Logitech G213 Prodigy Review

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • RGB lighting looks great
  • Excellent for gaming

Cons

  • Not mechanical
  • A little chunky
  • No USB passthrough

Key Features

  • Fully RGB backlit keys
  • Logitech ‘Mech-Dome’ switches
  • Spill-resistant
  • Dedicated media controllers
  • Weight: 1000g

What’s the Logitech G213 Prodigy?

The Logitech G213 is a gaming keyboard that is focused on providing as many attributes as you can at a budget-friendly price tag.  It’s quite the bundle, with completely RGB backlit keys, dedicated media controllers, and unlimited software customization.

There is a small catch, though: it does not use mechanical switches.  Instead, you ought to use membrane switches that Logitech has ‘tuned’ for gaming.  

The G213 is a full-sized keyboard, and it is definitely a little on the chunky side.  This is in part because of this non-detachable wrist-rest on the base of the keyboard.  But thereafter, the remainder of the board does perhaps look a bit bigger than it has to be.  For those who have a smaller desk, then you may want to check out something else.

Despite its size, the G213 is a really attractive keyboard — though the body itself is made from plastic, which does not feel particularly lavish.  Having said that, the G213 Prodigy does feel very hardy and certainly gets the job done.

The bottom is constructed from more plastic and is totally height-adjustable thanks the toes located towards the rear of the unit.  Sadly, the USB cable is not removable, but it’s braided.  There is also no USB passthrough, which I am sure will upset some prospective buyers.

Each key is fitted with a hybrid mechanical-membrane key switch, and each houses an RGB lighting node within.  This goes to the media keys, also, of which you will discover play/pause and bypass buttons, in addition to volume controls and a ‘gaming’ key.  The stop key is oddly-shaped and seems somewhat out of place because of this.

A surprising feature that Logitech has implemented here is a degree of water-resistance.  The company claims the unit was tested to survive liquid spills up to 60ml.

Logitech G213 Prodigy — Performance

With that said, the level of difference between the G213 Prodigy and anything outfitted with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches is not near what I had anticipated.

The Mech-Dome switches are far superior to my old Microsoft Sidewinder of the past.  When you look at full-sized mechanical keyboards with the identical degree of RGB lighting, you would be looking at over double the price of this G213, which is definitely food for thought.

The switches are not particularly tactile and do exhibit a little ‘sponginess’ — something you will always get with rubber dome keyboards.  

Logitech G213 Prodigy — Software and light

Above all, however, it is the G213 Prodigy’s extensive customization options which allow it to stand out.  The Logitech Gaming Software is very mature at this stage, and although it isn’t quite as extensive as Corsair’s CUE, it’s easy to navigate and allows for lots of flexibility.

You may re-assign keys, create macros, and change the RGB lighting to satisfy your tastes.  The lighting is not the absolute brightest I have seen, but it is certainly up there with a great deal more expensive keyboards.

There are not as many effects to choose from compared to key rivals, but you can pair the G213 with games like Smite, and applications like Discord.  If you have any other Logitech peripherals, you can, of course, sync the light between device for a uniform appearance.

Why purchase the Logitech G213 Prodigy?

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is not the ultimate gaming keyboard.  However, for less than $60, you are getting seriously good value for money, with full RGB backlighting, software customization, and responsive Mech-Dome switches.

However, on discovering you will be dropping down to ten fewer keys and losing RGB backlighting also, you will appreciate just how fantastic value the Logitech G213 Prodigy is.

Overall, the Logitech G213 Prodigy a budget gaming keyboard that provides spectacular value for money.