Logitech G213 Prodigy Review & Software

Logitech G213 Prodigy SUpport for Drivers & Software Download. I actually wanted to buy the G810 Orion Spectrum, but the prices and availability of this model turned out to be very negative in December, so I switched to the G213 Prodigy. If I buy the G810 for my birthday, I’ll have the G213 as a replacement for emergencies. But to anticipate a small conclusion, with the G213 I don’t feel any pressure to quickly convert to a mechanical keyboard. As an emergency keyboard, the G213 is actually too good (or very noble), and those who feel more comfortable on a membrane are well served with the G213.

 

Logitech G213 Prodigy Review

Processing – When I ordered, I was afraid I would receive a thin and loose plastic board. In fact, the G213 is a real hooter in its dimensions, the weight is okay, and twisting the keyboard as demonstrated by Dmitry from Hardware Canucks requires significantly more force than the buyer would expect from the product. In short, the thing looks stable and of high quality.

The keys all make a good and stable impression, including the multimedia keys. I haven’t found any keys on my model that step out of line and behave noticeably differently. The cable comes from stiff and somewhat large kink protection, is not particularly thick, but also not thin, and the sheathing is rather hard so that the cable is not particularly curvaceous. But that doesn’t have to be a disadvantage, because the cable can be used as a guide for other, smaller cables (e.g. for the mouse cable of my G403 Prodigy).

The housing and buttons have a pleasant, soft finish, but films of liquid (sweat, talc) are visible on them. At first, I was afraid that the keys would become sticky after a few days, but in fact, it was only liquid films that can be quickly removed with a microfiber cloth. In the long term, the keys and the palm rest will of course wear out. This is inevitable on surfaces that are constantly exposed to sweat and sebum. The palm rest is firmly mounted and has a discreetly rough finish that sets itself apart from the SoftTouch surfaces.

Logitech G213 Prodigy Mechanical

Writing experience and soundscape – I have typed on membranes with half-height keys for many years. The G213 can’t compete with mechanical keys, but it still has rich feedback that puts most other membrane keyboards in the shade. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to cope with the high keys, but after two days I got used to the height of the keys and also to the normal layout (without macro keys) and I no longer want the much richer (but not mechanical) typing experience to miss. If you are unsure whether the leap from possibly low membrane keys to mechanical normal keys is perhaps too big, the G213 is a good intermediate step to get used to the haptic experience without making yourself poor.

The soundscape corresponds to the writing experience. There is of course no mechanical click on a membrane, but the audible feedback is still rich and fun when the fingers fly over the keys. I didn’t notice any annoying background noises but could develop over time. Large keys move a little rickety, but this is normal for membrane keyboards and is so small on this model that you are not aware of it when typing normally.

The multimedia keys could have a shorter stroke, but they do their job without any problems. The palm rest is sufficiently large and noticeably relieves the strain during work.

Logitech G213 Prodigy Software

Lighting and Software – The lighting is disappointing for two reasons. The LEDs are quite bright, but the brightness decreases noticeably as soon as you are not almost upright over the keyboard. In addition, there is cloud formation in the keys. This is due to the design because with a membrane the LEDs cannot be built into the keys and have to shine through a membrane and a lot of injection-molded plastic, which leads to the formation of clouds. The G213 does this quite well, but only if you sit absolutely ergonomically. But if you flatten yourself in the chair, as you like to do while gaming, then you should only keep your eyes on the screen. Only the logo and the status LEDs are real eye-catchers (although the latter cannot be adjusted).

Another problem is the lighting zones. The keyboard is divided into five lighting zones, the color of which can be controlled via the software. Unfortunately, all LEDs in a zone are controlled equally, including the multimedia tests. For around 50 euros you can’t expect all buttons to be individually controllable, but if you only have lighting zones, then please choose a layout that makes sense. Main keypad, F keys, document and arrow keys, number field, multimedia keys and the logo – these should have been the lighting zones for this feature to be of at least little use.

Why Logitech chose this path becomes clear as soon as you close the software because then the keyboard falls back into a rainbow wave, which actually looks quite good despite the cloud formation in the keys. But it’s just of no use. It just looks pretty. But because Logitech absolutely wanted to have this rainbow wave – which, by the way, can always be seen when starting up and shutting down when the software is no longer active – the user practically only has the choice between a rainbow or a static color. It’s a shame, I would have liked to have produced real key zones, like back then on my blissful Sidewinder X6.

You have already guessed it, the software has to be loaded in the background in order to define a lighting mode and also to activate application-specific and programmable functions. I haven’t tested the latter yet, and I probably won’t either, because I don’t need macros and there aren’t any useful lighting options. The software is pleasantly restrained with a memory usage of 35MB in the background, but the user interface is out of date. Needlessly fiddly and optically a relic from XP days, which absolutely does not match the straightforward elegance of the G213.

If I had to constantly go into the software, for example, to edit macros, I would have opted for a competing product simply because of this outdated software. A manufacturer whose name and logo have something to do with pirates recently launched a complete software suite. Logitech, it is high time you finally followed suit and developed software that is both the times and the offerings of the competition, or my next keyboard will not be from Logitech.

Logitech G213 Prodigy Conclusion

Finally the conclusion – the G213 Prodigy is a very good membrane keyboard for its price range. The size, workmanship, and appearance are absolutely fine, the writing experience is very good for a membrane, the palm rest increases comfort noticeably, and the background noise is pleasant. This keyboard is fun to type, and it truly isn’t just a gaming board. If you don’t spend a lot of money or don’t want to take the plunge to mechanical keyboards (or are simply not a fan of mechanical clickers), you can’t go wrong with the G213.

On the other hand, there must not be any high demands on the lighting when making a purchase decision. The illumination of the keys is so poor due to the design that Logitech shouldn’t even have tried to make the keyboard look like more than it actually is with rainbow effects and should instead give the keyboard sensible lighting zones. And the software fulfills its purpose inconspicuously at best but is not enjoyable.

Hence a downgrade to four stars and these four stars only exist because the keyboard has good properties in its primary task at this price. If you also expect a rainbow thrower, then the keyboard is only worth two stars, and interested buyers should definitely choose a mechanical keyboard, which, due to its design, can glow much nicer and also with a key.

 

Logitech G213 Prodigy Download

Logitech G213 Prodigy: User Manual PDF

Logitech G213 Prodigy: G HUB Software Windows 10, 8, 7

Logitech G213 Prodigy: G HUB Software macOS 10.15, macOS 10.14, macOS 10.13, macOS 11

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