Logitech released two new mechanical keyboards earlier this week in its “G” lineup, which features gaming-oriented peripherals, the G413 SE and G413 TKL SE. Even though they are aimed at the gamer audience, the appearance of these peripherals is more classic, allowing them to be used in work environments.
With an aluminum-magnesium alloy top case and brushed black finish, the design of the new G413 SE keyboards matches their black PBT keys. Interestingly, PBT is generally more resistant to degradation over time of use.
How the switches used in the G413 SE work
The mechanical switches used in the G413 SE appear to be something like the Cherry MX Browns, but Logitech did not specify which model was used exactly. According to the full-size SE version page, the switches actuate at 1.9mm with 50g of force and a full depth of 4mm. It was not informed by the company how much force is needed to feel the response of the switch.
The switches used in the G413 SE are different from the Logitech Romer-G switches used in the regular G413 (1.5mm actuation point, 45g force, tactile impact at 50g, full depth at 3.2mm). By having shorter actuation points, less force needs to be exerted to type and this makes keying the regular G413 easier than the SE versions, although just taking the keyboard to be sure.
As with the regular G413, Logitech does not offer linear or clicky switches in the SE version. However, the company insists that the G413 SE line is for gamers when citing six-key rollover and anti-ghosting, even though gaming keyboards have full n-key rollover.
Another point to mention is the lack of programmability. These new Logitech keyboards do not work with the G Hub software. In addition, there is also no built-in memory and no reprogrammable keys.
Launch and availability
The Logitech G413 SE and G413 TKL SE mechanical keyboards are now available for pre-order on the Logitech official website for $79.99.