When we recently reviewed the Logitech G433 headset we mentioned that its gimmick of using fabric in its construction was there mainly for marketing.
With the G903 wireless mouse, however, what feels like gimmicks turn into features we hope every mouse would have.
Let’s talk about the wireless first, because it’s going to be a sore spot for us South Africans. The G903 is made to work with Logitech’s PowerPlay mousemat – a pad that you plug in to charge a wireless mouse. With these two products you have all the freedom of a wireless mouse without the need to ever charge it.
At the time of writing the PowerPlay is not available in this country, so you’re either going to have to use the G903 without it (which is how we did this review) or fork out extra money on top of the $99 US RRP to import it.
On its own, however, this mouse is still fantastic. The battery lasted us five full days of 12+ hour use before it needed a recharge. We did turn off the RGB lighting (visible in only two small areas of the mouse) to stretch it as far as possible, but it still impressed us as it went through hours of office work, gaming, and more before needing to be plugged in.
Before that, though, let’s look what’s in the box. Initially seeing the design of the G903 we found it strikes a good balance between understated and being full of crazy angles and colours that other mouse makers seem to favour.
It’s a hard plastic deal all the way around that feels very solid in the hand. Every single button feels crisp and responsive and we’re sure it can take some abusive if you get a bit angry with your hardware.
The first bit of extras include both notched and freewheel scrolling, dedicated buttons for sensitivity (which can be reprogrammed) and a removable weight. There’s no crazy system here, just a single 10 gram weight that can be removed, but it works well.
Now we get to the really interesting part: the four extra buttons on either side of the mouse. These come with magnetic caps that be replaced with stoppers so the buttons become inaccessible.
If you’re right-handed and only want to use the two buttons for your thumb, just plug up the other two and they’ll never be in the way. If you’re left-handed you can switch this around, and for both types of people you can choose to have all four buttons or none at all.
The magnetic system that keeps these in place is so well done that you’d never expect this interchangeability is there. The extra options it provides, as well as the true ambidextrous design, is amazing and we really hope more manufactures copy this mechanism.
Another great addition is usability when the battery does run dry. The included cable has extra supports to prevent damaging the port so you can go ham even when topping up the battery.
The software too continues this ease of use with macros, sensitivity, profiles, lighting and more. The one problem is the inaccurate battery indicator (we suspect this is because it does not factor in sleep, which the mouse automatically does if your PC switches off) but it is a small problem.
Really we only have two complaints with the G903, and one of them is entirely subjective. With our grip style and hands, we found it a bit on the small side. An extra centimetre in on every axis would have been ideal, but that’s just us. Make sure you check over the dimensions to see if it’s something you’d like.
The other problem is a bit more universal – the local RRP is a whopping R2 499. While we feel a good amount of that price is justified by the G903 on its own, we can’t help but feel much of that value would come from the addition of the PowerPlay which we can’t easily get.
Aside from those small niggles, however, the G903 is a very easy recommendation if you’re looking for a bulletproof wireless mouse for productivity and gaming.