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Logitech G413 TKL SE Review: A robust keyboard that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket!

Does the G413 TKL SE make a good addition to your gaming rig? Read our in-depth to find out.

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When you think of a gaming keyboard you imagine something extravagant that is just as pleasant to look at as it is powerful to work with. However, if you’re looking to build a gaming rig on a budget, extravagance usually takes a backseat in favour of a more performance-oriented device. Logitech’s recently released G413 TKL SE with its clean, minimal design and sturdy build offers just that. Currently priced at Rs 5,995, it is one of the more affordable mechanical gaming keyboards that still has a premium touch to it. We used the Logitech G413 TKL SE for a week, here is our review.

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Logitech G413 TKL SE review: Design

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Pulling the G413 TKL SE out of the box, you’ll immediately notice the clean design and robust build. Logitech has stripped the gaming keyboard to its bare essentials, getting rid of all the bells and whistles without compromising on the make and the form. Inside the box, you will also find the user documentation, a hotkey guide, and a Logitech sticker along with the mechanical keyboard.

Logitech G413 TKL SE review: Design

The ‘TKL’ stands for ‘tenkeyless’ which means that the G413 TKL SE does not have the number pad on the right side of the keyboard. This adds to the compactness of the keyboard and users who do not find much use for the Numpad will welcome this layout. If a Numpad is something you deem essential to a keyboard, you can go for the non-TKL G413 SE. There are also no macro keys, wrist rest, or dedicated media keys (although the F keys double up to serve some media functions). There are capslock and scroll lock indicators on the top right part along with the Logitech logo.

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Moving on, the G413 TKL SE feels like a rock-solid keyboard with the top case made out of a low-carbon aluminium alloy. It is a build that inspires confidence and leaves no questions about the case’s durability. The PBT plastic keypads are an upgrade over the ones found in the standard G413 and give the keyboard a more premium feel. The keys are stable, lacking a significant wobble, and can sustain heavy usage without showing any signs of wear. You can even pull out the pair of feet at the bottom to elevate the keyboard.

The keys are individually illuminated by white LED backlights, with no other colour options. Logitech has not offered RGB lighting on this keyboard. The brightness can be directly controlled from the keyboard itself by using the ‘Fn + F2 or F3’ shortcut. Since the G413 TKL SE is not compatible with Logitech’s G Hub app, this feature does come in handy. Unlike the G413, the keycaps of the G413 TKL SE are swappable.

Logitech G413 TKL SE review: Performance

In terms of performance, the Logitech G413 TKL SE does exactly what it’s supposed to do. We didn’t expect any extra features that would knock our socks off but were anticipating a satisfactory experience while gaming and performing typing tasks. For those looking for an affordable gaming keyboard, the G413 TKL SE is a great place to start. 

Logitech G413 TKL SE review: performance

Perhaps the most important change in the G413 TKL SE is the presence of ‘Long Hua’ switches instead of the Romer-G switches found in its predecessor. The Long Hua is similar to Cherry MX switches but doesn’t replicate the exact performance of Romer-G. You will need a slightly stronger keypress while gaming and typing. However, it is something that you get used to pretty quickly and is an understandable change given the low cost of the keyboard. According to Logitech’s official numbers, the G413 TKL SE offers an Actuation distance of 0.07in with the Actuation force required being 50g. The total travel distance is 0.16in. 

Logitech G413 TKL SE review: performance

We played several different games like Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and DOOM Eternal using the G413 TKL SE. You don’t need a driver or installation software to use this keyboard, it is entirely ‘plug n play.’ The tactile switches performed decently but we were impressed by the degree to which Logitech has restored the low latency on this keyboard. The keypresses were registered immediately and we never felt like the keyboard was a step behind while gaming. With a 6-key rollover, you can press up to 6 keys at once and the keyboard will register your input correctly. We would highly recommend the G413 TKL SE to newbie gamers who are looking for a high-performing keyboard within a budget.

Gaming performance aside, the typing experience on this keyboard was also very satisfactory. However, if you want to use it exclusively for non-gaming-related tasks, there are other more affordable choices you can go for. Unlike other Logitech keyboards, the G413 TKL SE is not compatible with the G Hub software. This means you cannot customise the keys or access any additional functions.

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Verdict

At Rs 5,995, the Logitech G413 TKL SE is a decent entry-level mechanical gaming keyboard. There is no room for complaints when it comes to the durability and robustness of the keyboard. The performance while gaming and typing is also quite satisfactory and you can easily use the keyboard for long gaming sessions without feeling any fatigue. However, the lack of macro keys and G Hub compatibility limits the functionality a tiny bit.

Pros

Robustness, great build quality

PBT keycaps

Low latency while gaming

Price

Cons

No dedicated macro keys

Not compatible with G Hub

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When you think of a gaming keyboard you imagine something extravagant that is just as pleasant to look at as it is powerful to work with. However, if you’re looking to build a gaming rig on a budget, extravagance usually takes a backseat in...Logitech G413 TKL SE Review: A robust keyboard that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket!