The gaming community has long been apprehensive about wireless controls, fearing that the added latency will hamper performance, especially in online competitive games. But for awhile now, wireless devices have been bridging the gap. There’s still some difference in performance between a wired and wireless mouse, but as Logitech showcased on the showroom floor Pax East 2016, that difference is becoming near imperceivable.
Enter the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum, Logitech’s best performing wireless gaming mouse to date. As a long proponent of wired mice, I was surprised at how well the G900 read input commands. In fact when paired with two identical G900s one wired the other wireless, I was unable to identify which of the two was wired. I wasn’t the only one either, I saw dozens of other people struggle to feel the difference as well.
But this wasn’t just some Pepsi commercial taste test, Logitech was backing up this demonstration with actual data. After failing to correctly pick the wired mouse out of the pair, a Logitech representative was kind enough to show me why. At another station the company had set up a computer program to register the input lag between both the wired and wireless versions of the G900 alongside other high-end mice. The result was less than a 1ms difference in response time between the wired and wireless models, with the G900 being the fastest wireless mouse tested. For some any difference in latency is still too much, but in moment to moment use, you’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference.
While the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum’s incredible wireless fidelity is a major selling point, the mouse has a lot more to offer. The Chaos Spectrum features a lightweight symmetrical ambidextrous design. The black plastic shell is narrow with slight indentations along both sides, making it easy for your thumb and outermost fingers to rest comfortably on either side. Logitech even offers the ability to swap out thumb buttons. There are two magnetic strips on either side of the device that can easily be removed to house the buttons if desired. Depending on the configuration the G900 features anywhere between 6 and 11 buttons. It’s a brilliant solution to a problem that plagues many other ambidextrous gaming mice, and users can even remove the thumb buttons altogether if they prefer.
The one design element that I did find a bit peculiar was the right mouse button. Both the right and left mouse buttons are slightly raised, offering excellent actuation. However, to anyone who has used a more standard fitted mouse, this may feel a bit off. Usually mice are slanted with a bias in favor of the person’s dominant hand, so the symmetrical design can feel a bit jarring at first. I’m sure this is something that would feel more comfortable after continuous use, but it immediately jumped out to me when first handling the device.
Along with the two mouse buttons the G900 features a metallic scroll wheel which clicks in three directions and two DPI (dots-per-inch) sensitivity buttons that can be programed to allow users to alter DPI settings on the fly. LED located lights directly below the DPI buttons give visual cues when the settings have been altered. Similar to other high-end logitech mice, below the scroll wheel is a button that changes the resistance. Finally along the bottom of the device there is a profile switch along with an on and off switch for the wireless functionality.
But perhaps the most impressive thing about the G900 is how light it is. The mouse only weighs 107 grams, which is no small feat considering the mouse is housing a 720 mAh lithium polymer battery. The light design makes the Chaos Spectrum perfect for high-end gaming, allowing for easy handling and precision.
As previously stated, the mouse performs incredibly well. The G900 is outfitted with the PMW3366 optical sensor, which has zero smoothing and a DPI range of 200 to 12,000. Similar to other Logitech mice the G900 comes with packaged software that will allow users to tailor the sensor to any given surface for optimal performance. The device uses a custom 2.4GHz wireless signal, designed to perform well even with ample surrounding Wi-Fi and Bluetooth traffic.
While Logitech is touting the wireless fidelity of the G900, the device does ship with a 6 foot long black braided cable, that can be attached to the device for data and charging. The 720 mAh battery takes roughly two hours to charge, and lasts for 32 hours of continuous use according to logitech. The G900 also features a sleek USB dongle that offers 1ms wireless response time. There’s also a dongle option which connects to the braided connector, perfect for when using the mouse further away from the device, such as in a living room setting.
While we haven’t had the opportunity to fully test the G900, from what we’ve seen, it appears to be one of the most attractive gaming mice on the market. It may be the first gaming mouse that really warrants cutting the cord.
The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is currently available and is listed at $150.