Logitech G403 Prodigy Review: Simply Effective

At first glimpse, the G403 may look like a basic, entry-level mouse. Under the hood, it hides the Pixart PMW3366 sensor – the same sensor used in Logitech G’s higher-spec collections.
The uncanny resemblance to the Razer DeathAdder cannot be unnoticed, which raises the question: What makes the G403 stand out among its competitors?

The mouse to start it all

Most mouse designs nowadays are merely shadows of their “ball mouse” origins. Innovations are springing out here, there, and everywhere. In such an environment, Logitech’s effort is a breath of fresh air, as it takes a step back and revisits the original shape that started it all.

At first glimpse, the G403 may look like a basic, entry-level mouse. Under the hood, it hides the Pixart PMW3366 sensor – the same sensor used in Logitech G’s higher-spec collections.

The uncanny resemblance to the Razer DeathAdder cannot be unnoticed, which raises the question: What makes the G403 stand out among its competitors?

Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse with High Performance Gaming Sensor
  • Logitech G403 mouse for advanced gaming-grade performance up to 8x faster response than standard mice so every mouse click and move is near instantaneous from hand to screen
  • Logitech’s most advanced optical sensor delivers unbeatable fps mouse accuracy, speed and consistency
  • Ergonomic, lightweight design with rubber side grips and a removable 10 gram weight for supremely comfortable grip and control
  • Logitech G403 mouse for advanced gaming-grade performance up to 8x faster response than standard mice so every mouse click and move is near instantaneous from hand to screen

Ergonomics and design

Logitech G403’s design is simple, with a black matte finish and G logo in the middle. G403’s shape is round and plain, though the hump is a little high for my taste. The body is covered in rubber material, it does not attract fingerprints and dirt, so no worries with your cleaning duties.

As for the build itself, I’m sorry lefty readers, but the G403 is not an ambidextrous gaming mouse.

Logitech G403’s shape is rather inclined to gamers with small hands with its size of 4.9 x 2.7 x 1.7 inches. The mouse fits me well but big-pawed gamers may find it too small.

Palm grippers and claw grippers will agree that this will suit them both because the rubber on the sides has made it suitable for any grip type.

Features and performance

Buttons

You can find 6 buttons on this mouse. There are two main buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, DPI sensitivity shifter, and two thumb buttons.

Most FPS and MOBA players probably would find 6 buttons enough for a GG! However, if you are from the MMORPG camp, you’d better choose a mouse with at least 12 buttons.

The left and right/main buttons have custom-tensioned springs, and detached plastic covers. Their switches are rated for 20 million clicks.

For further tests I played PUBG. The Omron switches proved to be there not just for show. They are sharp, crisp and snappy.

This rodent only has 2 thumb buttons, and they rattle and stick out too much for my taste. This design might lead to accidental clicks for some users.

The scroll wheel is positioned well, and scrolling feels smooth. But if you are going to compare them to their cousins in the G series, they are not that responsive and has no dual-axis capability.

The DPI button is crisp and will not hinder your grip. It poses no danger of any  mis-clicks.

Sensor

You might be surprised to know that the G403 has the latest sensor Logitech G offers, the Pixart PMW3366. This is a pro-grade, and e-sport sensor that is used in higher spec-ed G products like the G900.

Balance and weight

The wired version weighs 87.3g, while the wireless weighs 107.2g. If you want it heavier, Logitech have added additional detachable 10g weights.

Wired and wireless

The wire is braided and measures 6.6 feet (2 meters), and is quite sturdy.

Wireless connectivity is at 2.4GHz and 1ms polling rate. It’s lag-free, and can function within a 10-feet range with no issues. The wireless receiver is quite tiny and can be misplaced easily.

Battery

The built-in battery lasts up to 20 hours, and can hold for up to 30 hours with the lights off. Charging via the included USB cable will only take 2 hours tops.

Software

Logitech Gaming Software interface is user-friendly. You can alter the mouse’s DPI (between 200 and 12,000). If you are concerned with automatic acceleration, you can uncheck this feature, so no worries.

Don’t get caught with low battery during dungeon raids! You can use this software to monitor battery life.

For gaming convenience this mouse has an onboard memory and can store three user profiles for your favorite programmable buttons.

If you are an Aesthetic Geek, then the RGB lighting customization is a treat. Now you can have that violet hue while indulging on your StarCraft session. “For the swarm!”

The installation is bundled with the OverWolf streaming app, simply uncheck if it doesn’t interest you. However, if Twitch streaming is something you would like to try then I would recommend our guide on starting your streaming career.

Comparison Table

Final verdict

Logitech offers this as an entry-level mouse for the newest recruit of the “PC Master-Race”.

However, this mouse is not the first in its class, and can be compared to Razer DeathAdder and G series’ very own G503 and G303.

It does trigger the nostalgia for a familiar mouse but that’s it. Should you want more value and additional features, I recommend that you tried the Razer Mamba or the Logitech G-Pro to better answer your gaming needs.

Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse with High Performance Gaming Sensor
  • Logitech G403 mouse for advanced gaming-grade performance up to 8x faster response than standard mice so every mouse click and move is near instantaneous from hand to screen
  • Logitech’s most advanced optical sensor delivers unbeatable fps mouse accuracy, speed and consistency
  • Ergonomic, lightweight design with rubber side grips and a removable 10 gram weight for supremely comfortable grip and control
  • Logitech G403 mouse for advanced gaming-grade performance up to 8x faster response than standard mice so every mouse click and move is near instantaneous from hand to screen
Ed has fond memories of the times when he played games on an 8-bit console. If you want to make him talk for hours on end, just ask him about Valla from Heroes of the Storm. Eddie despises hackers and gamers who do not take the game seriously. He sees RealGear as a place where he has the freedom to express his viewpoint regarding PC and console games and put his journalism skills into practice.

Leave a Comment