Since its release back in January, the Logitech G203 has been turning heads. Its simple aesthetic combined with a modern day optical sensor and some flashy RGB lighting that looks extremely tasteful is every gamers’ dream.
What’s attractive about the G203 is the setup. There’s nothing too glamorous about the shape or size here, unlike some of the mice like the Razer Naga Chroma, which will appeal to more than just hardcore gamers. There are five buttons in total: two on top, the scroll wheel click and two thumb buttons. It’s advertised as having six programmable buttons. Although the mouse follows an ambidextrous type style, meaning it can be used in both left and right hands, there are no thumb buttons for left handed users.
The overall mouse is made from a thin plastic making it extremely light to use. This feature is very dependent on preference though. I myself prefer a heavier mouse to sling across my gaming mat, but I do know lighter mice are used by enthusiast and pro gamers alike. However, the overall build quality is strong, and button clicks are very present. Some mice I find like the cheaper Amazon gaming mice specials have very spongy mouse clicks unlike here where the actuation, although very low feels sturdy enough to pound during intense rounds of Battlefield.
Gamers will be keen to know that there are four adjustable settings to the mouse’s DPI. Ranging from 200 – 6000, there will be a sensitivity that will suit even the most precise of snipers. The ARM processing core also has a report rate of 100Hz. The mouse has a USB interface and must use Logitech’s driver software to access these more advanced features. The software itself, compared to others we’ve tested like Roccat’s Swarm and Fnatic’s own Gear software is simple and has a very clean layout. For newcomers though, getting used to the main menu made up of symbols may take some getting used to.
Using the software can lead to a number of customisations. You are able to adjust things like the DPI and polling rate sensitivity. There’s also customisable LED lights that can give you up to 16.8 million colours as well as an on-board memory so you can carry the mouse to other machines and it still remember your settings. This on-board memory is something I’ve not had experience with before and it’s great. It makes jumping straight into the action on someone else’s gaming machine that much smoother.
Using the mouse during a few games of Battlefield saw me adjusting the DPI a few times to get it just right for my play style. I’m not one to switch between DPIs for different guns, which maybe my downfall, but for a game as hectic as Battlefield, I just haven’t got time. Call it old man reaction time if you will. My only problem with the Logitech G203 is its physical size. It’s a small mouse, and coming from the Fnatic Gear Clutch which is larger, I found the Logitech G203 a little uncomfortable. I couldn’t use a palm grip which is my usual stance, having to opt for a claw grip instead to control the mouse properly without the side of my hand scraping my mouse mat.
I would have liked to see some kind of indicator on the mouse of where the DPI was set to. Some mice I’ve seen in the past use little LEDs or even a voice over letting you know the DPI setting. This doesn’t happen here which is a shame. So it’s a guessing game at times where your DPI sensitivity lies.
Most gaming mice that are market leaders are usually priced around the £60 mark or higher here in the UK, so it’s surprising to see this come in at £34.99 online. Okay it’s missing some options such as adjustable weight systems, multiple buttons on the side to really customise your gaming experience to your hand and a braided cable to reduce fraying, but you can’t complain at the price they’re selling this for. It’s a great gaming mouse and one that I can see taking over people’s desktops quickly. If you want to find out more, you can visit the official Logitech website.