Logitech G213 Prodigy
The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a gaming keyboard that wants to be all things to all people. It’s attempting to do this by delivering as many features as possible with a budget-friendly price tag.
You get a lot of bang for your buck then, the RGB keys are fully backlit, there are dedicated media controls and an infinite amount of software customisation. It’s a great keyboard for the price even if it doesn’t have any dedicated macro keys.
If all that makes you want to run out into the streets and scream about the Logitech G213 Prodigy then boy am I about to let you down.
The Mech-Dome keyboard doesn’t feel very Mech. I don’t know what it is about a mechanical keyboard that makes it feel so good for typing but for me at least membrane keyboards feel spongy and they lack feedback. I used to type on a MacBook and that was fine but since using this Razer Deathwidow I have not been able to type “properly” on any membrane keyboard and my WPM has certainly increased since switching.
The Logitech G213 Prodigy would not be my first choice if I was offered a mechanical, but that doesn’t make it a bad keyboard by any stretch of the imagination.
The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a full-sized keyboard, and I do mean full sized. It’s reasonably slim but it has a non-removable wrist rest so on my rather slim desk it felt gigantic even though the actual keyboard area was no bigger than my usual Blackwidow. I kept thinking that if it was an arse it would be stuck on the back of Kim Kardashian.
It doesn’t exude quality, but it is a fairly good looking keyboard. The plastic is serviceable, and the Logitech G213 Prodigy does feel sturdy and well built.
The bottom of the keyboard is again plastic and whilst there is no USB passthrough I was pleased to see that the non-detachable cable is braided.
The keys themselves are fitted with a hybrid mechanical-membrane key switch which feels far more membrane than mechanical but is not the worst typing experience I have ever had. Each key switch is also home to an RGB lighting module which is capable of displaying more colours than I believe there are, 16.8 million apparently. I do question this, I can think of Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange and Pink, any more and I think there is a chance you are making it up.
The media keys are sat above the number pad and they look out of place. The stop key is square yet the play/pause, skip forward and back are round.
Above those are the volume up/down switch and a mute key. To the left of that, above the pause/break key is a brightness key and above the print screen/sys rq key is a special key, it has a picture of a joystick from 1993, this is the Gaming key.
The gaming key is special, if you press it, you will become better at games. Well better if the reason you are a terrible gamer is because you keep pressing the windows key instead of CTRL for crouch because that is what it does. It turns off some keys.
Something far more practical is the water resistance added to the keyboard. It’s not ready to swim the channel but Logitech claims that The Logitech G213 Prodigy will survive spills of up 60ml. What happens if you aren’t measuring the fluids you pour onto your keyboard when typing I don’t know but I guess that it’s not tested to 61ml.
Logitech wouldn’t let me keep the keyboard I was sent but I would have liked to test this out. I could do the test anyway and then just send back the keyboard in a small bag, but I would like to test future products so for now, I am playing it safe and will spill a maximum of 60ml of fluids at a time.
Whilst this keyboard is considerably less expensive than a mechanical keyboard, at £59.99 its still a lot more money than the £5.99 eBay special, so if you don’t have the budget for a truly mechanical keyboard you will want it to work for all scenarios and specifically for it to excel for gaming.
Here I am happy to report that The Logitech G213 Prodigy is superb. I do not need to type quickly when playing most games so the spongy feeling I get from anything non-mechanical is not as important. It’s certainly a lot quieter and less intrusive for recording gameplay. My office is next door to my bedroom and my wife often complains that my typing is too loud. To be honest, I watch typing videos with the volume on full, I wonder if that’s what she means?
I will say again, this is not a mechanical keyboard and it doesn’t feel like one, however, it feels better than any membrane keyboard is on a par with the Razer Chroma Ornata.
I have been playing games like Rust, 7 Days to die, Battlefield 1, Machiavillain, Raft, PUBG and Arma three mainly and I was surprised that I “forgot” about the keyboard. This is high praise for a keyboard costing less than half of a cheap mechanical.
There is something about customisation and personalisation that we all seek. We want to be unique, different and The Logitech G213 Prodigy is above the curve on this point. Logitech’s’ software is very flexible and easy to use. You can reassign keys, create macros and when done, you can customise the RGB lighting. The lighting itself is as bright as the Razer products I have seen but if you have other Logitech RGB enabled hardware you can create a standard look across your devices. I would like to have seen more effects and would like the lighting to have been brighter, but I was able to create something unique.
The Logitech G213 Prodigy isn’t going to set the world alight, however, for less than £60 you will get your monies worth. This is a budget keyboard that comes feature packed, looks the part and is a big step up from a pure membrane keyboard. If you want everything that comes with a mechanical keyboard at a fraction of the cost, then this is a great route to take. If you have a little extra moola and don’t need the flashing lights you could take a look at the Corsair K63, which is available at PC World right now for £64.99. Whilst this is a true mechanical keyboard you will be losing a number pad, the all-important RGB lighting and paying more for the pleasure.
The Logitech G213 Prodigy offers incredible value for money, in fact, if you shop around you can find it for under £40. If you are in the market for a keyboard, you would be hard-pressed to find a better alternative.