Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Logitech is a company that needs no introduction and is so well known that just about any store on the planet that sells electronics likely has some of their products on shelves. Some of our first gaming peripherals, long before we reviewed peripherals, were mainly Logitech, and we assume that at some point in your life, it is highly likely that you have owned at least one of their products in your time with PCs. In the time we have been a reviewer, we have seen some mainstream things, some very exotic gamer-oriented parts, and have been offered anything we feel worth reviewing from them over the years, that we have come to know them well, and have a feel for what to expect when it comes to new products, at least for the most part.
With the latest product up for review, we are taking a step back to take a giant leap forward! By this, we mean to say that for those that love keyboards with some form of backlighting, this may not be for you...unless! The main drive of this product is not to be the flashiest keyboard on the market, but to deliver a dependable daily driver with some options for gaming as well as productivity, all while eliminating the cable. Taking that a step further, this specific keyboard boasts a life of eighteen months (depending on use) by incorporating a smart shutdown and wake system. If the keyboard does not detect activity, it shuts down quickly, but on the flip side, any press of the keyboard can wake it, and said keypress is registered as well!
The Gaming moniker does come with the Logitech G613, and we cannot dispute that there are features that benefit gamers, but first and foremost the G613 is a full-sized beast of a mechanical keyboard, ready to take any abuse you can throw at it, and all without needing a cable for the PC or any other Bluetooth devices you may want to type on as well! Wireless keyboards have been the trend lately, and we like where this was headed. At this point, products such as this G613 Wireless Gaming Mechanical Keyboard have come so far, that the line is no longer blurry, it almost ceases to exist at all!
Snipping the specifications chart from the G613 product page, you can see what Logitech covers. The physical specs start things off, and we feel someone was confused with the dimensional entries. The width of the keyboard is 448mm, and the depth from front to back is 216mm, and it is the height with the feet locked in that is 33mm. The weight of the G613 is said to be 1410 grams, which is weighty, and with the pair of double-A batteries that power it, the weight gets up to 1460 grams, which is slightly more than three pounds! Speaking of batteries, if you jump ahead a couple of sections, you can see the estimated usage on a set of batteries is an astounding eighteen months!
The keyboard comes with an enclosed frame, which surrounds a full layout of Romer-G Tactile switches. Each switch offers a seventy-million click lifespan, which is better than most! Actuation distance to the bump in the tactile switch is 1.5mm and requires 45 grams of force to be done. All told, from resting position to a complete collapse of the switch and bottoming out is 3.2mm.
There are some requirements of the PC you wish to attach the 920-008386, G613, to a PC. First is that there must be a free USB 2.0 ports so that Lightspeed wireless can function. Functionality is not just for Windows; it includes Mac OS X, Chrome, and Android. Bluetooth is also a requirement for complete functionality, not so much with a PC, although it can be used for multiple systems in that manner, it is more in the vane of using the wireless to talk to the PC, while the phone, tablet, laptop, whatever, is connected via Bluetooth. You will also need an internet connection to obtain the software, which is no longer the LGS we are used to, but something called Logitech G HUB.
As we look around for the Logitech G613, which is backed by a two-year warranty, pricing is something you will want to pay attention too. While the MSRP was set at $129.99 when it released, time has passed, and as it tends to, the price has come down. Right now, while still near $100 at Newegg, as we look to Amazon, the G613 Wireless Gaming keyboard is just $72.90 including free shipping! In our mind, this is a terrific price point, and if you missed the initial release of this keyboard, for those with the need for wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, this is one of the best built, most affordable options out there!
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