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Logitech Lightspeed Mouse & Keyboard Review – Wireless without compromise

  • September 24, 2017

The G613 keyboard, too, is a great piece of hardware, though a couple elements keep it from reaching the heights of the mouse.

The board, like all of Logitech’s other gaming-focused keyboards, uses Logitech’s Romer-G mechanical switches. I’ve adapted to them since I first started using the G810 keyboard a while back, and they’ve become my preferred switches over Cherry MX, Kailh, and other keyswitches.

This is a huge keyboard, you guys. And that’s both a strength and a weakness. This is a full-sized keyboard, complete with a numberpad, a built-in wrist rest, and even a set of six programmable macro keys. If you want a minimalist look on your desk or don’t like wrist rests, the G613 might be right-out.

And really, the overall build of the board is its biggest downfall. It’s not bad in any way, but it’s not great, either. The wrist rest is pretty plastic-y, and doesn’t have any kind of material over it for a more comfortable feel. Since it’s built in, that’s just something you’ll have to deal with. And where so many Logitech keyboards have had some nice, premium-feeling media keys, the keys on this one aren’t anything special. Instead of a volume roller, the G613 just has buttons. They do the job, but they’re not amazing.

The macro keys are placed at the far left-hand side of the keyboard. It seems like fairly logical placement, but I often found myself hitting the topmost of the macro keys when I meant to hit the escape key – there’s a learning curve, in other words.

The other part that makes the keyboard tough to swallow is the price tag. Where the feels like a steal at $69.99, the keyboard rings up at $149.99. That’s actually not bad – it’s only about $30 more than the G810, and $10 more than the G910. Mechanical keyboards are inherently pretty expensive, and all the brand-exclusive features in Logitech’s keyboards kick up that price a little bit. I’d love to see the whole line drop in price, but if other keyboards in the line are appealing, this one shouldn’t lose much luster.

The battery life and flexibility of the G603 and G613 alone make them appealing pieces of hardware. They have all the usual Logitech benefits of reliable build quality and a generally good “feel,” but they offer wireless functionality with very few compromises. I’d love to see the G613 offered as a tenkeyless model, and with an optional wrist rest, but as it is, it’s still a piece piece of hardware worth a look.

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