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Logitech G513 Carbon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: Logitech International S.A.
Product Name: G513 Carbon Tactile, G513 Carbon Linear
Model Number: 920-008860 (Tactile), 920-008848 (Linear)
UPC: 097855139207 (Tactile), 097855139191 (Linear)
Price As Tested: $129.99 – Tactile (Amazon | NewEgg), Linear (Amazon | Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Logitech.

I had a sudden realization. I’ve been reviewing products for Benchmark Reviews for the better part of a decade, and I have yet to review a Logitech product. That doesn’t seem right, does it? After all, Logitech is nearly synonymous with computer peripherals, having started in Switzerland in 1981 producing my favorite peripheral (the computer mouse). In fact, I’m willing to bet the majority of you will be able to look down at your work desks and see one of their products sitting right in front of you.

So how did I arrive at my current lack of coverage of one of the world’s leading computer peripheral manufacturers? It certainly wasn’t for lack of interest – in fact, far from it. It’s most likely because when an opportunity arose to review a Logitech product, I already had one in front of me.  From a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick that is – well, I have no idea how old, to the G700 still being used at work, to the G502/G303/G203/G703/two G403s sitting on various desks at home (yes, they’re all being used, although the G9x and G300 are retired…), as well as the G903/G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow/G633 Artemis Spectrum/G560 headsets and speakers. It’s fair to say I’ve had quite a bit of exposure to Logitech peripherals regardless. And that’s just their gaming range…

That was why I was so excited to have the opportunity to take a closer look at Logitech’s newest offering in their keyboard range, the G513. I’ve been searching for a replacement for my current go-to “workhorse” keyboard, the G413 (itself a near-spiritual replacement for my previous favorite, a Func KB-460 – oh, to find another mechanical keyboard with a wrist rest, clean lines, and USB ports!!) I’ve tried a few different options (G910 – my current gaming favorite, G810, G410, G105, G15…) but the G413 checked a lot of boxes for me: clean lines, relatively compact, quality feel, a built-in USB port, backlit keys…the gunmetal finish and crisp Romer-G switches were a delightful bonus. I missed having a wrist rest, and the option to pick a color other than red LEDs would be nice…

Enter the G513. Per-key RGB backlighting (including LIGHTSYNC, an intelligent RGB applet that can automatically update the keyboard based on the images on-screen), a waterproof leatherette + memory foam wrist rest, a pass-through USB port and sophisticated clean lines check all of the boxes to completely supplant my previous choices. Will these features be enough to make you consider the G513 for your next keyboard? Stay tuned, because Benchmark Reviews was given a chance to take a look at the G513 and something even newer: Logitech’s first Romer-G switch variation, the Romer-G Linear.  We’ll dig into all these features and more over the next few pages, so let’s get started.


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