Logitech PowerPlay Wireless Charging SystemBack in July, LegitReviews had the opportunity to review the flagship wireless gaming mouse from Logitech, the G900 Chaos Spectrum, which turned out to be an evolution in wireless mouse design. With the G900, we finally had a wireless mouse that could be used for any task, including competitive gaming. The G900 came away with our Editors' Choice award and remains a steady recommendation of LegitReviews'. The LightSpeed wireless technology and PMW3366 optical sensor from the G900 also made their way into the G403 Wireless, another excellent mouse with an emphasis on FPS gaming. The low latency wireless connection of these mice works amazingly well, with the G900 and G403 Wireless being two of the most responsive, accurate mice I've ever used, even though they use a wireless connection. I can not tell a difference between wired and wireless mode when using these mice, the LightSpeed technology is that damn good. With Logitech LightSpeed technology, the performance issues that prevented previous Logitech wireless gaming mice like the G602 and G700S from having serious consideration in the gaming arena are no longer a concern. There is no longer a need to wait, Logitech has wireless mouse performance on a level suitable for competitive gaming with their current LightSpeed products. As evolved as the G403 Wireless and G900 Chaos Spectrum were at launch, the issue that they had to be plugged in every couple of days to charge still existed. You could be right in the middle of your favorite game, using your awesome new G403 Wireless or G900 Chaos Spectrum mouse and get hit with a low battery notification. It's not fun to be in the middle of a gaming session, get notified that your mouse battery is on the verge of death, and then scrambling to get it plugged into a free USB port, but it's part of owning a wireless gaming mouse. Well, at least it was, until Logitech took charge and hit us with a PowerPlay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyc5pfPYUb8 Not satisfied with just producing the best wireless gaming mice on the market, Logitech set out to address the concern of consumers having to charge their mice every couple of days. The feeling of a wireless mouse when plugged in isn't nearly as smooth and unrestrained as when you're using it in wireless mode, introducing a noticeable change to the user experience. For some, a little bit of wire drag is negligible and something that they can care less about. For others, true, unconstrained mouse movement is bliss.The $99 PowerPlay Wireless Charging System (PN 943-000109) is currently available directly from Logitech. The main components of the PowerPlay charging system are a USB-powered wireless charging base, in addition to a small module called PowerCore that transfers energy to the battery of a compatible mouse that it is installed in. Logitech also includes two different mouse pads, a hard (G440) and soft (G240) surface, to suit different play styles. The $99 Logitech PowerPlay might not be a product of necessity, but it may be just the game changer you've been looking for to elevate your setup to the next level and have a truly uninterrupted wireless mouse experience. Recently, Logitech updated the G403 Wireless and G900 Chaos Spectrum to the G703 and G903, respectively. These latest mice are pretty much copies of their predecessors with some cosmetic differences and one major change: they have PowerPlay wireless charging support. In addition to sending us the PowerPlay Wireless Charging System, Logitech has also sent along their G703 LightSpeed Wireless ($99.90 shipped) in either black (910-005091) or white (910-005135) and G903 LightSpeed Wireless (currently on sale at Amazon for $126.99) gaming mice for testing with the PowerPlay mat.The G703 LightSpeed is the revamped version of the G403 Wireless and is available in either black or white. The G703 follows a traditional FPS mouse design, with a familiar right-handed shape being employed. A PMW3366 sensor, regarded by many as the best optical sensor out there, is being used and premium materials are found throughout, including a comfortable, firm rubber material in the area that you grip the mouse. Two thumb buttons are present, while a DPI cycle button sits near the middle of the G703, just below the scroll wheel. These button can all be programmed for other commands through the Logitech Gaming Software. The G403 Wireless, which the G703 LightSpeed is based on, has been my daily driver since it released. The G903 is an update to the G900 Chaos Spectrum, still featuring the amazing PMW3366 sensor, but with PowerPlay support and Omron 50-Million click switches now being used for the main buttons. Also gone are the gunmetal accents of the G900, the G903 is sporting a pure black theme, now. The G903 has a very unique, ambidextrous design and can be customized by removing or adding included thumb buttons to either side of the mouse to best suit your use scenario. For more in-depth information on the G903 and the technology it implements, be sure to check out Joe's review of the G900 Chaos Spectrum, as the features (besides added PowerPlay support and longer-life Omron switches on the G903), build quality and wireless performance of the G903 are all the same as they are on the G900 Chaos Spectrum.
Logitech PowerPlay Wireless Charging System Specification
- Length: 320mm
- Width: 344mm
- Control module height: 11mm
- Charging surface thickness: 2mm
- Cloth Mouse Pad thickness: 2mm
- Hard Mouse Pad thickness: 3mm
- Cable Length: 1.8m (6 ft)
- 2 Year Limited Warranty
"One day, PC gamers will be thanking me when they get chicken dinners with a dope wireless mouse in hand." -Nikola TeslaThere is a lot of work that has gone into the Logitech PowerPlay Wireless charging system and the included PowerCore module. It's easy to be reminded of the genius that was Nikola Tesla when you see how Logitech PowerPlay works, because it's totally dipped in tech that Mr. Tesla visualized long ago. It has taken an immense amount of research and development to get things right and Logitech is really proud of what they have been able to achieve so far with the PowerPlay technology. In basic terms, the PowerPlay wireless charging system works by emitting a low level electromagnetic signal via coils in the charging mat. This electromagnetic signal gives off a small energy field of alternating current. The PowerCore module is installed into a compatible G703 or G903 mouse and is able to pull power from the energy field produced by PowerPlay. As you use your mouse, the PowerCore module installed in the bottom pulls power from the energy field and rectifies and regulates the power into DC current, after which it charges the battery of the mouse through two small magnetic contacts. As long as the mouse is in the charging area of the PowerPlay wireless charging base and the PowerCore module is properly installed, it will charge, even while it is being used. Let's take a closer look at the Logitech PowerPlay Wireless Charging mat and included accessories, next.
Logitech PowerPlay Wireless Charging System - A Closer Look[gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="198259,198258"] The Logitech PowerPlay Wireless charging base is $99 and comes in at 13.4-inch x 11-inches, which should be adequate for most users, though low sensitivity gamers who are used to extended pads may have issues. The PowerPlay mat has a smooth rubber-like texture and is only 2 mm thick, with the included mouse surfaces adding another 2 mm (cloth surface) or 3 mm (hard surface), to bring the total thickness to 4-5 mm. Our Corsair MM300 is 3 mm, by comparison and we felt practically no difference in height when switching between the two. While the charging pad is fairly large, the actual charging area is in the center of the pad and the mouse won't charge if it's sitting on the outer edges. In theory, the charging areas is in the area that the mouse will be used on most and during normal use, the PowerPlay will be able to keep your mouse constantly charged. Even though it is a little bit flexible, the PowerPlay mat shouldn't be bent or folded, as the coils inside can become damaged and cease working properly. Logitech could have made the PowerPlay more rigid, but they would have to sacrifice the 2 mm profile, leaving users with a mouse surface that is too thick [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="198227,198226"] Logitech includes two different, high-quality mouse surfaces with the PowerPlay. In order to suit different play styles, a hard surface mat and a cloth surface mouse pad are included. The hard surface mat is the $25.49 Logitech G440, while the soft-cloth pad is a version of the $22.00 Logitech G240. While you can certainly try and use surfaces from other manufacturers by putting the PowerPlay mat underneath, Logitech only guarantees proper charging while using the two included surfaces, as other surfaces could have incompatible materials or be too thick for proper use with PowerPlay. Logitech used the G240 surface that they ship with the PowerPlay to measure technical specifications for speed and acceleration during the pre-release phase of both the G703 and G903 LightSpeed mice. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="198231,198230"] The PowerCore module is densely packed adds about 3 grams of weight to whichever mouse it is in, so there is some weight consideration here, but it is very minimal. The PowerCore module fits well in both the G703 and G903 mice and has a notch that will prevent it from being installed improperly. The LightSpeed receiver is on the upper left corner of the PowerPlay charging mat and has an RGB Logitech G logo that allows the color to be adjusted in software, set for a fade mode, or turned off. Users can also set the "G" RGB LED to a sleep timer, so it goes off after a certain amount of inactivity, but your mouse will continue to charge. The LightSpeed sensor being so close to the mouse at all times means that connectivity will always be optimal and the signal to noise ratio is going to be at a maximum. The G also serves a purpose by blinking to let users know when the PowerPlay is in pairing mode by blinking the shade of blue in the picture above. The receiver is made of plastic and is well-made, with the plastic lining up well with the mat and no issues with build quality were apparent. The G903 and G703 mice both can sync up with the RGB LED on the LightSpeed receiver, for a clean, matching look. On the rear of the LightSpeed receiver, a custom-molded USB area can be found. This port follows the standard that Logitech started awhile ago with its G products all sharing an identical cable that has a stable connection to the accessory. This is an excellent solution that alleviates strain being put on the connector of your Logitech accessory. The connector is also keyed, with the Logitech logo on the top so that it's way easier to install the cable properly the first time around. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="198246,198245"] The USB cable that Logitech includes with the PowerPlay is six feet long and has a nice, tight braiding on it that looks great, while still allowing the cable to be flexible and molded for optimal management. I noticed that the USB end of this connector has a larger component area than the USB connectors included with the G703 and G903 mice, which are otherwise identical. Logitech recommends only using the cable included with the PowerPlay system and to plug it into an adequate USB port, or to use a powered USB hub, as the PowerPlay needs to be able to constantly produce current to the wireless energy field. Logitech includes warranty documentation and a large quick start manual with the PowerPlay. The PowerPlay is plug and play and detects automatically if you have installed the Logitech Gaming Software, but a quick start guide and documentation should always be present. Logitech also included one of their "G" brand stickers with the PowerPlay mat. A quick look at the documentation lets us know something very important; if you have a metal tabletop, it very may well interfere with the charging capabilities of the PowerPlay mat. The Logitech PowerPlay Wireless Charging system includes everything necessary to get started and comes in a very nice package. The manual is very well laid out, giving the user simple, easy to follow steps to get their PowerPlay working. The PowerPlay charging surface has a very nice build quality, with the base meeting the SuperSpeed module in a clean fashion, with no machining errors or notable issues present. Overall, I'd say the presentation and unboxing experience for the PowerPlay Wireless Charging System is exceptional, with Logitech using quality materials and good documentation throughout. Let's take a look at the G903 and G703 wireless mice, next.
Logitech G903 LightSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse - The King of Wireless Micehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39PokuNzlQs G903 Specifications Tracking ●Sensor: PMW3366 ●Resolution: 200-12,000 DPI ●Max. Acceleration: Tested at over 40G ●Max. Speed: Tested at over 400 IPS Responsiveness ●USB data format: 16 bits/axis ●USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1 ms) ●Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM Durability ●Main buttons: 50-million clicks ●Max. distance: tested at over 250-km rangen Battery life Default lighting: 24 hours No lighting: 32 hours Physical specifications Height: 130.3 mm (5.13 in) Width: 66.5 mm (2.62 in) Depth: 40.4 mm (1.59 in) Weight: 110 g (3.88 oz), mouse only Cable length (charging/data): 1.83 m (6 ft) Warranty 2-Year Limited Aside from the added support for PowerPlay wireless charging and Omron switches that are now rated for 50 Million clicks, along with a change to a more pure black color scheme, the G903 LightSpeed Wireless is the same exact mouse as the G900 Chaos Spectrum that we reviewed back in July. The G903 LightSpeed does weigh 3 grams more than the G900, perhaps due to internal circuitry added for PowerPlay compatibility. Featuring a fairly lightweight (110G), ambidextrous design that looks like the Batmobile, the G903 LightSpeed Wireless is a great looking wireless mouse that offers amazing wireless performance that is indiscernible from a wired connection in my evaluations. [gallery columns="5" ids="198312,198313,198314,198315,198316"] The G903 comes with an illustrated quick start manual that explains how to install the mouse in easy to follow, simple steps. A wireless USB LightSpeed nano receiver with an extension to place it on your desktop for optimal connection is also included. There are also additional buttons to add to the mouse, which we'll get into shortly. Also included is a 10G weight for customization. Not pictured is the USB 3.0 cable, which is the exact same type we saw included with the PowerPlay mat, but with a less bulky PC-side connector. If you use PowerPlay with the G903, you won't likely need to use this USB cable, as it is used for charging the mouse and updating firmware. Looking at the G903 from the top, it resembles the Batmobile, with sleek curves and an ambidextrous shape that flows in a very natural way. You can tell that Logitech put lots of time into the design and aesthetic of the G900 and that all translates into the G903. The blank on the right side of the mouse can actually be removed to allow for two additional buttons to be added, or you can even remove the buttons on the left side for a no-side-button mode. The G903 allows for a nice bit of customization without being gimmicky in its attempt. The left and right buttons of the G903 LightSpeed, individual and separate from the rest of the mouse, offer the best tactile feel of any mouse I've ever tested, with a crisp, satisfying click and immediate bounce back. These amazing buttons are spring-tensioned and the 50-Million Click Omron switches that Logitech employs on the mouse are as good as it gets. These feel and respond exactly like the Omron switches in the G900 Chaos Spectrum and I can barely tell any difference between them, though the G903 feels like it may have a slightly softer click than the G900. Either way, I can't tell a difference between the G900 and G903 when I am using either mouse. These Omron 50-Million click switches, thanks in part to the way Logitech has implemented them with the buttons of the G903, are quite responsive. Getting used to the G903 might lead to some unfortunate false-clicks if you've gotten use to a mouse with unresponsive buttons that require a bit of pressure to activate. The G903 scroll wheel allows for either precise, ratcheted scrolling, or you can enable the infinite scroll, depending on what you're doing. The scroll wheel allows for horizontal clicks, as well. This is one of the best scroll wheels in the industry, with a great, solid feel and very tactile, responsive clicks. The scroll wheel side clicks are assignable in LGS and can I've found that they come in handy as chat toggles or media controls. The side buttons on the G903 feel great, with a nice, responsive click. The button placement works well, as it allows room for the thumb to rest below when you don't intend to hit the buttons. The rubberized side grips on the G903 have a great feel, with just enough give to grip, but not give way. The indented lines that run up the mouse do a great job of holding the thumb in place and letting you grip the mouse without being uncomfortable. Logitech has placed several mouse feet on the G903, which allow it to glide smoothly over surfaces. These feet have a nice, smooth coating on them and flow very well. The mouse feet sit within indents, so if they are replaced, lining them up won't be an issue. There is a sliding switch for power, which has a nice tactile click to it and is implemented in a way which makes accidentally switching the mouse off during use nearly impossible. The button between the sensor area and the power slide allows you to switch between user profiles, for on the fly changes to more than just DPI. I think the G903 is balanced very well with the sensor placed almost in the center of the mouse, which lends to excellent balance and control of the mouse. The weight does add some weight to the rear, which may give more control. The PowerCore module of the PowerPlay weighs 3 grams and this weight can't be used in conjunction with it. The G903 continues the tradition of the G903 Chaos Spectrum. The G903 looks like the Batmobile and has amazing main buttons and the best scroll wheel around. The wireless technology is the best in the industry and the mouse feels great in my hand. Logitech really implemented the modular button design well, allowing the G903 to be tuned for left-handed use by switching the thumb button location. For users who want to go all out, the ability to put buttons on each side of the mouse is unique, but to be honest, it makes things a bit awkward, as I hit the right buttons a LOT when I tested things out, because I'd put pressure on that side of the mouse when moving it. The G903 is the best wireless gaming mouse out there and its implementation with the Logitech Gaming Software is excellent, but it comes in at a $149 price point, meaning it will be off limits to many gamers. Let's take a look at the less expensive G703 LightSpeed wireless mouse, next.
Logitech G703 LightSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse - Wireless FPS Greatnesshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rjYEhVpJbY G903 Specifications Tracking ●Sensor: PMW3366 ●Resolution: 200-12,000 DPI ●Max. Acceleration: Tested at over 40G ●Max. Speed: Tested at over 400 IPS Responsiveness ●USB data format: 16 bits/axis ●USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1 ms) ●Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM Durability ●Main buttons: 50-million clicks ●Max. distance: tested at over 250-km range Battery life Default lighting: 24 hours No lighting: 32 hours Physical specifications Height: 124 mm (4.88 in) Width: 68 mm (2.68 in) Depth: 43 mm (1.69 in) Weight: 107.6 g (3.79 oz), mouse only Cable length (charging/data): 1.83 m (6 ft) Warranty 2-Year Limited Based on the G403 Wireless gaming mouse, the G703 is an ideal mouse for those with medium to large hands and is well suited for FPS games, given its weight. Unfortunately, the G703 shape and button layout does potentially cut itself of from ten percent of the population, as it is limited it to right handed use, only. The G703 retails for $99, but can often be found on sale for less, as they are at Amazon for $93.90, right now. Using the same Omron 50-Million click switches and PMW3366 sensor as the more expensive Logitech G903, the G403 gives users many of the high end features of the G903 at $50 less. It also weighs a little bit less and handles a bit more nimbly than the G900. I recommend you try both mice, if possible, as even though the G903 is more expensive, I find myself using the G703 more often than not, because it's got more comfortable side grips and the shape suits my hand better. [gallery ids="198329,198330,198314"] Logitech ships the G703 with a USB cable (not pictured, same type of cable as PowerPlay), USB LightSpeed nano receiver, and a user manual. The 10G weight included with the G903 is also included for optional installation. I have always felt the G403 Wireless and now the G703 Wireless have excellent balance without the added weight, but it's nice to have that option. The Logitech G703 features a familiar shape, with an inward curve for the thumb and decent amount of height that lends well to medium to large-handed use. Quality materials are used throughout the mouse, with rubberized sides and quality plastic used for the shell and buttons. The G703 sports such a simple, yet attractive look. The side buttons have great placement, with a nice gap between them to let the user know which button they are pressing. Both of the side buttons on the G703 have excellent tactile feedback and feel great, with no sharpness or stiffness on the buttons, as I've seen with other mice. The buttons have a nice amount of space below them for the thumb to rest and the rubberized material feels excellent on the G703, with an excellent, soft-yet-comfortable grip. On the bottom of the G703, we have a power switch that has a nice amount of resistance and is hard to hit on accident. The mouse feet are curved on both the front and backside, with another bit of mouse feet material around the sensor. The G703 glides effortlessly on any surface I've used it on and these feet seem decent enough. I've tried replacement Hotlines mouse feet on my G403 Wireless and found them to be a slight improvement in glide quality, so I will likely eventually upgrade the G703 feet when they've worn a bit. The USB charging port of the G703 uses the same Logitech custom cable, but you won't be using it if you have the PowerPlay mat. Both the Logitech G and scroll wheel are RGB and can be set within the LGS for various modes, or turned off. This RGB light syncs up with your other RGB devices through the LGS, as well. The scroll wheel has a decent ratcheting action and solid, tactile clicks. There is no horizontal click on the G703, as there is on the G903. Right below the scroll wheel is a configurable DPI change button. You can actually assign this to pretty much any input of your choosing in LGS if you happen to be like me and run at a set mouse DPI and not want to use a DPI switching function. The Logitech G703 is an attractive, simple wireless mouse that has great build quality. Everything about this mouse just works well. From the excellent shape, to the solid implementation of the PMW3366 sensor, Logitech hit all the right marks with the G703. For me, I don't need all of the features presented by the G903 and actually prefer the shape of the G703, even though the G903 has slightly more responsive clicks and a far superior scroll wheel.
Logitech PowerPlay In Action With Logitech Gaming SoftwareThe latest version of the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) as of this writing is 8.96.81 and it has full support for the PowerPlay mat, along with full support for the G903 and G703 wireless gaming mice. Upon initially pairing the G703 with the PowerPlay and launching Logitech Gaming Software, the screen above is what we are presented with. The Logitech Gaming Software gives users one program to control settings and sync the RGB lighting on all of their Logitech G-series products. The current version is very stable and worked well during my testing, with no issues or crashes to report. There are three sections in the LGS for controlling and monitoring the PowerPlay wireless charging system. The "Home" section of the PowerPlay menu gives a simple overhead view of the mat, but doesn't seem to have any function beyond visual representation of the product. The "Lighting" section, accessed by clicking on the lightbulb in the GUI, allows the user to set lighting modes and sync the RGB between other compatible Logitech G-series products, such as keyboards and headsets. The "pairing' section of the PowerPlay charging mat allows users to pair different mice and it is about a simple a process as you could expect. You simply click the "Connect a different mouse" button in LGS and then turn on the mouse you want to pair after the PowerCore module has been inserted. A second later, LGS finds the mouse and it's ready to go. If you want to run two different Logitech mice, say a G703 for FPS and a G903 for video editing and browsing, the PowerPlay will let you easily do this. Since the LightSpeed connection on the PowerPlay mat will act as a unifying receiver, you can use the small USB receivers included with the G903 and G703 on a laptop, so you can just grab your mouse and go without worrying about disconnecting anything from your PC. Keep in mind that only one mouse can be paired and charged on the PowerPlay mat at a time, but changing the paired mouse only takes a few seconds. The Logitech Gaming Software will allow you to check if there are firmware updates for the G703/G903 and PowerPlay. Our PowerPlay, G703 and G903 all shipped with the latest firmware and worked right out of the box; no updates were required for PowerPlay functionality. If you have a PowerPlay charging system, firmware updates would be the only reason you should ever need to plug in your G903 or G703, as updates to firmware cannot be done over the LightSpeed connection. Here, we see the battery at 89%, yet the PowerPlay has ceased to charge the mouse. Logitech has tuned the charging on PowerPlay to be optimal, only charging the mouse to 95% and letting it drop to 85% before charging again to avoid wearing out the battery. To help make this more clear and avoid users thinking there is an issue, there is a link in the battery section that sends you to a Logitech FAQ page that explains what is going on when the mouse isn't charging. Another nice feature of the Logitech Gaming Software is that under the "Battery" section for your mouse, it gives a rough estimation of how much power draw the mouse has and how much of this draw is due to the current lighting setting or polling rate, so you can see what affect turning off the lighting or adjusting the polling rate may have on your overall power draw. With PowerPlay, though, you don't need to worry about turning off RGB or lowering your polling rate to improve battery life, you can run the mouse how you like, all the time. When I got the PowerPlay charging system and accompanying mice, I plugged the PowerCore module into the G703 wireless mouse and checked out the Logitech Gaming Software to see that it had 59% battery. We never saw the battery life dip below 59%, though it did stay there while the mouse was being used, since the PowerPlay provides a stable charge while being used that will keep the battery from losing charge, but the mouse is able to be charged more when it is idle. When we let the mouse idle on the mouse pad, we found it has been fully charged from 59% to 96% within a few hours. When PowerPlay is charging your mouse, a front-facing white LED on the base shows up. I discovered that the PowerPlay mat would continue charging the mouse even when my PC was turned off, which is a great feature. The mouse will charge as long as it is near the center of the mat, regardless of it is being used or not. I found that if you move the mouse to around the 2" of the outer perimeter of the PowerPlay mat, it will stop charging. The mouse had to be close to coming off of the mat before it stopped charging, though. During normal use, the mouse is going to be in the optimal charging area the majority of the time, unless you run your mouse strictly on the edges of the mouse pad for some really odd reason. The G240 mouse surface was one of the best mouse surfaces I've ever used, providing perfect tracking with the mice I tested, in addition to having a nice, smooth feel that gave great control over the mouse while allowing for very low friction movement. I am glad that I liked the G240 so much, because it is one of only two mouse pads currently compatible with the PowerPlay. I didn't anticipate that I'd use the G440 surface too much, because hard mouse pads don't suit my style well and I've never really enjoyed them, but the G440 was actually a really good mouse surface. It didn't have the grainy feeling I've come to to get used to from hard mouse surfaces like the old school Ratpadz, but rather a more fine, smooth surface. Tracking was excellent at low DPI and the mouse easily glides across the surface of the G440. While the G240 suits me better and ended up being the pad I went with for full time use with PowerPlay, the G440 is an excellent solid surface mouse pad. The PowerPlay Wireless Charging System with either the G903 or G703 wireless mice works amazingly well in tandem with the Logitech Gaming Software. Once all of my settings for the mouse were set, I didn't have to go back into the software for any reason, unless I wanted to. I had been used to getting battery notifications for a low battery on my G403 Wireless and since the PowerPlay charging system is so unobtrusive, with such a great mousing surface, I got worried that my software hadn't reported anything about my mouse battery for a few days. Then it quickly hit me, the LGS has nothing to report and that I hadn't had to charge my wireless mouse in almost five days and wouldn't have to plug it in, ever again. I will summarize my overall feelings on PowerPlay and the latest G703 and G903 wireless mice on the next page.
Logitech PowerPlay - A Game Changer For A ChargeWith the PowerPlay charging mat, Logitech has provided users the ability to use their best gaming mice without ever having to plug them in, for true wireless mouse capability around the clock. While the Logitech PowerPlay may be a bit of a niche product, PC enthusiasts who are already willing to spend $100 to $150 on a wireless mouse may find PowerPlay to be a worthwhile investment that improves their computing experience. Since the PowerPlay charging system has a built-in LightSpeed transmitter, the ability to add upcoming LightSpeed mice that Logitech has yet to release is still there. Personally, I would like to see a wireless version of the G Pro gaming mouse, as I really liked the shape and responsiveness of the G Pro in FPS, but not enough to persuade me to ditch the awesome wireless of the G703. Bringing wireless to the G Pro would make me a happy reviewer. As expected, the G903 LightSpeed and G703 LightSpeed are both excellent mice, continuing in the tradition of the previous iterations. Featuring amazing build quality, Omron switches, a Pixart 3366 sensor and wireless performance that is on par with any wired mouse connection, the Logitech G903 and G703 are simply amazing. Razer recently came out with the Lancehead wireless ($116.13 shipped), which was a fine mouse with decent ergonomics, but ultimately it can't compete with the G903 in terms of battery life, sensor performance, or overall build quality. Until a competitor comes out with a charging solution to rival the PowerPlay, along with some accompanying low-latency mice with excellent tracking, ergonomics and build quality, Logitech will continue to rule the wireless mouse arena. Wireless charging is definitely a premium technology and the $99 price point of the PowerPlay wireless charging system is going to stand out. I can't sugarcoat it, $99 for a charging mouse pad isn't cheap, especially considering that it isn't a necessity, but rather a premium product designed for high end users who are willing to spend $200-$250 on a mouse and charging solution. Given the technology involved, with the surface area of the charging pad and the two mouse pads included, the PowerPlay is fairly priced, in my opinion. I've spent almost as much on fancy Samsung Qi chargers that are finicky and stop working if the phone isn't set 100% correctly on the base. I just want our readers to know that while $99 may seem expensive, the technology here warrants it and Logitech is the ONLY company with a solution to charge mice in wireless mode, right now. If I can make a fair comparison, I've seen $60 RGB mousepads that don't offer any type of functionality beyond lighting up and offering a mouse surface that can't be replaced when it wears out. Being first to a new technology is never cheap, but the PowerPlay isn't priced into an unreasonable hemisphere, especially when you consider that it includes two premium gaming mouse pads that can be easily replaced. Full size mouse pads have become really popular with PC enthusiasts and give users a uniform, even surface that all of their components can sit on. If the market demanded it, I could see Logitech making an extended version of PowerPlay in the future that can not only charge your mouse, but also an included keyboard or other compatible components users can place on the mat when not in use to be charged. For now, PowerPlay is entirely viable for charging mice and I can see the application extend into keyboards, soon. The prospect of having a charging system that you can set your various PC accessories on, along with a cell phone, to charge instead of ever having to use cables does sound interesting.
Logitech PowerPlay and a G703 have become mainstays on my desk. The cable routes perfectly under my Katana soundbar, too. I am eagerly awaiting a Logitech TKL wireless keyboard to be released. (Don't worry, Logitech knows I'm waiting...)The Logitech PowerPlay wireless charging mat and the compatible G703 LightSpeed and G903 LightSpeed wireless mice are well-built products that live up to their billing. If you're a PC gamer who is obsessed with having the best tech out there or somebody who is tired of having to plug in your wireless mouse, the Logitech PowerPlay and an accompanying G703 LightSpeed or G903 LightSpeed wireless mouse might be just the change your setup needs this coming holiday season. Even if you're not interested in the wireless charging provided by the PowerPlay, if you want a wireless mouse that can actually perform well in competitive games, with great build quality and excellent ergonomics, either the G903 LightSpeed or G703 LightSpeed should be the first mice you look to. For now, the G703 will remain my daily driver, as it has amazing comfort and suits my use perfectly. The PowerPlay wireless charging system with its excellent included G240 mouse surface has allowed to me permanently stash my mouse cable for some peace of mind during my all-night gaming sessions. Logitech has introduced some amazing technology with PowerPlay, it's just up to our readers to determine if it's right for them and a worthy investment. I didn't realize how much I disliked having to plug in my wireless mouse to charge every couple of days before I had PowerPlay. Now, you're going to have to pry the PowerPlay charging mat out of my cold, dead hands, because I refuse to go back to the world of cabled mice. Somewhere, there is a field of G903 mice that transported from the Logitech labs during development of PowerPlay. Or, I might be thinking of a scene from that movie, The Prestige. Either way, the technology behind the PowerPlay Wireless Charging system and how it is being applied to gaming mice is very interesting and impressive, indeed. Nikola Tesla would be absolutely shocked to hear how his ideas are being implemented in 2017. I commend Logitech for doing something so bold and being first to market. Here's to hoping PowerPlay is a success and we see expansion and more R&D in this area, as wireless is truly the future. Logitech PowerPlay Wireless Charging System: Legit Bottom Line: The PowerPlay wireless charging system is an amazing piece of technology that is truly innovative and it works exactly as Logitech advertised it. Although it may be cost prohibitive to some, there is a distinct market of PC enthusiasts who will gladly consider the $99 for PowerPlay to be money well spent. A few days of gaming with the PowerPlay and not having to bust out a charging cable really made me a believer. Logitech G903 LightSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse: Legit Bottom Line: Logitech took the amazing G900 Chaos Spectrum and added PowerPlay wireless charging support along with Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks, resulting in the G903 LightSpeed. If you want the wireless gaming mouse that sets the standard for others to live up to, the G903 LightSpeed is the one, no questions asked. Also, the G903 LightSpeed has the best scroll wheel in the industry, by far. Logitech G703 LightSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse: Legit Bottom Line: The G703 LightSpeed is my daily driver mouse. Though it's not as feature rich or futuristic looking as the G903 LightSpeed, the G703 LightSpeed is very comfortable over long periods of time and its size and button placement are excellent for FPS players with medium to large hands.