Logitech Pro and Prodigy Series Review

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Where do all the cool mice live? In their mousepads of course! Gaming mice have become a crowded market. So what makes a gaming mouse? Even mice with higher DPI are slapped with the title of “Gaming” mouse.  Features like RGB lighting, switch types, and sensors are important when choosing a high-quality mouse. For keyboards, it’s a similar story. The market offers different mechanical switches and different lighting options. If you’re interested in keyboard switch types look here. Logitech is a company that primarily focuses on gaming with its “G” series products. The “G” series can be broken into PRO and even their Prodigy line which should add a lot of value for your money. Today I will be looking at a few of their mice and keyboards from this line and see what makes them different from other gaming peripherals.

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.” Thier 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 mean 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 with 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 onboard 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.

Pro Mouse

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SPECIFICATIONS

PART NUMBER
910-004855
WARRANTY INFORMATION
2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
Powered USB port
Internet connection for optional software download
PACKAGE CONTENTS
Mouse
User documentation
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)
Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
Glide
Dynamic coefficient of friction:* 0.11 μ (k)
Static coefficient of friction:* 0.16 μ (s)*Tested on wood-veneer desktop.
Durability
Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
Feet: 250 kilometers
MOUSE SPECIFICATIONS
Connection Type: USB
USB Protocol: USB 2.0
USB Speed: Full speed
DPI (Min/Max): 200-12,000
USB Report Rate: 1ms
Sensor: PMW3366
Indicator Lights (LED): Yes, RGB
Buttons: 6
Other Features: onboard memory
Physical specifications
Height:  4.6 in (116.6 mm)
Width:  2.5 in (62.15 mm)
Depth:  1.5 in (38.2 mm)
Weight: 5.0 oz (129.5 g) mouse  with cable
Weight: 3.0 oz  (83 g) mouse  only

The PRO mouse has very similar features to the G403 but lacks wireless and a weight system. The PWM3366 sensor which is also used in the G403 offers the precision desired by enthusiasts and gaming professionals. The sensor goes from 200-12,000 DPI. Higher the DPI the better your tracking and accuracy responsiveness gets. You also get RGB illumination and 6 programmable buttons. The target for this mouse is Esports.

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Inside we can see almost the same exact setup as the G403, but lacking the wireless chip. You also will have 16.8 million colors as well for the PRO mouse. I’m keeping this part brief because most of the parts and features are all the same. The software section of this review will show differences between function for each part. I will be doing a test of the PRO mouse during a session fo DOOM in the testing section.

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 it’s 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 G402 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, 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 nice for adjusting sensor accuracy. I tested the mice using HyperX Mouse Pro XL Pad. The model number is HX-MPFP-XL.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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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. Honestly, there are tradeoffs. The G213 keyboard does not offer mechanical switches. The best budget mechanical keyboard I have found has been the CoolerMaster master lite RGB combo. This gives you a mechanical keyboard and mouse with RGB lighting for $60.00. The G213 caters to a different crowd with its water resistance, and software control. The drawback to the master lite combo is no software control, you have to use keyboard shortcuts to change lighting zones. Logitech has an advantage here and a great value with the Logitech Gaming Software.

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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. It is hard to complain at the given price points for each device. Water resistance for a keyboard is a very compelling on top of the software that ties all your devices together. I highly recommend the Logitech PRO and Prodigy Series to anyone looking for the best peripherals on a budget. The exception is the G403 at $99, but even at this price for lag-free wireless is fantastic. You can buy the G213 keyboard for $69.99, The G403 wireless for $99, and the PRO mouse for $69.99 all on NewEgg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Logitech Pro and Prodigy Series Review

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