Today we’re gonna be taking a look at logitech’s new keyboard the g5 13 carbon now the most exciting thing about this keyboard is that it’s coming with the new linear Romer G switch so let’s go ahead and just take a look at this keyboard.
Logitech G513 Keyboard Review
starting as always with construction and design the Logitech G 513 carbon is a mechanical gaming keyboard with an exposed switch design it features a classy looking brushed aircraft-grade aluminum top plate which is available in both the carbon finish that you see here and a silver finish just keep in mind that the silver version only comes with the tactile Romer G switches you can only get the carbon version with the new linear switch keeping with the classy feel of the board they went with a simple black G logo in the top right corner and I actually think with this board having an RGB illuminated logo would have looked a little bit out of place here at first glance the g5 13 carbon seems to be rather minimalistic but it’s actually got quite a bit of features and extras packed into it one of my favorite things about the g5 13 is the wrist rest that it comes with it’s far and away the best wrist rest that I’ve had come with a keyboard to date first of all it’s a great size I find that most wrist rests that come with keyboards I review these days are just too short and leave my palms still resting partly on the desk the g5 13’s wrist rest is big enough so that that just doesn’t happen it’s also made of memory foam that’s wrapped in a waterproof sweat resistant leatherette that gives it a lot of durability and it does feel really great on the hands just keep in mind that it’s not magnetic but it does have six beefy rubberized pads so it’s not going to be going anywhere anyways additionally the g5 13 comes with 12 extra key caps in two key cap fuller these keys are done up in the angular style of some of Logitech’s previous gaming keyboards like the Orion spark I personally didn’t like the angled keys on the whole board on those keyboards but I do appreciate them including them for use on the more commonly used keys for gaming because I do think that a good amount of people are going to use them the included keys cover one two three four five qwe R and a SD I do think they probably should have included an F key for some mobile players out there who use that key a lot but either way it’s always nice to see some extra key caps included with the board the g5 13 doesn’t have any dedicated macro or media keys and as a macro user I find that to be just a little bit of a bummer but you do get media controls by way of the function key which is just fine by me although I do kind of miss not having a dedicated volume scroll wheel as for some other notable extras there is a USB pass-through on the right side of the back of the board which is always nice to have and I thought it was a nice touch that the caps lock and gaming mode indicators are RGB enabled as well as I’ve just never seen that before but where is the number and scroll lock indicators in terms of lighting the g5 13 brings all the super bright lighting goodness that comes with Logitech’s own rubber G switches all of the key caps are illuminated with very vivid colors thanks to the light pipe design of the switches just keep in mind that while the characters themselves are very bright there isn’t any light spillover on the board and there’s no translucent switch that you would see with cherry now this could be a positive or negative depending on your personal preference when it comes to lighting and I think that the roamer G lighting style fits with the design of the g5 thirteen really well and it doesn’t seem underwhelming at all because of the way the board was designed to look of course the g5 13 does come with full perky sixteen point eight million color RGB illumination and is controlled by Logitech Gaming software in this software you can configure lighting profiles and create macros that can be saved directly onto the keyboards memory the heat mapping feature is pretty cool too overall LG s is a very intuitive software that you can tell us had some serious work done to make the interface look clean and professional I do wish that there was a little bit more preset options and that you could do some more layering to the preset lighting effects but overall the software is pretty good of course one of the most exciting things about the g5 13 carbon is the introduction of the new linear Romer G switch the new linear switches have almost identical specs to their tactile counterparts which the only difference is that they have a point two millimeter longer travel distance both switches have an actuation distance of one point two millimeters with an actuation force of 45 grams the tactile switch has a total travel distance of three millimeters while the linear switch is 3.2 performance-wise the linear G feels buttery smooth one of the great things about the romaji switch design is that they have virtually zero key wobble which makes them have a really solid feel these might just be the best feeling linear switches that I’ve tried to date there’s just one thing that does bother me a little bit about them though there’s a slight pinging sound when you bottom out the keys really hard and for example you’ll also hear it a little bit when you release your spacebar really quickly just keep that in mind if you’re a heavy-handed type ER it’s not glaringly obvious but it might be a little bit bothersome to some of you and since I have both versions of the g5 13 carbon with me here is a quick back-to-back sound test of the tactile and linear Romer G switch the key caps are made of ABS plastic and have a nice smooth texture to them the font is nice and simple which I always find a little bit easier to look at and all of the secondary characters are nicely illuminated including the keys with the functions that are illuminated on the sides the underside of the keyboard has six rubberized pads and two rubberized extendable legs there’s also a cable routing system meant for a headset or a mouse the cable channel also runs all the way through the wrist rest as well so you can have your headset coming right out from the center of your keyboard overall the g5 13 carbon is in my opinion the best keyboard Logitech has put out so far it’s not overly busy like the Orion keyboards were but it still gives you all the gaming extras that you could want – my beloved macro keys of course the new linear switches are a great addition and bring some welcome switch variety to Logitech’s portfolio add to that the beautiful carbon colored aluminum top plate and the very comfortable premium feeling wrist rest make the g5 13 a keyboard that’s very easy for me to recommend with a of one the g5 13 isn’t cheap but I think you’ll find that what you get feels like it’s worth the money as the build quality is top-notch I think I’m gonna be keeping this board on my desk for a while well that’s it for the review guys let me know in those comments down below what you think about Logitech new linear romaji switch.
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