Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard Review
Logitech G13 is one in a small subcategory of game peripherals called a keypad – or gamepad, if you want, although try searching for it and you will end up with a regular controller more often than not. The game keyboard is designed to be used with one hand (usually your left hand) and has a series of buttons that are more ergonomically optimized for the type of complex finger movements you need when playing games. They also usually come with a high level of customization so you can make your keys do what you want, instead of trying to adapt your game playing habits to a QWERTY keyboard that is designed first and foremost for text input.
The Logitech G13 is a programmable gaming keypad with 22 fixed buttons, a four-way control stick, and two programmable modifier keys. The included Logitech software – which is also used by the company throughout its line of game peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets – allows you to program each key. You can make keys that correspond to one key on your keyboard, multi-key shortcuts (like, say, Ctrl-Tab or Alt-F4), or even sequence of several commands that run on one line.
It also has three layout buttons and a macro recording button. The layout button allows you to switch between several preset button settings. With G13, you can also change the layout of the buttons you use without changing any settings or opening the Logitech application. That gives you the good flexibility to create the exact plan you need for different parts of the game and access it with one push.
Finally, the G13 has a plain LCD screen. You can pick to set this display to show the time and date, the game profile you are using, the countdown timer, or perhaps the most useful. If your computer starts working hard, you can see at a glance which parts of your machine are overworked.
Overall, this is sturdy hardware. The ergonomic curve gives your wrist sufficient support, and the buttons tilt gently so that your fingers easily find the button you want to press, rather than doing complicated finger exercises to reach the key you want. One small minus G13 have is that the thumbstick seems to be useful for analog motion, but can only point in one of four directions. You can assign each of the four directions to the button or function, but it’s not as useful as the right analog stick
The Bad > Steep learning curve. Labor intensive setup. Not Plug-and-Play. The clickable joystick is difficult to click.
The Good > Ergonomic comfort and superior control. Programmable 22-button keypad with swappable maps and profiles. Onboard memory. Extra-long cable.
Conclusion > definitely a niche product, but with a comfortable design and wide array of features, it’s a good fit for the diehard gamer.
Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard Specification
|Connection Type||Corded USB|
|USB Type||Full Speed USB 2.0|
|Indicator Lights (LED)||N/A|
|Built in USB Hub||N/A|
|LCD||Monochrome display, Non-adjustable tilt|
|Cable Length||2.438 meters or 8 feet (Not Braided)|
|Gameboard||171 mm (6.73 inch)||243 mm (9.57 inch)||38 mm (1.5 inch)||600 g (21.16 ounce)|
Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard Driver
|Logitech G HUB|
Logitech Gaming Software (64-Bit)
Logitech Gaming Software (32-Bit)
Logitech G HUB (Mac)
|Logitech Gaming Software (Mac)|