Keyboards, oh how you have changed. From being the undervalued stepchild of the peripheral family to becoming an essential piece of kit for anyone and everyone who wants to build a good setup. I have always been in favour of making the keyboard the last upgrade as it has to do the least important job. After many keyboard reviews I have changed my mind completely, don’t buy the cheap and nasty office keyboards, get a good one, and thanks to Logitech, a good one, does not need to cost an arm and a leg…
I was instantly intrigued when Logitech announced their new and improved G413, now with a TKL version as well Cherry switches. This means you are getting a mechanical gaming keyboard, which is a TKL, minus some RGB, as the Logitech G413 TKL SE does not have RGB, all for an extremely budget price!
Packaging and Design
What has always struck me about the Logitech G range is how minimal, yet, eye-catching their packaging is. They do a good job to provide strong and suitable packaging while keeping it so familiar with fonts and designs that make them instantly recognizable amongst the competitors, the G413 TKL SE packaging is no different
Logitech has in recent years refined the design of their gaming keyboards. With the less-is-more approach, their keyboards might all seem very similar on the outside, but it is the finer details, and most certainly what lays inside, that sets the Logitech range apart from each other. The Logitech G413 TKL SE sits towards the lower end of the range, serving as the first step into the mechanical keyboards. First and foremost, as the name suggests, the Logitech G413 TKL SE is Numpad-less which makes for a great compact design that can easily be confused for a GPro keyboard.
The Logitech G413 TKL SE continues with its clean design throughout the keyboard. The cable, which is unfortunately not detachable or braided, has plenty of length. The media keys are not standalone but built into the F-row and can be accessed using the Fn key. The peculiar thing is that Logitech has decided to flip the Logitech logo, which is usually RGB, on the left corner but instead on the Logitech G413 TKL SE they have decided, to go with a shiny silver logo placed on the right side, accompanied by the Caps and scroll lock lights. Another nod to the “less-is-more” in terms of RGB that they have taken with the G413 TKL SE.
Stepping into the shoes of its much bigger and more expensive brothers, the G815 and G915, that features a metal top plate, the Logitech G413 TKL SE itself features a beautiful black brushed aluminum finish that certainly makes the G413 TKL SE feel much more premium than its price suggests.
For some the G413 name might sound familiar, and you are right, there has been a G413 before. that featured Romer-switches, USB-passthrough, 26key anti-ghosting, and two options of backlight colour. All of these sound nice from the marketing side but they all add to the price. Logitech has decided to strip a lot of these “nice-to-haves” away while still producing a purist gaming keyboard.
Although the Logitech G413 TKL SE does have Cherry switches they are not original models so they are unfortunately not hot-swappable, this means you will need to do some soldering if you were to want to change them out.
The tactile switches that are used in the Logitech G413 TKL SE are comparable to Cherry Brown switches and personally I quite like them. The GPro that I use as my everyday keyboard is a Cherry GX Blue Clicky and they are LOUD! Switching over to the Logitech G413 TKL SE for this review was great. They are tactile enough to not make a noise but feel firm and travel well enough to produce an encouraging feel while the keycaps are slightly rough on top giving you a splendid feel when your fingers are on them. Some of the features that the G413 TKL SE does lack is the remappable buttons, unlike most of the bigger Logitech models, the G413 TKL SE has no G buttons that can be remapped using the Logitech GHub software. Personally, this is not the end of the world for me as I do not ever use them.
- Tactile mechanical Switches
- PBT keycaps
- White LED lighting
- 6 key rollover anti-ghosting
- brushed aircraft quality aluminum alloy top case
The Logitech G413 TKL SE also features only 6 button anti-ghosting. I say “only” because the G413 model before had 26 key anti-ghosting, but if you think of it realistically, you cannot press more than 6 buttons simultaneously, by accident, so I think a 6 button anti-ghosting is a very acceptable level.
Did I mention the bright white RGB? As previously mentioned, the G413 TKL SE only features one backlight colour, being white. But it once again compliments the design and styling of the G413 TKL SE. The fonts on the very well-made PBT keycaps are clear and precise and with the white LED lighting them up they really give the G413 TKL SE a great look while keeping the light bleed at a minimum.
Logitech has taken a mechanical keyboard and stripped back many of the features that spike the price while keeping the essentials to make the Logitech G413 TKL SE a superb entry-level mechanical keyboard. For those who have experienced more premium keyboards, might not gravitate towards the G413 TKL SE, but if you are looking for your first mechanical keyboard, or in need of a budget-friendly replacement, the Logitech G413 TKL SE definitely ticks all the boxes, while looking cool, calm and collected.
Special thanks to Logitech South Africa for the reviewed product