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Logitech G413 SE mechanical gaming keyboard review

Logitech has a proven track record of developing products of consistently high quality. With its latest entry, the G413 SE, Logitech seems to be aiming for longevity and performance. Equipped with brown LongHua tactile switches and a slim design, the G413 SE aims to offer gamers a competitive gaming board at a more cost-effective price.

However, with this desire for a cost-effective solution, it’s inevitable that some features that gamers are used to aren’t present on Logitech’s G413 SE board. In some respects the board could be classified as a stripped down version of the G413. With that in mind, one wonders if what’s there in the G413 SE makes up for what’s not there. So, without further ado, let’s take some time to answer this question. Grab a coffee, sit back and watch our review of the Logitech G413 SE.

specifications

  • Current Price: $79.99 (Amazon)
  • Construction: 104 full size keyboard
  • Switch: Long Hua Brown Tactile
  • Operating Force: 50g
  • Total driving distance: 4.0mm
  • Connection type: USB 2.0
  • Backlight: Yes (white LED lighting per key)
  • Keycaps: PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) keycaps
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Housing: Aluminum top case with hard plastic base
  • Dimensions
    • Length: 435mm
    • Width: 127mm
    • Height: 36.3mm
    • Weight: 780g
  • Cable Length: 1.8m

Built Logitech Tough

On the surface, the Logitech G413 SE looks like a pretty basic looking board. Its all-black design is accented with a simple, shiny silver logo in the upper-right corner. On closer inspection, however, you quickly realize that there is more going on here than you think.

First off, the board’s top case has a beautiful brushed aluminum finish that looks sleek and clean. The underside of the board is made of hard, durable plastic with a matte finish that gives the entire board a clean, simple look. The keycaps are made of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), a high-quality plastic that can withstand extreme temperatures and is resistant to all types of solvents.

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Essentially, the keycaps are designed to withstand long gaming sessions with sweaty, Cheeto-encrusted fingers mercilessly pressing the keys. While I can’t confirm the Cheetos-crusted finger test, being more of a pretzel type myself, I can say that the buttons left almost no fingerprints after my testing sessions and look and feel durable.

The keys are Long Hua brown tactile mechanical keys, resulting in a smooth tactile typing experience. Rated to last 50 million cycles, so you can get the most out of your A, W, S, and D keys. A simple white backlight once again illuminates each individual key, borrowing from that clean, simple look. A 1.8m USB cable isn’t fancy, but provides enough length to run to your nearby tower.

The general appearance of the G413 SE is simple and functional. It was designed to take serious punishment. With the brown tactile buttons, it also tries to strike a balanced middle ground for gamers, giving them a quieter, tactile gaming experience. Overall the board looks clean, feels good on the fingers and gets the job done.

characteristics

I referenced the G413 mechanical board in the introduction to this review. I did this because it’s difficult to look at the G413 SE without comparing it to its brother. While the G413 offers USB passthrough, support for Logitech’s G-Hub software for customizable profiles, lighting effects, macro support, and additional gaming-specific keycaps, the SE doesn’t.

The G413 SE is a simple plug and play board. There are some basic function key supports like key backlight brightness, 5 light effect settings and basic media controls. Other than that, the SE really doesn’t bring much else to the table. Compared to the G413, it honestly feels a bit barebones, at least in terms of featuresdot. This makes it a little hard to swallow considering how closely priced the two keyboards are.

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That being said, the existing features all work exceptionally well. I would argue that this is actually to the board’s advantage. For gamers like me who already use many different software suites to manage aspects of my gaming experience, it was actually quite nice to be able to just plug in and use the G413 SE. Another aspect of the included features is that I didn’t need a manual to figure out how to use things like lighting effects, media controls, or brightness.

All of this is clearly marked on the board. With that in mind, I wanted to mention that I really appreciated where the markers for each feature are located. Rather than cram it on top of the keycap like most boards, Logitech has strategically placed them on the side of the keycap. This makes it visible and clear at a glance what the key does. It’s one simple thing that has actually made a much bigger difference in my experience than I thought it would.

The bottom line is that the Logitech G413 SE is designed for gamers who don’t want the hassle of customizing features and customizing colors. This board prioritizes function over features and that definitely came through in my testing.

performance

The G413 SE is equipped with all the performance components needed for a solid gaming experience. The brown LongHua tactile switches feel and function like my Cherry switches on one of my other mechanical boards. Side by side, the tactile experience felt exactly the same. The tactile response I get from the LongHua switches feels exactly like the Cherry switches.

While I can’t confirm the longevity of these, they’re rated at 50 million cycles, so I expect they’ll be able to handle anything I throw at them over the long term. Keystrokes gave the kind of subtle response I’ve come to expect from the cherry brown switches. Also, the brown LongHua keystroke tone delivers for those of us who like a little click in our keystroke.

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Speaking of keystrokes, the G413 SE also features 6-key rollover with anti-ghosting. This essentially means you can face-roll up to six keys at a time, with all six keys registering the keystroke. In practice I have found that this works quite well. During my gameplay testing, I never experienced a moment where the board didn’t register a button press, even during more hectic moments. In today’s gaming experience, an anti-ghost keyboard is a must and the G413 SE delivers.

One of the other aspects of this board that has stood the test of time is its resistance to wear and tear. The board doesn’t seem to leave any real fingerprints on the keys themselves. However, it’s worth noting that the brushed aluminum top case is prone to oil residue from your fingers, meaning it will smudge.

The G413 SE performed exceptionally well in all my tests. Lacking or requiring G-Hub support for performance, it’s actually an ideal keyboard for those using it on multiple devices on different platforms. In my case, I was able to quickly unplug it from my gaming rig and plug it into my Macbook Pro and keep working.

This might seem like a simple thing, but for anyone who has ever attempted to connect a gaming peripheral to a Mac, it usually comes with confusion, things not working, and a general level of frustration. The G413 SE eliminates that. It works wherever you plug it. This included my Mac, the Xbox Series S, and my PS4 Pro. There’s an appreciation when things just work flawlessly, and the G413 SE excels at just working, no questions asked.

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Final Thoughts

The Logitech G413 SE is a solid mechanical keyboard that excels in performance. It’s not packed with all the fancy RGB and macro programming we’ve come to expect from a gaming board, but it also doesn’t come with the headaches associated with setting up and maintaining such boards. What it lacks in features, it more than makes up for in function. Its simple, durable design means it can accommodate a variety of settings and configurations without a lot of extra work.

If you’re looking for a solid, reliable keyboard from a trusted brand, the Logitech G413 SE is for you. Although it lacks some of the features of its brother, the G413, it still offers exceptional performance and offers a long-term solution to your gaming needs. The challenge is that the two prices are so close together that it might be difficult to decide which is the better board for you. Ultimately, it comes down to what your preference for features is. If you’re looking for a plug-and-play experience with little fuss and ease of use, the G413 SE is a solid choice. With an MSRP of $79.99, Logitech’s G413 SE is a board worth considering.

The product described in this article was provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.

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