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Logitech has really pushed marketing eSports for their gaming-grade peripherals. They have several options for gamers at many different price points and offers their widely popular Romer G switches in only their top keyboards. What if they took a different approach and offered Romer G switches in a more affordable option? Today we will be looking at the Logitech G413 Carbon Gaming keyboard and is available in two models. You can get the G413 in Carbon or Silver styles, and each offers simple LED backlighting. You can expect a full mechanical keyboard offering their Romer G switches for each model in an affordable package. Let's see exactly what the G413 has to offer and if its price point can attract more gamers to their Romer G keyboards.




The specifications are as follows:

PART NUMBER

Carbon: 920-008300
Silver: 920-008348
WARRANTY INFORMATION

2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
USB 2.0 port (for keyboard)
Second USB 2.0 port (for USB passthrough port)
Internet access for optional Logitech Gaming Software

PACKAGE CONTENTS

Gaming keyboard
Gaming keycaps
Keycap puller
User documentation

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Height: 5.12 in (132 mm)
Width: 17.5 in (445 mm)
Depth: 1.4 in (34 mm)
Weight w/o 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)
KEYBOARD SPECIFICATIONS:

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
Backlighting: Yes
Single color (5 fixed brightness levels)
G413 Silver: White
G413 Carbon: Red
Special Keys:
Backlight Toggle: FN + F7
Game Mode: FN + F8
Media Controls: FN + F9/F10/F11/F12

G413 Carbon comes with red backlighting.
G413 Silver comes with white backlighting.

Why buy the G413?



The G413 is thoughtfully designed in a way that provides balance. It offers high strength with 5052 aluminum alloy that is lightweight and slim. Making the G413 affordable with Romer G switches is this products main goal and including important features like cable management & simple LED backlighting. Each model doesn't offer RGB, but its attractive price and premium feel will hopefully find a home for anyone looking for a premium keyboard.

Shipping



The box comes in some basic black packaging but that doesn't stop the main point of the product. It proudly displays Romer G in the top right. The back goes over more in depth about the Romer G switch and other important features about the G413 like the LED lighting and USB passthrough.



The accessories included are as follows:
  • G413 keyboard
  • G413 user documentation
  • Extra key caps and USB key cap removal tool


Design



The G413, in my opinion, is a beautiful keyboard. The caps are contoured exceptionally well and fit perfectly to my fingers form. I like the Carbon model much better than the silver and this is just due to my taste but both keyboards do offer identical performance and branding. I especially like the metallic look to the G logo in the upper right. I felt this gave the keyboard more class without it being overwhelming with the Logitech logo.

The G413 offer brushed 5052 aluminum-magnesium alloy and serves as strength and beauty for the keyboard. It offers a minimalistic design but offers high-end finishes giving the g413 premium look.



The entire highlight of the G413 is that offers Logitech's high popular Romer G switch type. The Romer G mechanical switch was built with pro-grade performance in mind. The Romer G provides excellent tactile feedback, responsiveness, and durability over traditional mechanical keyboards. It has a short-throw actuation at 1.5mm and is 25% faster. It offers a perfect blend of speed and precision, but also a quieter experience than louder keyboard switch types.

If you want to read more about what different types of mechanical switches there are yo can read about it here. The Romer G switch was designed by Logitech with Omron and is more of a custom switch. With its short travel distance, I would place it somewhere closer to an MX brown but with better response times.

The keyboard offers advanced features like game mode, 26-key rollover, and anti-ghosting. These are all standard to many styles of gaming keyboards and the G413 is no exception.



The G413 and the Romer G switches offer a multi-purpose design for clean lighting. Each keycap is visible with its red LED lighting and gives the G413 its premium look. You can control the lighting from the keyboard itself and it can be dimmed or turned off if you prefer. The lighting is excellent and although no RGB is present, I thought the red LED lighting still fits well with most setups. They do offer separately the G413 Silver with white LED lighting if you prefer.



The G413 does offer the extended keyboard style including the number pad. It also offers full functional media control keys. You can use the FN key for controlling volume, pausing, mute, game-mode, and lighting.



The USB passthrough is also welcomed which provides a high data port. The passthrough port offers an additional USB port with 100% power throughput for both data and speed. You can plug devices like mice in or your phone to charge.

The included cable with the device has two USB ports. One is for the keyboard, and the other for the passthrough. I want to point out the nice sleeving the cable has. Its braided well and doesn't get caught on my desk. I hate when that happens, and this also offers the G logo and USB symbol for differentiating each cables purpose.



The bottom of the G413 was designed just as well as the top of the keyboard. It provides cable routing paths and rubber feet and pads. The pads prevent the keyboard from accidentally slipping while you're pounding away which could cause you to slip up and die while gaming otherwise. The keyboard is sturdy and doesn't easily move with the rubber pads. I prefer to have my keyboard propped up and the feet feel strong and not cheap. I would say the G413 as an entire package is really nice and you can tell every design choice was carefully thought about.

Testing



My test bench is as follows:
  • ViewSonic XG2703-GS Monitor
  • Motherboard- ASRock z270m Extreme 4
  • CPU: Intel Core I7 6700K
  • Network Card- Netgear AC 1200 USB
  • Cooler- Cooler Master Master Liquid 240
  • Memory- Avexir DDR4 3000 MHz
  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 1060
  • Storage- MyDigital SSD BPX 480 GB NVMe x2 RAID 0 Drives (Boot)
  • Power Supply- Thermaltake PRO RGB 850W
  • OS: Windows 10 x64 Pro
  • Mouse- Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • Keyboard- Logitech G413
  • Headphones- Logitech G533 7.1 Surround Sound Wireless Headset

Software



The LGS (Logitech gaming software) Provides control over all your Logitech devices. This software, in my opinion, is excellent and feature rich. For the G413 the home screen shows a nice image of your product and give you the ability to inverse your function FN key. This would allow the function keys to persist unless you hit FN and the corresponding alternate macro for each key. Basically, it reverses your FN keys to work unless you hit FN and that key.



The game profile tool allows you to scan for games on your system and allows you to create custom profiles on a per game basis. This is really useful for creating shortcuts and special macros for each game. You can do this for each Logitech device that is recognized by the Gaming Software. You can do this for each Logitech device that is recognized by the Gaming Software.



The LED section here is minimal but does offer control over brightness, a breathing effect, or just disabling the LEDs altogether.



The game key section of the LGS software is really cool because it allows you to disable any keys you want to include to the game mode. Traditionally gaming keyboards added a way to disable keys like the Windows button during game mode so you didn't accidentally hit a key and it closes out of your game.



Heat Map is a feature the Gaming Software provides to fine tune your keys that are used most frequently. This section of the software allows you to see KPM, or "Keys Per Minute". It monitors your most frequently pressed keys and shows you the dates and times when pressed. This is useful for mapping keys and seeing any inconsistencies with your configuration. This also gives you a good indication how quickly you are hitting each key and helps you improve your accuracy. Every Logitech compatible device in the Gaming Software has a section for this menu.



OverWolf is an overlay program that runs in the background similar to what steam does and allows you to launch a browser and chat with friends. OverWolf takes this a step further with the ability to install additional apps and skins. The software must add each game from the launcher and be supported to even have it work correctly. I found the software "OverLoaded"; Yes that was a reference to the title! Some games crash while others were buggy and slow. The overlay on the desktop feels fluid but once you launch a game it feels slow. The software gets worse with the addition of multiple apps, skins, and settings. You can uninstall this after setting up the Logitech Gaming Software if you prefer.



Also under settings, you can configure a few more advanced options for each of your Logitech devices. The settings for the G413 allows device startup, OSD, and firmware update settings.



Above you can hear how loud the Romer G switch is while rapidly hitting the keys and see how effective the lighting is.

Conclusion



As a total package, the G413 is an excellent gaming keyboard. I would say the loss of RGB is definitely a plus because we get a Romer G keyboard with Romer G switches at a reduced price. I think you will find this keyboard to fit nicely into the market and allow people looking for all these premium features at a cheaper price to be appealing. I personally love the red LEDs and they go well with my setup.

The only con here and of course understood is no RGB, it would be extremely hard to bring a Romer G keyboard with RGB at the price point the G413 offers. The other issue is the LGS software not showing my keyboard, but after downloading the latest version this corrected my problem. I had updated the software about a week ago. This just goes to show how often software can be updated.

I highly recommend the Logitech G413 and you can pick what color suits your style from the Logitech store for $89.99 here. At $89.99 this offers all the balanced goodness, you expect from a Romer G keyboard minus the RGB. I rate the G 413 a 5/5 and definitely suggest you get one if you're looking for a premium gaming keyboard less than $100 dollars.
Edited by Jedson3614 - 5/10/17 at 8:00am
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haha first

your first review on OCN Labs, nice.
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Board seems nice, haven't tried Romer-G's though. Not sure if I'd like the shorter travel distance over my mx browns. Sparked enough interest next time I'm in Fry's Electronics see if I can give one a try.

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For me, for feeling, nothing beats mx greens.

Nice write up bud! Looking forward to future reviews smile.gif
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Great read, an impressive board. I have to say I have not looked into Keyboards since my Ducky days. Makes me start thinking about investing in another soon.

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Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE View Post

Great read, an impressive board. I have to say I have not looked into Keyboards since my Ducky days. Makes me start thinking about investing in another soon.

I still own my Shine 3 with Green switches even though like 7 LEDs are dead xD
post #7 of 12

Nice read! Keyboards with Romer G switces are not common around here so I haven't had the chance to try it out, but a shorter travel MX brown should be just what I'm looking for.

    
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Cherry MX speed is a bit faster though - 1.2MM vs 1.5MM. Wonder how the 2 switches compare.
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More minimalistic keyboards are a good thing.

I'm really loving my G810, but it's my first mechanical so I can't compare it.

Spacebar sounds horrendous though, even the 2 block keys sound bad.
 
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Seems like a decent enough keyboard. I may pick one up for my second rig. I just upgraded to a Corsair K95 RGB on the main rig and love it so far! Much more pricey than this KB though. redface.gif
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