December 11, 2008 We gamers are a hardy breed - we risk hand fatigue, sleep deprivation, eye strain and obesity all in the name of world domination, hostage rescue or quest completion. Logitech have addressed at least one of these afflictions with their G13 advanced gameboard – a hybrid gaming keyboard that features a naturally contoured design that is designed to deliver increased comfort and reduce hand fatigue by complementing the natural shape of the hand, while the smooth, concave home-row keys make it easy to locate buttons by touch.

Designed to complement the Logitech G15 keyboard and G9 Laser Mouse, the G13 gameboard features three game modes, 25 programmable keys and a programmable analog stick. Custom button-profiles for each one of your favorite titles can also be set up and macros can even be created on the fly without having to pause your game. The 160-by-43-pixel GamePanel LCD shows live game stats, system info and even messages from other players while backlit keys ensure you don’t accidentally hit the wrong key in low-light conditions.

The G13 gameboard includes onboard memory, letting you program up to five ready-to-play profiles and take them with you to your next LAN party. It also comes with pre-configured settings for many popular games, including World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Its sturdy weight and strategically placed feet ensure the G13 won’t move too much during gameplay.

The Logitech G13 advanced gameboard is Mac and PC compatible and is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe this month for a suggested retail price of USD$79.99.

Darren Quick