A solid wireless mechanical keyboard for those who really want to cut cords.
Logitech G613 Wireless Gaming Keyboard
The G613 is one of the first keyboards that I’m aware of to properly combine mechanical switches with wireless operation. I’m discounting keyboards such as the Filco Majestouch MINILA Air because that only uses Bluetooth, which definitely doesn’t perform as well as a connection made over the 2.4GHz band. The G613 uses Logitech’s Romer-G switches and Cherrystyle stabilizers, which feature a very slight tactile bump and are probably closest to Cherry MX Brown switches. I’ve actually never been a fan of Romer-G switches, as I find they can be quite fatiguing to type on over long hours. Having said that, the switches on the G613 feel diﬀerent, although Logitech didn’t highlight any changes that it made. It’s diﬃcult to describe, but it feels crisper, and I like them better than other Logitech keyboards such as the G Pro.
The diﬀerent feel could be attributed to any number of reasons, and things such as the keycaps and base plate can aﬀect how you perceive the switches. Despite its mostly plastic construction, build quality feels solid, and there’s little, if any flex to the keyboard.
The G613 is no-nonsense for those who want a simple wireless gaming keyboard that works. It has no backlighting of any sort, and while I’m willing to forgo RGB customizations, it would have been nice to see at least a single-color white backlight to help those who work in low light.
You do get a column of six programmable keys to which you can assign custom commands in the Logitech Gaming Software, which is definitely helpful. However, it adds bulk to the keyboard for those who don’t need them, and I’d much rather have had the ability to reprogram some of the other keys instead.
You’ll also find a bunch of media controls at the top right of the keyboard, including buttons to toggle Bluetooth mode and Gaming mode. It’s not particularly elegant, but it sure is functional, and it’s diﬃcult to find fault with it at this price.
A final thing to note though is that the G613 also runs oﬀ a pair of AA batteries. Logitech claims months-long battery life, but time will tell if it holds out.
The Romer-G switches use their
own key stem design, so they
won’t work with most third-party
AT A GLANCE
478 x 216 x 33mm
1,410g (without batteries)
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