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Logitech G13 Review – Editor’s ULTIMATE tool

August 13, 2019


Hello everyone and welcome to my review of
the Logitech G13 Advanced gameboard! Even though this product isn’t nowhere near
new, and I’ve had it myself for almost a year, there are not many reviews of the G13 on YouTube
especially focusing on its use other than gaming, so I thought I’d give my perspective
and tell you why I love to use it. Even though there are some alternatives on
the market, there are none for this cheap. The G13 comes at a price of just $79.99. It is 17 cm by 24 cm and less than 4 cm tall
and it weighs 600 grams. It includes 2.5 meter long USB 2.0 cable. The Logitech G13 is a gaming keyboard designed
to help the gamers have better control over their key bindings in their games. They achieve this control with Logitech Gaming
Software. The G13 has 22 keys + 2 buttons for your thumb
and what they call a Mini-Joystick with four-way control, which you can also press down on. On top of that, it has 3 Modes so in total,
you get up to 87 new inputs for your Mac or PC. It also features RGB lighting for that ultimate
customization level. You can see the true potential of the G13
once you open the Logitech Gaming Software. You are offered a few tabs among which are
the customization of the G-keys, customization of the LCD screen, backlighting settings and
input analysis. G13 also offers Profiles To Go; you can save
up to 5 profiles on the G13 itself and they will be ready as soon as you install Logitech
Gaming Software on your secondary or a new machine. The setup of the G-keys is very simple; you
create a new profile for a software you want to use, and you’re all set for the customization. Just double-click on a key and select how
you want to use it. You can create keystrokes for actions such
as Undo, Redo, Copy, Paste and so on. Most of my G13 is set up with Keystrokes. You can use the Multi Key function in order
to type out a block of text or shortcuts. For example, in my profile for Adobe Premiere,
I have my Multi Key funtion set up on the M2 under the G1 key. What it does is, it creates two new bins in
Premiere, names them “footy” for footage and “seqs” for sequences, and then it creates
a new sequence in the sequences bin. My workflow always includes the creation of
these three items in the Project panel on the very beginning, and with
the Multi Key function, it’s done in a matter of milliseconds. There’s also a text block function, mouse
function, media control, general hotkeys, shortcut to open another program, some other
functions and Ventrilo commands. Once you set up your Profiles, you’ll notice
that the G13 can automatically switch between apps and software. The way I’ve set up my G13 for Premiere is
a very simple layout, more or less the same as the default layout in Premiere. I have my Undo and Redo, Copy and Paste, One
frame left and one right, In and Out point, Zoom on the timeline, and a few more. I have the joystick set up for mouse scrolling
left or right. Even though said scrolling is too sensitive and there’s no way to change it. The G13 is also a great use for me in Lightroom. I have my Undo and Redo as well as Copy and
Paste on the same keys to keep the consistency between my software. I have my Grid and Loupe views, one picture
to the left, one to the right, Crop and Brush tools, Rating to 1, and a quick way to reset
any value of a slider to 0 by pressing the 0 and Enter keys. Once you set up the G13 you’ll find that most
of the time you don’t even need a keyboard during your editing, color grading, photo
manipulating and designing. In the LCD customization screen, you can choose
what Applets will appear on your LCD screen. You can choose from Clock, Countdown and Stopwatch,
POP3 monitor, RSS reader, Media Display, Performance monitor and the Profile selector. Even though at the first glance these look
pretty cool, after a few days of use, I simply switched to Profile selector and left it there. The RSS reader is hard to read on such a small
screen and when you press a button to open the webpage, it opens some wierd domain. The performance monitor, which should tell you the percentage of the CPU and RAM usage, is simply a blank screen. For me, it worked for a day or two and then
it simply didn’t. In the meantime, I bought a new PC and it didn’t work
there either. I’m guessing it’s simply a bug, but I couldn’t
find anything on the Logitech website so I just made my peace with it. Which brings me to the main problem of the
G13; it is slightly buggy. I couldn’t set my old PC to Sleep because
once I woke it up, the G13 simply wouldn’t work. It would show G13 written in big letters the
same way it displays it when the PC is booting up. And it would stay there. This is no longer an issue on my new PC, but
it’s still something to be aware of. Furthermore, it sometimes has trouble recognizing
which program is in use, so I have to use the task switcher to go to another program
and then go back to the program I’m working in, in order for the G13 to recognize it. It is not often, but it can happen. Another thing to keep in mind is that the
Mini Joystick is very hard to push downwards correctly. The button is so shallow that it simply doesn’t
register it and the Joystick moves to the side under the force of my thumb. Those are just a few things to be aware of
before buying. To conclude; this is a very good piece of
tech for anyone looking to expand their keyboard functionality. Video editors, colorists, photographers, designers
and a whole lot more professionals in the similar fields can really use this gadget
to its full potential. I would definately recommend it. There is my review of the Logitech G13
Advanced gameboard. If you decide to buy it, the link is in the
description. If you liked the video make sure to leave
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12 Comments

  • Reply Karlo July 20, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Hello everyone! This is my first review ever and would love some feedback! It has been in production for almost two months in order to produce the best possible result. Tell me what you think!

  • Reply Jim Harrison September 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Hey nice review! I've been looking for a review on this specifically about video editing. I just bought one of these to improve my editing workflow with a pen tablet to replace my mouse, and it's great!

    I actually love the RSS feed on the G13, as you can just receive new updates while you work, rather than having to go into your web browser, leading to more distractions like Facebook etc. But yeah I also get that weird domain when you click the 'open in browser' button, so they should fix that.

    I would recommend this to both pro's and beginners because if you don't use shortcuts already, this device will train you to use them, speeding up your workflow dramatically.

  • Reply agentgarnet May 3, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for the review, very useful! Do you still use it as of 2018?

  • Reply Echeverry Images June 20, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Thnx for the review. I'm using a razr tartarus. But I like a bit more functionality. I saw an option mouse functionality. What does it do? I am really looking to create macros that can also include mouse movement and clicks. That will give me even more options to bind macros to keys

  • Reply Bally N7 July 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Nice video for a nice piece of gear! Thanks for your work

  • Reply Captain Compensation July 30, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Your editing and camera work are impeccable, good review video, thanks for making it!

  • Reply omar ramadneh November 12, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Great review, thanks!

  • Reply Sandytits February 5, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    a bum gave me this today

  • Reply Matt Gillespie February 18, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Great review. I've been using mine for about 8 or 9 years for editing in Lightroom and haven't found anything faster even today.

  • Reply Alexander Bondarev April 18, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Hello.

    How much has increased the speed of installation in the premiere using logitech g13?

  • Reply David Holden April 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Is there any chance of sharing your Premiere pro profile with us?

  • Reply xFaTaLxJusTicEx June 13, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Is it possible to use the analog stick as an 8 way stick got movement ?

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