UNBOXED: Reviewing the Logitech G903
Even though the recently released Logitech G903 gaming mouse at first glance may seem like a simple refresh of the company's 2016 G900 model, the G903 stands out as one of the most convenient and powerful gaming peripherals on the market. This is, in part, due to the company’s new wireless charging system that promises the simplicity of a wireless mouse without the need of having to charge it every few days.
While the mouse doesn’t deviate much from the design of its predecessor, opting for a sleek futuristic curved style, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – the G900 was one of the products that won Logitech an iF Design Award earlier this year, and the design can certainly hold its own compared to that of competing products such as the Razer Lancehead.
In terms of ergonomics, the G903 fit into my hand perfectly, but is also incredibly lightweight at less than a quarter of a pound (110 grams), so much so in fact that it comes with an optional 10g weight that can be easily snapped into a panel on the bottom of the mouse. I used it for a first few days, primarily since I wasn't used to the lightness, but then removed it to find that the lightness really added to my usage comfort.
A unique feature of the mouse is the way in which its side buttons are set up. It came out of the box with two buttons on its left side and a side panel on the right, obviously with right-handed users in mind. However, both the buttons and side panel can be switched out to either create a more suitable setup for left-handers, go all out by putting buttons on both sides, or removing buttons entirely as the user sees fit.
Being a lefty myself, I found that this additional customizability strengthens the product's usability, and letting the buttons snap in and out of the magnetic receptacles is quite satisfying. These aren't even the only additional buttons on the mouse, with Logitech allowing letting the user program the function of each of its 11 buttons using its gaming software. In addition, there is an additional button beneath the mouse wheel that, when pressed, allows it to spin freely, which can make browsing the web on long articles much more comfortable.
The aforementioned software allows users to customize a variety of the mouse's features: lighting, resolution, and, as mentioned, the function of the buttons. It also predicts the mouse's battery life, and does so quite accurately.
One of the product's major selling points is the ability to use it wirelessly without having to compromise on performance or convenience. The mouse's wireless sensor is rather highly regarded in the gaming community as a whole and, in my experience, delivers outstanding performance, tracking movements perfectly at any resolution. If it weren't for the fact that it has to be charged every once in a while, I almost forgot I was using a wireless mouse.
Having about 22-30 hours of battery life according to Logitech, the mouse will usually only need to be charged every few days under regular usage. This is where Logitech's Powerplay solution comes in: a wireless charging mousepad that essentially means that the G903 doesn't need to be charged manually at all. The PowerCore charging module (sold separately with the charging pad) snaps into the mouse where the weight could usually be attached, and, while charging it this way does take a bit longer, it offers the unique prospect of using a wireless mouse without having to charge it.
Nonetheless, the mouse pad still comes in at $99, which, in addition to the mouse's already significant $149 price, may deter some consumers from taking advantage of the more seamless experience such a setup provides.