The Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard is an entry-level gaming keyboard that focuses on delivering as many features as possible at a budget-friendly price tag. It has some of the bells and whistles gamers look for such as a set of fully RGB backlit keys, dedicated media controls, and endless software customization.
Budget equipment comes with a definite compromise, and the Logitech G213 is no different. Although it doesn’t use mechanical switches, the keyboard uses membrane switches that Logitech has ‘tuned’ for gaming. It also has media keys, a game mode that prevents accidental Windows key presses.
Wired gaming black keyboard with backlit keys in RGB colors
The Logitech G213 Prodigy looks like a typical PC keyboard without the RGB lights, with tall keycaps and a full keyset which includes offset arrow keys, a numeric keypad, and a separate row of F1-F12 keys along the top. A set of media keys, as well as two more dedicated function keys (gaming and lighting), and the illuminated Logitech G logo are the only additional keys you would not find on a bare-bones keyboard. The G213 measures 218 mm by 452 mm with a 33 mm depth and weighs 1000 g, making it a full-sized keyboard, a little on the chunky side. Despite its size, the G213 is still a decent and attractive gaming keyboard.
As is pretty much the standard for gaming keyboard these days, the G213 also offers zoned RGB backlighting. Special switches with individually-controlled LEDs underneath have become increasingly popular, although whether they’re a gimmick or a useful feature depends on the different point of views. However, with the zone lighting, not the per-key lighting you find on more expensive keyboards, it will mean that you don’t get the cool reactive lighting effects that the G610 and other Logitech models are well-known for.
The G213 connects to your PC via a single, braided USB 2.0 cable with no benefit of any additional USB pass-through jacks. There are also flip-out legs below the keyboard that you can use to adjust the keyboard angle. And while the keyboard will take up a considerable amount of space on your desk, it just doesn’t feel like the build quality is all that great. The entire keyboard is made of what seems like plastic, and even a light bit of pressure near the top of the G213 will cause the whole keyboard to rock.
Excellent performance with special Mech-Dome keys
Gaming keyboards come in two primary types – mechanical, and membrane. A mechanical keyboard is built from dozens of individual, physical switches, one under each key, while a member keyboard uses a mat of rubber domes which provides key resistance.
The G213’s “Mech-Dome” keys use what seems like membrane dome switches, though they are tuned by Logitech to be faster than traditional rubber switches. According to the company, they offer a 2ms report time, which is four times faster than the basic variety. Although each key provides 4mm of travel, Logitech has tuned the keys to require only 50g of actuation force, which is in line with mechanical offerings.
Customization with the Logitech software
The Logitech G213 Prodigy relies heavily on its Gaming Software since there are no dedicated keys on the keyboard to customize lighting. The Logitech software does work exceptionally well, and setting things up is a breeze. There are no single-key lighting configurations on the G213, but with the help of the software, you can set custom lightings to five different zones on the keyboard.
The verdict on the Logitech G213
The non-mechanical keyboard has both strengths and weaknesses. While it’s quieter than most mechanical keyboards in the market, you don’t get the premium sensation you expect from an aftermarket model or the more higher-end keyboards.
It is undoubtedly entry-level for gaming peripherals and feels like the keyboard your parents would buy for you if you’re starting to get into gaming.
Despite this, for a lesser budget, you’re getting seriously good value for money, with full RGB backlighting, software customization, and responsive Mech-Dome switches.
The Logitech G213 Prodigy is available through the official Logitech brand store at a price of S$99.