Logitech launched two mechanical keyboards to its lineup on Monday. Delivery in February, the boards are a part of the corporate’s PC gaming model, however with their $70 beginning value and basic, toned-down look, they’re additionally fascinating candidates for somebody in search of a productiveness keyboard with mechanical switches.
The Logitech G G413 SE and G413 TKL SE are $80 and $70, respectively, providing an inexpensive entry level for individuals who would possibly assume mechanical keyboards are too costly. Logitech, particularly its G gaming model, is not afraid to overload its keyboards with RGB lighting, however the backlight on these boards is available in white solely. The standard G413 is on the market with an all-white or all-red backlight.
A subdued look continues with a high case made from aluminum-magnesium alloy with a brushed black end that matches the black PBT keycaps. The plastic ought to be an improve from the non-SE G413’s ABS plastic keyboards, as PBT is usually extra immune to degradation over time.
Beneath these keycaps are what Logitech calls “tactile mechanical switches.” That phrase suggests one thing like Cherry MX Browns, however Logitech did not specify the precise swap used. In accordance with the full-size SE keyboard’s product page, the switches actuate at 1.9 mm with 50 g of pressure and backside out at 4 mm. The web page did not specify how a lot pressure is required to really feel the discernible bump of the tactile swap. We have requested Logitech for extra info and can replace this story if we hear again.
In any case, the G413 SE’s switches differ from the Logitech Romer-G tactile switches used on the usual G413 (1.5 mm actuation level, 45 g of pressure, tactile bump at 50 g, bottoming out at 3.2 mm). Shorter actuation factors that require much less pressure to hit might make the keys on the G413 simpler to smash rapidly than these on the SE variations, however we’ll have to check the keyboards to make certain. Nonetheless, the switches within the G413 SE have shorter journey than Cherry MX Browns (4 mm/2 mm).
As with the non-SE G413, Logitech just isn’t providing the SE keyboards with linear or clicky switches. Preferences differ by participant, however many avid gamers vouch for linear switches, because the absence of a bump could make it simpler to hit keys repeatedly and rapidly. Logitech insists that the G413 SE line is for avid gamers, pointing to six-key rollover and anti-ghosting, however numerous gaming keyboards supply full n-key rollover.
One sacrifice made to maintain costs decrease is in programmability. In contrast to a lot of Logitech’s gaming peripherals, this board would not appear to work with Logitech’s G Hub software program. It additionally has no onboard reminiscence and doesn’t function reprogrammable keys.
The G413 is listed on Logitech’s website for $70, the identical value because the G413 TKL SE. It is unclear if the usual G413 will get a value minimize as soon as the SE variations launch. The total-size G413 SE is available for preorder.
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