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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


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Last but not least as far as buttons go is a small one to the right of the GamePanel controls with a sun as its icon, which switches the G13's backlighting on or off. Though most gaming keypads on the market offer some form of backlighting, none can match Logitech's implementation. Using the supplied software, the G1 to G22 keys, backlight control button and GamePanel can be lit in any colour you like, and made just as bright or dim as you want. The only exception are the M-keys, which are always backlit and only in red.

The G-keys can't actually display various colours simultaneously; this is just a merged shot to show some of the hundreds of shades available

So far, Logitech's G13 Advanced Gameboard seems to be holding up pretty well. Quite aside from the luxury look and feel, LCD screen and multicoloured backlighting, for those wanting lots of buttons there simply is no other choice. The four directions of the thumb-stick each act as a programmable key and the stick itself can be pressed down, which combined with the two thumb buttons and 22 G-keys gives the G13 29 fully programmable keys as is. Add in the M1 to M3 toggles and this number goes up to a staggering 87 keys for any single game or application.

Here you can see the backlighting control, and yes, it really does do all those colours

As usual with Logitech, the software is also rather good, though it could use improvement in some key areas. The basic interface of the 'G-series Key Profiler', which controls everything but the GamePanel, is both attractive and well laid out. Offering a visual representation of the G13 where a click on any of its virtual keys brings up a menu with various options, matching keyboard-keys, scripts or macros to each of them couldn't be simpler.

Unfortunately the same can't be said for the menu bar controlling profiles, which can be a little confusing and feels more haphazard. Also, Logitech offers just a single default profile geared towards FPS games. While the Key Profiler will download custom profiles for many popular games automatically, there are titles it does not recognize. Worst of all, it only allows access to profiles for which you have the actual games installed. As it doesn't offer default profiles for various gaming genres, Logitech should have at least allowed you to get profiles for games you don't own that might have similar control systems to games it doesn't recognize.


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


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?


March 30, 2009, 2:56 pm


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?' :)


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?


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).

Perfidious Albion bent & broke

February 4, 2017, 3:33 am

Drives me nuts sometimes; having to buy still like this because too many shortbus Devs are coding for consoles, and dont give a flying xxxx for full price leftys.

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