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The main reason I bought the G13 was because I kept reading how much faster you could move your avatar with the thumb joystick. I also liked that it had a lot of buttons and appeared to have a good ergonomic design. Also I would be able to use my computer keyboard less, and not wear out a few keys like I've done with previous ones.
After using it for a year, I am very happy with the purchase. The thumb joystick is not that hard to learn to use, and it soon becomes quite natural. By moving with your thumb, you actually free up the equivalent of 4 buttons (WASD) that you can bind abilities to. Also, you CAN move faster, rather you can circle faster. In thinking about it, it's because you can move on the diagonal very easily. You COULD do this with keys, by pushing AW or WD for example, but that's awkward, and makes it hard to use abilities. As for the ergonomics, it is very comfortable for my hand, and I have no complaints there. It also has some weight to it, which is nice, as it doesn't slide around.
Here are some things that you will have to deal with if you buy the G13. None of these are major issues, but you just need to be prepared for them. The biggest one is that you will no longer have a correspondence between the label of the key that you press and the label of the key that is bound in the game. For example, in a typical MMO, you would bind, say, button 1 of action bar 1 to letter B of the keyboard, then drag an ability to this button; with the G13 you will then bind a G key to letter B. This will be no problem when you create a character with the G13 installed, the macroing of the G keys will be done a few at a time as you level, and you will be able to keep track of what is what. But it will be quite a chore to start using the G13 with a fully leveled character. It will be like coming back to the game and having to re-learn all your keybindings. It has helped me to sketch out a diagram of the G13 layout on a piece of paper and note which key is bound to which for each game I play.
In some games, if you double tap a movement key, you might jump or dodge in that direction. Age of Conan for example. The thumstick is not so good at doing this. (By the way, you don't have to use the thumbstick to move. You can still bind WASD to the G keys and use it that way.)
Remember you can bind the SHIFT key (or ALT or CTRL) to one of the G keys too, like G15, and use this key just like you use the SHIFT key on the keyboard. I didn't realize this at first.
The middle key does not have a little bump on it, I forget what that bump is called, but it lets you know your fingers are on the right keys without having to look down. I solved this by using a hot knife to make a little notch in the button. I first tried putting a piece of tape on it, which worked well for a while, until it began to slide off.