One of the real struggles for me personally with building out a computer gaming setup is that I’m someone who doesn’t like a lot of clutter on my desk. Inherently, with computer equipment, you’re going to have a lot of clutter. Beyond the keyboards, mice, monitors, towers, and more, you’ve got all of these cables running from your gear to your computer, which takes up a ton of space, and forget it if they get tangled.
Logitech, with those first world gamer struggles probably in mind, has a suite of products that can limit the clutter for a person like myself. But, at the same time, they built equipment that’s truly worthy of consideration by some of the top-flight gamers out there—of which I am certainly not one.
The package that we built with Logitech included their G613 wireless keyboard, the G903 gaming mouse, and their Powerplay wireless charging mat. Before diving into each of the products, one thing to note about this particular set of Logitech gear in general is that, unlike some other gaming peripherals out there, these products don’t necessarily look as flashy or as aggressive from a design and aesthetics perspective as you might expect. But where they might fall short on the glitz and glam, they certainly make up for it in their feature-rich design.
So let’s run through them.
G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
At $149.99, the G613 is priced right around the mid-range level of the gaming keyboard market. And that being the case, the keyboard should be considered a steal from a value perspective. Logitech packed a ton of features into their G613 keyboard that I’d have no problem dropping another $50 bucks on this thing, and I’d still think it was an underpriced product. It’s comfortable to use, and, of course, the cordless functionality is a major win in my book.
When it comes to the switches used here, Logitech opted for Romer-G mechanical switches, which deliver a quieter click than what most gamers will be used to, but the feel of the switch is basically unchanged. And despite their seemingly tall design, Logitech’s G613 utilizes short-throw actuation at just 1.5mm, which the company said is around 25 percent faster than standard mechanical switches. The six programmable hot keys are positioned off to the left of the keyboard—a design we’ve seen before on other keyboards, but one that some users find awkward as they navigate the keys. The keyboard has a 70 million click-life, which means user’s are looking at a durable product that should last them years.
And on the topic of lifespan, this being a wireless keyboard, battery life is a critical component here. Running on just two AA batteries, the G613 has a stated battery life of roughly 18 months—a year and a half of not having to worry about swapping in new copper tops. Obviously, that’s going to vary depending on use. And there is the option to have this plugged in directly to the computer, but that’s an impressive amount of battery life for one of the more important gaming accessories. Two LED status indicator lights will notify the user when the battery life is down to 15 percent, so there’s also no having to worry that the keyboard will just stop working for you in the middle of a gaming session.
One last feature of note is that the G613 can connect to multiple devices simultaneously and can switch seamlessly between them.
As far as knocks are concerned, those really come down to the look and limited customizability options from an LED lights perspective. I’ve never really been one to get all into personalizing the look of my keyboard or other gaming accessories. But I do know that that can be a make or break kind of thing for a lot of gamers out there. You sacrifice that personalization in exchange for a product that performs well and has plenty of other top-notch features.
G903 Wireless Gaming Mouse
This is a product we’ve already featured in a written review on UNBOXED. But to quickly recap, the G903 is an ambidextrous mouse that has removable magnetic keys. It’s one of the most highly-customizable gaming mice we’ve had the change to review, including color customization through downloadable drivers.
The G903 is certainly one of the more aggressive looking products available from Logitech, and that might help make up for the lack of design inspiration found in the other products here. And despite the aggressive design, the mouse is incredibly comfortable to use. Even with a symmetrical design, the G903 fits comfortably in the hand, and the hot key placement is ideal for a typical mouse grip.
What’s hard to swallow with the house is the $149.99 price tag. While it made sense for the feature-rich keyboard, a similar price slapped on a gaming mouse is a bit steep, even with the swappable keys and color-changing options. It’s also hard to justify considering that, to get the full wireless always-charged experience, the user has to drop another $99 on the next accessory in this package.
Powerplay Wireless Charging Mat
If bought together, Logitech will kick $50 off of the total price, which is nice—so retailers should have an easier time upselling this in a similar fashion. And, if a wireless charging operation is something that’s important to the user, this should be the easiest add on ever.
On the bottom of the G903 mouse is a removable plastic attachment. Held together magnetically (like everything else on the mouse) this area can be filled with a weight to add additional stability to the mouse—the weight attachment actually comes in the box with the mouse itself. When you get the Powerplay Mat, though, the box includes a battery attachment that occupies this spot. That battery allows the mouse to wirelessly charge through the antenna that is built into the base of the two-piece mat setup.
Similar to a Qi wireless charging device that can keep a smartphone at full juice, the Powerplay mat uses contact to charge the G903. In this case, though, the product is still functional. Whereas a smartphone is not in the most ideal position to be used while wirelessly charging, Logitech’s Powerplay mat lets the user continue to use their gaming mouse while keeping the product at full battery.
It, too, has some RGP lighting customization options in the Logitech logo on the top of the mat. But one thing to note with this mat is that the antenna built into the product is considered fragile—so no placing magnets on it, spilling anything on the antenna, etc. The highest amount of care should be taken with the Powerplay mat, because once the antenna has been compromised, you’re looking at just another mouse pad that you just happened to drop $100 on.
Altogether, the Logitech gaming package we looked at is a great suite of products for any level of computer gamer. As someone who appreciates wireless accessories that help to declutter a desk, I was easily sold on this. But I don’t think retailers would have a tough time selling any gamer on this bundle of products.