Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse Hands-On Preview

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Logitech G303 2Armed with a well-crafted design and an incredibly powerful sensor Logitech’s newly released G303 Daedalus Apex gaming mouse looks like it would make an attractive travel companion for gamers on the go. With a lightweight plastic design the high-powered peripheral only weighs in at a comfortable 87 grams (133 grams including the device’s 7-foot cable).

But don’t let this mouse’s lightweight design fool you; the G303 was designed first and foremost for top-notch performance. Similar to its predecessor the G302, the Daedalus Apex features Logitech’s exclusive metal spring tensioning system on the left and right mouse buttons. According to tests from Logitech, the company is reporting that the G303 will hold up through at least 20 million mouse clicks. To put that in perspective that’s the same as a professional gamer practicing for 10 hours per day every day for two years straight.

Unfortunately our time with the Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex was limited and we didn’t get a chance to test the G303’s durability on the PAX East 2015 showroom floor. However, we can attest to the mouse buttons’ responsive tactile feedback and quick action, another boon of Logitech’s metal tension design.  

Logitech G303 3The G303 Daedalus Apex is also the second Logitech mouse to feature the company’s Delta Zero optical sensor. The 12,000 DPI sensor first appeared in the larger G502 Proteus Core. The optical sensor helps to reduce mouse acceleration, providing users with improved accuracy and precision targeting. While using the G303 in the flight combat simulator Star Citizen the game’s reticle quickly and accurately responded to the directed location.

In addition to stellar performance the Delta Zero sensor also allows users to adjust the scanners lift-off distance and maximum tracking speeds to provide optimal performance on a variety of surfaces. Similar to the G502 users can opt to use the mouse’s universal settings, which admittedly work fairly well across the board or the device can be tuned to specifically for a particular surface, whether that be a desk or a high-end gamepad. After tuning the mouse a profile for that particular surface can be stored via Logitech’s accompanied software allowing users to switch between multiple profiles at a moment’s notice.

The G303 Daedalus Apex offers a total of six programmable buttons, which again can be registered via the company’s paired software package. The mouse is capable of configuring each programmable button to an individual keystroke or more complex algorithms thanks to its onboard storage. The Daedalus Apex also offers five different DPI settings that can be instantly accessed while in-game to provide users with the ability to adapt on the fly. To top it all off, Logitech accents the mouse’s more traditional design with a set of fully customizable RGB lights, from a pallet of up to 16.8 million colors. The lights which cycle by default, add a bit of flair to the otherwise simple design. Users who enjoy the aggressive gamer aesthetic will likely find the RGB lights to be a welcomed addition. Similar to other customizable features, users can customize the color layout with the device’s paired software program.

Logitech G303 1While we can’t give a final verdict on the G303, it does appear to be a high-quality mouse. Personally we’re partial to Logitech’s heavier counterpart the G502, which offers the same performance in addition to an intriguing ergonomic design complete with customizable weights. But if you’re looking for something that is both lighter on the hand and the wallet it may be worth looking into the G303 Daedalus Apex, which is currently being made available at retailers for $70.

 


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