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Logitech G513 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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Logitech Gaming Software

The Logitech Gaming Software driver has followed a similar format for quite some time. Still, the newest release (the version in the photos is 9.00.42) supporting the G513 has a few new surprises, so let’s take another look.

LGS is a “unified” driver suite, all compatible Logitech devices will show here – simply click on the icon that represents your device and all corresponding settings will be revealed. The Home screen usually just contains shortcuts to some of the other screens – clicking on the highlighted portions of the G513 here will simply swap to the Macro Editor.

The G513 doesn’t contain any dedicated macro keys (G keys in Logispeak), but the function keys do a great job of standing in if necessary. When first opening this particular screen in LGS, your system will be scanned for current game installs that have corresponding pre-made profiles. This search/scan can be re-run manually at any time. Any existing profiles will be automatically populated for your device if found.

The Command Editor is very flexible and one of the better macro utilities out there for gaming keyboards that I’ve seen. It can map keys to a single Keystroke, or any of the following options:
– Multi Key (what most would consider a “macro”, just a series of consecutive keypresses with or without delays)
– Text Block (many streamers would probably use this to advertise their stream in in-game chat)
– Mouse Function (including scrolling)
– Media (play/pause/next etc.)
– Hotkeys (Alt+F4, Ctrl+C etc.)
– Shortcut (for local programs, network shares, computers, URLs and more)
– Function (Email, Web Browser, Calculator, and some LGS-specific options)
– Ventrilo (Mainly mute/PTT options)

The Lighting Mode screen is where all the real fun starts for customize-ability, especially with the per-key RGB capabilities of the G513. It contains a few different modes – Freestyle is pictured above, where you can select individual keys and make them whatever color you wish. You can drag the cursor around a group of keys, just like selecting folders or files in Windows. That makes this process very intuitive and fun to play with, which is very important for a keyboard with such extensive customization.

The Zones mode breaks the keyboard down into areas, for easily-selectable – well, zones – that can be colored as a set.

Effects contain some of the more advanced/fancy lighting, like the ever popular look-at-my-rainbow-keyboard color wave. A new Ripple option makes an appearance for the G513 (it doesn’t seem to be available yet on my G910 Orion Spark).

The Your Effects mode is where the real fancy stuff is located – and I mean that in the best of ways. The built-in effects are some of the most creative and unique I’ve seen on RGB boards, and really do a great job of showcasing the potential of Logitech’s particular blend of RGB processing. A real-time example of the chosen effect will be displayed above as it simultaneously is displayed on the keyboard itself. Any one of these examples can be copied and modified. It’s worth checking them out first to get a feel for the Custom Effect Lighting editor, but you can also start a new effect entirely from scratch. The next page will have a quick snapshot of some of these effects, and a quick perusal of YouTube will no doubt find many similar demonstrations.

The Gaming Mode screen allows you to select additional keys that are disabled when the keyboard is placed in Gaming Mode – simple enough! Just click the key on the image to disable it, or select it again to enable it in gaming mode.

Finally, the Input Analysis screen allows the Logitech Gaming Software to keep track of key presses (or duration). I’ve seen this feature in other software applications, and still can’t imagine a use for it – perhaps you could all help me out with that one! At least it’s there for those users that are looking for this feature.

The additional buttons launch Overwolf (if installed – it’s also an option to install along with LGS) or open the LGS settings menu (which may have different tabs depending on the device installed). Some legacy or additional configuration options can be found here. A help button rounds out the icons; a sub menu contains some social media links, product registration, and “check for updates” option.


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