The G213 Prodigy is one third of Logitech’s Prodigy series; a collection of products targeting the widest possible scope of gamers seeking functional features. This doesn’t sound the most captivating of offerings, but we were surprised at the punchy gaming performance offered by the G403 Prodigy mouse. Let’s see if the G213 can enhance our opinion of the series.
Spill resistance: 60ml liquid spillage
Connection Type: USB 2.0
USB Protocol: USB 2.0
USB Speed: Full Speed
Indicator LIghts (LED): Yes
LCD Display: No
Cable: 1.8m braided
The G213 Prodigy appears nothing out of the ordinary. It’s obvious this is a dual-focus board, as clean lines and a lack of obvious additional features may charm casual gamers into a best-of-both purchase. The key layout is standard, with several subtle additions: media keys, a mute button, brightness control for RGB lighting, and a ‘gaming mode’ button which disables the Windows key and others.
What isn’t included is a section of standalone programmable G-keys. This can only be a design decision made to help market this keyboard to a multi-use audience. Still, at £15 more expensive than the G105 (which features six standalone G-Keys), it’s a shame they’re not installed.
One feature to successfully transcend Logitech models is RGB lighting. Logitech has deemed it a necessary inclusion. There’s no practical benefit of course, but the ability to switch from focused work functionality to gaming freedom is at least enlivened by the G213 Prodigy’s lighting. Something that is of obvious practical benefit is the G213’s spill resistant membrane. Drinks are no strangers to desk areas, and though care is our tactic of choice, additional assurance is welcome.
Two rear feet and a modest palm rest offer a decent level of ergonomic consideration. This keyboard may look a little unwelcoming and plain, but there’s no discomfort to be revealed with prolonged use. Resting hand positions feel natural, and the build quality is what we’d expect from Logitech. The scratch-resistant chassis feels fairly durable too.
Moving to the keys, we were intrigued by Logitech’s so-called ‘Mech-Dome’ selection – especially as we were previously unaware of it. What Logitech has actually done here is deliver a membrane keyboard with what it says is a similar actuation profile to Cherry MX Brown switches.
The result is keys with 4mm travel and 50g actuation force, but which defends against spills while potentially being less noisy than a mechanical option. It’s a novel approach, and it does at least keep the cost down.
Beyond the saving, less noise is true…but just. The G213 Prodigy offers some snap in its keys, and while it feels good it’s not exactly quiet. It’s also hard to tell if it achieves the suggested 4x improvement on the 8ms response time of ‘normal keyboards’. It does seem responsive, but it can’t mimic a mechanical feel even with that similar profile.
Logitech’s gaming software takes control of the options available to the G213. RGB lighting can be configured, and in spite of a lack of G-keys commands and profiles can be created and assigned to the F keys. This retains essential gaming keyboard functionality.
Usefully, it’s possible to configure the keyboard’s gaming mode here too. You can add any additional keys to the disabled-by-default Windows, and menu keys. And key press and duration heat map creation is also provided for. It’s a fine selection of options.
Logitech G213 Prodigy Keyboard – Conclusion
This keyboard sticks to theme of the Prodigy series. In delivering elements of dual-use in a sensibly designed and responsive keyboard, Logitech has created a good product for users wanting to cover the bases. It is a sensible choice in almost all departments. As full-sized USB 2.0 keyboard, it looks smart and performs to a good level, while boasting spill resistance, enjoyable RGB lighting and some additional features likely to please casual gamers.
There is a sense though that the G213 lacks a wow factor. If you prefer your keyboards mechanical, and fully gaming orientated, then this is a clear downgrade. It’s a solid offering and worth a look at the price. But Logitech seems to have hedged its bets a little too much, leaving the G213 slightly unfathomable.