Logitech G703 Review 2020
Logitech’s new Powerplay system can be an exciting proposition. What’s never to like in regards to a mouse pad that charges your wireless mouse as you utilize it? Okay, maybe the high price ($100) and the actual fact that Powerplay happens to be only available with two mice-the Logitech G703 and G903.
Obviously, you’ll have to know more about these mice as a way to know if indeed they make Powerplay worthwhile. In this posting we’re going to look into the lower-end option: the G703 (that exist on Amazon for $94), a rework of Logitech’s right-handed G403 Prodigy mouse, but with added Powerplay functionality. Or, for many who aren’t investing in a $100 mouse pad (even if it’s magic), consider this as a G403 with an optional 10 gram weight.
Let’s have a closer look.
The simple life
Note: I said the G703 is a rework of the wireless G403 Prodigy. I’m reiterating that fact because it’s bound to be confusing to fans of the old G700, which for years was one of the better wireless mice out there. I think a whole lot of fans were holding out expect a genuine G700 successor at some time during Logitech’s current generation of hardware, meaning more of an MMO-styled mouse with a huge amount of buttons on it.
And perhaps it’ll still happen someday, but it’s not today. In comparison, the G703 is an extremely simple mouse-your standard left and right click, middle click/mouse wheel, and two oversized thumb buttons, and also a single button behind the mouse wheel that cycles in the middle of your dpi presets.
Combine that with the most common right-hand scoop shape, and the G703 is approximately the most unassuming and unadorned gaming mouse Logitech sells. It’s Logitech’s undertake the “Classic Gaming Mouse”-you know, your DeathAdder/Pulsefire/Castor/Siege mouse. Every company has one, and once and for all reason: It’s about as average as average will get. Simple, inoffensive, familiar, and comfortable.
This rework of the G403 might’ve spawned a fresh model number, but from what I am aware, the change is mainly academic. That is still the same ol’ mouse, but there is apparently confusion over having both wired and wireless G403 models. Logitech made the wireless one the G703 and voila, here we are.
Actually, the G703 did grab one new, important feature. To become Powerplay compatible, the G703 needed a slot on underneath where to insert the “Powercore.” We’ll talk more about this feature later, but suffice it to state the slot will there be whether you get Powerplay or not. In the event that you don’t, you can take away the circle of plastic on underneath of the mouse and replace it with the same disc which has an embedded 10 gram weight.
That feature appears admittedly more useful on the higher-end G903, which glides effortlessly over the mouse pad. I actually thought the G703 was the heavier mouse initially, due to just how much it dragged while moving-but no, it’s actually 3 grams lighter compared to the G903 (107 versus 110).
It’s the feet that produce the difference. Indeed, if there’s any feature that typifies the entry-level nature of the G703, I believe it’s your toes. Most persons don’t give much considered to what’s beneath the mouse, but it could be just as important as the weight, the total amount, the sensor, etc. Compare the bottoms of the G703 and G903 here:
See those glossy black sections that protrude from underneath of every mouse? Those will be the “feet,” manufactured from low-friction material which helps a mouse glide. You can view the way the feet of both mice differ. On the G903, those feet make it glide over the mouse pad within an exceptionally smooth manner.
The G703 has only two feet, even though they’re quite large (and curved on the edges) their placement on both opposite ends of the mouse is noticeable. Put the G703 and G903 next to one another, move them around with the types of sweeping motions found in low-dpi scenarios, and a good layperson will sense the way the G703 drags in the centre. There’s just that a lot more friction to overcome.
Is it unusable? Definately not it, and some may even choose the G703. That drag permits more precise movements, at the trouble of slightly more effort. For my money though, I favor the G903, or really any mouse that glides with out a second thought.
I’ve got other complaints too, but they’re similarly minor. The G703’s chassis feels lower-quality compared to the G903’s, its buttons aren’t as satisfying to click (specially the thumb buttons), the mouse wheel is spongy and lacks the satisfying clunk of the G502/G903’s, etc.
But it’s also $50 cheaper, and with a list price of $100, the G703 is probably the most affordable wireless mice available to buy. In addition, it wins the ergonomic war. Much as I love the G903’s specs, a good somewhat generic right-handed mouse is convenient than the preferred ambidextrous mouse, particularly in longer gaming sessions.
Now, the nice parts
Don’t write the G703 off at this time. It’s got its strong points.
Those strong points are the sensor. The G703 could possibly be the economical option, nonetheless it still features the same PWM3366 sensor that Logitech uses in the G502, G903, and its own other high-end mice. Beloved by many because of its precision and consistency, the occurrence of the PWM3366 automatically puts the G703 in good company.
In addition, it uses Logitech’s proprietary “Lightspeed” wireless tech. Time was, a radio mouse was verboten in gaming circles-prone to interference, suffering from bad sensors, persons wanted wired mice because these were dependable. There’s also an assumed benefit to wired: speed. Surely nothing’s faster than a power signal over a wired connection, right?
Well, conventional wisdom is wrong due to that. Logitech’s verified that its Lightspeed wireless tech is really faster (by milliseconds) than some wired competitors. The actual numbers don’t matter-again, we’re talking milliseconds. What counts is that Logitech’s wireless devices are actually just as quick as well-respected wired mice. Apart from a quarter-second of dead time when I shake the mouse to wake it up, using the G703 is indistinguishable from by using a wired mouse. I haven’t even had any issues with interference, and that’s in my own signal-drenched, tech-filled apartment.
That’s true irrespective of pairing method. Those who avoid Powerplay and purchase the G703 alone will have the usual USB dongle. Easy. Those that do choose Powerplay could have the mouse pad itself as a Lightspeed receiver. The very first time you start the mouse pad and mouse it’ll pair, and from there you need to be all set. I haven’t noticed any performance difference between your two methods.
Speaking of Powerplay, we have to also talk battery before we wrap this up. That’s the complete reason we’re getting this rework of the wireless G403, in the end.
Using the G703 in its traditional, non-Powerplay mode, I acquired about several days useful before I had a need to hook up the included Micro USB cable and plug in the mouse. That matches Logitech’s figures, which list a day of battery with the default lighting (or 30-plus if you go dark). Charging takes about two hours, therefore the mouse ought to be charged as time passes to spare if you plug it in overnight.
Why worry about cables at all, though? I’ve relegated a far more thorough break down of Powerplay and its own wireless charging tech to its review, but here’s an instant rundown: After inserting the Powercore module in to the bottom of the G703 you may expect the mouse to charge about one or two 2 percent each hour given that you’re using it-or around 5 to 6 percent in the event that you leave it idle.
It’s slow, sure. If you want to be somewhere within an hour and don’t intend to take the mouse pad, you’ll probably want to plug in the G703 directly.
But if you’re keeping Powerplay, it doesn’t matter. The mouse is correctly usable while charging, and I were able to keep gaming the complete day as the G703 slowly reached capacity. After hitting 95 percent, the battery then briefly discharges, cycling perpetually between 85 and 95 percent for so long as you leave it on the mouse pad.
It works. A really wireless mouse is finally here-one you’ll will never need to plug in. If you’re ready to shell out the money, of course.
With Powerplay limited by only two mice right now, the G703 is a fairly easy recommendation. If you need a right-handed mouse, or in the event that you just don’t feel just like spending $150 for the G903…well, that is your only choice. And it’s a fairly great option, in large part because of that PWM3366 sensor. That brings some high-end performance to what’s otherwise a reasonably average, unassuming mouse.
If you’re not buying Powerplay, well, then the key attraction is price. At $100, the G703 will come in cheaper than almost every mainstream wireless mouse-most list for about $130, and while I believe most are better mice compared to the G703, $30 continues to be $30.
But you need to be dead set on wireless if you’re purchasing the G703 sans-Powerplay. For $30 to $50 cheaper you can get a top-tier wired mouse, including Logitech’s own G502, the Mionix Naos 7000, and more. Do you want to compromise on literally almost every other facet of the mouse-weight, glide, even what sort of clicks feel-and pay doubly much, simply for wireless convenience? Something to consider before purchasing.