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Published 8th December 2020 by

Review of the Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard from an owner.

I've had the Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard for about 6 months now, so I feel that I can give this an honest real world review.

Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard is described as a slim, durable, precise and spill-resistant. The G213 prodigy is designed for the way you play. With performance tuned keys, G213 prodigy brings together the tactile feel and gaming-grade performance. Keys on the G213 prodigy are tuned to deliver ultra-quick and responsive feedback that is up to 4 times faster than the keys on standard keyboards, while the anti-ghosting gaming matrix keeps you in control even when multiple keys are pressed simultaneously.

So that's the marketing blurb. Now for the review.

This is a quite a solid, full size keyboard but I wouldn't describe it as slim. It does take up some desk space. It's durable to a point (more on that later) and it is precise - you know exactly where the keys are by feel and rarely do I mistype due to quick inputs. Haven't tried the spill resistance yet, and fingers crossed I won't for a some time yet.

Key action has a positive feel but isn't noisy like a mechanical keyboard. It's really good to type on and also very good for gaming with the keys large enough not to accidentally press neighbour keys, a problem I have with laptop and smaller keyboards.

Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard

The keyboard also features a limited number of special keys, far less than some other keyboards from Logitech, even budget models. There is a gaming mode key which allows you to disable certain keys whilst gaming (you can use this feature anytime though) which is useful as it prevents accidentally pressing a key whilst doing something else. For example you can disable the Windows key which during gaming if pressed accidentally will return you to the desktop and open the start menu. There is a lighting button which allows you to turn the lighting on and off and to also change the lighting effect and colours (see below for this undocumented feature). Then there are the standard media controls - mute, volume up and down, play/pause, stop, forward and back.

The Logitech G213 Prodigy has 5 lighting zones which can be configured independently via the G-Hub. Each zone can be given a custom colour or the colours can cycle in waves. I'm not sure why they limit the G213 to just five zones and not per key. Watching the wave patterns its clear that lighting can be controlled per key - its not like the electronics are limiting this. Probably just a business decision to make you pay extra for the "pro" models that have fully independent key lighting configuration but actually use the same board. You can also set the keys to light up according to a colour displayed on the screen using a sample area.

RGB Light Customisation without Logitech G-Hub Suite

If like me you don't want to install extra software to slow your computer down then there is an undocumented way to customise the RGB lighting. This also works if you are using the keyboard with a console (apparently the G213 does not have on-board memory so won't remember your PC settings).

Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard

To change the lighting modes and colours without Logitech software, hold the lighting button then press a number. For example:

  • Lighting + 0: Solid colour
  • Lighting + 1: Wave pattern - left to right cycling all colours
  • Lighting + 2: Wave pattern - right to left cycling all colours
  • Lighting + 3: Wave pattern - centre outwards towards edges
  • Lighting + 4: Breath with one colour - press again to change colour
  • Lighting + 5: Cycle through all colours

Pressing the lighting button and number multiple times cycles through different colours.

Problems with the Logitech G213 RGB Prodigy Gaming Keyboard

Over the past 6 months or so the keyboard has been very good, I really like typing and gaming on it, however there is one serious problem with it, one that has been reported many times online, and that is that occasionally some of the keys don't work. This started after about 2 months usage, mainly noticeable whilst gaming - the W, E and D keys fail to respond to a key press. Press it again and it works. At first I thought that I wasn't pressing the key hard enough, but after trial I determined that maybe 1/10 key presses did not work. Most keys are fine so I don't know if its a problem with the membrane on this side of the keyboard or it becomes damaged with use.

When I contacted Logitech about the issue I had to record a video of the problem and complete all the details. They then issued an RMA and I sent the keyboard back and received a replacement (reconditioned by the looks of it). After a few months this one also stated to suffer the same problem, and since I've had a warranty return already they won't fix this one. When I contacted Amazon about the issue they immediately offered refund or replacement. This time I went for the refund and I've gone back to my trusty old UltraX Performance keyboard until I can find a good deal on a Corsair K70 or K100.

After receiving a full refund I opted for the Corsair K68 Mechanical keyboard.

Fixing Keys Not Working on Logitech G213 Prodigy

If your keyboard is still under warranty, create a case with Logitech at https://support.logi.com/ and they will walk you through the warranty process. Do NOT attempt to fix the problem yourself as you will void your warranty.

I'm not convinced either way if this is a software issue or a hardware problem with the membrane. I have experienced the issue on a laptop with the G-Hub installed and also a clean laptop with no drivers installed. That makes me think its hardware. However the fact that it is so intermittent makes me think its software related. I can go a few days without noticing the problem, or it can be affected almost every other key stroke. Also, after a G-Hub software update the problem got even worse, which also makes me think its software related.

If your keyboard is no longer covered by warranty you can take apart the keyboard and inspect the membrane layers for dirt or damage. The Logitech G213 Prodigy is a membrane keyboard, not mechanical, so it should be fairly easy. I've yet to do this so you should have a look on YouTube or Google for a tutorial. When I find that Amazon won't replace or the warranty expires I'll do a dismantle and clean/repair tutorial.

Have you got a Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard and suffered from keys not working? What did you do to fix it? Did you also get a reconditioned replacement? Let us know in the comments below!

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