Using a membrane keyboard is like the PC Master Race's version of playing with a janky third-party bargain-bin console gamepad. Logitech's G413 mechanical gaming keyboard is designed to make the transition from rubber domes to mechanical switches a little less expensive than usual. The G413 packs the same Logitech-exclusive Romer-G switches as the company's much pricier G Pro and Orion keyboards, but foregoes its bigger brothers' RGB LED backlighting.
The G413 appears to be stripped of extraneous features and aimed at gamers looking for the precision of mechanical key switches in a compact package with few frills, much like HyperX's Alloy FPS keyboard. Logitech even throws in an extra set of keycaps with a unique look and texture, like HyperX did with the Alloy FPS. The key (ba-dum-ching) difference here is the use of Logitech's in-house Romer-G switches, which the company says offer 70-million-keypress durability and 25% faster actuation than competing designs. The Romer-G switches have the same 45 g actuation force as Cherry MX Reds, but their 3-mm travel distance is shorter than the Cherry switches' typical 4-mm travel.
The Logitech G413 has an anodized aluminum top plate available in two different colors, and an integrated USB 2.0 pass-through port for use with a mouse or other peripherals. The keyboard measures 17.5" x 5.1" x 1.4" (45 cm x 13 cm x 3.4 cm) and weighs in at 2.4 lbs. (1.1 kg). Users can program macros to the F1-F12 keys using the included Logitech Gaming Software. Of course, the G413 has all the requisite gamer specs like N-key rollover, anti-ghosting, and the ability to disable the Windows key.
Logitech offers the G413 in two versions. The G413 Carbon has a black body and switches with red LED illumination, while the G413 Silver has the same black key caps with a silver top plate and white backlighting. The Silver model will be offered exclusively at Best Buy, though it also appears in Logitech's online store. Both versions share the same $90 asking price.