Logitech G13: When Functionality Fails
If you are interested in taking gaming one step higher then you can always use gameboard. They are (in theory) easier to use and will make gaming easier for both novices and pros alike. One such gameboard you can consider is the Logitech G13.
This gaming peripheral was made for left-handed players interested in heightening their FPS and MMO experience. Logitech boasts the ergonomic design and the sturdy make of the gameboard. The Logitech G13 has 25 backlit keys making darkroom gaming much easier. The keys are programmable to suit the different needs of RTS, FPS and MMORPGs.
So what’s the real deal with this gameboard? Here are some of the good and bad things about the Logitech G13.
The first thing you would notice about the device is its weight. It is pretty heavy but in a good way. Unlike other gameboards that slide and move with every hand movement, the Logitech G13 stays put. The overall make of the gameboard is also exemplary from the keys to the wrist pad. The keys and buttons give a good tactile feel for every gamer which is necessary for most of the gamers who really more on touch than sight.
The set-up is pretty easy but amateurs might need some more time to get things right. This is pretty normal for most gameboards so expect some sort of learning curve on both setting it up and using it to your preferences. The software that comes with the product is a bit more helpful than most in-box software. You are basically given the option to view different displays on your controller from current date and time to CPU and in-game stats. The MAC version of the software also works well and loses no functionality from its Windows counterpart unlike the competition.
For some reasons, the whole device feels differently for hands with different sizes. Some gamers might be dissuaded from purchasing something that only feels comfortable for “some” people.
Logitech held the premise that the more keys they cramp on the Logitech G13, the more functionality it gets. Well, not necessarily. The 25 keys make it a lot harder to reach some keys. You need extra long fingers or the talents of a contortionist to be able to maximize the use of the gameboard.
The keys also have some issue of some sort. Whenever you try to press the keys on an angle, they seem to stick or it just doesn’t press at all. This plagues avid gamers who rely much on touch.
The thumbstick. Oh thy thumbstick of the Logitech G13. Why do yo vex us so much? Where do we start? From being loose, non-analog, hard to press and being “thorny”, the thumbstick hailed more criticisms than praise. Just don’t use it that much if you can.
Not really much of a good buy for its current $60 pricetag. It might be significantly better in design and theory from its predecessors, the whole thing just falls to pieces when you try to maximize its functionalities. Just remember that the Logitech G13 is a gameboard and not a keyboard nor a mouse so don’t expect it to be any better than the two on some departments.