Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard Review

So there’s been a new direction taken in the gaming keyboard market, which may annoy some of the bigger gaming enthusiasts among us. The new Logitech G213 Prodigy keyboard, rather than using a traditional gaming keyboard mechanical switch like so many of their competitors, are using old skool rubber domes. It’s keeping this dying keyboard industry alive and well, as there are still some users who prefer this type of rubber dome over mechanical switches.

So this design change is following Razer in its path, after they released their keyboards like the Ornata last year, which uses a hybrid mechanical-dome style keyset. This essentially means that the Logitech G213 still has that feeling of a mechanical keyboard but incorporates that into an older style dome press keyboard. Logitech are calling their new technology the mech-dome. Flashy right? But this comes at a cost, and Logitech’s pricing for this type of keyboard unfortunately isn’t cheap.

So if we take a wider look at the Logitech G213, it’s huge, although quite minimalistic. It features a full QWERTY style keyboard as well as a numberpad down the right hand side which is found on most keyboards anyway. The depth on your desk is where this is going to make a difference. They include a soft touch palm rest to aid your wrists and lower the chances of developing things like repetitive strain injuries.

The media keys follow suit from Logitech’s older models, keeping the round keys for these as opposed to square keys you find on most other keyboard on the market, with the stop key being the exception. They give a sense of style and are also easy to feel for if you don’t want to take your eyes off of the action on screen. They’re positioned right above the number pad so isn’t much of a stretch for a quick press using your mouse hand. Indicator lights remain square and are quite bright so you can tell if things like your CAPS lock or scroll lock is on or off.

The keys light up in an RGB fashion, offering 16 million colours to choose from. All are edited from Logitech’s software, but more on that soon. The biggest downfall I found is that the keyboard isn’t relying on per-key lighting, rather opting for zone lighting which means there are LEDs under certain areas rather than individual keys. This is probably reflected in the price, as Logitech’s more expensive keyboards are definitely a lot brighter and nicer to look at.

The keyboard I noticed has quite a lot of flex, which isn’t noticeable when playing games, but if you’re a heavy touch typer, then you will begin to notice the plasticy feel this keyboard gives off. It’s a shame as Logitech’s build  qualities in their items are usually pretty good, but seems to fall short. Again, might be down to the budget this keyboard has been given.

Underneath the keys and you are greeted with essentially rubber domes which are there to soften, or dampen a key press. With a 4mm approximate travel distance requiring 50g of force to actually hit an action, these keys are no comparison compared to keyboards opting for a Cherry MX setup. The rubber dome setup could be compared to Brown switches on a mechanical keyboard, but this is a bit of a stretch. It’s fancier and a lot nicer than the keyboards you would find bundled with a desktop computer, but for gaming speeds, are unfortunately left behind. Logitech have called their setup the mech-dome, which is meant to simulate mechanical key presses, but falls short compared to Razer’s Ornata who do it much better.

This keyboard isn’t what I expected to come out of Logitech’s higher end price range. Coming in at around £59.99, it doesn’t compare to keyboards like the Roccat Suora FX, the Corsair K70 and even Razer Chroma series keyboards with their Cherry MX switches. However these are more expensive, but it’s worth the extra budget for a nicer typing experience. But, for those not wanting to stretch to the £100+ mark, then have a look into some keyboards with Brown switches instead like the similarly priced Logitech G610. Don’t get me wrong, this keyboard doesn’t suck and I would class it as a very high end rubber-domed keyboard. But for £60, it seems a little steep when there are entry level mechanical keyboards available at that price. You can find out more information about the Logitech G213 gaming keyboard on the Logitech website.

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