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Logitech G Prodigy series friendly to gamers' wallets

The Logitech G Prodigy series of gaming gear includes (from left) a keyboard with RGB lighting, the G231 headset and the G403 wireless mouse.
The Logitech G Prodigy series of gaming gear includes (from left) a keyboard with RGB lighting, the G231 headset and the G403 wireless mouse.PHOTOS: LOGITECH

Peripherals sport a more serious look but are priced to please, not frugal with performance

Logitech's G series of gaming peripherals are high-performance devices packed with gamer-friendly features such as macro buttons and RGB lighting.

But the G series has always come at a cost. Flagship products such as the G910 Orion Spectrum keyboard and the G900 Chaos Spectrum mouse retail for $299 and $249 respectively, sitting firmly at the upper end of the price range.

Subtlety is also not the G series' strong suit, with chrome accents and RGB lighting on the G933 Artemis Spectrum headset, and unusual faceted keys on the G310 Atlas Dawn keyboard.

  • Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $109 (wired) and $159 (wireless)

    RESOLUTION: 200 to 12,000 DPI

    WEIGHT: 87.3g

    DURABILITY: 20 million clicks for left and right mouse buttons

  • RATING

  • DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

  • Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $99

    DRIVERS: 40mm neodymium

    FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

  • RATING

  • DESIGN: 3/5

    PERFORMANCE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

  • Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $99

    WEIGHT: 1.1kg

    CABLE LENGTH: 2m

    SPILL RESISTANCE OF UP TO 60ML OF LIQUID

  • RATING

  • DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 3/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5 

    OVERALL: 4/5

Enter the Logitech G Prodigy series, which Mr Ujesh Desai, vice- president and general manager of Logitech G, called "gaming gear made exclusively for everyone".

What this translates to is a line-up that sits somewhere between the gaming den and the office, pegged at a more wallet-friendly price point and sporting a toned-down look.

There are four devices in the first round of the Prodigy series: A headset, keyboard and two mice, priced between $99 and $159.

Overall, the products still have that signature Logitech feel. The G231 Prodigy headset has the same pentagon-shaped earcups as the rest of the Logitech range, and the G403 Prodigy gaming mouse still sports a large "G" on its back.

But, at the same time, the Prodigy devices look a little more clean and serious than the usual G products. The headset has no lighting, and is made of matte grey plastic. The mouse and G213 Prodigy keyboard are simple affairs, without the usual barrage of programmable macro keys.

My favourite device from the Prodigy series is the mouse. There are two versions of it, one wired ($109) and one wireless ($159). My review unit was wired.

I have a penchant for light mice, as I find them easier to manoeuvre around the mouse mat. The Prodigy mouse is very light indeed, at just 87.3g, and is tunable by 10g for those who prefer a heavier feel. In comparison, the G900 is 107g and the G502 Proteus Spectrum, which is also tunable, is 121g at its lightest.

The mouse also has just three additional buttons - two thumb keys and one behind the scroll wheel to toggle the dots per inch (DPI) setting. While this may not be sufficient for, say, role-playing games, I found it to be more than enough for first-person shooters and the like.

I also found the tracking of the mouse to be extremely accurate on both hard and soft mouse mats, as well as on everyday surfaces like wooden tabletops. My only qualm is that the mouse is not priced competitively enough. For $109, I can get a G502 ($109), G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse ($109) or G402 Hyperion Fury ($79), all of which have more features.

The keyboard and headset are both a little more reasonably priced, at $99 each. They are also either the cheapest or near the cheapest products in their respective categories.

Despite the budget price, both products punch above their weight.

The keyboard, while non-mechanical, is still pleasant enough to type on, and I do like the integrated wrist rest and media keys.

The look of the keyboard is also very understated, in keeping with the rest of the Prodigy line, but it has RGB lighting, which is a nice touch.

The headset is also well-built, and has in-line volume controls and a boom mic. I find the padding on it a little stiff, which makes it feel tight over long hours of use but, overall, it is definitely a good buy.

All in all, I think the Prodigy G series is a step in the right direction for Logitech. The company has its roots in office peripherals, but it has also built up a very strong stable of gaming products, especially over the last few years. The Prodigy series is a fine marriage of the two.

• Verdict: The Logitech G Prodigy series is a well-priced selection of products that will serve both gamers and non-gamers well.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2016, with the headline 'Logitech G Prodigy series friendly to gamers' wallets '. Print Edition | Subscribe