Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
While Logitech has seemingly no issues coming up with many new products every year for us to play with and test, they are no introducing a new series of peripherals. Logitech has come along with something called the Prodigy Series. What does this mean to the end-user? The idea behind this series is that it allows Logitech to offer devices that will not cost as much as their high-end products do, yet at the same time, this series was developed to allow users to try devices with top tier components, just that these products are not as aggressively designed. This change at Logitech is great for everyone. Now you can, for instance, get an affordable mouse, let's say. Within this mouse, you will still find Omron switches, Pixart sensors, and still have access to the Logitech software suite to take full advantage of all the benefits that it offers.
As far as looks and feel are concerned, you are not at any loss here either, just that you will not find as much of the angular designs we have seen come from Logitech as of late. Specialized coatings are still employed, just that the aesthetics fall into something we are used to seeing from just about everyone making mice these days. Again, this is not bad in our mind, as not everyone likes the new styling, and a lot of times, an overabundance of buttons to use can get in the way, or just go unused for much of the life of the device. Another cool thing that Logitech takes over from previous designs is the wireless option, not with all of the Prodigy devices, but is available in what we are here to discuss today.
This time around, we are here with the G403 Prodigy Wireless gaming mouse from Logitech. From what we have been told in our video chat with Logitech and in what we have found in our extensive testing, not just this G403 Prodigy is promising, but the entire series as a whole is something that many users have been looking for. Many had to pass on the G700s and the G900 Chaos Spectrum, mainly due to the cost involved in obtaining them when they were new. It has been quite some time since we had a look at devices for less than $100 from Logitech, and the Prodigy Series and more specifically this G403 Prodigy wireless gaming mouse is something long awaited, and we hope it is everything it is cracked up to be.
In the chart that Logitech provides on their website, we are first shown the part number, and promptly shown the warranty coverage of two years. The G403 is said to work in any Windows environment since and including, Windows 7, you do need a free USB port, and the software is not shipped in the box, an internet connection is required to obtain that. Inside of the box, you will find the mouse, a charging slash data cable, a wireless USB adapter, a cable adapter, a 10-gram options weight, and the user documentation.
The Pixart PWM3366 optical sensor is in control of the G403. The resolution ranges from 200 to 12,000 DPI, and movement can be tracked at up to 40Gs of force. The maximum speed is which the optical sensor can still read the fibers of a mouse pad is at 300 inches per second or 25 feet per second, and these numbers were obtained using the Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad. As to the ARM microprocessor, it uses a 16-bit channel for communications, offers a 1000ms report rate even while wireless, signals at 2.4GHz while in wireless mode, and is a 32-bit MCU which is more than capable for the G403. Even things like the glide coefficients of friction are listed, along with the 20 million click lifespan of the main switches, and the 250 kilometers of travel offered with the sensor. Along with all of that, you get a mouse with six buttons, RGB LED lighting, onboard memory, all within a structure that is 124mm from front to back, 43mm in height, 68mm from side to side, and weighs 107.2 grams without the optional weight or cord included.
As we looked to find this G403 Prodigy wireless gaming mouse, we also found that there is a wired version for those who want everything we just discussed, but have no need to detach a cable from it. The G403 Prodigy Wireless is at Amazon currently at $79.99, and Newegg is also offering it at an identical price point, and both locations have a free shipping option as well. However, if you went to the wired model of the G403 Prodigy, you can save quite a bit of cash right out of the gate, and get a mouse that is spec'd as one of the current best out there. For those without a need to detach the cable, you can expect to need to shell out only $53 to get all but one thing that we are showing off and explaining in this review.
As it sits, the G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is priced with many of its wired, top-tier, well-equipped competition. This drives the point home about all of the bang for the buck that Logitech is packing into this Prodigy Series, and proves the point we made earlier about how Logitech is trying to put their devices in more hands, no matter your pay grade.
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