Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Capsule Reviewby Jarred Walton on March 5, 2015 4:00 AM EST
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Logitech G303 Software
As with most advanced gaming peripherals, the software and features provided can be the deciding factor in what a user ends up buying. Logitech has been doing this long enough that their software works quite well. One cool feature is that the first time I loaded up the software, it prompted me to update the firmware on my mouse. A simple unplugging and reconnecting of the mouse with a 5-10 second firmware updating delay and the mouse was ready.
In terms of features, the software allows you to modify the lighting settings, though there aren’t a ton of options. You can set a color for the logo and sides, but the color is the same for both so you have four options: all lighting off, sides on/logo off, sides off/logo on, or all lighting on. As for the colors effects, besides a static color selected from a 24-bit RGB palette, you can enable a breathing effect or a color cycling effect. As for the static colors, while there are in theory 16.8 million possible colors, the actual LEDs seem to have closer to 24 levels of intensity, giving ~14K colors to choose from. Most users will end up using one of about 20 or so colors (or the color cycling effect), and this is similar to most other RBG mouse/keyboard lighting arrangements I’ve seen.
The software also allows you to customize the buttons with custom profiles on a game-by-game basis, with a variety of pre-defined profiles available if you prefer. Most of the time the default settings are sufficient, with only the left thumb buttons needing modification, and users can decide what works best. There are options to record and edit macros, change the mousing surface, and configure the DPI settings as well.
With all the advanced features, at the end of the day mouse preferences are still highly subjective. I haven’t had a ton of time to play around with the G303, but it certainly tracks well on a variety of surfaces and the ability to disable all acceleration is nice. But is it better than the many other competing gaming mice that are already available? That’s a lot more difficult to say.
I have no complaints with using the G303 and the light weight makes it comfortable for me to use for long periods of time – assuming I have the time available to play games for long stretches. I’m not the type of gamer that likes having tons of extra buttons on a mouse, so the six buttons on the G303 fits my style well. I also like the more classic appearance rather than the “futuristic” styling of mice like the Mad Catz R.A.T.5, Cougar 700M, or Logitech’s own G502 Proteus Core.
If you have similar feelings about mouse design and aesthetics, the Logitech G303 is certainly worth a look. It might not actually make you a better gamer, but you might at least look a bit more sophisticated. It’s a good design and is attractive without being overly gaudy. The 12000 DPI setting isn’t something most people will ever use (I generally prefer 800 DPI, though YMMV), but whatever setting you want the G303 should keep you happily gaming for quite a while.
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Samus - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - linkFinally something competitive from Logitech in a reasonable price range. Razer and SteelSeries have had mice with less advanced sensors offering all these features for less than Logitech, until now. This mouse goes head to head, feature wise, with the SteelSeries Sensei, while being less expensive and having a modern sensor.
ddriver - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - linkHopefully they improved their build quality and durability. Still disgusted by the G9.
silverblue - Sunday, March 8, 2015 - linkBad luck. Mine is still going after 7 years, though I must admit that I don't game quite as much as I used to.
cpupro - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - linkLogitech mouse quality sucks, some older models from 90's vere great. I have MX1000, battery life sucks, even when was new, I had to replace it with DIY kit, scrolling button is bad. Than I have M500, left button is giving me problems. Very hardly I would ever buy another Logitech mouse.
Dark_Archonis - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkAgain, I think that depends on which model you have, and under what conditions you use it. It could also be luck of the draw. My MX518 is over 3.5 years old, and still performs as if it was new. I recently replaced it with a G400s, simply because I wanted the newer, upgraded, more accurate sensor in the G400s. The MX518 will serve as a backup mouse in case I ever need it. I foresee the G400s lasting a long time.
Dark_Archonis - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkI forgot to add, I exclusively buy wired mice for the reliability and performance they offer. I was never a fan of wireless mice, and in my experience wireless mice have far more problems than wired mice overall.
Wwhat - Sunday, March 15, 2015 - linkI was a bit amazed about that opening statement of the article "enhancing and refining the input peripheral over the years.", because what I see is them releasing a mouse, then releasing a fixed version, rinse and repeat. And as for the functionality and ergonomics, that waxes and wanes all the time.
Overall it seems they have a decline over the years.
I hear they are pretty flexible about replacing defective parts though.
Stuka87 - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - linkLess advanced sensors? This mouse may have a higher DPI, but its just a single sensor. One of the great things about Razer mice is their dual sensor technology. It really does make it far more accurate on just about any surface.
Sabresiberian - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - linkI'll give that it works better on problematic surfaces that other sensors might have trouble getting accurate readings from, but otherwise there is no accuracy benefit to using dual sensors in any case where a person is using a reasonable mousing surface. In fact dual sensors add complication and the need to account for 2 sensors inputting location data over a larger period of time than it takes to read one data point.
As far as build quality - I'll take Logitech over Razer for any product across the line.
Sabresiberian - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - linkAfter reading a string of posts talking about the lack of quality of the current company Logitech is, I think it is important for me to say that I have moved on from their products. There are better choices, among them Corsair, but I believe Razer isn't one of them, based on to what I have read in recent years about Razer products. My mouse is a Mad Catz design, and while I wouldn't recommend one of their earlier products because they are so dang finicky I have to say the R.A.T. TE is the best mouse I have ever used, and it fits my hand and sense of style.
SteelSeries - I have 2 different SteelSeries mousing surfaces and both are superb. Unfortunately they don't make the one I consider to be the best anymore. I have owned 2 of their mice and I would put the quality in the Razer range (or at least what I believe is the Razer range, low to medium quality) and am not likely to buy another SteelSeries mouse.