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Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard
If you’re a keen FPS gamer, then this board is for you. The G13 is a gameboard (as opposed to a keyboard), a 20-key mini keyboard built around the WASD design with supporting keys. It’s hard to describe, but the picture tells the story. The G13 includes a wrist rest, a thumb driven mini joystick and 25 programmable keys. That’s pretty much every key! There’s the ubiquitous Logitech gaming keyboard LCD display (in high contrast black and white) for displaying game stats and comms data.
Now the G13 is a strange beast. This writer finds it quite uncomfortable, and it all comes down to the pinky. The pinky of our left hand sits on the Shift key normally, ranging to Ctrl, Z and X as need be. On the G13, the key that is where Shift would normally be is higher than the WASD keys, so the hand posture changes immediately. Strangely, the keys placed to be accessed by the pinky have been cut off (you end up with half-size keys for the least accurate finger): definitely style over utility.
It’s one of those designs where, no doubt with lots of practice it will become a favourite tool. You’ll need to spend the hours setting it up and getting used to it though.Available from Logitech, retailing for $159.APC rating: 6/10