Review: Logitech G513 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Logitech continues to offer stellar technology with its gaming peripherals. Having fallen in love with the feel of the G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, I still felt as if it lacked in terms of features that other keyboards have — mainly the RGB. Logitech is rectifying that by implementing RGB with its new G513 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. While not wireless, it looks to complete the RGB suite with heavy customization options and variety in functionality. Available in a Carbon and Silver model, the G513 features two types of mechanical switches: Romer-G Tactile and Romer-G Linear. The G513 also comes with a memory foam palmrest for comfort, something the G613 lacked. The G513 offers a more complete package for the price in comparison to the G613.

RGB is all the buzz in PC gaming right now. It helps set the mood and the ability to customize the keyboard takes the player even deeper. The G513 is a full-spectrum 16.8M RGB keyboard that features per-key lighting. Using the Logitech G Software, animations can be created as quite a few options are pre-loaded. More importantly, using the new LIGHTSYNC technology that is used with the G560 Speakers will deliver game-specific colors for a truly unique experience. Profiles include Fortnite, Battlefield 1 and Grand Theft Auto V along with others. Other default Logitech profiles can include specific keys being lit such as WASD, animations when hitting selected keys, and even a setting where each key consistently changes color and looks like a party. Literally anything can be created. What would be nice would be the option for users to share settings on the internet for their keyboard use. Some of the deep customization can be difficult and time consuming, so it would be excellent if those users could share their animations with the world much like a livery on a car game. Overall, the implementation of RGB in the G513 is fantastic.

The physical composition of the G513 consists of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. You can even smell it pulling out of the box as the G513 just completely resembles a well-oiled machine. The aesthetics looks great and the keyboard is lightweight. It comes with a USB passthrough port that can be used for charting devices or daisy-chaining a mouse or other peripheral. The unit includes additional gaming keycaps with a puller for swapping specific keys for improved usage. A ton of function keys are mapped to the keyboard for volume control, lighting effects, a game mode and onboard memory. The game mode allows specific keys to be disabled during gaming.

The keyboard also features a 26-key rollover and anti-ghosting that allows no lag and any multiple combinations of buttons to be pressed at once. This allows for no input lag as this is something that can be found on cheaper keyboards. One thing to note is that the G513 requires two USB ports for use, so you need to make sure you have enough ports available. If for some reason you try to use this with a laptop that might have only one port available or a similar situation, that could be an issue. Also, unlike the G613, the G513 does not have dedicated ‘G’ keys but does include programmable macros for implementation on the keyboard.

There are three versions of the G513 keyboard available: Carbon Romer-G Linear, Carbon Romer-G Tactile and Silver Romer-G Tactile. We were sent both of the Carbon versions for review, but it’s worth noting that the Romer-G Linear is not available in silver. While the G613 was responsive, it was loud. The switches on the G513 focus on being quieter and 25% faster than standard mechanical switches. Using the Romer-G Linear keyboard, it’s much quieter in usage and provides a quick and comfortable key-action with your fingers. It lacks the springing responsiveness of the G613, but does provide sufficient response. The Linear is much better for every day use and casual gaming. Moving over to the second keyboard, the Romer-G Tactile, this keyboard much closer mimics the G613’s responsiveness. Feedback is extremely fast and the keys include that wonderful mechanical spring. More importantly, the G513 Romer-G Tactile is somewhat quieter than the G613. The only issue I have with the keyboard is that it feels tightly packed as there is an adjustment period for typing. It eventually amounts to superb precision and fluency when typing. Personally, I prefer the springing feedback of the Tactile to the comfort of the Linear. Playing a first-person shooter feels great on the Romer-G Tactile.

Closing Comments:

The Logitech G513 consists of all the options I wish the G613 would have had. While the G513 is a wired keyboard, it includes all the flash and tech to make up for it not being wireless. Having two options for keyboards is a nice touch, but the performance-focused Romer-G Tactile should be the gamer’s go-to. The Linear version is suitable for casual use, but if you’re spending this much, you want performance. While it would be nice for users to be able to share keyboard profiles, that is more tied-in to the Logitech Gaming Software rather than the keyboard itself. Just know that these keyboards require two USB ports and that the Silver version is only available with the Tactile option. The $149.99 MSRP of the G513 is the same as the G613 and does more than the G613 for the same price. Having said that, $149.99 is still a lot for a keyboard even with the technology that is built into this.