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Logitech Pro and Prodigy Series Peripheral Review

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Posted October 10, 2016 by Jeffrey Edson in Peripherals

Overview

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Price at time of Review: You can buy the G213 keyboard for $69.99, The G403 wireless for $99, and the PRO mouse for $69.99 all on NewEgg.
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

These Logitech mice use excellent quality parts and have been the best I have used so far. The new pwm3366 sensor is really accurate and feels really smooth. With 16.8 million RGB colors you can create bright and interesting themes to match your entire setup. I really enjoy that the Logitech software allows for syncing your RGB colors across devices. This helps maintain easy color coordination. If I could change anything it would be adding a mechanical keyboard and mouse combo. The G213 being waterproof is a great feature that will protect your investment from accidental spills.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

NO mechanical switches for keyboard and the Wireless G403 mouse is more expensive.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The Logitech Prodigy Series was designed to give great features for the price. The PRO series as well was designed to be the best Esports mouse you can get for as little as possible. This means quality parts for a fantastic price.
by Jeffrey Edson
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Prodigy Series

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I won’t be reviewing just one product, so I will list specs under the appropriate design section of each part. The Prodigy series’ goal according to Logitech is “Make gaming gear that is simple and easy to use, but still includes the amazing technology and delivers the incredible performance you’ll find in our flagship products. They deliver exceptional comfort with clean, new designs that will be at home on any gamer’s desk. It’s a straightforward line of gaming gear designed to enhance the way you play without adding complexity.” Their entire goal here is to help make everyday products more enjoyable and easier to use.

Prodigy G213 Keyboard

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SPECIFICATIONS

PART NUMBER
920-008083
WARRANTY INFORMATION
2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
USB port
Internet connection for optional software download
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Spill resistance:
Tested with 60ml liquid spillage
Connection Type:  USB 2.0
USB Protocol: USB 2.0
USB Speed: Full Speed
Indicator Lights (LED): Yes
LCD Display: No
Backlighting: RGB
Cable Length (Power/Charging): 6 ft (1.8 M)
Physical specifications
Height: 8.6 in (218 mm)
Width: 17.8 in (452 mm)
Depth: 1.3 in (33 mm)
Weight: 2.4 lbs (1000 g)

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The keyboard is packaged to show off its RGB lighting, response time, and that little water drop means water resistant. The specifications list resistance up to 60ml of liquid spillage.

The box contents include:

  • Gaming Keyboard
  • User Documentation

Design

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The first thing you notice when unboxing is how well the USB cord is braided. I love small details like this. Even the USB header has a “Keyboard” logo so you know what way to plug in your keyboard.

 

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The keyboard itself has a hard black plastic case for the top. The bottom has a gray hard plastic housing with slanted grooves that appear like stripes. There are also hinges for feet to prop up the G213 and rubber pads to stop the keyboard from sliding.

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I took apart the keyboard so we can see the inside and what board is used to control the RGB lighting. We can see where the G213 cuts cost here with its regular membrane switches. These are nonmechanical but seem necessary for the water resistance. The keys are Mech-Dome keys and were designed to give the feel of a mechanical keyboard and have a 50g actuation force. The G213 also has 4x faster response times than standard 8ms keyboards. The anti-ghosting matrix helps you press multi-keys simultaneously with no input lag.

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It may be hard to see from the picture, but the control board uses an ARM CPU.

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The keyboard put back together and hooked up looks great with the RGB colored lighting. The above pictures have the Logitech PRO mouse to match and sync color settings with the G213. I will be getting into the software features later under testing. The RGB lighting has 16.8 million lighting zones to match your other devices and peripherals.The lighting is all controlled through the Logitech Gaming Software.

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The dedicated media controls are great for play, pause, skip and adjustment of volume. This is really handy while in a game and you want to adjust volume, mute it, or change to the next song with a touch of a button.

Prodigy Mouse G403

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SPECIFICATIONS

PART NUMBER
910-004797
WARRANTY INFORMATION
2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
USB port
Internet connection for optional software download
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Tracking
Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
Max. acceleration: >40G*
Max. speed: >300 ips*
*Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad
Responsiveness
USB data format: 16 bits/axis
USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
Wireless report rate: 1000Hz (1ms)
Wireless technology: Custom 2.4GHz
Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
Glide
Dynamic coefficient of friction:* 0.1 μ (k)*
Static coefficient of friction:* 0.15 μ (s)*
*Tested on wood-veneer desktop
Durability
Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
Feet: 250 kilometers
Connection Type: Wireless
USB Protocol: USB 2.0
DPI (Min/Max): 200-12,000
USB Report Rate: 1ms
Sensor: PMW3366
Indicator Lights (LED): Yes, RGB
Buttons: 6
Other Features: Onboard memory, single removable weight
Physical specifications
Height: 124 mm
Width: 68 mm
Depth: 43 mm
Weight: 107.2 g mouse only
Cable Length (Power/Charging): 1.83 M

The G403 was designed as a wireless mouse with no compromises. It has an advertised 1ms response time, 6 programmable buttons, 10g removable weight, and 16.8M RGB lighting colors.

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The contents are well packaged and I like how the cable is wrapped around the outside of the mouse. This made unpackaging the accessories easy.

The contents include:

  • 10g weight
  • Extension adapter
  • Wireless dongle
  • Charging cable
  • Documentation / Instructions

Design

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The cable on the G403 is braided as well and offers an extension brick to bring the wireless receiver closer.

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The mouse has a hard black plastic housing with black rubber sides for easy grip and comfort. The “G” logo and scroll wheel provide brilliant RGB lighting zones for the mouse and offer 16.8 million colors. To control the lighting; The Logitech Gaming Software is required. We will be looking at this later in the testing section of the review.

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The G403 is ergonomically designed for comfort and durability. It feels good in your hand’s and offers good control. The front USB port is for the charging cable when your battery gets low, so there is never an excuse not to frag like a king.

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The G403 offers “LAG-FREE WIRELESS” with 2.4 GHz and 1ms report rate. Logitech even claims the G403 in wireless mode can beat competitors’ wired mice. The Prodigy G403 offers 8x the rate of standard mice when the mouse is clicked or moved, creating an instantaneous response. The 200-12,000 sensor built into the G403 allows you to elevate your accuracy and adjust your sensitivity on the fly.

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One of the coolest things about this mouse is the ability to add a 10g weight for more control. Adding the weight couldn’t be easier! It has a magnetic mounting system. You flip the bottom circle plate and remove the mounting mechanism and insert the weight. then replace the magnetic plate. I love this feature and think it adds a lot of value to your personalization of this product.

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Taking apart the mouse we can see Omron switches, PWM33660M sensor and arm CPU for controlling the mouse’s functions. There is on-board memory that allows you to save profiles and take them with you on the go. You can also create six programmable buttons for a more personalized control. You can fully configure these to your liking that can simplify game actions or execute complex tasks.

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The mouse feels good to hold and does offer comfort for long hours of gameplay. I would say it naturally feels like a claw grip mouse. I really enjoy the wireless function which does last a while. In my testing, I found even between long hours of gaming and desktop use, the mouse lasted for a few days. I only had to charge it for an hour and it was fully charged. What’s great is the ability to still use the mouse while it is charging with the included cable. The scroll wheel provides advanced button tension with metal springs to help reduce the force needed for every click. The response does feel consistent.

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