The Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard isn’t a looker at first glance when compared to other grandeur gaming keyboards out there but it isn’t trying to be. What it aims to be is giving you the best quality that Logitech can offer at a much more affordable price. This is also a good entry point for newcomers to Logitech’s keyboards or Logitech’s gaming peripherals in general.
The idea behind the Prodigy line is to send some features of their top quality high-end keyboards to people who have a stricter budget. This can be tricky of course. What features should they include and what should they exclude? Despite this being a budget keyboard, this still has to feel like it’s built for gaming.
Budget equipment comes with a definite compromise and the Logitech G213 is no different. I’ll jump the gun and tell you straight that this lacks mechanical key switches. So if you’re one of those who are specifically looking for mechanical switches, you better look elsewhere. It does however have the essentials. It has media keys, a game mode that prevents accidental Windows key presses and of course, what gaming keyboard nowadays isn’t RGB lighted? Logitech made sure to hand us that for this budget keyboard.
Logitech G213 Review – Whats in the Box?
Despite being a budget keyboard, Logitech still offers it in a simple yet sleek package. The package really makes you feel you’re buying one of the top quality products by Logitech. It doesn’t look cheap at all.
The front showcases the keyboard illuminated by its RGB lighted keys along with the Logitech name and brand.
The four sides of the keyboard are fairly simple. One side has the name of the keyboard which is G213 Prodigy and the other is the Logitech brand. The other sides list the products’ specifications and general information.
When you open the box, you’ll immediately find the G213 Prodigy wrapped in a clear plastic. You don’t see it but the keyboard actually extends towards the end of the box with the wrist rest.
On the top of the box is a black cardboard and inside it is the keyboard’s wire neatly tucked in.
And lastly, like any product, it comes with a manual which states how to install the product and where to get the software.
Logitech G213 Review – An Affordable Gaming Keyboard
For a $99 price tag, the keyboard has a decent build quality. The plastic cover is able to deal with a significant amount of stress when bending. It will only actually bend when you purposely attempt to do so. You have to actually exert a lot effort to see some serious damage on the keyboard. The keys itself seems to be able to withstand years of use.
At the top left corner of the keyboard showcases the “G” logo by Logitech and towards the right are a bunch of LEDs. These LEDs are used to indicate the different locks of the keyboard such as num lock, caps lock, scroll lock and game mode lock. The last lock is used to disable the Windows keys to prevent the Start menu from activating while you’re in a game.
Still at the top just above the Print Screen and the Pause Break are two buttons. One is a joystick icon that activates game mode. The other is a light button that controls your color effects without having to go to the software to change it.
At the top right corner, you can find the dedicated multimedia keys. There’s a mute button and volume buttons. Below these are the pause/play, stop, previous and next buttons.
At the bottom of the keyboard you can find an angled grip surface. The keyboard is supported by two rubber feet as well as three rubber pads at the bottom to help keep it in place. So far, the grip from the rubbers is decent. It enables the keyboard to stay in place. Slight movements do not make the keyboard budge even for a little bit. The feet are angled vertically unlike other keyboards. This sort of angle lessens the chances of the rubber feet being closed accidentally. I’ve noticed this when I usually push my other keyboards forward and away from me. Sometimes the feet would close because of its horizontal angle. Things like this aren’t innovative but it doesn’t it really bring up the price either. It also does help give users a better experience with the product. Clever choices like these make these budget products worth it.
When you look at the G213 on the side, it’s very slim. The key caps also don’t really lean towards the user if the feet aren’t extended thus extending the feet is pretty much a necessity when using this keyboard.
You can connect your keyboard to your PC using the 6 feet braided cable bundled with the product. Towards the end of the cable is a non-gold plated USB 2.0 jack.
Spill resistance: 60ml liquid spillage
Connection Type: USB 2.0 USB Protocol: USB 2.0 USB Speed: Full Speed Indicator Light (LED): Yes LCD Display: No Backlighting: RGB Cable Length (Power/Charging): 6 ft (1.8m)
One of the keyboard’s main selling points is the RGB colored lighting effect. The RGB lighting offers up to 16.8 million colors and matching them with certain effects offers endless combinations. Logitech also made sure that more light comes out of the letters to make it pop. We tested it and during the day it doesn’t pop out as much but come afternoon where it’s a bit dimmer, the colors are fairly bright. You can easily distinguish and appreciate the LED effects.
With a budget keyboard, you’d have to see a compromise right? Well, as I’ve said this doesn’t have mechanical switches but Logitech still made sure to provide us their quality mech-dome keys that manage to rival mechanical keys. The G213’s mech-dome keys are able to actually imitate and even sound like their mechanical counterparts. The keyboard surprisingly gives a decent tactile feedback making it a decent compromise. It also deals with minor liquid spills better than a mechanical keyboard. It can handle up to 60ml of liquid.
The Logitech Gaming Software’s home tab usually shows the product. The keyboard’s main keys can be highlighted and also clicked which brings us to the next menu.
The commands tab is where you can assign your own commands to the F-keys using the menu on the left side. At the top is where you can search, save, delete and load user profiles that have its unique F-keys assigned to it.
Next to that allows the user to customize the LED lights that illuminate the keys. You can choose from 16.8 million colors and mix them with varying effects. You can also change the speed of the illumination effects. One neat feature here that I’d like to point out is if you own more than one Logitech peripheral, you can sync all of them. The software allows you to sync your mouse, keyboard and headset.
The Windows and function keys are disabled by default but if you want to disable more keys, the game mode tab allows you to do so. It also allows you to have up to six profiles.
You can check which keys are pressed the most on the next tab. The most pressed keys will show red while the least used are shown in green. Apart from that, the number of times a key is pressed is also recorded and you can check it here.
Using the Product
When you plug in the G213 it will automatically be recognized and you can immediately start gaming. However, if you want to fully experience all the features of the G213, you’d have to download the Logitech Gaming Software. It will then automatically detect your keyboard and you can start tinkering with its features. The features are extensively explained in the software features of this review. With that in mind, if you do own another Logitech peripheral, I suggest you go to the lighting tab and sync all of your peripherals for a cooler effect on your desk.
Overall, the quality is worth the price. Sure it doesn’t give you the best out there with mechanical keys but the keyboard delivers and suits the title of a gaming keyboard.
The build quality doesn’t look or feel cheap either. It is sturdy as it takes a lot of force to actually see some damage. However, the general aesthetic of the keyboard looks plain. The only thing that really makes it stand out is its RGB lighting but again, these are the compromises that come with a budget keyboard. The flip out feet is also cleverly designed. Logitech opted to align it vertically which means that the feet will less likely collapse as opposed to a horizontal alignment.
The software used is the same software used even with their top-tier peripherals. It also has the ability to sync all your Logitech peripheral’s making it rewarding if you have more than one Logitech brand.
Overall, there’s not much really to complain about besides it looking plain. For a budget keyboard, Logitech made sure to squeeze every inch of its top-tier counterparts into the Logitech G213 Prodigy. If you’re looking to get your feet wet with the Logitech brand, especially in its gaming side, the Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard is a good entry point.