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Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard review

Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Logitech is well known for its PC gaming peripherals, and with reason: the ones that have passed through TR, like the G9 Laser Mouse, have consistently won awards. Over the years, the company has provided an extensive range including joypads and joysticks, steering wheels, gaming keyboards and mice. The one surprising omission from its lineup has always been gaming keypads along the lines of the Saitek's Cyborg Command Unit or Belkin/Razer's N52te, but now Logitech is looking to rectify this omission with its new G13 Advanced Gameboard.

For those of you new to the idea of a gaming keypad, or Gameboard as Logitech prefers to call it, it's essentially a small custom keypad (akin to a keyboard's number pad) with programmable keys and usually with an analogue joystick thrown in, all within easy reach without requiring you to move your hand from the built-in wrist rest.

Logitech has stuck to this basic formula, but added much that makes the G13 stand out. Touches like backlighting that can be any colour of the rainbow and a fully programmable LCD display as found on the company's gaming keyboards appear to give the G13 a definite edge over its well-established rivals. However, like with so many technology products that don't have a defined set of properties, it's surprising how often manufacturers get it wrong. So let's see if the G13 is the one to beat them all.

The first things that you might notice about the G13 are its size and weight. At 650g, this is no lightweight, and combined with its broad rubber feet means it sits very solidly on your desk. It also takes up more room than most, measuring 24cm top to bottom. Build quality is excellent throughout: the G13 feels like it could take any abuse a heated gaming session might inspire you to lavish on it.

The design is very attractive with elegant and sharp lines, with its mostly black, matte finish avoiding the garishness that occasionally afflicts gaming peripherals. Overall, it gives a sense of luxury few peripherals can match. The comfortably-sloped wrist rest is padded with a soft rubbery material which provides excellent grip, though if we're being incredibly picky for those with bigger hands the 'slippery' silver Logitech inset is not placed ideally.

Keldon

March 28, 2009, 7:52 am

I really like this, looks like a top notch logitech product as always.





Do the keys offer the same programability (if thats a word) as the G keys on the G11/15?





Now I Just need a reason to justify its purchase to my good lady, other than it matches my Kboard and Mouse :p

beardybuck

March 30, 2009, 1:12 am

Hmm, I've tried one of these before and it was too small for my mits. Would someone with big hands be able to use it I wonder?

TechVegan

March 30, 2009, 2:56 pm

@Keldon:


Indeed a top notch product, if not quite the end-all I had hoped.


Yes, the G13's keys offer the same programmability as Logitech's other gaming peripherals.


As to justification... erm, 'its palm-rest is softer than my other peripherals?' :)





@beardybuck:


Well, I have fairly large hands myself. How did you find it too small? Keys/ergonomics/etc?

Will Robinson

March 30, 2009, 4:24 pm

To be clear, is the joypad on the left - as I think you suggest in your written review - or on the right - as apparently shown in the photos?

TechVegan

March 30, 2009, 5:25 pm

@Will Robinson:


Oops, I meant "to the right" {top of page 2}, hence "It's worth noting though that if the functionality of this section is not required, the G13 is perfectly comfortable for left-handed use."


Thanks for the spot!

Petty Japantimes

December 4, 2014, 5:15 am

QUOTE;- "..Since the G13 is otherwise symmetrical, it's also a pity Logitech did not make the small section with the stick and two thumb-buttons attachable to either side.."

Doesn`t the author know that we left-handers are an oppressed minority; and revel in the discrimination through practically all products (including in weapons).

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