Gaming is changing, it appeals to the masses more now than it ever has, and with that allure we are seeing a widening range of gamers. From the dedicated hard-core e-sports professionals to the casual weekend warrior that just likes to dip their toes into the whirlpool of gaming. With this diversity, gaming peripherals are becoming more and more targeted at entry level, medium and high end gamers. The new Prodigy series from Logitech G will come in at the entry level gamer market and focus on essential gaming performance, basic but solid features at a price point that won’t see you selling a kidney. Let’s take a look at the Logitech G Prodigy G231 keyboard to kick things off.
The Logitech G231 is a simple, sleek no nonsense looking keyboard measuring it at around 17.8×8.6”. Keeping the features to a minimum the G231 does come with dedicated media playback controls which is a nice, yet more often than not an unutilised feature. Moulded to the chassis is a large hard plastic armrest that is not detachable….this will be a bonus for some, and an unwanted annoyance for others. I personally found it unobtrusive and comfortable though.
As we mentioned earlier, the poridgy series is designed for the entry level gamer market, and as such you won’t see any fancy mechanical keys here. Membrane keys are the feature of the day on the G231 with your usual anti ghosting capabilities. While the membrane keys won’t give you the same responsiveness that the mechanical switches do, they do their job well without feeling too ‘mushy’ in the heat of battle. Unfortunately they don’t really stand out in the crowd either though.
Coupled with the G231 is the Logitech G Gaming Software, allowing users to customise keys (F1-12), switch off certain key combinations in Game Mode (no more accidentally smacking the Windows key in mid rage) and gives complete control over the RGB lighting combinations. Now that’s on every single key on the board itself, pretty rare for membrane keyboards and a very nice feature to have. The usual pulsing, solid and cycling abilities are there with a completely unlocked colour palette for you to play with to get the right lighting for your setup. The down side is the LED’s are rather dull and with no adjustments available to the brightness we can’t help but feel slightly underwhelmed.
We ran through a number of games to give the G231 a run for its money including BF1, Mafia 3 and Inside for a good cross section of gaming styles. We can safely say that on all fronts the keys performed admirably without any significant issues. Let’s be honest though, this isn’t going to hold up against some of the big guns designed with mechanical switches, zero lag and ultimate responsiveness at a pro level. But then again it isn’t supposed to compete in that market. Squarely aimed at the entry level casual gamer, the G231 will handle any style of game you throw at it.
The Prodigy G231 is aimed at the entry level or casual gamer and manages to fulfil all the minimum requirements you’d expect for gaming. Unfortunately though, it will come in at around the AU$99 mark putting it up against some very capable competition (the Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition and Tt Esports Poseideon Z are right there at that price point, both featuring mechanical key switches). Now this doesn’t mean the G231 isn’t a good entry level gaming keyboard, but if it was just AU$10 or AU$20 cheaper, this would be a no brainer. As it stands though, at this price point it’s tough to recommend over a mechanical alternative.
The G231 has some serious competition, but delivers for entry level gamers.
It’s stylishly simple, has great yet basic features but will struggle in the AU$100 price range against some of its mechanical brethren.