Most PC peripherals that people use today are of wired variants because they offer unparalleled performance. There were wireless peripherals before, but they were shunned because they were notorious for latency issues and problems that arise from it.
Nowadays, large gaming peripheral companies want to quash that notion and that they’re proving that wireless peripherals have a shot at the eSports scene as well.
Today, I am going to talk about a new wireless mechanical keyboard by Logitech called the G613. They’ve also released a new wireless mouse called the G603, but that is a topic for another day.
Logitech claims that their new wireless peripherals are so good that they rival even their wired counterparts. Is their claim true? Read on to find out!
Review of Logitech G613
What’s in the Box?
After opening the packaging, you will get two accessories: the USB extension cable for the wireless receiver and a handy mobile phone dock.
The mobile phone dock can either be a nice addition or a marketing gimmick depending on how much value you get from it.
The reason why the mobile phone dock was included is because of their Logitech ARX control software that lets you keep tabs on your system, manage different controls, etc. Actually, they’ve incorporated a built-in mobile phone dock on one of their older mechanical keyboards.
Personally, I like the addition of a mobile phone dock as it is convenient. It has a rubber non-slip base and it is perfect for any mobile phone sizes. Others might not need this, but again, it is a nice accessory to have.
Other than the previously mentioned accessories, you will also get the keyboard itself. It has a rather simple exterior and has a two-color scheme (black/gray). The main board itself has a gray layout with black keys and the attached wrist rest is colored black. Unfortunately, the wrist rest is non-removable and this can be an issue for some who do not want to use it.
Logitech G613 Design
As previously mentioned, the Logitech G613 has a rather simple design with a gray/black color scheme. It has a non-removable wrist rest which may put off some users. The wrist rest is not really that comfortable because it doesn’t have a padding or anything of the sort. It does, however, elevate your hands a little bit which makes pressing keys much easier.
On the left side of the keyboard are 6 programmable G-Keys. All of the keys on the keyboard have the company’s own Romer-G switches that have an actuation point of 1.5mm and requires an actuation force of 45 grams.
Since it has a low actuation point and requires only a few grams of force to activate, it might be hard for typists to use the Romer-G switches. It does, however, perform admirably in games because you can do light taps without any problems.
Sitting on the top right corner of the keyboard, you will find some media keys. Just a little bit to the left, you can find the game key which disables the Windows key, a Wireless icon which would signify if the wireless mode is enabled, and a Bluetooth key which will show if the keyboard is successfully paired with your Bluetooth-enabled device.
On the underside of the keyboard, you will find rubber strips that do a pretty good job of keeping the keyboard in place. Even when you’re typing like a maniac, they keyboard won’t budge a bit. In the middle, you will find a slot where the USB receiver is tucked in.
Lastly, the keyboard does not come with any backlighting whatsoever. This is to ensure that all of the battery’s juices will be used solely for the wireless performance of the keyboard.
Logitech G613 Performance
Before I talk about its wireless performance, I want to talk about the keys first. As previously mentioned, the G613 makes use of the Romer-G switches. It performs really well in games and you can pretty much excel in the games you play thanks to the switches’ low actuation point and low actuation force required.
That being said, the wireless performance, to put it simply, is amazing! I didn’t feel any lag at all. I did numerous typing tests and the keyboard didn’t exhibit any form of lag that was evident in wireless keyboards in the past.
I even tested the keyboard using a keyboard latency test online. I tested a Razer Blackwidow X (wired keyboard) and the Logitech G613. My average time using the Razer keyboard was about 50ms. When I used the G613, the average time I got was 44ms! Even the wireless keyboard outperformed the wired one! To be fair, the test might not be the most accurate one out there, but it does tell you that the Logitech G613 performed admirably well.
I do have to stress that the Romer-G switches are not that great for typing. I usually find myself accidentally doing double presses sometimes. Again, although it is good for games, it is not that good for typists.
The Logitech G613 uses the company’s LGS or Logitech Gaming Software. The software is easy to use and it is pretty straightforward.
Inside the program, you can assign macro keys and you can create different macro profiles for different games.
Because the keyboard does not have any backlighting, you’re pretty much limited to setting the keyboard functions and macros only.
Wireless and Bluetooth Performance
So, is the Logitech G613 any good when it comes to its wireless performance? Yes, definitely! It doesn’t have any lag at all and it can rival even its wired counterparts.
For its Bluetooth performance, the keyboard requires a few seconds before it can pair up with your phone. But once the keyboard’s connected, it works flawlessly and without hiccups. This is perfect for people who want to use a full-sized keyboard as opposed to the on-screen keyboard found on your phone.
As far as battery life is concerned, the company states that the battery can last up to 18 months, although your mileage may vary. It makes use of 2 AA batteries and you can look at how much juice it has left using the Logitech Gaming Software.
Is the Logitech G613 any good? I would say a solid YES! It performs really well and it can indeed rival its wired counterparts in terms of performance. There is no apparent lag and the Romer-G switches help you excel in your games thanks to its quick performance.
Its wireless and Bluetooth capabilities are topnotch and it can pair with your devices with ease. The battery life is rated to last up to 18 months which is pretty impressive. This just goes to show that the keyboard makes use of the battery wisely.
It is also a good gaming keyboard thanks to its 6 programmable keys which you can program using their easy-to-use software.
If you are wary of using a wireless mechanical gaming keyboard, don’t be! The Logitech G613 is definitely worth buying if you want to have a wireless gaming setup.