Logitech’s new G703 is among its first mice to aid the company’s POWERPLAY mouse pad, and is intended to give you a little respite for many who think the $150 G903 is a touch too expensive. But at $100, this isn’t an inexpensive mouse, either. If you don’t need the excess top features of the G903 (ambidextrous design, customizable side buttons, free-spinning mouse wheel) you will possibly not need to spend the excess money.When compared to G903, the G703 is just a little boring, but it’s comfortable, well-made, and performs equally well, which is what matters the most.
Design and Features
While the G903 requires a kitchen-sink method of design with an ambidextrous design and a variety of features, the G703 is quite pedestrian. It really is shaped like…well…a mouse. If you were to state, “generic PC mouse” to a stranger, this can be a form they might imagine.
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It includes a mid-profile curve that’s sloped upwards toward the left, comfortably fitting a right-handed grip. A set of large thumb buttons with satisfying click action adorn the left side. Unlike the G903, that may switch-hit for lefties, the G703 is for right-handed users only. The condition will continue to work in a claw grip for all those with large hands, or a palm grip for all those with smaller hands.
Up top, the rubbery mouse wheel includes a comfortable rubbery coating and knurling, with scrolling action which has soft detents-it doesn’t audibly “click” as you scroll it, nevertheless, you can feel the notches just fine. The wheel doesn’t wobble, and includes a very firm click action, nonetheless it can’t be clicked left or right like on the G903. Below the wheel is an individual DPI switching button.
The primary left and right buttons have shallow travel and a good audible click with quick return. It’s well-suited to a good amount of fast clicking. It uses the same Omron switches, rated for 50 million clicks, as the G903. Around leading you’ll find the micro-USB charge port, with the same custom condition as the G903. This design helps it be simple to get the plug in and out quickly and keeps it secure even during heated gaming sessions.
Underneath is adorned with a straightforward on/off switch and the circular coin-shaped dock for the POWERCORE module, in the event you opt to choose the $100 POWERPLAY mouse pad. If you don’t there’s simply a simple plastic cover and an optional 10-gram weight.
Without it, the G703 weighs 106 grams, or 108 grams with the POWERCORE module. That’s quite light for a radio mouse, and is on par with a whole lot of wired gaming mice.
Of course, nowadays we are able to expect a $100 gaming mouse to have RGB lighting. The G logo on the trunk and a stripe along the center of the mouse wheel will glow to any color you set it to, or could be set to a pulsing “breathing effect” pattern or even to cycle through colors. Much like all Logitech’s G series gaming products, optional integration between your software and Overwolf makes it possible for your games to regulate the lighting.
The extra $50 you may spend on the G903 gets you several additional features. That mouse stores five on-device profiles, however the G703 only stores three. The G903 is ambidextrous and has customizable buttons on the left and right. It has two programmable DPI switches, instead of one. The G903’s mouse wheel also offers a clutch to permit free spinning, and may click left and right, whereas the G703’s mouse wheel isn’t customizable. However in some important ways both mice are incredibly similar. They both utilize the same Pixart PMW 3366 optical sensor, the same Omron switches on the left/right mouse buttons, and also have the same wireless technology. Oh, and yet another way the G703 differs from the G903: it really is obtainable in a two-tone white and black design.
Most of Logitech’s G series gaming products make use of the same Logitech Gaming Software app. If you’ve committed to a whole lot of Logitech gear, it’s convenient to own it all in the same place, and Logitech did an excellent job of keeping the software lean and efficient so that it doesn’t suck away resources from your own games. You can tend to store up to 3 profiles in the mouse’s onboard memory, or you should use the PC-based software to bunch per-game profiles automatically once you launch them. You can switch between both of these modes of procedure anytime.
When setting button configurations, you can re-map every function except the along scrolling of the mouse wheel and the left and right mouse buttons (you can reverse those nevertheless, you can’t change their function). The thumb buttons, mouse wheel click, and DPI adjustment button can each be set to 1 of 22 different mouse functions, or any keystroke or key combo, or an in depth programmable macro.
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You can create to five DPI sensitivity levels from 200 to 12,000. You may also tune the mouse movement to different surfaces; there’s a big change between your sensitivity and accuracy with all the presets for a difficult or a soft surface, so you’ll want to employ this.
Logitech’s gaming software syncs together with your phone, too, through an attribute called Arx Control. You grab the iphone app for your iPhone or Android, sync together with your PC, and you can adapt mouse functions or monitor PC stats (CPU utilization, RAM usage, that type of thing) from your own phone. It could appreciate that you may want to do these things without leaving your game, but I don’t think it is very useful. Looking right down to fiddle with my phone isn’t any less hassle than ALT-Tabbing out of my game. If you don’t enjoy it, you can certainly ignore it.
With the same sensor (PMW 3366), same processor, same wireless technology, and same main button switches as the G903, you can reasonably expect this mouse to execute equally well. And it can. It’s just as fast and accurate as that mouse, with pixel-perfect tracking that doesn’t have problems with any smoothing or pixel rounding. As this mouse uses the same major elements as the G903, Logitech claims that it too has lower movement and click latency than even the very best wired mice. If you ask me, the wireless latency is really as near to imperceptible since you can get. I never once felt a notable difference between running the mouse in wired or wireless mode. Whether I was desperately scrounging for gear in PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, trying to keep my team alive in Overwatch, or madly clicking everywhere in Diablo III, I never once “felt” the wireless nature of the mouse.
Whether plugged in or not, it always delivered a sense of immediacy and precision on par with the very best mice I’ve ever used. Logitech claims battery life from 24 to 32 hours usage, according to your lighting settings. That appears just like a good estimation if you ask me. I went 3 days from a complete charge before I had to plug in again, with at least 10-12 hours a day of both desktop productivity use and gaming. The “charge it every couple of days” lifespan is on par with almost every other wireless gaming mice. That is far behind the weeks or months of life you get with non-gaming wireless mice (which, admittedly, feel sluggish and unresponsive in comparison). Charging up from empty to full takes about two hours.
Plugging in every couple of days is a pain the butt, and (along with lighter weight) is probably the reasons so many gamers stick to wired mice. Logitech is hardly alone in having this issue, but they’re among the only companies with an excellent solution: the POWERPLAY system.
The POWERPLAY System
The G903 and G703 will be the first Logitech mice to aid the company’s new POWERPLAY accessory. It’s a mouse pad that integrates both wireless charging and a radio receiver. You plug your mouse cable in to the pad, then snap in the tiny coin-shaped POWERCORE module in to the bottom of your mouse. Exactly like that, you can just forget about charging your mouse. You do not have to plug it in, wear it a stand, or swap out the battery.
The POWERPLAY surface is an effective size at about 13.5 by 11 inches: big enough to permit a good amount of mouse movement without having to be absurdly large. It includes two surfaces to put at the top (hard or soft) according to your preferences. Logitech will not officially support other mouse surfaces, but any other mouse surface should work fine without disrupting the wireless charging system, so long as it’s pretty thin and does not have any metal in it. I tried two other thin mouse pads, one from SteelSeries and one from Razer, and both worked fine. You’ll want the one that roughly matches the dimensions of the bottom, though, or it might get uncomfortable to mouse around near to the edges. The bottom itself is rubbery and grippy enough never to slide around on your own desk or to allow mouse surface maneuver around.
Charging with the POWERPLAY is just a little weird. With all the mouse, the charge would always remain the same, never rising nor falling. So long as the mouse in used, the pad supplies sufficient juice to keep it from losing charge. But leave it alone in the center of the pad and leave for some hours, and it charges up, albeit still very slowly. Plugging the mouse in to the cable directly will replenish fully in a couple hours. However the charging speed hardly matters. The complete point is by using your wireless mouse as you’ll a wired mouse-just leave without ever considering batteries-the POWERPLAY system accomplishes that. Just what exactly if it requires two days to replenish using the pad? The charge never falls, so you’re effectively on infinite wireless mode. Remember that the POWERCORE module is merely required for charging. If you pop it out, the mouse still works fine in wired or wireless mode. It just doesn’t charge via the POWERPLAY pad.
Unfortunately, the POWERPLAY system is $99.99, which turns this $100 mouse right into a $200 mouse. It’s an extremely fantastic solution to a universal problem with wireless gaming mice, and the ultimate way to utilize the G703, but that’s a whole lot of dough for a mouse and a charger.