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Logitech G413 Carbon Review
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Overview

The Logitech G413 Carbon has all the components that make this a great keyboard for gaming.

The popular BlackWidow was first launched in 2010. It has quickly become the highest selling gaming keyboard on the market. The keyboard is most popular with eSports athletes. The Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 reviews are very favorable, in part due to its mechanical switch. It is the first keyboard with a mechanical switch, designed specifically for gaming.

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Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2: Esports Gaming Keyboard - Ergonomic Wrist Rest - 5 Dedicated Macro Keys - Razer Green Mechanical Switches (Tactile and Clicky)

  • MULTI-AWARD WINNING RAZER MECHANICAL SWITCHES: Designed specifically for gaming. Durable up to 80 million keystrokes
  • INDIVIDUALLY BACKLIT KEYS: Powered by Razer Chroma with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • ERGONOMIC WRIST REST: Ensure long hours of comfortable gaming

Features Overview

  • ​Key Type: When we used the product, the ease of use of the keys was top notch. The keys have gold plated contact points, which ensured that we didn’t miss any keystrokes. The keys are also fitted with a higher quality spring that equals an operating force of 50G. We found that the green switch, ‘clicky keys’ had a good tangible feel when being used. All the keys are housed in a protective casing that keeps debris and dirt away from delicate parts. Another feature we really like about the keys is the ten-key roll over. This has ensured that you never miss a key stroke, or even up to ten key strokes. The keyboard has built in anti-ghosting technology. This is how it helps you to execute the ten commands at the same time, every time you need to.
  • Lighting: This was a huge draw for us. The lighting on the keyboard far exceeds its competitors. The keyboard comes complete with an LED indicator screen. These LEDs light up the full number pad and macro keys. The customizable lighting software is especially nice for this keyboard. This means that each key can be customizable to 16.8 million color options. We customized our keyboard to look like a firework display that can ripple away every time one presses a key. You can also make the keys look glittery. In essence, you can change their look everyday if you choose to. In fact, the lists of lighting effects that you can use include; reactive, starlight, wave, breathing, static, spectrum cycling, fire, and ripple. You can put all these together in a profile in the Chroma workshop, making your own unique profile every time you play. The most useful part of the lighting is to highlight the W, A, S, D keys that are often game specific to the games you might play.
  • Build Quality: These specific keyboards are engineered specifically for long term durability, which is something you should look for in good keyboards. We have learned that the technology is being manufactured end to end in-house, meaning that the requirements are even stricter for each individual product being manufactured. This often leads to a life-span of up to eighty million key strokes.

Design

​The keyboard comes with a comfy, squishy wrist wrest for those long gaming sessions. This wrist wrest is included and can pop on and off the keyboard. This will add another inch or so to the front of the keyboard. The BlackWidow V2 Chroma is ergonomically designed to support your wrists, making lengthy typing and playing sessions much more comfortable.

We also liked the look of the keyboard as well. It has a matte black finish with a gradient casing that makes it very easy on the eyes. Not only is it comfortable, but it is designed with multi-award winning mechanical switches. These switches actuate an optimal distance. This gave us more speed and responsiveness then we have had with any other keyboard. The switches have become so popular that they have become the standard for all mechanical keyboards. It also comes with a braided fiber cable, ensuring that it won’t get tangled with the hundreds of other cables you have behind your computer.

Performance

The Razer offers three color coded switches to choose from. These switches are Orange, Green and Yellow. Each has their own specific benefits.

  • Green BlackWidow: These keyboards require a very definite key press, which has made it great for accuracy. This color offers a clicking noise with every key press, kind of like a typewriter.
  • Yellow BlackWidow: We found the yellows to be much quieter all around, although there is a slight rubbery resistance when the key is pressed. These are best for low travel speed typing and for FPS gaming, which is where you press the same key repeatedly.
  • Orange BlackWidow: We felt that the oranges provide a good balance in between the greens and yellows. The orange is just as durable as the others, and all withstand eighty million key presses, which might sound hard to believe but is advertised by the manufacturer.

All models have programmable macro keys that have a very useful LED panel that lets you know when recording is taking place. This is not only very functional for MMO players, but also is a good feature for casual gamers because you can program app functions to one key.

There is also a dedicated mode just for gaming that disables the windows key, which as any gamer knows is a great feature for those of us who have lost a match by accidently hitting the windows key.

If you have saved unique gaming profiles for your keyboard, rest assured that everything is saved to the cloud. Therefore, there is no problem taking the keyboard with you to other machines. It is also very versatile, as it can work cross-platform between Windows and MAC OS.

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Pros & Cons

Like anything, the Logitech G413 Carbon keyboard has a variety of pros and cons. This Logitech G413 Carbon review is here to discuss some of these ups and downs.Enter your text here...

PROS & CONS

  • The keyboard has every feature that a gamer would want from a keyboard
  • Great performance
  • Very high-quality razer made switches
  • RGB lighting and improved metal keyboard deck make it a good option for gamers
  • RGB lighting and improved metal keyboard deck make it a good option for gamers
  • RGB lighting and improved metal keyboard deck make it a good option for gamers
  • No USB pass through
  • No option to change the color of the status indicator lights

Conclusion

If you’re willing to shell out the high price tag for this keyboard, then it is definitely worth it, especially for serious and/or professional gamers. With all the bells and whistles any gamer could want, and with the plethora of lighting options, you really can’t go wrong.

While the Logitech G413 Carbon doesn’t boast about a wide array of extra features, it still stands up as a high-quality keyboard for gaming. The simplistic quality allows the Logitech G413 Carbon to serve your given purposes while saving you money. Its simplicity is also what makes it possible for the product to be sold at a relatively affordable cost.

While features such as playback lighting are disappointingly not included, the keyboard’s scientifically proven durability and speed are enough to enhance your game without all the extra features that some lesser keyboards may charge you extra for.

That is why, unless your entire quest to find the right keyboard is based in a desire for certain special features, we believe that the Logitech G413 Carbon is a great buy. It is sure to help you play a great game and be a competitive force in the online gaming world.



Every keyboard on the market has its positive and negative aspects. The Logitech G413 Carbon does not escape this universal truth. However, that does not take away from the great effectiveness of the keyboard. By looking at the clear positives and negatives, you can be sure that you are buying a keyboard that will serve you best. Sometimes you may need the extra bells and whistles of a more complicated keyboard to complete all the actions you want. In other cases, the practical simplicity of the Logitech G413 Carbon will effectively serve everything you need it to and bolster your game to the most powerful it can be.

All in all, the Asus ROG Zephyrus tends to set a high bar for thin and powerful gaming laptops and is able to deliver a quiet operation with exceptional performance and a design which has been deemed to be truly innovative. If you’re after a powerful thin gaming laptop with an excellent display we highly recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus.

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Asus ROG Strix GL502

The Asus Stix laptop is a full HD gaming machine, thanks to its excellent built in speakers and the vibrant screen (excellent color depth).

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Therefore, this gaming laptop from Razer could arguably be considered to be one of the best desktop replacement that you would be able to carry around. From the perspective of comfort and power, we have found ourselves to feel right at home from the very beginning. This is because this laptop would be vibrant and roomy for any kind of production work that you would require.
So, if a gorgeous quality, portability, incredible keyboard, and build quality would be some of the main determining factors for your next buy, then the Razer Blade Pro would be absolute value for your money.

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Gigabyte Aero 14
There is no doubt that gaming laptops from Gigabyte have always managed to offered superb performance which could be packed in a portable and thin package. That is why it was good to see that Aero 14 was also no different. As a result, it has managed to stand above its counterparts with better numbers in benchmarks; that too at an affordable price.

Therefore, if you are on the lookout for a good and stable 17-inch gaming notebook on the market, then this one would undoubtedly be a good buy. That being said, this would seem like a pretty good replacement for a compact desktop. However, it would not be suitable for people who would find themselves to be always on the run.

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As far as aesthetics are concerned, you would find this laptop to be so red that it might even blind you momentarily. However, when you get back to normal, you would also agree that this would be one of its most eye-catching features. The palm rest and keyboard deck has been made black with red color accents on the keyboard. All this would be complete with a red backlight. As for those people who would like to go with a more subtle look, an all-black variant has also been made.
Weighing only six pounds and just being an inch thick, anyone and everyone would be able to tell that you are carrying a Dell laptop in your backpack.
Other than all this, we would also like to point out that the hinge on this laptop would undoubtedly be the best hinge that has been used by us in a while.

Thus, despite everything that Dell has to offer in this notebook, there is no denying the fact that it is in need of a major upgrade. However, it does do an excellent job of the everyday needs of computing while also keeping up with the demands of computer games.

This laptop has overcome its shortcomings with its affordable price point and powerful performance. All in all, this would definitely be a trade that you would be willing to make.
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However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
The thought of having to pay almost $2,000 for a gaming laptop would make any sane person pause. That is why the Gigabyte SabrePro would come as a refreshing change thanks to its affordable price. Even though it does not have the build quality that you would be able to find in other laptops, this definitely will be able to give you a good performance. All that being said, this would be one of the most affordable and powerful gaming notebooks that you would be able to buy today.

About the Author: Olivia Huntington

Hey You Guys! (Sorry I can't resist a good Goonies reference), as you may have guessed I'm a child of the 80's. I've grown up playing video games such as Doom, Quake, Quake 2 and Half-life which obviously lead me to a serious Counter Strike addiction.

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Thus, that brings us to the end of the review of the top 10 gaming laptops in 2107. Hopefully this would have armed you with enough information to make a smart and rational purchase decision at the end of the day. In addition, it should also have made you aware of the particular features and specifications that you should be keeping an eye out for.

Ever since Nvidia 10-series Pascal GPUs seem to have entered the scene, you would not have been able to find many powerful and affordable gaming notebooks. That being said, that would actually have been quite a bummer because you must have had a very hard time making your choice with the limited range that you had at disposal.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.