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Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard - Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard

Summary

Our Score:

8

Just above the G13's padded wrist-rest to the right is a small stick like you might find on a joypad, with two large grey buttons for your thumb just beside it. Unfortunately the stick is only a four-way affair rather than the full analog eight-way model you'll find on a joypad, and thus more limited in its use. This is an even greater shame considering Saitek's Cyborg Command Unit, which has been on the market for a while now, offers a full analog thumb stick that can even be mapped to act as a mouse.

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 (similarly to the number-pad on Microsoft's ingenious SideWinder X6 Keyboard), which would have made its G13 the only ambidextrous game keypad on the market aside from the Zboard Fang. It's worth noting though that if the functionality of this section is not required, the G13 is perfectly comfortable for left-handed use.

Above the wrist-rest is a selection of 22 keyboard-like keys labeled G1 to G22. In the top two rows, four buttons with indents act as the WASD buttons by default. The rest of the buttons are arranged so as to be easily accessible by moving from these or for either thumb or pinky finger. Just above the G-keys are a set of M-keys. The first three of these switch between configurations, while the fourth one (labeled MR) allows you to record keyboard macros and assign them to any G-key in real-time.

At the peripheral's top we have what differentiates it most from other gamepads: an LCD screen (referred to as a GamePanel by Logitech) with its own set of controls below it. These consist of five small but easy-to-use rubberized buttons. The first, a small round button to the left, acts as a switch between the screen's various functions. The next four are a set of rectangular context-sensitive buttons below the screen whose functions vary depending on what the GamePanel is displaying.

With the GamePanel set to 'CountDown Timer' mode, for example, they allow you to stop/start or reset a pre-configurable stopwatch and countdown. On the 'RSS Reader' setting, they let you switch between feeds, call up a summary or open the original article with your browser. Other (non-interactive) functions of the GamePanel LCD include monitoring CPU and RAM usage, a date/clock and new email display and key profiling/scripting. These functions are fully configurable through Logitech LCD Manager, and further ones might be added in the future through software updates.

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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