I have never owned a mechanical keyboard and am huge fan of Logitech products. In fact, all of the mice and aftermarket keyboards that I've ever purchased in owning personal compters for the last 30 years have been Logitech products. This specific Logitech gaming keyboard, the model G413, has an MSRP of $89.99 (according to Logitech's website) and a street price of about $65.
The factory packaging is sleek and well-designed. Since this is a gaming keyboard, the replacement gaming keycaps (numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and letters Q, W, E, R, A, S, and D) are individually vacuum-sealed in a thick plastic strip along with a small plastic keycap pulling tool. The only product inserts are two small single squares of paper: one merely shows a diagram of how to plug in the USB connectors and the other is the 2-year product warranty information.
The first thing that I noticed upon removing the keyboard from its packaging was its weight. Having owned keyboards for years that are primarly all-plastic construction, I was pleasantly surprised at this keyboard's heft. The aluminum alloy chassis and body cause this G413 to weigh almost 2.5 pounds. Of course, since the keyboard obviously sits on the top of my desk, the weight is not a negative feature, but rather tends to indicate to me the keyboard's solid construction.
My specific model is the G413 Carbon which means that it's a very dark gray with red backlit keys - the silver-colored model has white backlit keys. While there are five (5) fixed brightness levels for the backlighting, the red color is itself fixed as well and that's the only color available. I would have preferred a RGB backlight keyboard, but the red color at a medium brightness level is just fine. At this price point, the backlighting should be RGB.
The Logitech G413 does not have a palm rest. At this price point, the G413 keyboard should have a detachable palm rest.
The connection cable is almost 6 feet long and has a nylon braided cover, making it feel very sturdy and durable. The end of the cable is split into a "Y," terminating into two (2) USB connectors. One connector is for the keyboard itself and the other USB connector is for the passthrough USB 2.0 connector located on the back edge of the keyboard. This keyboard requires two (2) available USB ports if the passthrough USB port is to be used. Yes, you can only plug in the one USB plug making the keyboard operational and not take advantage of the keyboard's USB port. However, at this price point, the passthrough USB connector on the keyboard should be at least USB 3.0 and it should really be USB 3.1.
The mechanical keyboard is a dream to type on. You can easily feel the click of the individual keys and with Logitech's reputation for quality, it should last for many, many years. The sound of the click is neither too loud nor distracting. In fact, the sensation of typing on a mechanical keyboard is much different than a membrane keyboard and is vaguely reminiscient of the old IBM Model M keyboards from 30-35 years ago. Since I grew up typing on the Model M keyboards with its buckling spring key technology, this G413 mechanical keyboard is absolutely perfect.
Overall, there are three (3) improvements for Logitech to consider on this G413 mechanical keyboard: the backlighting should be RGB, the keyboard's USB port should be 3.0 or 3.1, and the G413 should come with a detachable palm rest. It is for these reasons that I rate this Logitech G413 keyboard at four (4) stars.
Note: In exchange for this Logitech G413 gaming keyboard through Walmart's Spark Reviewer program, I was asked to post an honest, detailed, and unbiased review.