Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Continuing with the Logitech Prodigy series of devices, they have also sent over a keyboard to get our opinion on. Again, the idea behind the Prodigy series is to allow customers to get the majority of the features found in other top-tier offerings, yet at the same time, being much more affordable than those products. This allows Logitech to build their user base, as well as putting their devices in many more customers' hands so that they will appreciate what Logitech is doing, and hopefully upgrade down the line to more Logitech devices. Since it is possible to test most everything Logitech has to offer in such devices, get accustomed to, and learn to appreciate what it is that they offer, it only makes sense that one would step up when it does come time to change devices.
In this instance, Logitech is offering a lightweight, full-featured keyboard, with things like a built-in wrist rest, dedicated multimedia keys, RGB backlighting, customization via the Logitech gaming software, and even spill resistance. A major part of any keyboard design comes down to the type of switches used, and Logitech has opted to go the route of hybrid switches. This is made to make using the keyboard up to four times faster than a conventional rubber dome solution via mechanical top halves of the switches. The key caps only travel 4mm, much like a mechanical switch keyboard, but this has also been engineered to require 50g of activation force to have the rubber pad inside contact the traces to enable the keys being pressed.
It is easy to ascertain with what has just been presented that the Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB gaming keyboard does not boast the features of the best of the best keyboards out there. However, the feature set is rich, you get all of the conveniences of the more expensive offerings, and the product is cleanly designed. All of this is obtained, plus the ability to match a theme to any of the 16.8 million color options out there today, and can even be made to match lighting effects of other Logitech devices as well. From what we have gathered thus far, the Logitech G213 Prodigy is a robust design and is more than capable of handling anything you can throw at it and is why we suggest you take the time to see what the other side of the Prodigy series is all about.
The chart, which was copied from the Logitech website, offers just about everything one would need to know before making an educated decision on whether to buy it or not. There is the 920-008083 part number, but we will stick to calling it the G213 Prodigy RGB, and we also see that it is backed by a two-year warranty. It is designed to work with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows 10 without issue, but it requires a spare USB port and an internet connection to obtain the software to customize its functionality. Inside of the box, you should find a keyboard and some user documentation.
On a technical level, Logitech first addresses the spill resistant ability of this keyboard. It is here that we see the testing was done with only 60ml of liquid, which is slightly more than two ounces, or a little more than a shot of liquor. We would also assume they are using a clean liquid for testing, as anything with sugar will inevitably gum up the works. The connection type at the end of the cable is USB 2.0, and the G213 can use the full speed that USB 2.0 offers. There are RGB LEDs, there is no screen, and the cable which connects this keyboard is six foot in length. Physically, the G213 Prodigy RGB is 218mm from the front to the back, 452mm from side to side, 33mm in height without the feet extended, and weighs in at just 1000 grams.
At this moments, it does not seem to matter which of the big name shops you buy from, as they all list the G213 Prodigy RGB at the same price. Whether looking to Fry's to grab and go, or Amazon or Newegg to order and wait, the cost is set at $69.99. Compared to many other hybrid switch offerings, this is inexpensive, and with the fact that mechanical keyboards that are similarly equipped will most likely take you well beyond $100, we find the G213 to be reasonably priced and affordable to the masses. With such a minimal investment required, a keyboard such as this can easily find its way onto the desks of many users, without having to beg, borrow, or steal to get one of your very own.
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