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Hardware Preview: Logitech Prodigy Series

September 15, 2016 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

Recently, the folks at Logitech were nice enough to have me over for a product demo to check out their latest product launch, the Prodigy series. Recently, Logitech recently launched a new mouse product, the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse. However, while that mouse was designed for professional eSport players and hardcore gamers in mind, the new Logitech G Prodigy Gaming line was design for all ages gamers and looks for accessibility for all types of gamers, from casual to more dedicated types. The Prodigy series includes the G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard, and the G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset. During the product demo, I was given considerable time sample all of the aforementioned items.

The 213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard is a nice, sturdy keyboard. It has good weight and responsive keys, plus Prodigy’s trademark RGB lighting with 16.8 million colors. The keyboard is designed to be spill resistant, with programmable keys and Prodigy claims it works four times faster than standard PC keyboards. Additionally, it features a multi-key input, designed for responsive feedback for online gaming. The keyboard also has built-in media controls for playing and pausing videos, and also background music as well. All in all, the keyboard came off as a solid gamer-centric keyboard. Also, I’m a sucker for the pretty colors of RGB lighting. The keyboard works great with Counter-Strike: GO. The Prodigy keyboard is powered by a wired USB port connection, and it will require a PC with Windows 7 or higher to work.

Next up is the G231 Prodigy Headset. This is a very simple and straight forward video gaming headset. It features mesh ear cups and a foldable boom mic. The great thing about the headset though is that it’s compatible with anything that has an outlet to plug in the dual 3.5mm jack. It doesn’t require any software, and you can plug it straight into your PlayStation 4 controller, your Xbox One or your PC, and it’s ready to use. For Mac owners, the G231 is totally Mac compatible, and it plugs straight into your mac and it’s ready to go. The G231 headset is a pretty basic headset, but it’s really got everything you need to get started with gaming. It has only one stereo setting, but the sound quality comes in nice and pristine. The foldable boom mic is built into a retractable type of rubber, so it can be shifted to the users’ preference. As a Mac user, I appreciate the ease of accessibility for the headset with Mac computers. The ear cups are comfortable, and the headset is nice and durable and has a good range for how it can be adjusted. The wire has a switch for volume control and muting the microphone on or off. Once again, a simple gaming headset that gets the job done. However, the price point is a bit steep with what’s offered for the headset at $69.99. From what I can tell, the model is still virtually identical to the G230 model, which costs considerably less on Amazon right now. And that’s without the pretty RGB lighting.

Finally, we come to the true star of this set with the G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse. The new Prodigy mice come in both wired or wireless models, depending on gamer preferences. I’m gold the G403 Wireless one uses the same wireless technology that was developed for the G900 Chaos Spectrum, and it’s supposed to work twice as fast as the DeathAdder wired mouse. I’m told the mouse will receive software for Mac computers, but it will take a while until Logitech’s Mac team gets the software ready after launch. The time I spent with the mouse was fine, it’s a very nicely developed tool that works great for PC and online gaming. Like the new Prodigy keyboard, it also features the programmable lighting feature. The mouse setup includes six buttons, all of which are programmable. It works well on multiple surfaces without issue. The main drawback for the new Prodigy mouse is the Mac delay, which isn’t a tragedy. Hopefully, that software update will be around soon. What’s great about this mouse is that it doubles as a wireless one. The cord can be removed for a wireless mouse experience, which can be replaced when the battery needs to be recharged. The battery is a built-in lithium battery, so you never have to worry about replacing it. The G403 mouse is also packaged with a counter-weight for gamers who like their mice to feel a bit heavier.

Each item in Logitech’s Prodigy Gaming Series is priced at $69.99. The new headset, keyboard and mice models are all available now.