Logitech outs the G613 wireless mechanical keyboard with low input lag
Wireless connections and low input lag are two concepts that do not usually work well together, especially when it comes to competitive gaming keyboards, but it looks like Logitech has finally figured out a way to offer both in one product. The new low-lag G613 wireless mechanical keyboard from Logitech integrates mostly gaming-oriented features, however, the device can also be used in business environments.
The new G613 keyboard includes Logitech’s new Lightpeed receivers that are now able to provide input lag as low as 1 ms, thanks to reduced wireless polling rates, increased signal strength and optimized internal architecture. The low lag is also achieved through Logitech’s new optimized drivers and the proprietary frequency agility mechanism that avoids wireless interference.
On the mechanical side, Logitech included the Romer-G switches that have a 1.5 mm actuation distance and are rated for 70 million key presses. Gamers will find the 6 programmable keys on the left side quite handy, while the media playback buttons on the right upper part offer extended controls. The keyboard offers a standard Bluetooth connection, but it can also connect through the new Lightspeed receiver that requires a USB Type-A port and only works on operating systems such as Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.8 or later, ChromeOS, or Android 3.2 or later.
Logitech ditched the fancy RGB programmable key backlights and also offers a palm rest with the G613 keyboard, making it suitable for office use as well. One aspect that Logitech tries to improve with new wireless iterations is the battery life. The new G613 does not let down it this regard, being able to operate up to 18 months on two AA batteries.
The new keyboard can already be pre-ordered from Logitech's site for US$149.99.