Last Updated on November 21, 2019 by Husain Parvez
We recently decided to do a review of the Logitech G203, not only because it’s an insanely popular mouse, but also because we’ve been using it as our daily driver for both gaming and working.
So, if you’re interested in buying one for yourself, consider hearing us out since we’ve used it long enough to form a solid opinion about it. Not to mention that as tech geeks, we’ve had plenty of chances to try out a ton of other mice as well.
And with all that being said, let us dive into the review!
Logitech G203 Review: The Short Answer
Long story short, the G203 is a superb mouse – and not only for its money. We can confidently say that we’ve tried several other, much more expensive mice that didn’t feel or react as well.
And if you take pricing into account? Well, there’s practically no competition! At about 20 bucks, this mouse stands on a league of its own. Mind you, we’ve tried all the other budget options, including Corsair’s and SteelSeries’ offerings. But, in the end, all of them showcased some major flaws after a few months.
The RGB is a nice addition that some may enjoy while the weight is just about right as well. After a year of everyday use for more than 12 hours a day, it still holds up well. So, that’s a huge bonus as well.
However, nobody is perfect – and the G203 is no exception to that rule. First of all, it’s made of plastic. Yes, it’s not a huge deal. But, it does feel a bit cheap. Still, for $20, this is absolutely fine.
The other downside that can truly be a deal-breaker for some people is definitely its size. This is a small mouse and while it fits most types of techniques without an issue, it’s mostly suitable for those with small hands or also those who prefer using a claw grip.
I personally have big, slim hands and that didn’t stop me from using it without an issue. But, in the end, that’s all a matter of personal preference. If there’s any way to get your hands on it before buying it, do it – just to make sure that it fits your hand and style.
Logitech G203 Review: The Long Answer
To wrap up our Logitech G203 review into a few words: if you want a small, cheap, and lightweight gaming mouse that doesn’t sacrifice any performance, sure, go for it. The G203 is a solid choice and quite possibly the best at that price point.
But, if you want to learn more details about our overall experience with it, then keep on reading.
Let’s start with the most important thing: performance. If your mouse spins out when you move it too fast, then it doesn’t deserve to be called a gaming mouse.
Thankfully, that never happened to me with the G203. I’ve clocked close to a thousand hours on CS: GO (Yes, we know… Rookie numbers) while playing with the in-game sensitivity set to 1 and a DPI of 800.
So, that’s a reasonably low sensitivity with a surface area of half a desk (The mousepad covers most of it) and I never experienced a spin-out or any kind of abnormal behavior. Overall, that’s a 10/10 in our book.
Our only slight complaint is that the bottom feet don’t feel as smooth as those of the G305. But, it’s definitely not something that will ruin your game. It definitely didn’t for us.
Other than that, the scroll wheel is a bit too rough for our liking. But, that’s clearly a matter of personal preference and we suppose that a rough wheel is better for games anyway.
If you’re into specifications, the G203 offers the mercury sensor which can get up to a refresh rate of 1000Hz without an issue. Regarding the DPI, you can go as low as 200 and as high as 8000 – which should be more than enough for most people.
By the way, don’t get fooled into thinking that the lack of a PMW sensor makes this a bad gaming mouse. We’ve tried quite a few PMW variants, including the 3360 and the 3310, but the G203 felt just as responsive. So, no complaints there.
Build Quality and Endurance
Now, the G203 may be superb in terms of performance, but it definitely is not the best in terms of build quality. It’s fully made of plastic and it feels a bit cheap.
But, hey, it actually is a cheap mouse and its competitors aren’t that much better in that category either. What’s really important is that build quality doesn’t take away from competitive gaming performance.
Other than that, the buttons feel solid and the mouse itself can take quite a bit of punishment without breaking (Don’t blame me. Blame the hackers).
Now, we did come across a situation when the mouse was double-clicking on its own once. But we managed to fix that just by breathing hot air into it – and that’s about it.
Logitech’s software is honestly as straight forward as it gets. For the most part, it only includes the absolute basics without a flashy UI or anything like that.
As you can see in the image above, the left side allows you to freely adjust what the buttons do, while the right side is responsible for DPI levels, setup, and polling rate.
The bottom panel is there for switching between lighting settings and mouse settings. Speaking of which, if you’re into it, the G203 also comes with fully customizable RGB lighting on the front.
Not only you can freely adjust the colors through the software, but also the breathing effects. It’s certainly not a big deal, but a welcome addition – especially on a budget choice like this one.
One feature that we truly love and wish to see more often is the option of saving the settings either on the mouse itself or the computer. This allows us to either plug the mouse on another computer without having to set it up again or use it without having to always run Logitech’s software on the background (Looking at you, Corsair).
Overall, we’re pretty pleased in terms of what Logitech offers in terms of software. The program is very easy to use and offers only the essentials without too much complicated stuff that make the setup process harder.
To wrap up our G203 review, we’ve got to say that it’s a superb mouse at a superb price. Not only it offers top-notch performance levels that you’ll only find in much more expensive mice, but it also withstood a year of abuse and heavy usage without any issues.
The only thing to keep in mind is its small size which can definitely be a deal-breaker for some people with very large hands. That’s all for now. Till next time!
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