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Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse and Powerplay Charging Mat

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Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse and Powerplay Charging Mat

The Logitech G903 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse is a remarkably light and reliable peripheral, and when you add the Powerplay Charging Mat, you get virtually limitless battery life. All of this comes at premium price, however.


  • Pros

    Light, ergonomic, and functional. When paired with the Powerplay mat, mouse offers a truly wireless gaming experience.

  • Cons

    Expensive. Few RGB lighting options.

  • Bottom Line

    The Logitech G903 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse brings together a remarkably light and reliable peripheral with virtually limitless battery life, at a premium price.

Editors' Choice

Wireless peripherals have faced an uphill battle in the gaming scene, often described as cumbersome, unreliable, and less precise than their wired counterparts. Logitech wants to change that notion with its latest gaming mouse, the G903 Lightspeed, which is part of a $249.98 system that includes the Powerplay mousepad, allowing for constant charging and outright elimination of input latency. This system emphasizes the benefits of a wireless peripheral, while retaining the high-end performance of a wired mouse, and earns our Editors' Choice award.

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Form and Function

The G903 bears a striking resemblance to Logitech's flagship gaming mouse, the G502 Proteus Spectrum, with a sleek, matte black plastic design. Unlike the G502, however, the G903 is ambidextrous, a boon for the southpaw shooters. The optional macro buttons can be magnetically secured to either side, making this a fantastic design whether you're left or right handed. The mouse itself measures 1.5 by 2.5 by 5 inches (HWD) and weighs a modest 4 ounces. I never felt encumbered by the mouse and found it comfortable to use even through extended gaming sessions in my test period.

The mouse can store up to five preset profiles in its on-board memory, which apart from their own set of macros can also retain up to five different DPI settings. Those settings can be quickly cycled with the two mappable buttons located below the mouse wheel. Logitech's software offers lets you calibrate the mouse with your chosen mousepad surface to ensure maximum sensor accuracy.

Speaking of the software, it's straightforward and easy to use, allowing you to quickly switch between all of your connected Logitech devices. It also offers a decent array of under-the-hood options, including heat maps and battery efficiency readouts. Assigning macros is a simple process of highlighting whatever you want to map and navigating a series of drop-down menus. The only area where the Logitech software falls short of its competitors is in a lack of RGB options. Only options for Color Cycle and Breathing effects are available, which pales in comparison to the Razer Mamba or the Steelseries Rival 700, each of which offers many lighting effects.

The Powerplay mat has a simple design that's indistinguishable from a conventional mousepad, the lone exception is a small receiver at the top that serves as a hub for the Powerplay system. It acts as a seamless tether between your PC and mouse, providing power and wireless connectivity. The Powerplay mat is essentially a large flat antenna that constantly emits an alternating electromagnetic current that gets picked up by the receiver in the base of the mouse and transforms it into direct current to the battery. The end result is seamless, constant wireless charging that happens even while you're using the mouse.

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The mat comes bundled with swappable finishes, so you can switch between soft, porous fabric or firm, smooth plastic. You could also slap your own mouse pad on top of the mat. Virtually any mouse pad is compatible with the Powerplay mat, as long as it isn't made of metal and can fit on top of the 11-by-13-inch mat. Still, Logitech only guarantees charging on the surfaces included with mat and advises against using the mat on any conductive surface, as that could interfere with charging. Should the mouse leave the confines of the Powerplay mat, it seamlessly switches to its capacious internal battery, which can withstand up to 24 hours of continuous use.

Powerful Performance, at a Price

The G903 has a polling rate of up to 1,000 reports per second and a maximum sensitivity of 12,000 DPI. Together, these allow the G903 to keep up with even the most precise and rapid inputs without experiencing lapses in performance. In my testing, the G903 consistently performed without any latency or sluggishness, delivering the snappy responsiveness one would expect from a top-tier gaming mouse. I put the G903 to work playing Destiny 2 and Heroes of the Storm. While MOBA players may notice it lacks the many macro buttons seen on some gaming mice, like the Razer Naga Hex V2, its responsiveness is still very solid. I even found it convenient to use for work, cutting down on cables at my overcrowded workstation.

The Powerplay system is a remarkable innovation, which eliminates the need for regular charging intervals, offers virtually no latency, and packages everything in an attractive, light form factor. However, the likelihood that this system will replace wired mice from Razer or Steelseries in the competitive gaming scene is slim. The G903's reliability is undeniable, but its high price makes it difficult to recommend when mice like the Steelseries 700 and the Razer Lancehead, are equally as capable and roughly half the price. (To save some cash, you can buy the mouse without the mat for $149.99, but you lose those always-charging capabilities.) Still, you're paying for sleek convenience here, and you definitely get that with the Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse and Powerplay charging mat.

About the Author

Default Person Icon Alice D. Newcome-Beill

Alice Newcome-Beill is the Inventory Control Coordinator for PCMag. Alice graduated from CUNY Brooklyn College with a degree in Television/Radio Broadcasting. A lifetime gamer, she has written video game and hardware reviews since her freshman year of college. In her spare time she dabbles in bicycle maintenance, creative writing, playing board gam… See Full Bio

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