Review: Logitech G703 Wireless Gaming Mouse
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The Logitech G703 sits near the top of Logitech’s mouse lineup for gaming. It adds features over the G403 and G603 that can be compelling for some, but are they for you? Read on to find out.
For more than a decade, Logitech has been producing solid and simple mid-tier gaming mouses. The first one I can remember, the MX500, wasn’t really marketed as a gaming mouse, but was one of the most comfortable quality mouses of its day. Logitech iterated on that design several times, sometimes touching on the avant garde, but has since gone back to building a simple and ultra-comfortable mouse shape with steadily increasing performance features.
The current iteration takes form int he G403, G603 and G703. All of these take almost precisely the same shape, but differ in core features. The G703, being one model short of top tier, gives the most features while retaining a classic shape.
On the box, Logitech tells you that you’re getting:
LIGHTSPEED 2.4GHz Wireless Techology with up to 1000Hz polling (for fast response time to your input)
Rubber grips for lasting comfort (yep, that)
High performance PMW3366 sensor with 12,000 DPI (for precise tracking)
Buttons rated for 50 million clicks (durability)
250 km glide distance before the pads wear out
Battery life of 24 hours with lighting and 32 without
In addition, the physical specs according to the box are:
124 mm (4.88 in) height, or front to back
68 mm (2.68 in) width
43 mm (1.69 in) depth, or height from desk to peak
1.83 m (6ft cable)
I weighed the mouse and found Logitech’s measurements spot on.
What Logitech doesn’t spend much time taking about is the rechargeable battery and POWERPLAY compatibility. You’ll never have to buy batteries for this mouse. If you buy Logitech’s POWERPLAY setup, you never even have to plug the mouse in. Their wireless charging surface is supposed to charge the mouse while it rests there. Read up more on that, I don’t have all the details just yet.
What you find in the box with the mouse are the optional weight to tune the mouse’s feel, the wireless dongle, a micro-USB to USB Type-A adapter, and the cable.
The software features for this mouse are slightly different than the Logitech G203 I recently reviewed. You can choose to turn on LEDs in the logo and mouse wheel separately. However, there is still only one unified color option. The mouse lets you choose up to 5 preset DPI settings inside of a profile and lets you set up three separate profiles. That means you can save three sets of customized settings for different games or uses.
Rubber grips on the side, and plastic surfaces everywhere don’t make this mouse feel high end, but the solid body keeps it from feeling cheap. There is some rattle when you shake the mouse. Also, the main mouse buttons don’t exactly line up with the white areas of the body; making it look a little cheaper. That’s a nit pick and I assume it would be far less noticeable on the black version. The cord, USB adapter, and dongle all feel solid enough.
Over all, it looks like a respectably designed and assembled piece of computer technology
Setting up this mouse is as easy as setting up a wired one. Plug in the dongle, turn on the mouse, and it’s connected. I’ve commented on Logitech’s software in the G203 review and it’s essentially the same for this mouse.
There are a few things I did not like about my initial experience setting this mouse up. For one, the software lets you set up profiles, but I couldn’t find a good way to switch between profiles without using the software. I would prefer some kind of hotkey or mouse button combination to do that. Unfortunate!
Gaming and using the PC with this mouse is a near identical experience to the G403, but without the cord. The mouse doesn’t feel laggy and moves and feels the same as the G403. I found it comfortable and easy to manage. It could just be me but, testing the G703 and G403 side by side, I still think there could be some extremely minor delay in the wireless compared to the wired. Admittedly, that could be some personal bias against past wireless mouses. Still, it is hard not to shake the impression that, while the G703 experience when playing games is nearly identical, there might be some difference between this and a corded mouse.
A few words on the charging and connecting system before wrapping up this section:
The ingenious way Logitech designed this setup makes using the mouse’s recharging and connecting system allows this mouse to avoid some of the trade-offs many wireless mouses force on users in exchange for the “sans fil” lifestyle.
The wireless dongle is just a USB Type-A connected device. The mouse has a micro-USB port.
The idea is that you can connect the dongle to the mouse cord and leave the mouse cord always connected to the PC. When you want to charge the mouse, just grab the cord, unplug the dongle, and plug that end of the cord in to the mouse. Smart.
I never did get to use the wireless charging system, but I checked one out in the local Microcenter. Let’s just say that the benefits don’t seem worth the cost.
This mouse isn’t a bargain bin item. At around $100 for a normal price, it’s hardly cheap. Why did I review this? I wanted to give you a perspective on the type of features you gain when you pay the extra dollars.
I will say that if you do not absolutely have to have a wireless mouse (which is pretty much all of us) then this mouse is a frivolous purchase. Get something like the G403 or the G203 (if your hands are small enough) and enjoy those. Heck, even buy a cheap gaming mouse. Many of them will do just as well for you. None of these are going to make you a pro and you’ll probably never use the max DPI settings anyway. Something with a 3,200 DPI limit would suit most folks just fine.
The time you might want to buy this is when it goes on a ridiculous sale. When I bought this one, I paid around $50. That was a Black Friday-ish deal. Don’t get me wrong; to me, this feels like a decent product. But my personal recommendation to find something less expensive, with less bells and whistles, but as good base functionality, stands.
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