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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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Testing

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Testing mice and keyboards can be kind of difficult because they are parts that require one to interact with personally. There also isn’t a ton of software to test these devices against. However, the Prodigy peripheral line has excellent software that I will go over, and I will test each mouse rate using a rate checking tool. The G213 keyboard also provides excellent opportunity to test its water resistance. I will do a water spill test to showcase that particular feature and I will also test RGB lighting with the software and show that too.

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My test bench is as follows:

  • ViewSonic XG2703-GS Monitor
  • Motherboard- EVGA Z170 Classified K
  • CPU: Intel Core I7 6700K
  • Network Card- Netgear AC 1200 USB
  • Cooler- Enermax Liqmax II 240
  • Memory- Anarchy X 16GB DDR4 2800MHz
  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 1060
  • Storage- PNY CS2210 480GB (Boot) / ADATA SU800 512GB / Seagate 3TB/ Zotac Sonix 480GB
  • Power Supply- Corsair RM650X / Sleeved CableMod red/black cables
  • OS: Windows 10 x64 Pro
  • Headphones- Creative H7
  • Peripherals – Logitech PRO Mouse/ Logitech G403 wireless mouse/ Logitech G213 Keyboard / CoolerMaster lite keys combo mouse

Software

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The Logitech Gaming Software provides all the customization options you need for your Logitech devices. With this software, you can control RGB lighting, programmable buttons, and even sync all your colors together.

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The game scan tool allows you to scan for games on your system and allows you to create custom profiles on a per game basis. This is really useful for creating shortcuts and special lighting for each profile. You can do this for each Logitech device that is recognized by the Gaming Software.

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The G403 and PRO mouse also offer adjustments over the software to your desired DPI level. This can be easily configured by the sensitivity levels. You can also change your report rate, but I just choose to keep mine at the highest setting because this will offer the quickest response time. The default is 1000ms. Another nice menu the Gaming Software gives you is surface tuning. This is good for adjusting sensor accuracy. I tested the mice using HyperX Mouse Pro XL Pad. The model number is HX-MPFP-XL.

G403 bat

The G403 has an extra menu for battery levels. This is a neat feature because you can customize the RGB lighting and power consumption to alert you in whatever way you set up. You can choose from a variety of built-in options like “Lights Off”, “Color Cycle”, “Cyan Breathing”, or setup your own.

G403 heat Neat

Heat Map is a feature the Gaming Software provides to fine tune your keys that are used most frequently. This section of the software allows you to see KPM, or “Keys Per Minute”. It monitors your most frequently pressed keys and shows you the dates and times when pressed. This is useful for mapping keys and seeing any inconsistencies with your configuration. This also gives you a good indication how quickly you are hitting each key and helps you improve your accuracy. Every Logitech compatible device in the Gaming Software has a section for this menu.

Lighting RGB

The RGB lighting section allows for complete configuration of your lighting zones. You can enable per profile backlighting or just configure each mode individually. The keyboard offers a bit more control over lighting with all of its keys. You can set static, individual keys, and even effects. The effects offer different styles like a wave and even the direction of the effect. The mouse offers similar zone lighting and effect cycles as well. The best part of the software is it lets you sync all your RGB lighting to each other to match your configurations. This is very easy and can be done just by pressing the device you want and press sync.

Rate Test

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The Mouse rate checker tool on Zowie’s website shows minimal differences between the devices and are in accordance with their rates. Each test is labeled in the screenshot. The left is the rate for the PRO mouse and the right is the G403 test.

Pro Mouse Test

The above video will show how the mechanical switches sound, what the lighting looks like, and offers a great example of the accuracy it can provide in games. I had a very successful match of DOOM while using this mouse. I can say that using the mouse does feel very responsive and can provide an advantage if configured properly. The best configuration is to adjust your DPI levels to satisfy your gameplay style and use the setting that feels most responsive to you.

Spill Test

The above video also shows off the switches and how loud the “clicky” sound is. This keyboard is not mechanical but does come close to the feel of one. You can also see the RGB colored lighting in the video to get how bright and effective the effects can be. The water resistance is the star of the show and does provide excellent resistance from accidental spills and mishaps.

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