows you to tog­gle through $ve dif­fer­ent bright­ness lev­els.

The key­board fea­tures Logitech’s own Romer-G switches, which are quiet, tac­tile switches that at­tempt to ap­prox­i­mate the feel of Cherry MX Browns. They are quite dif­fer­ent though, as the bump is a lot less ap­par­ent, pre­sent­ing it­self nearer to the be­gin­ning of a key press.

Nev­er­the­less, one of the dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures of the Romer-G switches is a cen­tral light guide that helps fo­cus light from the sur­face-mounted LED, min­i­miz­ing light leak­age and al­low­ing for more even il­lu­mi­na­tion. They’ve also been de­signed with shorter ac­tu­a­tion dis­tances that fa­cil­i­tate quicker re­sponse times and key presses. But this is all the­ory; we’ve no­ticed lit­tle, if any tan­gi­ble dif­fer­ence.

How­ever, the pro­pri­etary de­sign of the Romer-G switches means that third­party Cherry MX sets are in­com­pat­i­ble. You won’t be able to swap them out for a higher-qual­ity PBT set, and the ABS key­caps are wont to shine and pick up grease in the long run.

CON­CLU­SION A sim­ple, el­e­gant and af­ford­able in­tro­duc­tion to me­chan­i­cal key­boards.

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