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People are reluctant to describe anything as mundane as a gaming keyboard as having a concept, but that’s actually the case with Logitech’s awkwardly named G413 TKL SE. It certainly goes against the general principles of the best gaming keyboards, as it’s downright minimalist and has no RGB lighting — while its peers, almost by definition, go all out to include as many bells and whistles as possible into their designs.

Quite boldly, by contrast, Logitech’s G413 TKL SE seems keen to adapt to the current financial climate of inflation and sky-high bills: thanks to its neat concept, it has a wallet-friendly price tag. This is very timely as disposable income is squeezed more than ever.

Logitech G413 TKL SE: Price and availability

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The Logitech G413 TKL SE is available now for £59.99 / $69.99 / AU$129.95.

Check out the live widget on this page for the best current prices and you might find a bargain. Or head to the end of this review where we compare its most logical competitors and weigh their pros and cons as alternative buying considerations.

Today’s Best Logitech G413 SE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Deals

Logitech G413 TKL SE review: Specs

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As you’d expect from an affordable keyboard, the Logitech G413 TKL SE has a spec sheet that cuts down on all the non-essentials. First, it’s wired, although its nearly 2m USB cable should easily accommodate all but the weirdest gaming setups.

It’s backlit, but only in white – if you consider a gaming keyboard not a gaming keyboard unless it can light up in rainbow hues, then you’ll want to give it a wide bunk, since there’s absolutely no RGB lighting here.

It can also be used without a numeric keypad and any form of control software. Given the poor quality of most gaming keyboard configuration software, this may be seen as an advantage (though the same can’t be said for Logitech’s Logi Options+ software, which, while installed on my PC, doesn’t recognize the G413 TKL SE – it would if It would be nice to at least use it for some keyboard remapping).

The G413 TKL SE is a proper mechanical keyboard—it just gives you a choice of switches, which are similar to Cherry but not actually made by Cherry. There’s only one switch option: tactile, with a fairly high 1.9mm of travel.

The keycaps are made of decent quality plastic, but the overall feel of the keyboard is an acquired taste. The high travel makes it feel a bit loud, and while it sounds hollow rather than clicky, the keys are loud. It’s not the best-feeling gaming keyboard, but it works with precision and responsiveness in a variety of games including Apex Legends and Destiny 2.

The last element of its specification is 6-key rollover with anti-ghosting, which essentially means you can hold down its six keys at a time before it gets confused. That’s a pretty low number by gaming keyboard standards, but it’s still more than enough for all but the most hardcore gamers — if you have to hold more than six keys at the same time, then you must. It’s playing with something very mysterious.

Logitech G413 TKL SE review: Design

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Physically, the G413 TKL SE is neat, uncluttered and unobtrusive. With no numeric keypad, it’s small and lightweight—not significantly larger than 60% of keyboards on the market. It has a row of function keys and a set of conveniently placed arrow keys in the lower right corner. Above is a set of six keys that includes the likes of Ins and Del, but lacks Prt Sc, which can be a pain for those who like to take screenshots.

When you boot it up, its LEDs light up sequentially from top left to bottom right, which looks good, but can’t hide the lack of colored LEDs, which many gamers see as a status symbol. The white LEDs are bright and bright, at least the lettering on the keycaps is bold and clear.

It all feels very good — much better than you’d expect from such a cheap keyboard. The black anodized aluminum panel below the keys adds to the sense that Logitech doesn’t skimp on its general engineering.

Logitech G413 TKL SE review: Verdict

If there was ever a time for a company like Logitech to come out with a keyboard like the G413 TKL SE, it’s now. Sure, it’s been cut to the bone, but it has a price tag to match, and while it may lack luxury features, it still has no problem performing the basics that the vast majority of gamers expect.

If you’re the kind of gamer who feels compelled to have a keyboard that doubles as a status symbol, it won’t impress you due to the lack of RGB lighting. But if you’re feeling financial crunch and need a keyboard that does the job and leaves the tiniest dent in your bank balance, you should definitely check it out.

also consider

Logitech is clearly not the only manufacturer concerned about the overall economic situation: there are quite a few affordable gaming keyboards on the market.

If you can’t live without RGB lighting, check out the Apex 3 from Steel Series, which also has a built-in wrist rest. Corsair’s K55 Pro is a similarly priced membrane keyboard, not a mechanical one.

Is there more to spend? Havit’s KB489L mechanical keyboard has similar specs to the Logi, plus RGB lighting.

Today’s Best Logitech G413 SE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, SteelSeries Apex 3, Corsair K55 RGB Pro, and Havit KB487L Deals