Review: Logitech G203 Prodigy Gaming Mouse
2 months ago Jack 0
Is this another case of slapping “Gaming” on a weak product to make sales? Surprisingly not! For a relatively low price, you can pick up a decent all-around pointing device. Read on for details!
The Logitech G203 Prodigy offers serious performance in an inexpensive and somewhat small package. You’ll be able to enter battle with this product; be that in a game, in some spreadsheets, or in the war for RGB and DPI supremacy (you might not win those last two, but you can compete).
Logitech claims on the box:
200-6,000 DPI Upgradeable to 8,000! More on that later. (sensor precision – more is typically better)
low friction pads (ease of glide – user preference, but less is usually good)
1000 Hz polling rate (responsiveness to user actions – higher is better)
10 million click button durability (long lasting)
250 kilometer feet durability (can slide from Cleveland to Columbus)
16.8 million color RGB (lights make you go faster, or something)
6 programmable buttons (main click, wheel click, dpi selector, forward and back)
I weight the mouse also, you can see that the mouse “weighs” about 72 grams with the cord supported by a different surface and 112 grams with the cord on the scale.
I also included some pictures for scale and size comparisons. The other two mouses you see in the picture are the Logitech G703 and Rosewill Neon M55. Both of those are longer, wider and thicker. For reference, the lines on the graph paper are spaced at 1/5 of an inch; or five lines per inch.
Logitech mouses require Logitech’s mouse management software to control customizing buttons, sensitivity, polling rate, and the RGB lighting behavior.
According to the software, the mouse has built-in storage to keep your profile information on the mouse. That should mean that taking the mouse to a different computer will preserve your RGB and performance settings. Interesting for such an inexpensive mouse.
Another note is that, when I first turned on the software, Logitech immediately forced a firmware update on the mouse raising the maximum DPI to 8,000 from the advertised 6,000. A performance upgrade out of the box is a nice touch Logitech.
The mouse is plastic; the texture of which is comfortable; at least on the white model. It’s a matte finish that allows for decent grip even though the mouse doesn’t have any rubberized grip areas. The buttons and wheel feel firmly placed and nicely fit to the overall packaging. A shake of the mouse yielded only very minor rattles. Some similarly or more cheaply priced mouses that I’ve handled felt much more slapped together.
The cord is rubberized instead of braided. You may feel that braided is superior to rubberized, or vice versa, but I think it comes down to user preference. This cord, being unbraided and fairly thin, does not resist user movements very much. It makes the mouse feel closer to wireless than some of the “higher quality” mouses with braided cables.
Overall, the mouse feels solid.
The software setup wasn’t as smooth as I would like, but no glaring issues stood out. Once it turned on and I received the aforementioned firmware update, I quickly found my performance and RGB settings and tweaked things to my liking.
For general use (and this is my personal impression not measured scientifically) the mouse performed every bit as well as something like the G403. I couldn’t feel a difference in my use playing games or doing general PC work.
However, the size of this mouse killed it for me. My hands are oddly shaped and fairly large. This mouse is very small. I could feel in my wrist a tightening and discomfort that I do not feel when using something like a G403 or Razer Deathadder. Unfortunately, that disqualifies the mouse for my daily use. That said, people with smaller hands or different grips might find the small size and low weight comfortable and even desired.
As far as buying a mouse goes, a few extra dollars can go a long way in reducing your computer use frustration. If the small size, quantity of buttons, and light weight work for you, this might be a good choice. If you don’t need it right now, wait for sales. You can sometimes have this mouse for the same price as bargain bin products.
Also, keep in mind that a mouse like this might actually help you perform more consistently in work or games, but that’s not a guarantee. Your current mouse might offer you the same level of performance so please, do your research, mess with your current mouse settings, and don’t spend needlessly. After all, upgrading a mouse can be the same cost as feeding a family for a few days; even with cheap ones.
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