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Logitech G213 Prodigy Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 14, 2020 at 10:45 am
Logitech G213 Prodigy Picture
6.2
Mixed usage
6.1
Gaming
0.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.0
Office
6.1
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a mediocre entry-level gaming keyboard with rubber dome switches. It has a simple plastic frame that bends easily and is fitted with ABS keycaps that feel rather cheap. Its zone-lit backlighting lacks brightness control and customization can only be done through software. Thankfully, G HUB has a good amount of customization options and is available for Windows and macOS. The keyboard is comfortable enough to type on all day due to its low actuation force and built-in wrist rest; however, the typing experience is unremarkable and doesn't feel much different from your typical membrane keyboard. There are dedicated media controls, but only a very limited number of programmable keys.

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed usage

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a mediocre keyboard for most uses. It has a plastic frame that flexes easily and the ABS keycaps feel cheap. Its backlighting is zone-lit and lacks brightness control, and only the function keys are macro-programmable. It feels light to type on and doesn't cause fatigue, but the rubber dome switches have a high pre-travel distance that makes the keyboard feel less responsive for gaming.

Pros
  • Good ergonomics.
  • Light actuation force.
  • Dedicated media controls.
Cons
  • Mediocre typing quality.
  • Mediocre build quality.
6.1 Gaming

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a mediocre gaming keyboard. The rubber dome switches have a low actuation force that makes typing feel very light, but their high pre-travel distance makes the keyboard feel less responsive overall. It doesn't feel well-built and the backlighting is zone-lit instead of per-key. The function keys are macro-programmable, but there aren't any dedicated macro keys for MMO games.

Pros
  • Good ergonomics.
  • Programmable keys.
  • Light actuation force.
Cons
  • Zone-lit backlighting.
  • High pre-travel distance.
  • No dedicated macro keys.
  • Mediocre build quality.
0.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used with mobile devices.

7.0 Office

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is decent for office use. It doesn't generate a lot of typing noise and it's fairly comfortable to type on due to the included wrist rest and light actuation force. However, the tactile feedback feels a bit mushy. The board flexes easily and the ABS keycaps can develop a shine with oil buildup. On the bright side, there's software support for both Windows and macOS.

Pros
  • Good ergonomics.
  • Quiet typing noise.
  • Light actuation force.
Cons
  • Mediocre typing quality.
  • Mediocre build quality.
6.1 Programming

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a mediocre keyboard for programming. Even though it's comfortable to type on for long periods, the typing experience itself feels unremarkable and similar to most generic membrane keyboards. It isn't particularly well-built, as the board flexes easily and the ABS keycaps feel cheap. It has macro-programmable keys and backlighting; however, the latter is zone-lit and there's no brightness setting.

Pros
  • Good ergonomics.
  • Programmable keys.
  • Light actuation force.
Cons
  • Mediocre typing quality.
  • Zone-lit backlighting.
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • 6.2 Mixed usage
  • 6.1 Gaming
  • 0.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.0 Office
  • 6.1 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.2 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.2 cm)
Depth 8.5" (21.6 cm)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)

The Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard is a large, full-sized keyboard that also has a built-in, non-removable wrist rest, so it takes up a lot of desk space.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is mediocre. The keyboard is entirely made out of plastic and the board flexes very easily. The ABS keycaps feel equally cheap and will likely develop a shine over time as oil builds up. On the plus side, the cable is braided and the rubber strip under the keyboard does a pretty decent job at keeping the keyboard from sliding around. It's advertised as being spill-resistant; however, it isn't something that we test for.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest Fixed

The ergonomics are good. The wrist rest is fixed to the keyboard and is also made of the same plastic as the keyboard itself. It feels a bit cheap, but it does the job and it feels comfortable enough to type on for long periods.

2.3
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color Multi-color
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

The backlighting is zone-lit and there are five zones in total. There's a dedicated button to turn the backlight on or off, but there's no actual brightness setting, on the keyboard or through software. It doesn't get very bright, so it might not even be visible in a brighter environment. There are a few lighting effects that you can cycle through directly on the keyboard, and you can customize it further through software. If you want a mechanical keyboard with full RGB lighting, check out the Razer BlackWidow.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

The cable is braided and should be long enough for most people to reach their desktop, but unfortunately, it isn't detachable.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

The Logitech G213 has dedicated media controls on the upper right side of the keyboard and a Windows Lock button to prevent minimizing your game. Only the function keys are macro-programmable and customization can only be done through software. If you want a keyboard with more macro-programmable keys, check out the Razer Cynosa Chroma.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
29.9 gf
Pre-Travel
2.84 mm
Total Travel
3.82 mm

The Logitech G213 uses rubber dome switches that are very similar to the SteelSeries Apex 3's. It requires little force to press the keys, which makes the typing feel light. The high pre-travel distance makes the keyboard feel less responsive when gaming, but can be beneficial for typing accuracy. The tactile feedback is fairly subtle, so it can be hard to sense when a keystroke is registered.

6.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality is unremarkable. Like most keyboards with rubber dome switches, the tactile feedback feels soft and unsatisfying, and the overall experience isn't all that different from a run-of-the-mill keyboard that comes with most pre-built computers. Also, while the keys are stable, the ABS keycaps feel pretty cheap to type on. On the bright side, typing feels light and it doesn't feel tiring to type on for long periods.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing noise on the Logitech G213 is quiet and shouldn't be bothersome to others around you.

Software and Operating System
8.4
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Logitech G HUB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The Logitech G213 has great software support. G HUB allows you to customize the backlighting zones and set macros to any of the function keys. There's no onboard memory, so all profiles are saved within the software.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The Logitech G213's compatibility is decent. On Windows, everything works as expected and you have access to full customization options. On macOS, only the Pause and Scroll Lock don't work. All keys function properly on Linux, but since there's no software support or onboard memory, there's no way to customize the keyboard or save any settings.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We reviewed the Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard and there are no other variants of this keyboard. It's the entry-level keyboard in Logitech's G Series lineup, which includes the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED, to name a few.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a mediocre gaming keyboard. It's decent for office use due to its light typing experience and higher pre-travel distance, but there are better options in this price range, such as the SteelSeries Apex 3. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical gaming keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Logitech G413

Overall, the Logitech G413 is much better than the Logitech G213 Prodigy. The G413 is a mechanical keyboard with significantly better build quality and its Romer-G Tactile switches provide a better typing experience. Also, the G413 has a USB passthrough, the backlight has brightness settings, and the keys are individually-lit. On the other hand, the G213 comes with a built-in wrist rest and it has dedicated media controls. The backlight on the G413 is limited to a single red color, while the G213 is multi-color.

SteelSeries Apex 3

For most uses, the SteelSeries Apex 3 is significantly better than the Logitech G213 Prodigy. The SteelSeries' build quality is much better, it has full RGB backlighting with brightness control, and every key is macro-programmable. The SteelSeries also provides a better typing experience, it produces less typing noise, and the included wrist rest is detachable if you don't want to use it.

Razer Ornata Chroma

The Razer Ornata Chroma is much better than the Logitech G213 Prodigy. The Razer has a better build quality, RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and every key is macro programmable. Its mecha-membrane switches provide a significantly better typing experience but they generate a lot more noise than the rubber dome switches on the Logitech. The Logitech has dedicated media controls and better software support, as G HUB is also available for macOS.

HyperX Alloy Core RGB

Overall, the Logitech G213 Prodigy is much better than the HyperX Alloy Core RGB. The Logitech is more comfortable due to the built-in wrist rest, it has macro-programmable keys, and software support for customization. However, the HyperX has a better build quality and brightness control for its backlighting.

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