Good wireless mouse for gaming and graphic design

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Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse with High Performance Gaming Sensor ★★★★☆

Looking to upgrade from a wired mouse to a wireless, I acquired the Logitech G403 Prodigy to replace my SteelSeries Rival 300. The Logitech software (downloaded online) runs on Windows (10, 8.1, 8, and 7) and Mac (OS X 10.10.x or later), and I personally use it on both. For reference, I have the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display set to dual boot. Using Boot Camp, I load OS X for my graphic design work, and Windows 10 for gaming. I have found that the performance of the mouse is the same regardless of operating system. It even performs admirably in Parallels. However, there are a few missing features in the software for OS X (see below).

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Unboxing of Logitech G403 Prodigy.

For Graphic Design, in OS X, I use the Adobe Creative Suite, which includes programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. In the past I’ve had accuracy issues with wireless mice. For instance, when I’m dragging a marquee box there are times I need to move it by a single pixel. Other wireless mice I’ve owned shifted several pixels at a time so I couldn’t quite get it to the spot I wanted. Not so with the Logitech Prodigy. It has pinpoint accuracy, letting me move the cursor one pixel at a time and without any choppiness (it’s smooth). Because the resolution adjusts from 200 – 12,000 dpi, you can get even higher accuracy. But even at 3200 dpi, I feel comfortable dragging it without any slop or skipping or jumping.

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Accessories for G403 Prodigy: cord, 10g weight, USB adapter and wireless adapter.

For Gaming, in Windows 10, I play a variety of types, from FPS like Overwatch to RTS like StarCraft 2. I find that the mouse’s reaction time in gaming is quite good for wireless. I experienced no lag or noticeable delays in movement, dragging, scrolling or button clicks. And as mentioned above, you can set the dpi to a wide range, lowering it to help with sniping or increasing it to gain faster movement. To switch between modes, you can do so by a quick click of a button near the scroll wheel.

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Cord can be used for charging and wired (non-wireless) play. (USB-A to Micro USB)

Should the battery die while the mouse is in use, you can plug in the included cord. This will charge the mouse while also connecting it to the computer, providing full control without the need for wireless. When switching between corded and un-corded, or even simply charging, the bad part is that the mouse ultimately takes up two USB ports.

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Micro USB plug for mouse.

One for the cord (needed for charging and non-wireless play) and one for the wireless adapter. Had the mouse been designed to connect via Bluetooth, then no adapter would be needed (at least, for my setup), however Logitech used a different technology that requires you to use their own custom adapter (they claim this enables them to have more optimization, which seems to be the case). You could plug and unplug the two (cord and adapter) back and forth between one port, but that’s a pain. And personally, I would stay away from USB Hubs as that can impact the connection speed and responsiveness of the mouse. Ports in the motherboard (namely at the back of your desktop or side of your laptop) are ideal.

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Right side of mouse, showing lightly textured grip.

Now there are some things I like better about my older SteelSeries Rival. Firstly, the Logitech Prodigy is wider than the Rival. I have a pretty large grip (big hands), so it’s not a deal breaker for me, but I do prefer a narrower grip. If you have small hands, it may very well be a deal breaker for you. Secondly, the sides of the Prodigy are smoother than the Rival. This means it’s more slippery and the friction does not grip my fingertips as well, so I feel like I have to squeeze the mouse tighter. Thirdly, the button clicks on the Prodigy are much louder than the Rival; that said, the scroll wheel is quieter and smoother to scroll with. Fourthly, there is a gap between the top buttons and the palm rest on the Prodigy. The Rival has no gaps or seams on the top. However, I don’t find the gaps getting in my way; I never end up touching them, so it’s more of a visual preference than a physical annoyance.

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10-gram weight to make the mouse feel heavier and better balanced.

I measured the weight of the Prodigy at 107 grams vs. the 105 grams of the Rival. Very similar considering the Prodigy has to support a battery. Additionally, the Prodigy has an extra 10-gram weight you can put in at the bottom of the mouse to bring the total up to 117 grams. The majority of the weight on the Prodigy is at the front, so putting the added 10 grams on the back helps with balance. Personally, I like the ability to increase the weight, a feature I missed having when upgrading to the Rival from the Cyber Snipa Silencer Gamer Mouse – CSLMSL01. (Note: For a weight comparison, a full can of soda pop is around 280 grams, which means that the Prodigy, even fully weighted, is less than half that.)

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Bottom of mouse showing power switch.

Because I switched from a wired to a wireless, the mouse no longer turns off when the computer shuts down. Thankfully, the Prodigy goes into sleep mode after a time so I don’t have to worry about the battery quickly draining if I forget to click the off switch at the bottom. You can also turn the lights off (scroll wheel light or icon at the palm rest or even both at once) in the Logitech software to help save on battery life. (Or if you like the lights, you can alternatively lower the brightness to help extend the battery.) Logitech claims 22 hours of non-stop gaming with the lights on and 30 hours with the lights off. As far as I can tell, that is fairly accurate.

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OS X view of Logitech software for customizing the mouse settings.

Speaking of the software, it has a good amount of customization. You can set up three different profiles (good for switching between game types), change light color (and switch from solid, pulsing, or color cycle), view the battery life, tune the mouse to the surface of your mouse pad, update your firmware (for the mouse itself), assign new commands for each button, enter keystroke modifiers (for your keyboard), create keyboard macros, view “key press” heat map stats (shows which keys you press the most) and install Overwolf (a program that allows you to overlay your desktop and games with widgets). As mentioned above, there are some differences between the OS X and Windows version of the software. In OS X, you don’t get Overwolf (not supported) and you don’t have the Developer tab in settings (which allows you to launch ARX Console, LED Emulator and LCD Emulator). Other than that, as far as I can tell, everything else is available.

Overall, I think the Logitech G403 Prodigy is a good wireless solution for both Graphic Design and Gaming, and on either Windows or OS X. Good customization and responsiveness (my buddy even told me I was quicker when playing Overwatch). I just wish the mouse was narrower and had better gripping on the sides.

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The lights show up in to places: center of scroll button and palm rest

PACKAGE CONTENTS:

  • Gaming Mouse
  • Charging/data cable
  • Wireless USB adapter
  • Cable adapter
  • 10g optional weight
  • User documentation

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