Homogeneity in a Prodigy.
Three-button scroll wheels; number pads, multiple finger rests. Computer mice can now cover all the functions of your keyboard, and gaming mice are as common as real mice.
But worry not, Logitech gives you the G403 Prodigy. A mouse which does not deserve the name prodigy as it does nothing at all new. That isn’t to say anything bad about the product at all, in fact it does what it needs to very well. It just doesn’t do anything new. A sleek simple mouse which breaks no ground but does pretty much no wrong.
But it does come wired or wireless.
So after pulling the mouse out of its simple plastic packaging it became clear that the G403 design is emulating the Razer DeathAdder quite heavily. It feels much more simple and streamlined in comparison though, the thumb groove is gentler and it is overall marginally smaller than the DeathAdder (The G403 measures 4.9 x 2.7 x 1.7 inches and the DeathAdder measures 5.0 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches.) If you’re looking for a unique Logitech mouse then go grab a G502 Proteus Spectrum or a G303 Daedalus Apex (those names are lunacy), aesthetically the G403 does nothing new. I quite like how simple it is, I am personally not one for flash designs and technical mice. 5 buttons does it for me, and this mouse does it fine. The mouse moves around on two smooth pads along the front and back of the base, and the small compartment in the base allows for the provided 10g weight to be added should you wish to. Nothing about this mouse goes beyond the word simple, except maybe the shiny lights.
And simple it really is control-wise. Your standard three buttons are supplemented by two wholly unsatisfying thumb buttons and a DPI control. The ergonomics means the thumb buttons indent deep into the body when pressed and feel broken, particularly the front button. Down below if the formatting doesn’t ruin it is a quick video pressing each button so you can hear the clicks. They’re nothing special but enough to count as feedback for your press and sufficiently loud to hear through headphones.
So how does it perform in games? Nothing special. From the box the DPI goes satisfyingly high for FPS games and dangerously low for those pro CSGO players. I was happily playing PUBG and Subnautica with no problem. There was a little learning curve, as my previous mouse was a lot smaller but after a few days I was perfectly comfortable. I do find that the thumb buttons have convinced me not to use them more by being unsatisfying, but their use was rare anyway so it is no real loss. I had no issue with the sensor either. It picked up every little twitch I made and feels a lot more responsive than some mice I have owned.
If you wanna dig deeper you can grab the Logitech Gaming software. This itself is pretty terrible and barebones. You adjust colour or DPI (up to 12000), however the basic breathing effect and pre-programmed DPI settings did me fine. You can reprogram buttons as well, though why is a mystery to me. It is easy enough to use, and if you have any other Logitech gear (which I do) then you can sync everything up to breathe the same colours. If you wanna live without the software you can do so quite easily and the mouse will breathe between colours on its own.
There is nothing inherently bad with this mouse, but at the same time there is nothing inherently good. A little money more could probably get you a much more gaming-oriented mouse. But this really does its utmost to sit at the entry level. Below are some of the specifications, as that will be the real deal breaker for buying this mouse.
- Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
- Max. acceleration: >40G*
- Max. speed: >300 ips*
*Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad
- USB data format: 16 bits/axis
- USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
- Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
- Dynamic coefficient of friction:* 0.1 μ (k)*
- Static coefficient of friction:* 0.15 μ (s)*
*Tested on wood-veneer desktop
- Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
- PTFE Feet: 250 kilometers
- Connection Type:USB
- USB Protocol: USB 2.0
- DPI (Min/Max): 200-12,000
- USB Report Rate: 1ms
- Sensor: PMW3366
- Indicator Lights (LED): Yes, RGB
- Buttons: 6
- Other Features: Onboard memory, single removable weight
- Height: 124 mm
- Width: 68 mm
- Depth: 43 mm
- Weight: 87.3 g mouse only+10g (optional weight)
- Cable Length (Power/Charging): 2.13 M
For the most curious of you here is the link so you can get it from the source.
And if that doesn’t convince you, nothing will. Consider this entry level, even with the rather steep £60 RRP. If you need a mouse and have the money you definitely cannot go wrong with the G403. It definitely is not a prodigy though. No boundaries are broken and nothing new has been done. But that means it pretty much all works.